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Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. It maintains several internationally recognized music charts that track the most popular songs and albums in various categories on a weekly basis. Its most famous chart, the "Billboard Hot 100", ranks the top 100 songs regardless of genre and is frequently used as the standard measure for ranking songs in the United States. The "Billboard 200" survey is the corresponding chart for album sales. A collection of magazines A magazine is a periodical publication containing a variety of articles, generally financed by advertising and/or purchase by readers. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Billboard 200 is a listing of the 200 highest selling music albums in the United States, published weekly in Billboard magazine. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks, released together commercially in an audio format to the public. ...

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History

When founded in 1894, Billboard magazine was a trade paper for the bill posting industry, hence the magazine's name. Within a few years of its founding, it began to carry news of outdoor amusements, a major consumer of billboard space. Eventually the cart went before the horse and Billboard became the paper of record for circuses, carnivals, amusement parks, fairs, vaudeville, minstrels,whale shows and other live entertainment. The magazine made a huge strategic mistake in the early 1900s when it ceeded motion picture news to Variety, founded in 1905. Beginning with the first issue of 1961, Billboard spun off all its departments except music,devoting the entire book to that industry. The outdoor departments were transferred to a start-up magazine called Amusement Business which continues to this day, mainly as a carnival trade publication. 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


Billboard charts

Main article: Billboard charts

On January 4, 1936 Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. Since 1958 the Hot 100 has been published, combining single sales and radio airplay. On January 4, 1936 Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. ... January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The hit parade is the list of songs most popular at any given time. ... July 20 is the 201st day (202nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 164 days remaining. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less*) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... Airplay is a technical term used in the radio industry to state how frequently a song is being played on a radio station. ...


To this day, the most successful acts on Billboard's charts are Mariah Carey, Bing Crosby, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Beatles, Janet Jackson, and Michael Jackson. Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone (born August 16, 1958) is an American pop singer, dancer, songwriter, producer, actress, and author. ... Elvis redirects here. ... This article is about the American musician. ... The Supremes were a very successful Motown all-female singing group active from 1959 until 1977, performing at various times doo-wop, pop, soul, Broadway showtunes, psychedelia, and disco. ... The Beatles were a pop and rock music group from Liverpool, England, who continue to be held in the very highest regard for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, and their ground-breaking role in the history of popular music. ... Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, actress, and the youngest child of the legendary Jackson family. ... For other people with the same name, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation) Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana) is an American musician and entertainer whose successful music career and controversial personal life have been at the forefront of pop culture for the last quarter-century. ...


Radio countdown programs

For many years, the weekly syndicated radio program "American Top 40," hosted by Casey Kasem (1970 to August 1988 and the middle of 1998 to 2004) and Shadoe Stevens (August 1988 to Feb. 1994), played the top 40 songs on that Billboard chart in reverse order; in 2004, Kasem was replaced with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Casey Kasem (born Kemal Amin Kasem on April 27, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American radio personality and voice actor. ... Shadoe Stevens (born 1947 in Jamestown, North Dakota) was the host of American Top 40 from 1988 to 1995. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... American Idol, formally known as American Idol: The Search for a Superstar, is an American television show. ... American radio and TV personality Ryan Seacrest Ryan John Seacrest (born December 24, 1974 in Dunwoody, Georgia) is an American radio and television personality, most famous as the host of the reality-television talent-search series American Idol. ...


A country music version of "American Top 40"called "American Country Countdown" has been on the air since 1973. The show is hosted each week by Kix Brooks of the country superstar duo Brooks & Dunn, who replaced radio legend Bob Kingsley in January 2006. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... American Country Countdown -- also known as ACC or American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks -- is an internationally syndicated radio program which counts down the top 40 country songs of the previous week, from No. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Brooks & Dunn are a country music singer/songwriter duo, one of the most successful in the history of country music. ... Brooks & Dunn are a country music singer/songwriter duo, one of the most successful in the history of country music. ... Bob Kingsley is a popular radio broadcaster who hosts the nationally syndicated American Country Countdown, and another daily program, Bob Kingsley with Americas MusicMakers. ...


Billboard today

Billboard magazine covers every aspect of the entertainment business, from DVDs to video cassette sales to internet music downloads. It features news stories and opinion articles. For the most part, Billboard is intended for music professionals, such as record label executives and DJs. It is generally not intended for the general public, although it can occasionally be found at bookstores. But despite their extensive coverage of the entertainment business, they are best known for their charts. DVD-R writing/reading side DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... The video cassette recorder (or VCR, less popularly video tape recorder) is a type of video tape recorder that uses removable cassettes containing magnetic tape to record audio and video from a television broadcast so it can be played back later. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ...


Corporate ownership

As of 2005, Billboard is owned by the Dutch conglomerate VNU. A conglomerate is a large company that consists of divisions of often seemingly unrelated businesses. ... VNU (Verenigde Nederlandse Uitgeversbedrijven), which translates into English as United Dutch Publishing Companies) is a Dutch media conglomerate. ...


Further reading

  • Durkee, Rob. "American Top 40: The Countdown of the Century." Schriner Books, New York City, 1999.
  • Battistini, Pete, "American Top 40 with Casey Kasem The 1970s." Authorhouse.com, January 31, 2005. ISBN 1418410705.

New York, New York redirects here. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Standard Book Number, or ISBN (sometimes pronounced is-ben), is a unique[1] identifier for books, intended to be used commercially. ...

External links

  • Billboard official site
  • Billboard history, at Billboard.com

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