1. 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…

  2. Stagecoach Snags Judds, Coachella Sets Date

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Goldenvoice principal Paul Tollett had made a habit out of luring classic bands back onto the stage at his Coachella festival each spring, and he's worked that magic yet again for the second Stagecoac Goldenvoice principal Paul Tollett had made a habit out of luring classic bands back…

  3. Soulja Boy Fends Off Chris Brown Atop Hot 100

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" makes it a lucky seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but new competition comes from Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss," which soars 22-2 after selling 159,000 Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" makes it…

  4. This Day in Music

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - For the first time in 30 years, Bob Dylan tops The Billboard 200 with "Modern Times." Not only is it the legendary songwriter's first album to reach the throne since "Desire" in 1976, it's also 2006 - For the first time in 30 years, Bob Dylan tops The…

  5. Chart Beat Chat

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss unbreakable chart records, Anne Murray, Carrie Underwood, genre classifications and Sean Kingston. UNBREAKABLE Hi, Fred. There has been a lot of media coverage about Barry Bonds overtaking Hank Aaron's all-time home run total, which was until recently…

  6. This Day in Music

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness. He is 57 2006 - Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a…

  7. 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…

  8. This Day in Music

    May 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - During its second annual benefit concert at the Music Box/Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, the MusiCares MAP Fund, a non-profit organization aimed at helping music industry professionals with 2006 - During its second annual benefit concert at the Music Box/Henry Fonda Theater in…

  9. 18OnTV

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 30 - May 6, 2007. MONDAY, APRIL 30 "Stereophonics: Language. Sex. Violence. Other?," STARZ! Cinema Featured Artist(s): Stereophonics. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist(s): Kirsten Dunst, Rob Magnotti, Dinosaur Jr.…

  10. This Day in Music

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66. 2002 - Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66. 2001 - Composer Monty Norman is awarded 30,000…

  11. This Day in Music

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST - In the wake of its prerelease leak, the new Pearl Jam single, "World Wide Suicide," becomes available for free download without digital rights management restrictions from the band's Web site. 2006 - In the wake of its prerelease leak, the new Pearl Jam single, "…

  12. Haggard Harvests Bluegrass Album, Clinton Ode

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Merle Haggard can make a case for himself as the hardest working man in country music these days. Before the year's out, Haggard plans to put out his first-ever bluegrass album, "Runaway Mama," and a Merle Haggard can make a case for himself as the hardest working man in…

  13. Springsteen, Dylan Soundtrack 'Lucky You'

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to the upcoming poker-themed flick "Lucky You" will boast a new Bob Dylan track ("Huck's Theme") as well as a Kris Kristofferson original ("They Ain't Got 'Em All") and Bruce Springstee The soundtrack to the upcoming poker-themed…

  14. HONKY TONK HEROES AND HILLBILLY ANGELS

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST A companion volume to Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll (2001) presents brief biographical sketches of some 18 of the greats of Country and Western music, from the Carter Family to A companion volume to Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll (2001) presents…

  15. Chart Beat

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyonce, Hank Williams Jr., 2006-2007 hits and more! LIKE THE TITLE SAYS: "Irreplaceable," indeed. Beyonce's latest hit has stretched its reign over the Hot 100 to six weeks, making it the second-longest running No. 1 of the songs that achieved pole position in…

  16. Tweedy, Costello, Jones Enliven New Louvin Album

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello and George Jones are among the artists pitching in on country legend Charlie Louvin's first new album in more than a decade. The self-titled 12-track set will arriv Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello and George Jones are among the artists…

  17. 46OnTV

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 13-20, 2006. MONDAY, NOV. 13 "GAC Nights," Great American Country Featured artist(s): Sugarland. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist(s): George Jones (also scheduled: Robin Williams). "The Tonight Show with Jay…

  18. 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…

  19. 44OnTV

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2006. MONDAY, OCT. 30 "Totally Awesome Concert," VH1 Classic Featured artist(s): Rick Springfield, Scandal, Patti Smyth. "Mavericks: Honky Tonk Heroes," The Biography Channel Featured artist(s): Johnny Cash, George Jones, Toby…

  20. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT My Chemical Romance adopts an alter-ego and over-the-top, theatrical rock for its new album, John Legend serves up a soulful classic on his sophomore set and Paul Stanley gets back to his solo career A collaborative album from country legends George Jones and Merle Haggard, "Kickin'…

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