1. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 50 Years Ago, Petula Clark Topped the Hot 100 With 'Downtown'

    January 19, 2015 8:05 AM EST Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 19, 1980 Michael Jackson crowns the Billboard Hot 100 with "Rock With You." The song marks his first of nine No. 1s in the '80s, the most of any artist during the…

  2. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and…

  3. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss…

  4. Rolling Stones' Really Big 'Ed Sullivan' Shows Getting Released: Exclusive

    September 07, 2011 10:20 AM EDT All 17 of the Rolling Stones ' performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" will be released Nov. 1 in a deluxe package from Universal Music Enterprises and Sofa Entertainment. An abridged version of the Stones on "Sullivan" will be released Oct. 4. The deluxe edition,…

  5. The Power Of Love: Analyzing The Hot 100's 1,000 No. 1s

    February 23, 2011 1:05 PM EST How did I spend my long weekend, plus a(n unhealthy) portion of yesterday? Analyzing the subject matter of all 1,000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, of course! I wondered if by dissecting the content of each leading song since the Hot 100's launch Aug. 4, 1958, from Ricky Nelson 's "…

  6. Alex Chilton's Life, Music Honored At SXSW

    March 21, 2010 10:00 AM EDT The late Alex Chilton was memorialized by colleagues, friends and admirers on Saturday at South By Southewest -- with words and, most importantly, with music. Following a warmly reverent and nostalgic afternoon panel at the Austin Convention Center -- with Big Star co-founders Jody Stephens…

  7. Ask Billboard: Jay Sean Meets The Beatles

    October 09, 2009 4:44 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. 'THE ANSWER' IS THE QUESTION Gary, First, I want to say that "…

  8. Ask Billboard: Girls Aloud, David Bowie, Brits

    November 21, 2008 11:22 AM EST Editor's Note, Nov. 21: We're taking a week off but will be back on Friday, Nov. 28 with a new column. Here is the column from Nov. 14. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  9. Ask Billboard: Girls Aloud, David Bowie, Brits

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Keith answers readers' questions on Girls Aloud, David Bowie, solo British acts and more! Editor's Note, Nov. 21: We're taking a week off but will be back on Friday, Nov. 28 with a new column. Here is the column from Nov. 14. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your…

  10. This Day in Music

    November 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Alabama, Glen Campbell and DeFord Bailey are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the Country Music Association Awards in New York. 2005 - Alabama, Glen Campbell and DeFord Bailey are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the Country Music Association…

  11. 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…

  12. Chart Beat Chat

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "The Twist," "Take a Bow" and more! LET'S 'TWIST' AGAIN Dear Fred, Twice in the last few weeks you have run letters reminding us that Chubby Checker's "The Twist" went to No. 1 on two separate occasions, separated…

  13. Chart Beat

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action on British solo female artists, Madonna, Danity Kane and more! TOP OF THE WORLD: For the first time in almost 27 years, and only the third time in the entire rock era, a British solo female artist hits No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 with her first chart entry.…

  14. 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. "…

  15. This Day in Music

    February 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Rapper/producer James Yancey aka J Dilla dies in Los Angeles at the age of 32. 2006 - Rapper/producer James Yancey aka J Dilla dies in Los Angeles at the age of 32. 2004 - Internet leaks of the new Janet Jackson track "Just a Little While" spur Virgin Records to digitally…

  16. This Day in Music

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Alabama, Glen Campbell and DeFord Bailey are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the Country Music Association Awards in New York. 2005 - Alabama, Glen Campbell and DeFord Bailey are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the Country Music Association…

  17. Chart Beat

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Kenny Chesney, Fergie, same-titled No. 1 songs and more! 'BLINK' GETS THE NOD: There's no way you can miss the impact of Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink" (BNA) on country chart history. The Knoxville native's new single enters Hot Country…

  18. Chart Beat Chat

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Mariah Carey, Madonna, Sean Kingston and more! MARIAH'S 40TH Hello Fred! Reading your always amazing Chart Beat column, I noticed that Mariah Carey made her 40th chart entry on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. That's awesome, but with this accomplishment, is…

  19. Chart Beat Chat

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Melinda Dolittle, Bjork, "Girlfriend" and more! DOLITTLE? DID NOTHING! Fred: Almost as soon as Melinda Dolittle started singing "Trouble Is a Woman" on "American Idol" this week, I asked myself "Did Fred Bronson recommend this…

  20. This Day in Music

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Rapper/producer James Yancey aka J Dilla dies in Los Angeles at the age of 32. 2006 - Rapper/producer James Yancey aka J Dilla dies in Los Angeles at the age of 32. 2004 - Internet leaks of the new Janet Jackson track "Just a Little While" spur Virgin Records to digitally…

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