Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album was on the Billboard charts for 741 consecutive weeks from 1973 to 1988, and in total has charted for 950 weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of a 1993 proposal to build a giant advertising billboard in outer space that would appear roughly the same size and brightness as the moon. The project didnt meet funding and inspired a bill to ban all advertisement in outer space. wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_…
The Barenaked Ladies song β€œOne Week” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard charts β€” where it remained for exactly one week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
When Boeing fired over 70,000 employees in Seattle during the 1970s Boeing Bust, a billboard was placed on the highway leaving Seattle stating: β€œWill the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights.” seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Billboards are banned in Vermont and Maine wikipedia.org/wiki/Billbo…
The Supremes are the most successful American group on the US Billboard Hot 100 with 12 number-one peaks holding the record since 1970. The closest group after them is Hall & Oates with 6. 247wallst.com/special-rep…
"Ice Ice Baby" was actually the B-side of a single version of a cover of "Play That Funky Music", but rose to popularity after a DJ played it instead of the A-side, ultimately becoming the first hip-hop song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Pop music has been getting increasingly repetitive, no matter the genre, and that this trend correlates most strongly with the billboard top 10. pudding.cool/2017/05/song…
Prince's "Purple Rain" reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for two weeks, being kept off the top spot by "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham! faroutmagazine.co.uk/prin…
Madonna holds the Billboard record for most number 2 singles in the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Geddy Lee's "Take Off" (1981) hit #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, which was five positions higher then the highest-charting vocal he had with Rush, 1982's "New World Man." ultimateclassicrock.com/g…
When "Foolish Beat" by Debbie Gibson went #1 in 1988 she became the youngest artist (at 17) ever to have written, produced, and performed a Billboard number-one single, as entered in the 1988 Guinness Book of World Records, a record she continues to hold 32 years later... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
, when disco died out, The Village People tried to remake themselves into a New Wave band. Their new album climbed no higher than 138 on the Billboard 200. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
David Bowie didn’t live to see a number 1 album. Black Star came out the day after he died and it’s the only album to make number 1 on Billboard cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Creedence Clearwater Revival released 3 albums in a single year (1969), all reaching Top 10 on the US Billboard chart. That same year they also toured incessantly, played Woodstock, and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
The Marvelettes were the first significantly successful girl group for Motown Records. In 1961, the group released their debut single β€œPlease Mr. Postman,” the first Motown song to reach number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Theme from Shaft by Isaac Hayes was the first #1 song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to feature a curse word ("damn") in the lyrics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The song "The First Cut is the Deepest," covered by Sheryl Crow (#1 Billboard Adult Top 40) and Rod Stewart (#1 UK Singles Chart), was actually written in 1965 by Cat Stevens. He sold the song for Β£30. youtube.com/watch?v=aBccr…
4 states ban billboards. That's Hawaii, Vermont, Maine, and Alaska. blog.nomadcommunications.…
Today I learned about Osborne Bulls, iconic bull-shaped billboards found on highways throughout Spain that once served as advertisements for Vetenaro brandy. First erected during the 1950s, The billboards have become something of a national symbol in Spain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osb…
To promote β€œThe Room”, Tommy Wiseau personally spent $5,000 a month on a highway billboard advert for 5 years. This is in spite of the fact that the film only played for 2 weeks in the summer of 2003. Wiseau kept promoting it for years after it closed. vox.com/culture/2017/12/2…
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have never had a number 1 single in the US billboard Hot 100 charts. "Under the Bridge" peaked at number 2 in 1992. billboard.com/music/red-h…
Sonny Bono is the only member of Congress to have scored a number-one pop single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
Despite Led Zeppelin being #5 on the list of all-time records sold in the US, with 111 million records sold, they never had a #1 single on the Billboard Top 100. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The highest-ranking Billboard 200 death metal album of all time is from the virtual band Dethklok from the show Metalocalpyse. Frontman and co-creator Brendan Small performs the vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, keyboard, and bass in recordings; in the show he voices most of the main characters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Det…
