1. Mitchell Tribute To Benefit Music Education

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ben Folds, Joe Jackson, Suzanne Vega, Lori Anderson, Neil Sedaka and former Destiny's Child vocalist Michelle Williams have signed on for a Feb. 1 concert in tribute to legendary singer/songwriter Jon Ben Folds, Joe Jackson, Suzanne Vega, Lori Anderson, Neil Sedaka and former Destiny&…

  2. ALWAYS MAGIC IN THE AIR: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The songsmiths of Broadway's great hit factories get their due. The songsmiths of Broadway's great hit factories get their due. Stephen Foster's biographer (Doo-Dah!, 1997) takes a welcome look at Foster's 20th-century successors: the songwriters who toiled in humble…

  3. This Day in Music

    October 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1996 - </b>An environmental benefit concert at the Britt Grounds in Jacksonville, Ore., featuring Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne turns ugly as protesters begin to rally. The protesters are angered 2004 - After nearly 60 years of recordings, Ray Charles posthumously earns the…

  4. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. THE WAY WE WERE Dear Fred, Comparing and ranking today's music with those [songs] in the real rock era (1955-1990) is not just. Chart methodology has changed a lot since 1991. Due to new chart formulas, songs have stayed at No. 1 far longer than…

  5. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. ED NOTE: Although usually updated on Fridays, due to unforseen circumstances, a new "Chart Beat Chat" will be appear in this space on Monday (Aug. 8). OH! CAROLE Hi Fred, I enjoyed reading your interesting comments about Carole King recently…

  6. This Day in Music

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>New York radio station WPLJ-FM debuts the title track from Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming album "The Rising" only to be immediately served with a cease and desist order from the Boss' l 2002 - New York radio station WPLJ-FM debuts the title track…

  7. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. CHANGING HOT 100 LANDSCAPE Fred, Since the introduction of digital downloads into the Hot 100 formula, there is a lot more movement on the chart and the top 40 is slowly becoming a mix of different genres again. Notably we are seeing a…

  8. CHART BEAT

    May 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Bruce Springsteen, Walter Murphy, Jo Dee Messina and Mariah Carey. 'DEVILS' AND THE DETAILS: There was no reason to assume that the new Bruce Springsteen album was going to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, and yet that's…

  9. CHART BEAT BONUS

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Coldplay, "American Idol," Gwen Stefani, Bill Monroe, Kenny Chesney, Bobby Valentino, 50 Cent, Green Day and Neil Sedaka. HOW COLDPLAY IS IT: The new Coldplay single "Speed of Sound" (Capitol) reaches the top 10 of The…

  10. Thirty-Year-Old Track Hits No. 1 In U.K.

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s new No. 1 single is an MOR hit from 1971 co-written by Neil Sedaka. Tony Christie's "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV) debuted at the top yesterday (March 20) to continue the revival in The U.K.'s new No. 1 single is an MOR hit from 1971 co-written by…

  11. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Kelly Clarkson, Carole King and Neil Sedaka and Craig Morgan. BREAKING AWAY : As big a hit as "Breakaway" was for Kelly Clarkson, the follow-up has proven to be an even bigger smash. In its 15th chart week, "Since U Been Gone…

  12. This Day in Music

    March 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Blur plays a surprise show at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. In addition to being one of the group's first ever performances without guitarist Graham Coxon, who 2003 - Blur plays a surprise show at the South By Southwest music festival…

  13. This Day in Music

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>More than 30 years after the heyday of soul duo Sam & Dave, Sam Moore finally launches a solo career when he releases "Plenty Good Lovin': The Lost Solo Album," in England on Swing C 2002 - More than 30 years after the heyday of soul duo Sam &…

  14. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses "Hot Shot Debuts," chart dates, the Mainstream Top 40 chart, Madonna, Missy Elliott and more with readers. COMING 'AROUND' AGAIN Hi Fred, Happy New Year! Daryl Hall and John Oates finally end a long absence from the Hot 100 as "I'll Be…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses chart records, parent/child chart entries and signature song hits with readers. STEP BACK IN TIME Dear Fred, You knew this was coming. Any time you mention a record for the rock era or the Hot 100, you know I will research the pre-rock era for some comparable…

  16. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Usher, parent/child chart entries and Ja Rule with readers. A SIMPLE MAJORITY Fred, If "My Boo" gets a fifth week at No. 1, that will give Usher 27 weeks at No. 1 in 2004, spread between his four chart-topping singles. Will that make him the first artist who&…

  17. A Closer Look At Music & Television This Week (July 12-18)

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fine Tuning - A weekly column highlighting music-related television programming (July 12-18, 2004). COUNTRY'S BASH: It goes on for days every as it takes over Nashville and CBS has managed to squeeze highlights of it into a two-hour special. "CMA Music Festival: Country Music's…

  18. CHART BEAT BONUS

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Bob Seger, Beyoncé, Clay Aiken, Sarah McLachlan, Toby Keith, "The Matrix," and Kylie & Dannii Minogue. RIGHT MOVES: It's been eight years and 11 days since a Bob Seger album debuted on The Billboard 200. The Detroit rocker…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses Clay Aiken, platinum albums, lengthy titles, singles and more with readers. SYMBOLIC Dear Mr. Bronson, I have a question regarding Clay Aiken's RIAA symbol, or lack thereof, on the Billboard Web site. Billboard.com states that the symbol is the RIAA's…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the Righteous Brothers' Bobby Hatfield, Clay Aiken, commercial singles and coincidental birthdays with readers. ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN Hi Fred, My husband woke me up as he was getting ready for work this morning to tell me Bobby Hatfield had died. What a great loss…

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