1. Chart Beat: Eminem, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, Jennifer Hudson

    February 12, 2009 12:54 PM EST 'BOTTLE' ROCKETS TO NO. 1: The calendar year isn't even two months old, but for the second time in 2009, a song has catapulted to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 from the bottom 25 positions. Just two weeks after Kelly Clarkson set the all-time record by teleporting 97-1 with …

  2. Chart Beat: Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland and more! AIN'T THAT A 'SHAME': The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of "American Idol" is the fourth contestant from this most recent year to appear on a Billboard chart, following…

  3. 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…

  4. 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. "…

  5. 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…

  6. American Idols Live Tour / Aug. 29, 2007 / East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The "American Idol" juggernaut just won't stop. After wrapping up the sixth installment of the wildly popular Fox reality show, the top 10 from the season chugged on and embarked on the massive 59-dat The "American Idol" juggernaut just won't stop. After wrapping…

  7. Season Six 'Idol' Stars Prepping Debut Albums

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While their fellow "American Idol" finalists wait for word later this month on their futures, season six champ Jordin Sparks and runner-up Blake Lewis are hard at work on their debut albums. While their fellow "American Idol" finalists wait for word later this month on…

  8. 'Idol' Finalists Unveil Extensive Tour Plans

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As has become a summer tradition, the top 10 finalists from "American Idol" will hit the road together, beginning July 6 in Sunrise, Fla. The extensive itinerary will run through Sept. 22 in Mancheste As has become a summer tradition, the top 10 finalists from "American Idol…

  9. Sanjaya Malakar Voted Off 'American Idol'

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sanjaya Malakar, the singer who horrified and captivated millions in his improbable "American Idol" run, was finally voted off the show last night (April 18). When the result was announced, Malakar wi Sanjaya Malakar, the singer who horrified and captivated millions in his…