1. Chart Beat: T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler and more! T.I., T.I., OH!: In a very newsy chart week, one newsmaker stands out above the rest: T.I. rewrites chart history, not only replacing himself at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 but replacing himself as the artist…

  2. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, so it's…

  3. Chart Beat

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from David Cook, Donna Summer, Jody Watley and more! 'TIME' IS ON HIS SIDE: The longest run of No. 1s by solo females in the history of the Adult Contemporary chart is over. After a 36-week reign by Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" (19 weeks),…

  4. Chart Beat: Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland and more! AIN'T THAT A 'SHAME': The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of "American Idol" is the fourth contestant from this most recent year to appear on a Billboard chart, following…

  5. This Day in Music

    July 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Diana DeGarmo suffers a fall on stage in Grand Rapids, Mich., during the "American Idol" summer tour. The televised talent competition's third-season runner-up is singing Beyonce's "Crazy in Lo 2004 - Diana DeGarmo suffers a fall on stage in Grand Rapids, Mich.…

  6. Chart Beat: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family, Ace Young, ABBA

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family and more! THE COLBIE AND SARA DUOPOLY: The debut singles by Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles have monopolized pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart for the last 30 weeks, the longest consecutive run at No. 1 by solo…

  7. Chart Beat: 'In The Heights,' Carrie Underwood, Regina Belle

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses "In the Heights," Carrie Underwood, Regina Belle and more! 'HEIGHTS' HITS THE HEIGHTS: Whenever I'm in New York, I do my best to see as many Broadway shows as possible. Last week I was there for a very short time, on assignment for Sirius Satellite…

  8. Taylor Hicks To Join 'Grease' On Broadway

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Hicks is going from "Idol" to "Angel." The "American Idol" alum will join the Broadway cast of "Grease" on June 6, playing Teen Angel in the revival of the popular musical. Taylor Hicks is going from "Idol" to "Angel." The …

  9. CMT's 'Gone Country 2' Reveals Cast

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach of Skid Row fame, Grammy and Academy Award winner Irene Cara, "American Idol" finalist Mikalah Gordon, singer Jermaine Jackson, NSYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick, actor Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach of Skid Row fame, Grammy and Academy…

  10. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. solo female artists of the rock era. "…

  11. Catching Up With Past "American Idol" Finalists

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ruben Studdard, Sanjaya Malakar and Ace Young were among many former "American Idol" contestants assembled to guest star on "American Idol Extra," the Fox Reality Channel series that airs Thursdays. Ruben Studdard, Sanjaya Malakar and Ace Young were among many former "…

  12. Iglesias Jr. Triumphs On 'Gone Country'

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Latin star Julio Iglesias Jr., whose father famously dueted with Willie Nelson, is the winner of the CMT reality show "Gone Country." Latin star Julio Iglesias Jr., whose father famously dueted with Willie Nelson, is the winner of the CMT reality show "Gone Country." His…

  13. Chart Beat

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Usher's "Love in This Club," American 'Idols,' Janet Jackson and more! 'CLUB' PLAY: Adding sales to airplay can be like adding Mentos to Diet Coke. The resulting explosion has carried "Love in This Club" (LaFace) by Usher featuring…

  14. Chart Beat

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys and more! 'STARTIN'' ALL OVER AGAIN: After an absence from the Hot 100 of four years, one month and one week, Michael Jackson returns with "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008," an update of a song…

  15. Chart Beat Chat

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss The Eagles, kenny Chesney, Jennifer Hudson and more! GOING BY THE BOOK Dear Fred, About four years ago I wrote to you with a prediction that legal digital downloads would eventually help drive the Hot 100, as 45 rpm records once did decades ago. You agreed, and I…

  16. Chart Beat Chat

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Babyface, Diana Ross, "American Idol" and more! SHOULD BABYFACE TAKE A BOW? In your most recent Chart Beat column, you state, "Babyface's remake of James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain' on the Mercury label climbs 12-10, equaling the…

  17. Groban Ties Elvis With Third Week At No. 1

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST With the holiday season marching on, Josh Groban's "Noel" retains its lead on The Billboard 200 for a third week straight. With an 8% sales increase, the 143/Reprise set moved 581,000 units in the U.S With the holiday season marching on, Josh Groban's "Noel"…

  18. Chart Beat Chat

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Nana Mouskouri, Hot Country Songs chart, Joe Dowell's "Muss I Denn" and more! WAS NANA A VISITOR TO THE BILLBOARD 200? Hi Fred! I came across an online article from the Oiko Times that said Greek singer Nana Mouskouri will receive a platinum…

  19. Chart Beat

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Billie Holiday, Constantine Maroulis, Chaka Khan and more! LADY DAY: There's no point in even doing any research to confirm that the record has been set for the longest gap between appearances on a Billboard singles chart. I mean, who could have a longer hiatus than 62…

  20. This Day in Music

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Diana DeGarmo suffers a fall on stage in Grand Rapids, Mich., during the "American Idol" summer tour. The televised talent competition's third-season runner-up is singing Beyonce's "Crazy in Lo 2004 - Diana DeGarmo suffers a fall on stage in Grand Rapids, Mich.…

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