Marvin Hamlisch, who died yesterday in LA at age 68, leaves behind a chart legacy on the Billboard Hot 100 that stretches over 45 years, from his first pop hit in 1965 to a pair of “A Chorus Line” remakes by the Glee Cast in 2010. His biggest hits on the Hot 100 were all by female artists, from Lesley Gore in the 1960s to Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Melissa Manchester in the 1970s to Lauryn Hill in the 1990s. But that leaves out his work with Liza Minnelli and the Wu-Tang Clan...
While Comic-Con, the annual pop culture convention that takes place in San Diego, Calif. every July, is mainly a visual feast, with heavy emphasis on film, television, video games and, of course, comic books, there is invariably a music component. This year music played a prominent role on the BMI panel, Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto'-inspired comic and the "Glee" panel that discussed the show's second Britney Spears episode.
Carrie Underwood may have recorded "Independence Day," but it is Kelly Clarkson who made American Idol history yesterday, July 4, as the latest sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan confirm her current hit, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," to be the best-selling Idol single of all time, surpassing the long-time champion, Underwood's "Before He Cheats."
Kelly Clarkson makes 'American Idol' history as the latest sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan confirm her current hit, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” to be the best-selling Idol single of all time, surpassing the long-time champion, Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.”
Ten years ago tonight, families all over the U.S. sat down in front of their TVs and watched the first episode of a new Fox-TV series called “American Idol.” Since then, the show's been responsible for 345 No. 1s on the Billboard charts including a record-setting 73 Billboard chart-toppers by "American Idol"'s very first winner, Kelly Clarkson.
"American Idol," which turns ten years old today, is an undeniable pop music hit machine. Since its inception on June 11, 2002, "Idol" has spawned 345 Billboard chart-toppers and a platoon of pop idols, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Undewood, Daughtry, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Jordin Sparks while remaining a TV ratings juggernaut. Here then are charts breaking down "Idol"'s pop dominance over the last decade.