The cast of Glee has 207 Billboard Hot 100 hits billboard.com/articles/ev…
Sir Elton John has had 73 songs on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart (a record), with 39 of those making the top ten (also a record), with 16 of those hitting number one (also a record). guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The legendary Johnny Cash fought for the rights of Native Americans and dedicated an entire album to them. Radio stations refused to play any of the album. In retaliation, Cash bought an ad on Billboard asking: "Where are your guts?" billboard.com/amp/article…
Hawaii has a law that prohibits any person from erecting, maintaining, or using a billboard or displaying any outdoor advertising device. capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscur…
Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and Vermont have banned billboard advertising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
The longest titled song to ever chart in Billboard is "Medley: Intro 'Venus' / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I'll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You're Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The Go-Go's are the only all-female band to both write their own songs and play their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Jackie Gleason (of the "Honeymooners" and "Smokey and the Bandit" fame) had a secondary career producing a series of "mood music" albums. His first album, Music for Lovers Only, holds the record for the longest stay on the Billboard Top Ten Charts (153 weeks). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
In 1970, the song "Rubber Duckie" sung by Ernie (Jim Henson) on Sesame Street peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart content.time.com/time/spe…
Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody has now hit the billboard hot 100 in three separate decades. billboard.com/articles/co…
Today I learned about The Masked Marauders, a supposed supergroup that contained Bob Dylan, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Mick Jagger. In reality, no such band existed, being entirely made up by Rolling Stone. Nevertheless, an album they released reached No. 114 on the Billboard in 1969. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Boeing in the 1970s fired 60,000 employees following the failure of their Concorde knock-off and a downturn in general aviation. So many people left the city there was a billboard that read "Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
Billboards featuring naked breasts caused 517 traffic accidents in 1 day. autoblog.com/2014/10/17/n…
In 1982, three guys lived on a billboard as part of a radio contest. The last one to come down would win an $18,000 mobile home. The contest became international news, one of the contestants was caught selling weed, and it went on for so many months that it had to be ended with two winners. philly.com/philly/enterta…
"Closer" by Nine Inch Nails missed the Billboard top 40 by one spot one week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Sony was sued over the digital version of Times Square in Sam Raimi's first Spiderman movie. Some of the real billboards and other ads were replaced with alternative versions and the real advertisers sued. cnet.com/news/spider-man-…
"Another Night" by Real McCoy holds the record for most weeks at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It held that spot for eleven non-consecutive weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ano…
The billboards in Times Square are so so central to the area's identity that there's actually a zoning code that requires all buildings on that stretch of Broadway to have at least one illuminated sign of a certain size. gizmodo.com/how-times-squ…
On April 4th, 1964 the Beatles controlled the entire top five on the Billboard Hot 100. They’re the only band/artist to ever do so. billboard.com/articles/co…
Bob Newhart had never done standup comedy before a live audience when he recorded his first album. It became the first comedy album to reach #1 on the Billboard chart, and the first to win the Grammy for Album of the Year. He’s also the only non-musician to win the Grammy for Best New Artist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1982, 3 men in Allentown, PA sat on a billboard for 261 days to win a house. It was to promote the station, WSAN-AM’s format change from country music to nostalgic hits. Instead of promoting the station, the contest became a story that symbolized the economic struggles of the early 1980s. philly.com/philly/enterta…
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album was on the Billboard charts for a total of 741 consecutive weeks from 1973 to 1988 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Two people attacked journalist Dan Rather in 1986 New York while repeating "Kenneth, what is the frequency?” R.E.M turned the phrase into the song β€œWhat's the Frequency, Kenneth?" It was the first song to debut at number one on Billboard Modern Rock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
