Fred Bronson

This Week In Billboard History: Meet Newcomer Britney Spears; Is 'Louie Louie' Pornography?

This Week In Billboard History: Meet Newcomer Britney Spears; Is 'Louie Louie' Pornography?

Guess which of these things happened during the week of January 30 in Billboard history: A) Newcomer named Britney Spears in 1999 debuts atop both the album and singles charts. B) The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie," a 1964 hit song with lyrics that are all but indecipherable, is called "pornographic" by the Governor of Indiana. C) Manufacturers and merchandisers have a "brilliant" idea: the CD longbox. D) All of the above...
Seymour Stein: A Chronology

Seymour Stein: A Chronology

A chronology of industry pioneer and Sire Records head Seymour Stein, Billboard's first Icon Award recipient. 
This Week In Billboard History: President Elvis? Capitol's Beatlemania Headache; Gwen & Gavin's Labels Split

This Week In Billboard History: President Elvis? Capitol's Beatlemania Headache; Gwen & Gavin's Labels Split

During this week in Billboard History: After two "country & western" artists announce their candidacies for political offices in 1960, Billboard speculates that the Elvis, the King, may someday be President. Also, Beatlemania stresses out Capitol's production plants and Almo Sounds announces a distribution deal with Interscope as Trauma Records leaves and as a result future husband and wife Gavin Rossdale & Gwen Stefani suddenly find themselves on different labels.

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