Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fast facts on Billboard magazine

First issue of Billboard magazine

* Founded in Cincinatti in 1894 by William H. Donaldson and James H. Hennegan as a trade paper for the bill posting industry.

* Started publishing music charts in 1936 in three music genres: Pop, Rhythm and Blues and Country and Western.

* Publishes more than 100 charts in such genres as classical, country, Latin, folk,jazz, gospel

* The Hot 100 chart was first published in 1958.

* Read in over 100 countries.

* Its website has 2.5 million unique visitors monthly.

* Chart positions are calculated based on both sales figures and airplay

* Headquartered in New York

* Owned by e5 Global Media

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