Nickleback’s All The Right Reasons is ranked 9th on Billboard’s 200 Greatest Albums of all time, ahead of Rumors by Fleetwood Mac (15), The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd (31), Ten by Pearl Jam (45), and every Beatles album. billboard.com/charts/grea…
Abraham, Martin and John is the only song to make the Billboard Top 40 five times with five different artists. The songwriter also wrote Snoopy vs. The Red Baron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
From 1982-1983, three men in Allentown PA competed in a radio contest in which they lived on top of a billboard in tents. Whoever stayed up longest would win a house. Due to economic pressure from the recession, none of the contestants wanted to give up, so the contest lasted almost 9 months. lehighvalleylive.com/ente…
Bruce Springsteen wrote exactly one number 1 song from the Billboard Hot 100 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
Today I learned of a radio contest where the last person to leave a billboard was going to be given a house.261 days later, with no end in sight, they awarded it to the remaining 2 people. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Creedence Clearwater Revival was only active for 5 years (1967-1972), and during that time had five singles reach the #2 spot on the Billboard Top 100, but never had a #1 single wikipedia.org/wiki/Creede…
Legislation sponsored by the billboard industry created a loophole in the law which allowed illegal billboard to be presumed legal if they have been in place for five years without receiving a notice of violation and the burden of proof lies with the inspectors latimes.com/opinion/edito…
In 1987 Bruce Willis released a Motown R&B album called The Return of Bruno, with songs charting high on the US Billboard and UK Singles Chart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
4 US states have completely banned billboards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
Robert Downey Jr. has released a musical album entitled The Futurist. The album debuted at number 121 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 16,000 copies in its first week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Viola Smith, who began her career as a drummer in the 1920s, featured on the cover of Billboard magazine in 1940, performed on the Ed Sullivan Show 5 times and is still playing today at 106 years old! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack album reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame," which is still sung at major league baseball games, was written by a man who had never even attended a baseball game. He was inspired by a billboard. straightdope.com/columns/…
The song "Red Red Wine" was written by Neil Diamond in '67. The band UB40 covered it in '83 in a light reggae style and it reached #1 on the Billboard 100. Diamond has stated that it is one of his favorite covers and he often performs the song in the UB40 style instead of the original version. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
β€œThe Beatles Movie Medley” is the only Beatles single to never be released on CD or digital download. It was a 4 minute medley of previous Beatles songs that reached #12 on the Billboard hot 100 in 1982. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Over a dozen TV theme songs have made the US Billboard charts. Three even hit #1: S.W.A.T; Welcome Back Kotter; and Miami Vice metv.com/lists/18-classic…
Barbra Streisand is the only artist to have Billboard 200 #1 albums in six different decades, from the 1960s to the 2010s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
JoJo is the youngest singer to ever reach the top of the US Billboard Pop songs chart, at the age of 13. In 2018 she also re-recorded her entire debut album originally released in 2004, after losing the rights of the album to her label. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JoJ…
Today I learned of a 1993 proposal to build a giant advertising billboard in outer space that would appear roughly the same size and brightness as the moon. The project didnt meet funding and inspired a bill to ban all advertisement in outer space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Billboards are banned in Vermont. twistedsifter.com/2014/10…
In the 1970s after Boeing fired 63,000 employees in Seattle alone, someone put up this billboard: "Will the last person leaving Seattle - Turn out the lights." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album Double Fantasy was originally rather poorly received. However, it started selling much better after Lennon was assasinated 3 weeks after its release, ultimately spending 8 weeks on top of the Billboard charts and getting a Grammy award for Album of the Year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
80s hit single Tarzan Boy by Baltimora, which spent six months on the Billboard Hot 100, often considered a one-hit wonder, was not sung by Jimmy McShane, who appears in the music video and lipsyncs in live performances, even though he provided backup vocals and wrote other songs for the band popmatters.com/108359-one…
The Song β€œRubber Duckie” by Ernie from Sesame Street, reached #16 on the Billboard charts in September of 1970. billboard.com/charts/hot-…
For a decade in the 1920s, the Eiffel tower was the worlds largest billboard. As dusk fell hundreds of lights were turned on to illuminate the name of the car manufacturer CitroΓ«n. autocar.co.uk/car-news/in…
