1. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  2. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  3. AKB48, Morning Musume Win Big at Billboard Japan Music Awards

    January 09, 2014 9:05 PM EST Special performances highlighted the link between 2013 and 1963, when Kyu Sakamoto became the first Japanese artist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Billboard Japan Music Awards were broadcast in December on the TV Tokyo networks. The annual award ceremony, now in its fifth year,…

  4. IU Lands 12 New Songs, Third No. 1 on K-Pop Hot 100

    October 18, 2013 8:59 PM EDT The K-pop soloist extends her reign for most weeks at No. 1. Plus, chart highlights from Seo In Young, T-ara and more. K-pop's young diva IU and her coming-of-age album "Modern Times" has garnered discernible public approval with a whopping 12 album tracks shaking up the K…

  5. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  6. K-Pop Hot 100: Lee Hi Holds at No. 1 + This Week's Must-See Videos

    November 19, 2012 1:00 PM EST Sprightly new rookie act Lee Hi has snatched up the No. 1 spot for a second consecutive week (the first female debut act to do so) and continues to shine with her power hit "1,2,3,4," holding down Ailee's efforts to snag her first topper. Lee Hi has captivated fans with her…

  7. No Gaga, but Plenty of Insect Models at Mugler

    March 01, 2012 5:50 PM EST Furry alien creature-like fembots strutted down the catwalk at Lady Gaga creative director Nicola Formichetti's Mugler runway show yesterday (Feb. 29) in Paris. Models rocking Gaga-esque thorny nails, patent leather, and bug-eyed masks subtly hinted to Formichetti's "insect…

  8. Lee Seung Gi's 'Era of Love' Tops K-Pop Hot 100

    October 21, 2011 11:40 AM EDT The multi-talented Lee Seung Gi's drive to reach the top has been relentless. Even before the release of his fifth full album, his single, "Era Of Love," has landed at the No. 1 spot on this week's Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 . "Era of Love" is a medium tempo ballad…

  9. Davichi Makes History, Boy Bands Rise on the K-Pop Hot 100

    September 16, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Davichi has officially taken its place as the current queens of K-Pop. With the release of their single "Don't Say Goodbye" on Aug. 29, Davichi achieved the No. 1 spot on the K-Pop Hot 100 for the second week of August, and now the ladies have earned their second consecutive No…

  10. Massive Attack Prove New Album Was Worth The Wait

    February 19, 2010 5:29 PM EST The gaps between Massive Attack albums may widen as the enigmatic British act's career span lengthens. But fans' patience, however, has clearly kept pace. Massive Attack's much-delayed "Heligoland" (Virgin/EMI)-only the fifth studio album of a two-decade career,…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the Minneapolis-based rock act Soul Asylum, dies at his home. He was 41. Diagnosed with throat cancer in May 2004, Mueller underwent radiation treat 2005 - Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the Minneapolis-based rock act Soul…

  12. Billboard Bits: New Kids/Zootopia, River To River, Emmylou Harris

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The reunited New Kids On The Block's first gig in 14 years will take place May 17 at New York radio station Z100's annual Zootopia concert. The reunited New Kids On The Block's first gig in 14 years will take place May 17 at New York radio station Z100's annual Zootopia…

  13. Chart Beat Chat

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Garth Brooks, songs in Italian, Mariah Carey and more! WHERE DID THE 'MEMORY' COME FROM? Dear Fred, This week, "More Than a Memory" by Garth Brooks debuts at No. 69 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and No. 12 on the Bubbling Under chart. Yet it&…

  14. This Day in Music

    June 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the Minneapolis-based rock act Soul Asylum, dies at his home. He was 41. Diagnosed with throat cancer in May 2004, Mueller underwent radiation treat 2005 - Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the Minneapolis-based rock act Soul…

  15. Chart Beat

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Mims, Justin Timberlake, Trace Adkins and more! MIMS THE WORD: In the almost 49-year history of the Hot 100, only four songs have jumped to No. 1 from below the top 30. The first was Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This," which soared 52-1 the week of Oct. 5,…

  16. This Day in Music

    June 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>R&B vocalist Jody Watley says she was told "by the powers that be" at Atlantic Records that although they intend to release her album "Flowers" outside of the U.S., the label will no 2005 - Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the…

  17. Chart Beat

    January 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST This week's examination of Billboard's chart stats is overwhelmingly country, with George Strait, Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash all in the spotlight, along with hip-hop act D4L and late STRAIT TO NO. 1: A chart record that has stood unchallenged for almost 20 years…

  18. This Day in Music

    June 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>The Grand Ole Opry, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, begins webcasting at www.opry.com or www.wsmonline.com. 2000 - The Grand Ole Opry, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, begins webcasting at www.opry.com or www.wsmonline.com. 1999 - Geri…

  19. Berimbaum

    November 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST A veteran of Antonio Carlos Jobim's Banda Nova, Paula Morelenbaum—part of the Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto trio—is well-schooled in the infectious grooves of Brazilian music. A veteran of Antonio Carlos Jobim's Banda Nova, Paula Morelenbaum—part of the Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto trio—is well…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses the Beatles, George Strait, falls from No. 1, "American Juniors" and Madonna with readers. JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE AND RINGO Dear Fred, I enjoy reading your "Chart Beat Bonus" and "Chart Beat Chat" columns on the Internet, so thanks for all the…

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