I like lists. I like to read lists and make lists. I like all kinds of lists – well, except perhaps for “honey do” lists, I’m not quite so fond of those. In general, though, show me a list and I feel compelled to read it. One of the best list makers ever is Billboard, the music business magazine that compiles charts for various genres in numerous international locales. Billboard has been publishing music charts since the 1930s (its corporate history actually dates to the 1890s) and has long been recognized as the definitive source for data on the popularity of singles and albums.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America – the organization that awards gold and platinum certifications based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets in the United States – the best-selling album of all-time is Eagles’
It may have passed under your radar, but earlier this month, New Kids on the Block (or NKOTB as they sometimes prefer to be called) released their latest album: 10. Why is it called 10? I really don’t know.
Earlier this month, Iowa Public Television showed the special Rock, Pop and Doo Wop as part of their “Festival” fundraising programming. Judging from the frequency of such shows featuring doo wop during their crucial funding drives, I can’t help but conclude that these shows are popular, at least among those who might be willing to open up their pocketbooks. For younger viewers and younger music fans, in general, the term doo wop may not hold a lot of meaning.
If you watched the Grammy Awards earlier this month, you’d have seen that the song “Somebody That I Used to Know” won the prestigious Record of the Year award.