1. Ask Billboard: Is 'Idol' Ruining Rock?

    March 05, 2010 4:05 PM EST 0 0 0 ''AMERICAN IDOL' IS DESTROYING REAL MUSIC TALENT' Hi Gary, What is going on with the charts of today? There are not enough alternative or rock songs charting high on the Billboard Hot 100. Instead we are seeing more and more musi ...

  2. Ask Billboard: Miley's New Movie Music

    February 05, 2010 3:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SNEAKING A FEW MORE PEAKS Hi Gary ...

  3. Ask Billboard: Hot 100 'Peak' Performances

    January 08, 2010 7:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PEAK FORM Hi Gary, Happy 2010 (or ...

  4. Ask Billboard: Going Gaga For Album Re-Releases

    October 30, 2009 5:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. NOT AS EASY AS ABC Hey Gary, In r ...

  5. Ask Billboard: Latest Greatest Hits, Part 2

    October 23, 2009 5:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. GIVING YOU THE BEST THAT I GOT Af ...

  6. Ask Billboard: Prince Of Album Sales

    September 11, 2009 5:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PURPLE REIGN Hi Gary, I love readi ...

  7. Ask Billboard: Madonna vs. Whitney ... vs. Mariah

    August 21, 2009 4:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 MATERIAL GIRL VS. EVERY WOMAN ... VS. MIMI Hi Gary, This e-mail is a follow up to last week's entry from Neil Massey, who asked about album sales of Whitney Houston and Madonna . I'm curious as to how Mariah Carey stacks up against her two ...

  8. Ask Billboard: Madonna vs. Whitney: Who's Sold More?

    August 14, 2009 3:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. MATERIAL GIRL VS. EVERY WOMAN Hi G ...

  9. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Maxwell

    July 10, 2009 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CATALOG VS. CURRENT, CONTINUED Dear Gar ...

  10. Ask Billboard: Beatles, Kenny Chesney, Pink

    June 19, 2009 2:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHERE THE BOYS ARE Hi Gary, This ...

  11. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I ha ...

  12. Ask Billboard: Remakes and One-Hit Wonders

    April 03, 2009 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. JUST DUET Hi Gary! It doesn' ...

  13. Chart Beat Chat

    December 19, 2008 11:36 AM EST 0 0 0 <b><i>A brand new Fred Bronson Chart Beat Chat column will return the week of December 29, 2008 after a brief break for the holidays. Enjoy his most recent column below.<br /> </i></b> DID THE CRITICS SPEAK? Hello Mr. B ...

  14. Chart Beat Chat: Madonna, Taylor Swift

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss royalties after death, Madonna on the Hot 100, Taylor Swift and more! HEIR APPARENT Fred, I write often and you answer often, I never seem to say thank you for all your replies. I also own all but one of your books (whic ...

  15. Chart Beat Chat: 'Apologize,' Mary Mary, Double-Disc Albums

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss "Apologize," Mary Mary, double-disc sets and more! 'APOLOGIZE' ACCEPTED Good morning Fred! I was just checking the Adult Contemporary chart and I find it hard to believe that "Apologize" by ...

  16. Chart Beat Chat: No. 1 Jumps, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss the biggest movers before 2000, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney and more! THIS QUESTION IS SO LAST CENTURY Dear Fred, As an "American Top 40" listener back in the '70s and '80s, I hope you'll answer this ...

  17. Chart Beat

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from David Cook, Donna Summer, Jody Watley and more! 'TIME' IS ON HIS SIDE: The longest run of No. 1s by solo females in the history of the Adult Contemporary chart is over. After a 36-week reign by Colbie Caill ...

  18. Chart Beat Chat: The Jonas Brothers, AC, ABBA

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss chart action from the Jonas Brothers, ABBA, women on the AC chart and more! WALKING BACK TO HELEN Hi Fred, What happened to last week's No. 8 song? Did it fall out of the top 50? Have you heard the music of British ...

  19. Chart Beat Chat: ABBA, Female Dance Artists, Pop-Country

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss ABBA, "Mamma Mia!", ABBA, the timelessness of dance music, ABBA, country-pop crossover and ABBA. ABBA NICE DAY Hey Fred. Thanks for your top 10 ABBA favorites, it made me rediscover and enjoy "Me and Bobby ...

  20. Chart Beat Chat: David Cook, 'You Look Good in My Shirt,' Journey

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss David Cook, Keith Urban and Journey. COOK'S 11 Hi Fred, I have another question about David Cook and his 11 chart entries. I was under the impression that a single had to be actively promoted by the record company t ...

  21. Chart Beat Chat

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss downloads, Leona Lewis, Fergie and more! DOWNLOADABLE, BUT WHEN? Hi Fred, I look forward to Chart Beat and Chart Beat Chat every week! Who determines when a song is made available for paid download? Once a song is select ...

  22. Chart Beat Chat

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Mariah Carey, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney and more! YOU ARE THERE Hey, Fred. It's exciting to witness chart history [being made by] Mariah Carey and Madonna this week; Mariah's 18th No. 1 single (&qu ...

  23. Chart Beat

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Brad Paisley, Mariah Carey and more! KING OF POP (CATALOG): In its original run, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was on The Billboard 200 for 122 weeks, 37 of which were spent at No. 1. With the re-entry o ...

  24. Chart Beat Chat

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Billboard ranks, Shirley Bassey, father/daughter pairings and more! CLIMB UP, WAY UP HIGH Mr. Bronson: I'm not quite sure I understand how Billboard ranks songs for any given year. I am under the impression that it ...

  25. Chart Beat Chat

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," top 10 songs of 2007, Sally Shapiro and more! KEEN FOR MEAN AND GREEN Thank you for sharing that question [about the artist credit for a ringtone] and please thank Anthony ...

