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. Paris Bennett

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paris Bennett says, "Singing is in my blood, and I'm blessed to have it that way." Breaking & Entering: Paris Bennett Paris Bennett says, "Singing is in my blood, and I'm blessed to have it that way." The fifth season American Idol finalist, who grew up in…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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'…

  6. Chart Beat Chat

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," Diane Warren, changing song titles and more. IT'S NOT WHERE YOU FINISH Hi Fred, I saw that Bucky Covington, the eighth-place finalist on season five of "American Idol," debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 this week. It…

  7. Chart Beat Chat

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Melinda Dolittle, Bjork, "Girlfriend" and more! DOLITTLE? DID NOTHING! Fred: Almost as soon as Melinda Dolittle started singing "Trouble Is a Woman" on "American Idol" this week, I asked myself "Did Fred Bronson recommend this…

  8. Hicks Hoping 'Idol' Fans Pick Worthy Winner

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reigning "American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks is not worried that his crown might be tarnished by an unworthy successor. Reigning "American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks is not worried that his crown might be tarnished by an unworthy successor. Hicks tells Billboard.com he was…

  9. Chart Beat

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Beyonce, Shakira, Elliott Yamin and more! LIAR, LIAR, CHART ON FIRE: In the nearly 49-year history of The Billboard Hot 100, no song has ever jumped 90 places or more -- until this week. Breaking the old record of an 88-place move, "Beautiful Liar" (Columbia) by the…

  10. Akon Scores Second No. 1 Hit From 'Konvicted'

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Akon lands his second No. 1 Hot 100 hit on the album "Konvicted" as "Don't Matter" jumps 3-1 on the chart, where it is the fastest growing track at radio for a fifth week. The song follows "I Wanna Lo Akon lands his second No. 1 Hot 100 hit on the album "…

  11. Modest Mouse Steers Its 'Ship' To No. 1 Debut

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Modest Mouse scores the first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 of its career this week as "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank" debuts on top. The Epic set moved 129,000 copies in the United States Modest Mouse scores the first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 of its career this…

  12. Chart Beat

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses song titles with celebrity names, Pat Boone, Norah Jones and more! CULT OF PERSONALITY: What do Johnny Cash, Jane Fonda, Grace Kelly and Tim McGraw have in common? They're all on the Billboard charts this week -- not as artists, but as song titles. "Tim McGraw" …

  13. Beyonce Makes It Ten Weeks At No. 1 With 'Irreplaceable'

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Beyonce makes it 10 weeks straight atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Irreplaceable," but faces another strong competitor for the throne in Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right" which climbs one spot to a new Beyonce makes it 10 weeks straight atop the Billboard Hot 100 with …

  14. Better 'Late' Than Never: Jones Debuts At No. 1

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST After a three-year absence from The Billboard 200, Norah Jones earns her third No. 1 on the chart with "Not Too Late" (Blue Note), which sold 405,000 first-week copies in the United States, according After a three-year absence from The Billboard 200, Norah Jones earns her third No.…

  15. 06OnTV

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Feb. 5-11, 2007. MONDAY, FEB. 5 "TRL," MTV Featured Artist(s): Gnarls Barkley, Katharine McPhee, Jennifer Lopez, The Game. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist(s): Fall Out Boy (also scheduled: Dr. Phil McGraw). "The…

  16. 05OnTV

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 29-Feb. 4 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 29 "Today," NBC Featured Artist(s): Norah Jones (also scheduled: Bill Gates, John Bernstein). "The Electrifying Conclusion," STARZ! Cinema Featured Artist(s): Guided By Voices. "The Late Show With David…

  17. Finding Her Rhythm

    January 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST When 2006 "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee rushed off the road and into the studio last fall to begin working on her debut album, she quickly realized the art of the compromise. When 2006 "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee rushed off the road and into the…

  18. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    January 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST After a quiet 2006, Norah Jones returns with her third Blue Note album, Katharine McPhee looks for post-"American Idol" success and U.K. MySpace phenom Lily Allen crosses the Atlantic in this week's H A CD/DVD package chronicling Madonna's latest stage spectacle, "The…

  19. Ask Billboard

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about Christina Aguilera, Spears v. Federline, Ricky Martin and more! Dear readers: We're doubling up on 'Ask Billboard' this week. Our newest three questions are followed by last week's three questions (which were posted belatedly on Jan…

  20. 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…

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