1. Ask Billboard

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about Prince, Sade, Enya and Andrew Seeley. THE ARTIST'S ULTIMATE? Hi Keith I just recently read online about a new Prince 'best of' album coming out this year. Is this confirmed? What is the tracklist? Will it feature any unreleased material?…

  2. Chart Beat Chat

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Beyonce, CeCe Winans, Jack Johnson, Lifehouse, Kelly Clarkson and more with readers. CHECK ON BEYONCÉ Hi, Fred! Thanks always for your informative and entertaining column! I recall a few years ago when Jennifer Lopez charted with her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 ("Ain&…

  3. Chart Beat

    February 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson's 'Curious' No. 1, Carrie Underwood's lengthy country run, plus Pink, Wisin and Yandel and other chart tibits. THE MONKEY TIME: Jack Johnson's fourth chart entry on The Billboard 200 is his first to reach pole position. Entering the chart at No. 1 is …

  4. Chart Beat Chat

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses James Blunt, "High School Musical" and Gwen Stefani with readers. PUTTING IT BLUNTLY Dear Fred, I've just checked out the latest Hot 100 and was more than happy to learn of James Blunt's rise into the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with …

  5. Chart Beat Chat

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "High School Musical," musical siblings, Bedingfields, Lee Greenwood and much more with readers. NEVER HEARD OF A HUDGENS, NOR AN EFRON Fred, Has anyone, especially an obscure singer such as Zac Efron, had a better week? He had two debuts last week (at No. 86 and No.…

  6. Beyoncé Still No. 1, 'High School' Breaks Record

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé's "Check On It" featuring Slim Thug retains its No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, but the star this week is the "High School Musical" soundtrack, which spawns several Beyoncé's "Check On It" featuring Slim Thug retains its…

  7. Chart Beat

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The rewriting of chart history by "High School Musical" is tackled in this week's column, as is news on John Corbett, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, James Blunt and Natasha Bedingfield. 'FREE' THROW: Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens are actors, so it's likely…

  8. Beyoncé, Slim Thug Battle Their Way To No. 1

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beyoncé's "Check on It" featuring Slim Thug rises one rung to claim the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The cut ends the two-week run of Nelly's "Grillz" featuring Paul Wall and Al Beyoncé's "Check on It" featuring Slim Thug rises…

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