During the week of Feb. 6 in Billboard History: The day the music died: when a plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper tragically crashed, the show went on -- for which Bobby Vee was grateful. Also, Motown goes country, jazz and Pat Boone; and "High School Musical" has "Glee"-like numbers pre-"Glee."
“Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius, who died early today of an apparent suicide at age 75, spoke with Billboard many times over the last 40 years. Here is a look at some highlights from those interviews.
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...
This Week in Billboard History: In 1960 radio programmers resistant to "raucous" sounds of rock and roll change their formats to "sweeter, swinging sounds." Also, the first album comes out of the closet in 1978; Stevie Wonder releases "Happy Birthday" for Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday in 1982.
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.
Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, who was born Saturday, is now the youngest person ever credited with gracing a Billboard chart, as Jay-Z's newly-recorded studio cut “Glory” – officially billed as "featuring B.I.C.," an abbreviation of Blue Ivy Carter – begins on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 74.