1. Chart Beat Chat

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Carrie Underwood, DeFranco Family hits, Fergie and more! LIVING IN CARRIE'S NATION Mr. Fred Bronson, In your Chart Beat column of July 5, 2007, Carrie Underwood was featured for having the longest-running title ("Before He Cheats") among all of the…

  2. This Day in Music

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He is 90. Born in Topeka, Kan., Moore grew up in Memphis. He worked with various Kansas City jazz bands, a 2004 - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss.,…

  3. Chart Beat Chat

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, George Michael and more. BACK TO THE 'DANCE' To: Mr. Fred Bronson I see on the Adult Contemporary chart that Rascal Flatts' "What Hurts the Most" has hit No. 1 (for the week ending Nov. 18). I know that the…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Conway Twitty, Beverley Knight, song credits and more. THE GREATNESS OF KING GEORGE Dear Fred, I'm extremely excited about seeing George Strait capture the record for most-ever Billboard country No. 1s all to himself this week, with "Give It Away"…

  5. Strait Feeling 'Natural' On New Album

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With its first single already burning up Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, George Strait will on Oct. 3 release his 34th album, "It Just Comes Natural." The MCA Nashville set is led by "Give It Awa With its first single already burning up Billboard's Hot Country…

  6. Chart Beat

    August 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses the Gin Blossoms, the Killers, George Strait and ladies whose names end with an "a." A VERY SPECIAL BLOSSOMS: For those who have been counting, it's been 10 years, one month and two weeks since the Gin Blossoms appeared on The Billboard 200. The band from Tempe,…

  7. This Day in Music

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2003 - </b>June Carter Cash dies at Nashville's Baptist Hospital of complications following heart surgery she underwent the previous week. She is 73.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore…

  8. Chart Beat

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Kimberley Locke charts with a song from the 19th Century, plus Kirk Franklin, Green Day, Madonna, Rolling Stones and Reba McEntire. 'UP' RIGHT DIRECTION FOR 'HOUSETOP': A song written in the 1860s sets a record this week for the biggest leap into the top 5 of Billboard&…

  9. Chart Beat

    November 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Madonna ties a Presley record and Strait moves up the country list, plus Bon Jovi and Carrie Underwood. 'HUNG' UP: By moving up 14-7 on The Billboard Hot 100, Madonna's "Hung Up" (Warner Bros.) generates a great deal of chart news this week. The most important feat is…

  10. CHART BEAT

    September 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomplishments of Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, Sheryl Crow, Ray Charles and Earth, Wind & Fire. THE DOLLY-MERLE GAME: The numbers 108-105 might sound like a basketball score, but for purposes of "Chart Beat,…

  11. This Day in Music

    May 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He is 90. Born in Topeka, Kan., Moore grew up in Memphis. He worked with various Kansas City jazz b 2004 - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo…

  12. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. PAID FOR PLAY Dear Fred, Does an artist receive royalties every time a single is played on the air? If so, how much is each play worth? Are higher royalties paid by radio stations with larger listener impressions? What percentage of the…

  13. Recording Academy Names 2005 Lifetime Honorees

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin, jazz great Art Blakey and pioneering country music act the Carter Family are among the artists who will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement award. T Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin, jazz great Art Blakey and pioneering country music…

  14. Travolta Sings For 'Bobby Long'

    December 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST At the first peak of his career, actor John Travolta was also something of a pop star. On the soundtrack for his latest film, "A Love Song for Bobby Long," opening today (Dec. 29) in New York and Los At the first peak of his career, actor John Travolta was also something of a pop…

  15. Connick In Romantic Mood With New Album

    December 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST Just in time for Valentine's Day, Harry Connick Jr. has slated a Feb. 3 release for "Only You," a collection of romantic standards from Columbia Records. Tapping into material from the 1950s and '60s, Just in time for Valentine's Day, Harry Connick Jr. has slated a…

  16. Various Cash CD, Video Projects Due

    September 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Purely coincidentally and unrelated to his death today (Sept. 12), several Johnny Cash audio and video projects will be released in the coming weeks. Purely coincidentally and unrelated to his death today (Sept. 12), several Johnny Cash audio and video projects will be released in the coming…

  17. This Day in Music

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Nellie Shabalala, wife of Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Joseph, is shot to death in the township of Claremont, near Durban, South Africa. She is 49. Her husband is shot in the arm in th 2002 - Nellie Shabalala, wife of Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Joseph, is shot…

  18. Robinson, Jones Honored With Medal Of Arts

    March 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST Music legends Smokey Robinson and George Jones are among the nine individuals who have been awarded the 2002 National Medal of Arts. The country and R&B greats were honored yesterday (March 6) by Music legends Smokey Robinson and George Jones are among the nine individuals who have been…

  19. Chart Beat Bonus

    March 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST Chart news on Common, Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, and Hayseed Dixie. EITHER OR: Just as "Picture" (Lava/Atlantic or Universal South) by Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer reaches the top-10 of Billboard's Hot 100, this chart features a second title that offers a…

  20. Original Country Hall Of Fame Closes Doors

    January 02, 2001 12:00 AM EST Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which for 33 years has told the cultural story behind country music, closed its doors for good on New Year's Eve. A new museum will open in May that Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which for 33 years has told…

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