1. Take That, Leona Still Strong On U.K. Charts

    December 15, 2008 11:00 AM EST Take That's "The Circus" album (Polydor/Universal) and Leona Lewis' "Run" single (Syco Music/Sony BMG) kept their places as the U.K.'s bestsellers on the new sales charts published yesterday (Dec. 14). The Take That album started a second week at the top…

  2. Chart Beat Chat

    November 26, 2008 2:28 PM EST HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Hello Fred, I'm afraid it might get lost in the shuffle but it certainly was a milestone at the time. But it is just 10 years since the Hot 100 dropped its rule of commercial availability. On Dec. 5, 1998, the Hot 100 featured, for the first time ever, radio-only…

  3. This Day in Music

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer in Boston. He is 69. 2004 - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer…

  4. 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…

  5. This Day in Music

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, playwright and black culture activist, dies in Chicago from complications from a blood infection in the lower spine. He is 78. 2005 - Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, playwright and black culture activist, dies in Chicago from…

  6. David Cook Triumphs On 'American Idol'

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American Idol" last night (May 21) at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. The 25-year-old Blue Springs, Mo., native earned 56% of the record 97.5 m Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American…

  7. Q&A: Jason Castro of 'American Idol'

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dreadlocked 20-year-old Jason Castro's rendition of everything from Neil Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans" to a popular version of Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" has helped earn him a place in the final Dreadlocked 20-year-old Jason Castro's rendition of…

  8. This Day in Music

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Performances from some of the world's most popular and influential bands highlight the conclusion of sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. A 2005 - Performances from some of the world's most popular and influential bands…

  9. Chart Beat Chat

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Sheena Easton, Kristine W, Juanes and more! WHICH CAME FIRST, THE 'MORNING' OR THE 'MODERN'? Hi Fred, I love your Chart Beat column. This week you stated that Sheena Easton was the second solo female U.K. act to hit No. 1 with a debut single (…

  10. Chart Beat Chat

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah," Usher's "Love In This Club" and more! 'HALLELUJAH' CHORUS Hi Fred, For anyone who still has doubts that "American Idol" is changing the landscape of music,…

  11. Madonna, Mellencamp Lead Rock Hall's '08 Class

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pop superstar Madonna, heartland rocker John Mellencamp, singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, British Invasion pioneers the Dave Clark Five and instrumental rock legends the Ventures were inducted into th Pop superstar Madonna, heartland rocker John Mellencamp, singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen,…

  12. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Class Of 2008

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT This week, a new set of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers including Madonna and Leonard Cohen are joining the ranks alongside legends like the Beatles and the Ramones. Billboard.com takes a look at -- and A new set of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers is being inducted on March 10 at New York's…

  13. The Royal Albert Hall Project / Jan. 12, 2008 / New York (World Financial Center)

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST In 1966 at London's Royal Albert Hall, Bob Dylan famously plugged in with a band called the Hawks (soon to become the Band) and was met with hisses, boos and curses of "Judas." Luckily, the crowd at N In 1966 at London's Royal Albert Hall, Bob Dylan famously plugged in…

  14. Maroon 5, Rihanna Remain Atop U.K. Charts

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Maroon 5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" (Octone/A&M) started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (June 3), as "Umbrella" (Def Jam/Universal) by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z snagged a th Maroon 5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" …

  15. This Day in Music

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer in Boston. He is 69. 2004 - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer…

  16. This Day in Music

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, playwright and black culture activist, dies in Chicago from complications from a blood infection in the lower spine. He is 78. 2005 - Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, playwright and black culture activist, dies in Chicago from…

  17. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    May 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Maroon 5 makes a grand re-entrance with a smash Hot 100 hit and a new album, Ozzy Osbourne gets down the business with his first new release since 2001, Erasure returns to synth-pop and Fiction Plane The second Beggars Banquet album from New York indie rock outfit the National, "Boxer,…

  18. This Day in Music

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Performances from some of the world's most popular and influential bands highlight the conclusion of sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. A 2005 - Performances from some of the world's most popular and influential bands…

  19. Jeff Buckley Saluted With Best-Of, DVD

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST To mark the 10th anniversary of singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley's death, Columbia/Legacy will on May 22 release a single-disc best-of and a DVD of the documentary "Amazing Grace." To mark the 10th anniversary of singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley's death, Columbia/Legacy will…

  20. Various Artists / Came So Far For Beauty: An Evening Of Leonard Cohen Songs / Oct. 5, 2006 / Dublin (The Point)

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Despite an all-star cast and the embarrassment of riches contained in the blue chip Leonard Cohen songbook, the four-hour running time of this tribute show to the septuagenarian singer seemed like too Despite an all-star cast and the embarrassment of riches contained in the blue chip Leonard…

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