1. Chart Beat

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses American Idols, Rihanna, the Beach Boys and more! 'UMBRELLA' REIGNS: When Rihanna leapt 34-1 with "SOS" in May 2006, it was the second-biggest move to No. 1 in the history of The Billboard Hot 100. This week, the Barbadian-born singer takes an even bigger…

  2. Chart Beat Chat

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Eurovision, "American Idol," "U" and more! HERE COMES MS. JORDAN Dear Fred: Although I am a chart aficionado, this is the first time I have written. Logging on to iTunes this morning, I see that the producers of "American Idol" have…

  3. Chart Beat

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Paris Bennett, Maroon 5, Barbra Streisand and more! WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE BENNETT: As the sixth season of "American Idol" is about to come to an end, another contestant from season five makes a debut on the Billboard charts. Fifth place finalist Paris Bennett shows…

  4. Chart Beat Chat

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Maroon 5, "American Idol," Eurovision and more! 5 OUT OF FIVE Hello Fred, Such an exciting week on the Hot 100. With Maroon 5 at No. 1, I was "wondering" if they are coincidentally the fifth act with '5' as part of their name. I'…

  5. Billboard Bits: CUN/Billboard, T In The Park, James Brown

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Children Uniting Nations (CUN) and Billboard have joined forces to host a series of events to take place during Oscar week. Children Uniting Nations (CUN) and Billboard have joined forces to host a series of events to take place during Oscar week. The celebration kicks off Friday (Feb. 23)…

  6. Chart Beat

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyonce, Diana Ross, American Idol and more! 'SCENE' IS BELIEVING: "Irreplaceable" (Columbia) by Beyonce holds off a powerful challenger and remains No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 for the eighth week, making it the longest-running chart-topper that advanced…

  7. Chart Beat

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses American Idols, Rodney Atkins, Justin Timberlake and more! 'DIFFERENT' DRUMS BUCKY ONTO CHART: With record ratings for its sixth season premiere (see story here ), the "American Idol" juggernaut rolls on, ready to produce a whole new field of artists who…

  8. Chart Beat

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Kimberley Locke, other American Idols, Incubus and more! 'JINGLE' ALL THE WAY: It's beginning to look a lot like Kimberley Locke has a lock on Christmas. For the second year in a row, she tops the Adult Contemporary chart with a seasonal song written in the 19th…

  9. Chart Beat

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Dean Martin, several American Idols, Johnny Cash and more! HIS SECOND COUNTRY SONG: Dean Martin had pop hits when he covered Stuart Hamblen's No. 2 country tune from 1950, "(Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You" and Hank Locklin's No. 5 country song…

  10. 47OnTV

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 20-26, 2006. MONDAY, NOV. 20 "Makes A Video|30 Seconds To Mars Makes A Video," MTV2 Featured artist(s): 30 Seconds To Mars). "Making the Video," MTV Featured artist(s): Gwen Stefani.. "Charlie Rose," PBS Featured artist(s):…

  11. Chart Beat

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred tackles news on "Hannah Montana," Justin Timberlake, "American Idol" and more! THE STATE OF 'MONTANA': "Hannah Montana" isn't the first fictional character to appear on a Billboard chart, but the teenage singer portrayed by Miley Cyrus in the…

  12. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," the Pussycat Dolls and more! MARIO ON THE MOVE Fred, Love your column. I really enjoyed reading your piece about the Latin charts this week. Last week, the single "Gallery" by Mario Vazquez reached No. 40 on The Billboard Hot…

  13. Chart Beat

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses George Strait, Kellie Pickler, JoJo and more! THE STRAIT LIFE: All chart records, even the ones that go unchallenged for years, are bound to be broken one day. For the last 20 years and three weeks, Conway Twitty has held the record for having the most No. 1s on the Hot Country…

  14. This Day in Music

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Leon Wilkeson, bassist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies in his sleep in his Jacksonville, Fla., home. He is 49. Wilkeson _ a member of the bluesy rock band since its early reco 2004 - Diana DeGarmo suffers a fall on stage in Grand Rapids, Mich., during the …

  15. Chart Beat

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry make their chart debuts plus news from Livingston Taylor/Carly Simon, Gnarls Barkley, Dixie Chicks and more! TAYLOR AND CHRIS: When last we checked, 18 "American Idol" contestants had charted in Billboard. Two weeks ago, that total jumped to 19 when…

  16. Chart Beat

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nelly returns to the top of the Hot 100 for a fourth time, Carrie Underwood notches a pair of country No. 1s and new Billboard charts are among this week's topics. 'GRILLZ' GONE WILD: A surprise 5-1 move carries Nelly to the top of The Billboard Hot 100. "Grillz" …

  17. Chart Beat

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Chart news about Mariah Carey, Kristine W, James Blunt and Nelly, as well as Fred's top singles and albums of the year. GIFT-WRAPPED: For the first time in the short history of Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart, a track that is not a current hit ranks No. 1. The 11-year-old song …

  18. Chart Beat

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Behind chart stats relating to "Up on the Housetop," American Idols, deSol, Madonna and Maria Carey. HOME RUN FOR ‘HOUSETOP': As predicted here last week, there is a new No. 1 song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Kimberley Locke's seasonal "Up on the…

  19. CHART BEAT

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Martina McBride, Bow Wow, LaToya London, Natasha Bedingfield and more. BEGGING YOUR PARDON: Martina McBride has the highest new entry on Billboard's Hot Country Songs list, thanks to the No. 53 debut of her latest single. Her 41st song to…

  20. CHART BEAT

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Mariah Carey, Gretchen Wilson, Bellamy Brothers, Josh Gracin, Babyface, Natasha Bedingfield, Sugarland, the Rolling Stones and more. DOUBLE DIGITS: Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" (Island) is on top of the Billboard Hot 100…

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