Jar of Flies by Alice In Chains was the first EP to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The feat would not be repeated for another 10 years, when the Jay-Z/Linkin Park Collision Course EP did it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar…
The song "Thriller" by Michael Jackson peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It never hit #1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Billboard removed Old Town Road from their country charts because it did not β€œembrace enough elements of today’s country music.” Lil Nas X reached out to Billy Ray Cyrus who later said β€œit’s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?” people.com/country/billy-…
As a hoax, Rolling Stone magazine wrote a review of an album that reportedly included Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney. They hired an obscure band to record a "real," album, and secured a deal with Warner Bros. It reached 114 on Billboard's album chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The song Ice Ice Baby released in 1990 by Vanilla Ice was the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts. It was also written by him in 1983 at the age of 16. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
In 1972 John Lennon released a song called "Woman is the ni---- of the World". It got very little radio air play and reached number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
The now infamous televangelist Kenneth Copeland had a career as a recording artist when young under the name Ken Copeland, getting one of his songs "Pledge of Love" on the Billboard Top 40 which charted in the Top 40 on April 20, 1957 and stayed on the charts for 15 weeks, and peaked at #17 youtube.com/watch?v=q2Ozd…
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_…
Rapper Akon is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ako…
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…
In 1994 Lisa Loeb was the first artist to have a number one Billboard hit without being signed to a major record labelβ€” something doable in the age of the internet and self-distributed music, but unheard of in an era when record labels controlled the industry. That song was β€œStay (I Missed You)” youtube.com/watch?v=OBRtu…
Gary Numan’s album, 'Savage (Songs From A Broken World)' was excluded from Billboard's dance/electronic music chart even though it was mostly recorded with electronic instruments. Gary's album outsold Calvin Harris' number one charted album 'Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1' by approximately 600 copies. musicbusinessworldwide.co…
"Wheat Jesus" is a billboard tourist attraction in the US mid-west roadsideamerica.com/tip/5…
Billboard Magazine Used to Refer to R&B Songs as β€œRace Records” and Country & Western as β€œHillbilly” blackhistory.com/2020/02/…
In 1964 The Beatles were so popular that when "Sie liebt dich", a German language version of "She Loves You" that the Fab Four recorded to increase their German sales, was released in the US, it managed to reach the Billboard Top 100 chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kom…
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…
The Hit Masters karaoke company's version of "All Summer Long" managed to chart higher on Billboard charts that the Kid Rock original, as unlike Kid Rock's version, it was avaliable through digital downloads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
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-…
Michael Jackson's sixth studio album "Thriller" released on November 30, 1982, was listed at number one on the Billboard 200 for 37 weeks from February 26, 1983 to April 14, 1984 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Today I learned about Bobye Hall, a percussionist, who in the year 1971 alone appeared in the Billboard charts 5 times with 4 different artists: Janis Joplin, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye and Carole King. Other artists she worked with include Stevie Nicks, Pink Floyd, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
At 8 minutes 42 seconds, American Pie by Don McLean is the longest song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Billboards are banned in Vermont and Maine wikipedia.org/wiki/Billbo…
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…
Country music used to be known as "hillbilly" music. Billboard released its first country chart in 1939, called "Hillbilly Hits." Though that name lost favor as a pejorative, it left its mark. After country artists started using rock techniques, they created Hillbilly rock, or Rockabilly. historydaily.org/hillbill…
Bowie's 'Ashes to Ashes' single reached No. 1 in the UK charts, and was Bowie's fastest-selling single to that point in time, but only got to No. 101 on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart. MTV ranked the song's music video at 58th on its '100 Greatest Music Videos Ever Made' list. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
Times Square's most famous building has been largely vacant for decades, and generates virtually all of its revenue from exterior billboards. The interior, once home to the New York Times, is now considered to be too cramped and dilapidated to be rentable. insider.com/photos-show-a…
"I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton reached Billboard Hot Country Songs #1 twice - June 1974 and October 1982. The Whitney Houston version reached the Billboard Hot 100 #1 in 1992 (spending a then record 14 weeks), and reached the top 3 in 2012 after her death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_W…
The Beastie Boys have sold 20 million records in the United States, making them the biggest-selling rap group since Billboard began recording sales in 1991 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The last rock song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 was "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback in December 2001 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Lenny McLean, who played β€œBarry the Baptist” in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, was diagnosed with lung cancer while filming and died shortly before the movie’s release (age 49). In response Guy Ritchie had billboards changed to feature McLean and dedicated the film to him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
The White Stripes only has three songs on the Billboards hot 100 chart with Seven Nations Army being the lowest ranking song at 76 billboard.com/music/the-w…
"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…
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…
That, despite being one of the world's biggest bands ever, U2 has only had two number one hits on the Billboard Top 100: "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," both of which come from their 1987 album The Joshua Tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U2_…
In 1986, the band Genesis and four out of the five associate members as solo artists, had songs in the Billboard Top 40 in the same calendar year ultimateclassicrock.com/p…
Despite selling over 35 million albums, the Grateful Dead have only had one song on the Billboard top 40: 1987’s β€œTouch of Grey” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
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…
Taylor Parks (Tayla Parx) aka the actress who played Little Inez in the Hairspray movie (2007) is a co-writer for three Billboard Hot 100 top singles - Love Lies by Khalid & Normani, Thank U Next by Ariana Grande, and High Hopes by P!ATD/ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tay…
The Weather Channel released a Smooth Jazz CD based on the music played during its local weather segments; the CD topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts (2007) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
4 states ban billboards. That's Hawaii, Vermont, Maine, and Alaska. blog.nomadcommunications.…
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…
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…
Cuba Gooding, Sr. was the lead singer for the band The Main Ingredient. According to Billboard, they had 5 top 10 hits with him as lead singer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub…
Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and Vermont have banned billboard advertising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
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…
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…
Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' reentered Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart in 2018 on the strength of a tweet featuring the song playing over a video of the Alcorn State University dance line ajc.com/news/national/thi…
, 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…
Madonna holds the Billboard record for most number 2 singles in the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
After the release of his film Inland Empire, David Lynch campaigned for Laura Dern to get an Oscar nomination by camping on Sunset Boulevard with a 'For Your Consideration' billboard and a live cow. variety.com/2006/scene/aw…

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