The city of Sao Paolo passed a "Clean City Law" a decade ago banning outdoor advertisements. Over 300,000 ostentatious business signs, billboards, posters, bus and taxi ads were taken down. Removing ads revealed civic issues, including hidden slums previously masked by adverts. 99percentinvisible.org/ar…
Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is the only song by a Welsh singer ever to top the US Billboard 100. bbc.co.uk/wales/music/sit…
Three airlines in India went on an advertising war after Jet Airways put up a billboard that said, β€œWe’ve changed.” Kingfisher Airlines put one above Jet's that said, β€œWe made them change!!” Go Air then put up a third one that said, β€œWe’ve not changed. We are still the smartest way to fly.” financialexpress.com/indu…
Kanye West hasn't had a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in 9 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
One man is largely responsible for the complete ban on advertising billboards in the US state of Vermont twistedsifter.com/2014/10…
Not a single Iron Maiden song has ever charted within US Billboard Hot 100 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
Reggae singer Snow's hit single "Informer" hit No.1 on the Billboard charts in 1993 while he was in jail. He only found out from a fellow inmate who got out, heard the song, and called Snow in jail. cbcmusic.ca/posts/20726/s…
Despite receiving critical acclaim and debuting #1 on Billboard, Frank Ocean didn't submit 'Blond' for Grammy consideration billboard.com/articles/co…
Snoop Dogg wrote, starred in, and created the score for a hardcore porn video that was shot at his house. It was the first hardcore video ever listed on the Billboard music video sales chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
A couple pay about $200 a month to light a billboard featuring Jesus among a field of wheat in Kansas. www2.ljworld.com/news/200…
The shortest song to ever reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart is "Stay (just a little bit longer)" by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs at 1 minute and 36 seconds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Bob the Builder's cover of Mambo No. 5 hit #1 on the UK Billboard chart in 2001. billboard.com/articles/ne…
Today I learned of Klaatu, a mystery band so good they were thought to be a secret reunion of The Beatles. The rumors snowballed until they were selling 20,000 copies per day in the U.S. alone, reached the Top 40 Billboard worldwide, and were covered by the biggest artist of the time, until they were found out. ledgernote.com/blog/inter…
Dr. Dre didn’t want 21 Questions on 50 Cent’s debut album because it’s a sappy love song on a gangsta album. 50 said that he was two people. The song eventually went on to go number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21_…
Only 1 country song has debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Carrie Underwood's first song, "Inside Your Heaven", which she recorded after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Canadian rock band Three Days Grace holds the Billboard records for both most No. 1 mainstream rock songs and most total weeks at No. 1 since they started tracking in 1981. billboard.com/articles/co…
On April 4, 1964, the entire Billboard 100 Top 5 consisted only of songs by The Beatles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There are 4 states that ban billboards - Hawaii, Alaska, Vermont and Maine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Foreigner’s β€œWaiting for a Girl Like You” spent a record-setting 10 weeks at number 2 spot on the Billboard charts but never hit number 1, thanks to β€œPhysical” by Olivia Newton John (9 weeks) & β€œI Can’t Go for That” by Hall & Oates en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wai…
Eight people reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 posthumously, including Jim Croce and Otis Redding, who both died in plane crashes. billboard.com/articles/co…
"Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis was the first song since 1994 to reach No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart without the support of a major record label. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Elvis' 1961 song "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1993, the UB40 version spent 7 weeks in the #1 spot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The first white rapper to hit the billboard hot 100 was Blondie , the second was Rodney Dangerfield . mtv.com/news/2905399/a-co…
When Maurice Seiderman, the makeup artist on Citizen Kane whose work in the film is considered pioneering, would not be given a credit due to not technically being a department head, Orson Welles opted to not have a makeup credit and instead took out a billboard personally thanking Seiderman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
The song 'One Week' by Barenaked Ladies was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Pearl Jam's cover of "Last Kiss" was originally released only to the band's fan club as a Christmas single; however, by popular demand, it was released to the public and peaked at number two on the Billboard charts, becoming the band's highest-charting hit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…

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