1. Queensryche Play Unique Shows For 'American Soldier' Tour

    May 06, 2009 7:40 AM EDT Queensryche fans can expect some sort of commercial documentation -- a live album or DVD, perhaps -- from what's turned into a special tour in support of the group's new concept album, "American Soldier." "We do that every tour, film and record," frontman Geoff…

  2. Queensryche Probes War On 'American Soldier'

    January 26, 2009 6:19 PM EST Queensryche examines the plight of the American soldier on a new album of the same name, due March 31 on Atco/Rhino. The project details the physical and emotional effects of combat experience. Songs like "Middle of Hell" relate what it's like to be in a war zone, while "…

  3. Nov 27th 2008

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST – Alan “Fluff” Freeman, one of the most genuinely and universally admired broadcasters in British radio history, dies at the age of 79. 2000 - Fugitive Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard's luck runs out in Philadelphia, after police arrest him at an area McDonald's. ODB…

  4. This Day in Music

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Alan "Fluff" Freeman, one of the most genuinely and universally admired broadcasters in British radio history, dies at the age of 79. 2006 - Alan "Fluff" Freeman, one of the most genuinely and universally admired broadcasters in British radio history, dies at the…

  5. Thursday Signs New Deal With Epitaph

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rock outfit Thursday has signed a new deal with Epitaph, which will release the band's fifth album in spring 2009. Veteran rock outfit Thursday has signed a new deal with Epitaph, which will release the band's fifth album in spring 2009. The news was first reported by…

  6. Chart Beat Chat: Josh Groban, Darius Rucker, Dan Seals And Earl Thomas Conley

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss chart action from Darius Rucker, Dan Seals/Earl Thomas Conley, album charts, Josh Groban and more! RUCKER AND PRIDE Hi, Fred, I look forward to your column every week. I am always astonished at how many other people out there are as caught up with the charts as I…

  7. Obits Settle In At Sub Pop

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Obits, a new New York band led by Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes principal Rick Froberg, has signed with Sub Pop and will release its label debut early next spring. Obits, a new New York band led by Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes principal Rick Froberg, has signed with Sub Pop and will release its…

  8. Chart Beat Chat: Darius Rucker, Rodney Crowell, Jessica Simpson and Josh Groban

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Darius Rucker, Rodney Crowell, Jessica Simpson, Josh Groban and more! RUCKER AND PRIDE Hi, Fred, I look forward to your column every week and am always astonished at how many other people out there are as caught up with the charts as I have been since I got my…

  9. Chart Beat Chat: The Jonas Brothers, 'Just Stand Up!,' Keith Urban And UB40

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss the Jonas Brothers, "Just Stand Up!," Keith Urban and more! THE COMPLETION PROCESS Dear Fred, First of all, thank you for always mollifying us chart freaks with answers about Billboard's chart policies! iTunes released four of the Jonas Brothers&…

  10. George Martin Reflects On 'Sgt. Pepper' In L.A.

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beatles producer George Martin offered a fascinating look into the group's creative process during a multimedia presentation for members of the National Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences Friday a Beatles producer George Martin offered a fascinating look into the group's…

  11. Chart Beat Chat: Catalog Charts, ABBA, Record Players

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss the catalog charts, ABBA and vinyl and record players. LENGTHY VISITORS Dear Fred, I noticed that Buckcherry's "15" remained on The Billboard 200 after falling below No. 100 even though it had been on the chart over two years/104 weeks. A couple of…

  12. Usher and Al Green Lead This Week's Hot Shot Debuts

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher and Al Green score Hot Shot Debuts this week while Katy Perry and Rihanna earn Greatest Gainers stripes and Fergie and Kirk Franklin grab Pacesetter honors. Hot Shot Debuts: Usher makes an impressive return to The Billboard 200 this week, earning the Hot Shot Debut prize and the No. 1…

  13. David Cook Storms The Hot 100 At No. 3 With 'The Time Of My Life'

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There’s no question that the hottest of the Hot Shot Debuts this week belongs to newly-minted “American Idol” champion David Cook. Hot Shot Debuts: There’s no question that the hottest of the Hot Shot Debuts this week belongs to newly-minted “American Idol” champion David Cook. The rock…

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Death Cab for Cutie, gay and lesbian artists, David Cook and more! MAKE ROOM FOR CUTIE Death Cab for Cutie claims its first No. 1 album with "Narrow Stairs" and no write-up in Chart Beat? That achievement is certainly more newsworthy than reporting on…

  15. Death Cab For Cutie Earns Hot Shot Debut, No. 1 Album

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Kids on the Block, Death Cab and Keith Sweat earn Hot Shot Debuts while Miranda Lambert and Radiohead make a showing as Greatest Gainers. Hot Shot Debuts : Keith Sweat crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums -- and wins the chart’s Hot Shot Debut award -- with "Just Me," his first…

  16. Coldplay Is Hot Shot Debut On Billboard Hot 100

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay makes an impressive Hot Shot Debut on The Billboard Hot 100 with “Viva La Vida,” which starts at No. 15. Hot Shot Debuts Coldplay makes an impressive Hot Shot Debut on The Billboard Hot 100 with “Viva La Vida,” which starts at No. 15. The song is one of two Coldplay tracks to enter…

  17. Madonna Is 'Hot Shot' Of Billboard 200

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna puts the "hot" in Hot Shot Debut this week as the diva scores her seventh Billboard 200 No. 1 with "Hard Candy." Hot Shot Debuts : Madonna puts the "hot" in Hot Shot Debut this week as the diva scores her seventh Billboard 200 No. 1 with "Hard Candy.…

  18. Chris Brown Gets Hot Shot Debut Honors On The Hot 100

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chris Brown not only earns the Hot Shot Debut award on The Billboard Hot 100 this week, he does so while charting two other singles within the top 10. Hot Shot Debuts: Chris Brown not only earns the Hot Shot Debut award on The Billboard Hot 100 this week, he does so while charting two other…

  19. Chart Shakers

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Keisha Cole lead the list of the Hot Shot Debuts, Pacesetters and Greatest Gainers on this week's Billboard charts. Hot Shot Debuts: Mariah Carey makes for one heck of a hot shot this week as her album "E=MC2" earns Hot Shot Debut awards on…

  20. Chart Shakers

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leona Lewis, Daughtry and Tim McGraw lead the list of the Hot Shot Debuts, Pacesetters and Greatest Gainers on this week's Billboard charts. Hot Shot Debuts: Leona Lewis sets a new chart record as she takes Hot Shot Debut honors on The Billboard 200 , becoming the first new British solo…

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