1. 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. "…

  2. Chart Beat

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Usher's "Love in This Club," American 'Idols,' Janet Jackson and more! 'CLUB' PLAY: Adding sales to airplay can be like adding Mentos to Diet Coke. The resulting explosion has carried "Love in This Club" (LaFace) by Usher featuring…

  3. Chart Beat

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys and more! 'STARTIN'' ALL OVER AGAIN: After an absence from the Hot 100 of four years, one month and one week, Michael Jackson returns with "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008," an update of a song…

  4. Chart Beat Chat

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Nana Mouskouri, Hot Country Songs chart, Joe Dowell's "Muss I Denn" and more! WAS NANA A VISITOR TO THE BILLBOARD 200? Hi Fred! I came across an online article from the Oiko Times that said Greek singer Nana Mouskouri will receive a platinum…

  5. Chart Beat

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Billie Holiday, Constantine Maroulis, Chaka Khan and more! LADY DAY: There's no point in even doing any research to confirm that the record has been set for the longest gap between appearances on a Billboard singles chart. I mean, who could have a longer hiatus than 62…

  6. Chart Beat

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Carrie Underwood, the Beatles, Sean Kingston and more! 'SMALL' IS BIG: You already knew that country radio couldn't wait to play the first Carrie Underwood single from her second album. So you shouldn't be surprised that "So Small" (Arista) blasts…

  7. Common Scores First No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in his 14-year career, Common tops The Billboard 200 with "Finding Forever." The Geffen set, which features production from Kanye West and a guest appearance by Lily Allen, moved 15 For the first time in his 14-year career, Common tops The Billboard 200 with "…

  8. Chart Beat

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Porter Wagoner, American Idols, Paul McCartney and more! LONGEST POSSIBLE SPAN: He appeared on the very first country album chart, dated Jan. 11, 1964. And this week he returns to that same chart, after an absence of 24 years. Porter Wagoner, who will turn 80 in August, is back…

  9. Chart Beat Chat

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Shop Boyz, American Idols, "World Idol" and more! WHAT CAN ONE PERSON DO? Fred- I need your advice. Before you start making any assumptions, I am not your typical "American Idol" fan. I am a married man in my 30s who happens to enjoy watching …

  10. 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…

  11. American Idols Live / July 16, 2006 / Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Guilty pleasure is the only way to describe the American Idols Live! tour, which rolled into Long Island on July 16. While many people claim not to be fans of the manufactured pop stars, the audience Guilty pleasure is the only way to describe the American Idols Live! tour, which rolled into…

  12. 27OnTV

    July 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 3-10, 2006. MONDAY, JULY 3 "Today," NBC Featured artist(s): Nick Lachey. "The Late Show With David Letterman," Featured artist(s): Rob Zombie (also scheduled: Jennifer Aniston). "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Featured artist…

  13. Billboard Bits: Idols Live, Copeland, Gabriel

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Idols Live tour adds dates, pioneering booking agent Ian Copeland dies, Peter Gabriel joins video company's advisory board. A total of 19 dates have been added to the American Idols Live! Tour, which will now kick off July 5 with the first of two shows in Manchester, N.H. The trek now…

  14. 'Idol' Finalists Hitting The Road This Summer

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The top 10 finalists of the current season of "American Idol," including the to-be-determined winner, will take to the road together in July. The top 10 finalists of the current season of "American Idol," including the to-be-determined winner, will take to the road…

  15. ON TV

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 3-9, 2006. MONDAY, APRIL 3 “Good Morning America,” ABC Featured artist(s): The Pretenders (also scheduled: Lucy Liu, Stephen Lanzalotta). “Today,” NBC Featured artist(s): Pink (also scheduled: Antonio Banderas). “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Syndicated…

  16. ON TV

    March 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for March 20-26, 2006. MONDAY, MARCH 20 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Chris Brown (also scheduled: Joy Philbin, Wentworth Miller). "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist: The Coby Brown Group (also…

  17. 'American Idol' Picks 5th Season Finalists

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST The competitors for the fifth season "American Idol" crown emerged last night (March 9) as viewers voted off four contestants, leaving a dozen finalists. The competitors for the fifth season "American Idol" crown emerged last night (March 9) as viewers voted off four…

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