1. Chart Beat Wednesday: Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Norah Jones

    October 21, 2009 11:33 AM EDT 'THIS' LOVE: " This Is It ," by Michael Jackson featuring the Jacksons , soars onto the Adult Contemporary airplay chart at No. 19. The song blasts in following its initial week at radio. "This Is It" returns the Jackson brothers to the chart for the first time…

  2. Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban Lead CMA Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2009 2:32 PM EDT Brad Paisley leads the nominees for the 43rd annual CMA Awards with six nominations, while Taylor Swift , Keith Urban and several other country stars follow closely with four nods each, it was announced today (Sept. 9). Paisley, who is also set to co-host the Nov. 11 ceremony with Carrie…

  3. Chart Beat: Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Kris Allen

    May 27, 2009 1:45 PM EDT PERFECT 'T(H)EN': Brad Paisley becomes one of just five acts in the 65-year history of Hot Country Songs to collect 10 consecutive No. 1s (excluding unpromoted album cuts and holiday songs), as "Then," his 14th career leader, rises 2-1. Paisley takes his place alongside…

  4. Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack To Play Detroit's Downtown Hoedown

    April 08, 2009 9:32 AM EDT Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Atkins, Phil Vassar and actor Kevin Costner with his band Modern West are among the headliners at this year's 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown in Detroit. The 27th annual weekend-long festival, acknowledged as the world's largest free country music…

  5. February 27, 2009

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST – Award winning South African R&B singer TK (real name Tsakani Mhinga) is found dead at a hotel in Johannesburg's Randburg suburb. The singer-songwriter is 27. An autopsy determines that a drug overdose is the cause of death. 2001 - Returning home after a 46-year absence,…

  6. This Day in Music

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Originally due in the summer of 2005, the last album from late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard finally arrives The release date for "A Son Unique" coincides with the two-year anniversary 2006 - Originally due in the summer of 2005, the last album from late Wu-Tang…

  7. This Day in Music

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Justin Timberlake is the big winner at the 10th annual MTV Europe Music Awards, picking up prizes for best album, male artist and pop act. Timberlake, who performs during the show, wins for his 2003 - Justin Timberlake is the big winner at the 10th annual MTV Europe Music Awards,…

  8. Chart Beat: Carrie Underwood, Labelle, AC/DC

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from AC/DC, Carrie Underwood, Labelle and more. CARRIE'S NATION: There are only a handful of artists who can release albums titled "Number Ones" or "1s" or some variation thereof, including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Mariah Carey, Michael…

  9. AC/DC Debuts At No. 1 With 784,000

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Updating a story first posted here last night, AC/DC earns its first Billboard 200-topping debut with "Black Ice," blasting onto the chart with the second-biggest sales frame this year. The Columbia s Updating a story first posted here last night, AC/DC earns its first Billboard 200…

  10. Dark And Crazy

    October 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three years after her last album was lauded by the industry but stalled at radio, Lee Ann Womack is back with "Call Me Crazy," due this week via MCA Nashville. Three years after her last album was lauded by the industry but stalled at radio, Lee Ann Womack is back with "Call Me…

  11. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    October 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC breaks an eight-year studio hiatus with a Wal-Mart exclusive, "High School Musical" returns for a third installment, Of Montreal ups the indie rock drama and Lee Ann Womack keeps it dark and sto Singer/songwriter Brett Dennen's "Hope for the Hopeless" (Dualtone…

  12. Chart Beat Chat: The Jonas Brothers, AC, ABBA

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss chart action from the Jonas Brothers, ABBA, women on the AC chart and more! WALKING BACK TO HELEN Hi Fred, What happened to last week's No. 8 song? Did it fall out of the top 50? Have you heard the music of British singer Helen Shapiro? I have only recently…

  13. Chart Beat: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family, Ace Young, ABBA

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family and more! THE COLBIE AND SARA DUOPOLY: The debut singles by Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles have monopolized pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart for the last 30 weeks, the longest consecutive run at No. 1 by solo…

  14. This Day in Music

    June 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The Fellowship, which comes with a $20,000 prize, 2005 - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National…

  15. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2006 - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he…

  16. 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…

  17. 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. "…

  18. This Day in Music

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Award winning South African R&B singer TK (real name Tsakani Mhinga) is found dead at a hotel in Johannesburg's Randburg suburb. The singer-songwriter is 27. An autopsy determines that a dr 2006 - Award winning South African R&B singer TK (real name Tsakani Mhinga) is…

  19. This Day in Music

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Britney Spears, 22, gets married in Las Vegas to childhood sweetheart Jason Allan Alexander from Kentwood, Louisiana. The lovebirds are hitched at 5 AM at the Little White Wedding Chapel, the f 2004 - Britney Spears, 22, gets married in Las Vegas to childhood sweetheart Jason Allan…

  20. Chart Beat

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Yoko Ono, Taylor Swift, Vince Guaraldi and more! YES ON 'NO': Normally, it's not polite to discuss a woman's age, but when it comes to reporting chart records, civility goes out the window. In 2003, less than a month after turning 70, Yoko Ono topped the Hot…

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