1. Chart Beat

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyonce, Diana Ross, American Idol and more! 'SCENE' IS BELIEVING: "Irreplaceable" (Columbia) by Beyonce holds off a powerful challenger and remains No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 for the eighth week, making it the longest-running chart-topper that advanced…

  2. 05OnTV

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 22-28, 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 22 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Natalie MacMaster (also scheduled: Natalie MacMaster, Jan Crawford Greenburg). "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet," FOX Featured artist(s): Daughtry. "…

  3. Chart Beat

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses American Idols, Rodney Atkins, Justin Timberlake and more! 'DIFFERENT' DRUMS BUCKY ONTO CHART: With record ratings for its sixth season premiere (see story here ), the "American Idol" juggernaut rolls on, ready to produce a whole new field of artists who…

  4. 'Idol' Premiere Draws Second-Highest Ratings Ever

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" showed no signs of faltering in its sixth-season premiere, with Tuesday's two-hour episode its second highest-rated telecast ever. "Idol" averaged a monster 37.3 million viewers and a "American Idol" showed no signs of faltering in its sixth…

  5. Chart Beat

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyonce, Hank Williams Jr., 2006-2007 hits and more! LIKE THE TITLE SAYS: "Irreplaceable," indeed. Beyonce's latest hit has stretched its reign over the Hot 100 to six weeks, making it the second-longest running No. 1 of the songs that achieved pole position in…

  6. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss American Idols, Elton John and more. 'IDOL' CHATTER Happy Holidays Mr. Bronson, Now that Taylor Hicks' debut album has had a second week of sales tabulated, we can see that it will not rank among the TV franchise's biggest hits. Some people may…

  7. Chart Beat

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Kimberley Locke, other American Idols, Incubus and more! 'JINGLE' ALL THE WAY: It's beginning to look a lot like Kimberley Locke has a lock on Christmas. For the second year in a row, she tops the Adult Contemporary chart with a seasonal song written in the 19th…

  8. Ask Billboard

    December 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about the Billboard Music Awards, Carrie Underwood and "High School Musical." WINNERS AND LOSERS Keith, I am in an office of 25 people and for fun, we went to the Fox and Billboard Web sites and handed out ballots based upon the finalists for the…

  9. Chart Beat

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Dean Martin, several American Idols, Johnny Cash and more! HIS SECOND COUNTRY SONG: Dean Martin had pop hits when he covered Stuart Hamblen's No. 2 country tune from 1950, "(Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You" and Hank Locklin's No. 5 country song…

  10. Chart Beat

    November 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred tackles news on Akon, Yusuf Islam, Beyonce and more! DOUBLE TEAMED: Akon has secured his first No. 1 hit on The Billboard Hot 100, but it's not "Smack That," the single that remains No. 2 for the fifth consecutive week. Instead, "I Wanna Love You" (SRC/Up Front…

  11. Underdogs Begin Busy Year With 'Dreamgirls' Soundtrack

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST One telltale movement signals that a recording has passed final muster with the Underdogs: The production duo's heads bob in unison throughout the song. One telltale movement signals that a recording has passed final muster with the Underdogs: The production duo's heads bob in…

  12. Chart Beat

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred tackles news on "Hannah Montana," Justin Timberlake, "American Idol" and more! MAKING THE 'MOST' OF IT: Rascal Flatts writes its own chapter in chart history as it becomes the first group to have a song reach pole position on both the Adult Contemporary and…

  13. Timberlake, T.I. Remain No. 1 With 'My Love'

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Justin Timberlake's second No. 1 single in recent months, "My Love" featuring T.I., retains the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The cut also holds atop the Pop 100 and Hot Digital Justin Timberlake's second No. 1 single in recent months, "My Love…

  14. Chart Beat

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred tackles news on "Hannah Montana," Justin Timberlake, "American Idol" and more! THE STATE OF 'MONTANA': "Hannah Montana" isn't the first fictional character to appear on a Billboard chart, but the teenage singer portrayed by Miley Cyrus in the…

  15. Chart Beat

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses American Idols, Justin Timberlake and more! IDOL VS. IDOL: Last week it seemed certain that Carrie Underwood was going to collect the 100th No. 1 for the "American Idol" franchise, but certainty flew out the window because her single "Before He Cheats" …

  16. Diddy Scores First No. 1 Album In Nine Years

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 this week with "Press Play." The Bad Boy/Atlantic effort also knocks Lloyd Banks' "Rotten Apple" from the throne on the Top R&B/H Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997…

  17. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," the Pussycat Dolls and more! MARIO ON THE MOVE Fred, Love your column. I really enjoyed reading your piece about the Latin charts this week. Last week, the single "Gallery" by Mario Vazquez reached No. 40 on The Billboard Hot…

  18. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    October 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Diddy's surrounded by stars on his first artist album in five years, Dierks Bentley blends Waylon Jennings with U2, Vince Gill offers four albums in one and JoJo makes a big splash with her second alb Former "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard's third album, "The…

  19. 41OnTV

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Oct. 9 - 15, 2006. MONDAY, OCT. 9 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured Artist(s): James Blunt (also scheduled: Donald Trump, John Cena. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist(s): Sam Moore (also scheduled: Robin…

  20. Chart Beat

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Clay Aiken, Miki Howard and more. A THOUSAND = 99: One question I'm asked all the time is if I think the contestants on "American Idol" have staying power. In the past, I've had to say that time will tell... but time keeps passing and, three years after he…

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