  26. Chart Beat Chat

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss "You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch," adult contemporary music, performing rights societies and more! IN THE 'MEAN' TIME Fred: I was perusing the 2007 year-end lists on Billboard.biz when I spotted an ...

  27. Chart Beat Chat

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss father and daughter/son groups, R&B pairings, the Hot 100 and more! ALL IN THE FAMILY Dear Fred, In last week's column, you responded to John Maverick's letter regarding Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus' char ...

  28. Chart Beat Chat

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss father and daughter/son groups, R&B pairings, the Hot 100 and more! ALL IN THE FAMILY Dear Fred, In last week's column, you responded to John Maverick's letter regarding Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus' char ...

  29. Chart Beat Chat

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," ringles, Reba McEntire and more! WILL RINGLES STAR ON THE HOT 100? Hi Fred, First of all let me tell you how much I enjoy reading your column every week. I saw that C ...

  30. Chart Beat Chat

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Nana Mouskouri, Hot Country Songs chart, Joe Dowell's "Muss I Denn" and more! WAS NANA A VISITOR TO THE BILLBOARD 200? Hi Fred! I came across an online article from the Oiko Times that said Greek singer Na ...

  31. Chart Beat Chat

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, misspelled werds and more! HOW DOES BROOKS FIT IN? Dear Fred, While there is a great deal of talk about Garth Brooks' debut at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, I noticed that songs 2-6 on ...

  32. Chart Beat Chat

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss unbreakable chart records, Anne Murray, Carrie Underwood, genre classifications and Sean Kingston. UNBREAKABLE Hi, Fred. There has been a lot of media coverage about Barry Bonds overtaking Hank Aaron's all-time home ...

  33. Chart Beat Chat

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Mariah Carey, Madonna, Sean Kingston and more! MARIAH'S 40TH Hello Fred! Reading your always amazing Chart Beat column, I noticed that Mariah Carey made her 40th chart entry on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. That's ...

  34. Chart Beat Chat

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss "Dance Tonight," Tim and Faith, Big & Rich and more! LAST 'DANCE' Hi, Fred: Just wondering how Paul McCartney's "Dance Tonight" qualified to chart on the Hot 100. I thought that &qu ...

  35. Chart Beat

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Daniel Powter, John Mayer, Alan Jackson and more! 'BAD' IS THE NEW GOOD: A tenacious Daniel Powter maintains his grip on pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart, giving his debut single "Bad Day" (Warner Bros ...

  36. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Katharine McPhee, artists' nationality and back-to-back country hit-makers. DID WE LOVE THEM TWO TIMES? Fred! It has been a while since I've written, but I still enjoy reading your columns each week. I also enj ...

  37. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Rihanna, Billboard's AC chart and Eurovision Song Contest with readers. SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Dear Fred, Why is Rihanna's "SOS" only No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100? It's No. 7 on the Pop 100 and No. 2 on the ...

  38. Chart Beat Chat

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses the T.I., chart jumps, Jennifer Nettles, Bon Jovi and more with readers. DID T.I. SET A RECORD? Fred, Last week T.I's "What You Know" jumped 35 positions on the Billboard Hot 100. This got me thinking about other rap si ...

  39. Chart Beat Chat

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred chats with readers about charts, Madonna, digital downloads, Mary J. Blige and more. AIN'T NOTHING LIKE THE 'REAL, REAL, REAL' THING Dear Fred, In Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles" book, he sometimes lists the sale ...

  40. Chart Beat Chat

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses "American Idol," Daniel Powter, chart records and more with readers. LISA, LISTEN TO ME Hi Fred, I know that you have access to the "American Idol" finalists. Can you please tell Lisa Tucker for me NOT to choose bu ...

  41. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred chats with readers about everything from video downloads, Spanish hitmakers and the action on Billboard's country and adult contemporary charts. VIDEO CHARTS THE RADIO STAR Recently, iTunes has been offering music videos for purchase. Cons ...

  42. Chart Beat Chat

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 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 ...

  43. CHART BEAT CHAT

    January 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Beyoncé, George Strait, Dolly Parton, "chart years," year-end accounting and much more this week with readers. WHERE'S 'FIGHTING' - GILBERT'S GRIPE Dear Fred, I think I found another Beyoncé song that did ...

  44. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Mariah Carey, Madonna, British acts, artists named "Brown" and tequila songs are among the topics Fred discusses with readers. ONE SWEET YEAR Fred, I was not the least bit surprised when Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" w ...

  45. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses dance artists, country singles, chart methodology, George Strait & more with readers. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TOP THE DANCE CHART? Hi Fred, In your column last week you mentioned that on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart, Ma ...

  46. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson discusses charts and artists with readers. STILL 'TOGETHER' Hello Fred! Mariah Carey continues to be the chart phenomenon of the year, as this week she sets a new chart [record]. With "We Belong Together" in its 13th ...

  47. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. THE WAY WE WERE Dear Fred, Comparing and ranking today's music with those [songs] in the real rock era (1955-1990) is not just. Chart methodology has changed a lot since 1991. Due to new chart formulas, ...

  48. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. HOW MUCH 'HEAVEN'? Hello Fred, I have followed your column and Billboard charts for years and have [watched] three "American Idol" winners debut at No. 1. My question to you is how many s ...

  49. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson answers e-mail from Billboard.com readers. ANTHONY VS. BACKSTREET BOYS Hi Fred, I just noticed the sudden resurgence of "Incomplete" on Billboard's Hot 100. Do you think this has something to do with Anthony Fedorov singi ...

  50. CHART BEAT CHAT

    May 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson discusses various topics with readers. MAKING OUR MINDS UP Hello Fred, I know that you are a big fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and so am I. I just heard the official CD of all 39 contestants in this year's 50th celebration of ...

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