1. Chart Beat Thursday: Colbie Caillat, Black Eyed Peas, Prince

    September 03, 2009 4:46 PM EDT HOT COCO: If it seems like the Billboard 200 this week is bursting with debuts, it is. 39 new titles arrive, led by Colbie Caillat 's sophomore set, and first No. 1, "Breakthrough." Her debut album, "Coco," peaked at No. 5 upon its entrance on Aug. 4, 2007. While this…

  2. May 31, 2009

    May 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Latin bandleader Tito Puente dies in a New York hospital as a result of complications from open-heart surgery. He is 77. 2000 – Singer Johnnie Taylor dies of a heart attack in Dallas. He is 66. 1998 – Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell confirms her departure from The Spice Girls, citing…

  3. This Day in Music

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST - With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute shots across the country in one day in advance of the release of his comeback album, "Kingdom Come." 2006 - With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute shots across the country in one day in advance of…

  4. This Day in Music

    May 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - A few hundred lucky fans pack into New York's Avalon to witness Pearl Jam tape an episode of the VH1 series "Storytellers," which premieres a month later on the music channel. 2006 - A few hundred lucky fans pack into New York's Avalon to witness Pearl Jam tape an…

  5. Chart Beat

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action on British solo female artists, Madonna, Danity Kane and more! TOP OF THE WORLD: For the first time in almost 27 years, and only the third time in the entire rock era, a British solo female artist hits No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 with her first chart entry.…

  6. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. solo female artists of the rock era. "…

  7. This Day in Music

    November 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST - With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute shots across the country in one day in advance of the release of his comeback album, "Kingdom Come." 2006 - With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute shots across the country in one day in advance of…

  8. Chart Beat Chat

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Kool and the Gang, cover songs, "Girlfriend" and more! 'STILL KOOL' AFTER ALL THESE YEARS Mr. Bronson, I was curious how well Kool and the Gang's first new studio release in 10 years did in relation to their past albums. Are they "…

  9. This Day in Music

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - A few hundred lucky fans pack into New York's Avalon to witness Pearl Jam tape an episode of the VH1 series "Storytellers," which premieres a month later on the music channel. 2006 - A few hundred lucky fans pack into New York's Avalon to witness Pearl Jam tape an…

  10. This Day in Music

    November 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Police and prosecutors raid Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos on a $3 million arrest warrant for child molestation.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - Broadway composer and jazz pianist Cy Coleman dis of a…

  11. This Day in Music

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Latin jazz legend Tito Puente dies on the operating table of a New York hospital as a result of complications following 12 hours of open-heart surgery. He is 77.<br clear="none"/><br cle 2004 - One of France's most celebrated lyricists of the…

  12. This Day in Music

    November 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Police and prosecutors raid Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos on a $3 million arrest warrant for child molestation.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - Broadway composer and jazz pianist Cy Coleman dis of a…

  13. Ask Billboard

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Foxy Brown, Eric Benet and Kim Wilde. FINALLY FOXY Hello Keith, I'm a big fan of rapper Foxy Brown. I read that her newest album, "Black Roses," will be released Aug. 23. Can you give me any more information? Thanks, Chalvic…

  14. This Day in Music

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>One of France's most celebrated lyricists of the past four decades, Etienne Roda-Gil, dies of a stroke. He is 62. 2004 - One of France's most celebrated lyricists of the past four decades, Etienne Roda-Gil, dies of a stroke. He is 62. 2001 - The first live…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses parents and children on the charts, No. 1 singles and song remakes with readers. FATHER AND SON Fred: With the debut of "Bridging the Gap" by Nas featuring Olu Dara on the Hot 100, the chart is once again experiencing a parent and child together on a single.…

  16. This Day in Music

    November 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2000 - </b>Kenny Rogers kicks off his 2000 Christmas tour in Dalton, Ga. 2000 - Kenny Rogers kicks off his 2000 Christmas tour in Dalton, Ga. 1999 - Doug Sahm, the rock guitarist known as "Sir Doug," dies in Taos, N.M. He is 58. Although he only had one big hit, "…

  17. Jive Slates 'American Juniors' Single, Album

    August 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The debut single from Fox's "American Juniors" will be released Tuesday (Aug. 12) via Jive Records. The commercial release will feature the reality series/talent show's 10 finalists singing the Cathy The debut single from Fox's "American Juniors" will be…

  18. CHART BEAT CHAT

    June 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson discusses charts with readers. This week: Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Madonna, Nena, Kim Wilde. Q&A WITH C&R Fred: I just wanted to send a quick thank you for the very enjoyable interviews you did with Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. Your…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 31, 2003 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>The first live performance in three years by hip-hop Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott is Webcast live by AOL. 2001 - The first live performance in three years by hip-hop Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott is Webcast live by AOL. 2001 - Conductor Sir Simon…

  20. Living in America

    May 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT During a recent performance at the Mercury Lounge in New York, Sweden's Sounds displayed a feisty knack for delivering punk-splashed, synth-fueled pop music—the kind you can't help but dance to During a recent performance at the Mercury Lounge in New York, Sweden's Sounds…

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