1. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1991

    May 11, 2010 11:55 AM EDT ROX-Y MUSIC: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated May 11, 1991, Roxette earned its fourth No. 1, as "Joyride" motored 2-1. The Swedish pop duo had previously led with "The Look" and "Listen to Your Heart" in 1989 and "It Must Have Been Love" in 1990. While…

  2. Chart Beat Wednesday: Dirty Heads, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys

    May 05, 2010 1:15 PM EDT HEADS UP: Southern California reggae rockers the Dirty Heads collect a No. 1 with their first entry on the Alternative Songs chart, as "Lay Me Down" rises 3-1. The song features Rome of Sublime , which spent three weeks atop the list with "What I Got" in 1996. (Rome did…

  3. Chart Beat Thursday: A Madge-ical Week For 'Glee'

    April 29, 2010 4:55 PM EDT NEW DIRECTIONS: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated March 18, 1989, Madonna 's "Like a Prayer" soared in as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 38. 21 years, one month and three weeks later, the song makes its second Hot 100 appearance, again as the chart's highest new entry . The cast…

  4. Chart Beat Thursday: Robin Williams, BNL, Maxwell

    April 08, 2010 4:15 PM EDT COMIC RELIEF: "I had open heart surgery. I had a blown valve ... which makes me sound like a Chevrolet. "They started offering me choices about what kinds of valves I could get. I thought, maybe I can get the new Apple iHeart. That would be great. It comes with 20,000 emotions!"…

  5. Jennifer Hudson Gets 'One Shining Moment' at NCAA Championships

    April 06, 2010 12:32 PM EDT A newly-slender Jennifer Hudson is endorsing more than Weight Watchers these days. The Oscar winner is also lending her powerhouse vocals to "One Shining Moment," a mainstay song of the NCAA Championships. Hudson's rendition of "One Shining Moment" premiered in full…

  6. The Power Of Kristine W

    March 02, 2010 11:55 AM EST This week, Kristine W scores her 15th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "The Power of Music" ascends 2-1. In the list's history, which dates to 1974, the performer is now tied with Mariah Carey for third-most toppers. Only Madonna (40) and Janet Jackson …

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: A Whole New 'World'

    February 18, 2010 4:55 PM EST AS 'THE WORLD' RETURNS: Cue Bowling for Soup 's "1985." (Literally, you can, to the left). 25 years after the original version by USA for Africa spent four weeks at No. 1, "We Are the World 25: For Haiti," credited to Artists for Haiti, blasts onto the…

  8. Grammy Winners On The Charts

    February 02, 2010 11:05 AM EST Highlighted by Lady Gaga 's show-opening duet with Elton John , Beyonce 's cover of Alanis Morissette 's "You Oughta Know" and Pink taking her acrobatic act previously performed on last year's MTV Music Video Awards to new heights (literally), the 52nd Grammy…

  9. Chart Beat Wednesday: Taylor Swift, Muse, Jaheim

    January 13, 2010 1:40 PM EST 'FIFTEEN,' 12-10 HIKE!: Taylor Swift tallies her fourth top 10 on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as "Fifteen" lifts 12-10. With her latest feat, Swift doubles her lead as the country-crossover artist with the most top 10s in the Pop Songs chart's 17…

  10. Mary J. Blige Confirmed For 2010 Essence Music Fest

    January 12, 2010 11:29 AM EST M ary J. Blige will return to New Orleans as this year as a headlining performer and official spokesperson of the annual Essence Music Festival, set for the weekend of July 2. Blige will be joining other entertainers, including artists, speakers, authors and community leaders. "We'…

  11. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Cast, Colbie Caillat, Sade

    December 10, 2009 5:29 PM EST 'LAST'-ING IMPRESSIONS: Although it has become a modern-day holiday standard - it ranks at No. 13 on this week's Holiday Songs chart, between carols by Paul McCartney and Gene Autry - Wham! 's "Last Christmas" never charted on the Billboard Hot 100. It was…

  12. Jingle Bell Rock ... And Pop ... And R&B ... And Country ...

    December 08, 2009 12:05 PM EST Billboard's Holiday Songs chart ranks airplay of seasonal tracks on U.S. adult contemporary radio. Because a hefty 75% of the format switches to all-holiday programming by Thanksgiving each year, the format's airplay effectively serves as the barometer for mainstream yuletide fare.…

  13. McCartney, Coldplay Honored At ASCAP Awards

    October 14, 2009 5:58 PM EDT Sir Paul McCartney , Coldplay and the Ting Tings were among those honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight (Oct. 14), recognized the most performed works in…

  14. Janet Jackson To Release 'Number Ones' Album, Book

    October 14, 2009 5:25 PM EDT A new Janet Jackson greatest hits album titled "Number Ones" is due out Nov. 17 in the U.S. on A&M/UMe. Outside of America, it will be titled "Janet Jackson: The Best," and street on Nov. 23. The 34 track collection includes 33 of Jackson's hits plus one new track…

  15. Q&A With Richard Marx: Bill Should've Known Better

    October 13, 2009 3:48 PM EDT In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, 80s and 90s superstar Richard Marx stops by our offices for a Q&A with Bill Werde about his new album "Emotional Remains" and his success writing hits for artists like Luther Vandross and Keith Urban . But…

  16. Chart Beat Wednesday: Hall & Oates Come On Over To The Country

    September 23, 2009 6:58 PM EDT 'SMILE,' YOU'RE ON COUNTRY SONGS: Jimmy Wayne nets the Hot Shot Debut on Country Songs with "Sara Smile," featuring the classic song's original performers, Daryl Hall & John Oates . The latter two artists, who make their first visit to Country Songs, took the…

  17. Chart Beat Thursday: Jay-Z, The Beatles, "Glee"

    September 17, 2009 1:30 PM EDT RUN THIS CHART: With the 400th debut ever at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Jay-Z notches his 11th chart-topping album with "The Blueprint 3." With his grand entrance, Jay-Z passes Elvis Presley as the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in the 53-year history of the Billboard 200.…

  18. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1989

    August 11, 2009 6:21 PM EDT REPEAT OFFENDER: This week 20 years ago, singer/songwriter Richard Marx joined a select group of male artists who've enjoyed runs of at least three consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100. After composing "Right Here Waiting," Marx felt the song was so personal that he…

  19. Chart Beat: Elton John, David Cook, Maxwell

    June 24, 2009 3:35 PM EDT ELTON'S ELLIOT 'ELECTRICITY' : Considering the thunderous applause that "Billy Elliot: The Musical" is eliciting on Broadway, it's fitting that the production's signature song, "Electricity," extends a prominent record on the Adult Contemporary…

  20. Chart Beat: Jason Aldean, Michael Damian, Maxwell

    May 06, 2009 2:48 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. '…

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