Eight years ago, when Howard Stern jumped from terrestrial to satellite radio, Sirius had half a million subscribers. Today it has 25.6 million. As he turns 60, Stern looks back at his career and sees radio on the verge of the next step in its evolution: "Every broadcaster who has real drawing power will control his own destiny"
Interns, take note: Howard Stern's executive producer Gary Dell'Abate—who'll celebrate 30 years of working with Stern on Sept. 4—started out bringing the boss lunch. Through the years, he grew into the gatekeeper who books the show's guests (while remaining one of Stern's favorite sources for on-air ribbing).
Ahead of his 60th birthday bash, Howard Stern sat down with Billboard to discuss not only his first eight years at the satellite broadcaster but also all the media over which he's reigned in a career that led to his induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.
After a surprise release Thursday evening, Beyonce's self-titled fifth solo studio set is headed towards a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 when the chart's top 10 is revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Garth Brooks' "Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" is estimated to shift 150,000-160,000 units, but Beyonce is already halfway that sum (in the time it takes someone to fly from New York to Miami).
It’s amazing how quickly a year goes by. It feels like just yesterday Billboard was honoring Adele and One Direction as top artist and top new artist, respectively, of 2012. But then again, that was before the world revisited the merits of “Thrift Shop” purchases, Florida Georgia Line was just a map demarcation and a “20/20 experience” was a hopeful result of an eye examination.