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Record setting Records and Artists: R&B Charts

Record Breaking Records: R&B Charts

I have touched on the R&B charts many times throughout my posts, however today I would like to lay out the history as well as point out some of the many milestones achieved by both songs and artists. Charts in the music business are very much about sales and making money. As interesting as we find them, they do not always represent the truly great artists and songs. Sometimes it takes time and reflection to arrive at not only the lasting opinions but the evidence to establish what was overlooked. An example of an overlooked artist during his time is Chuck Berry. You may find this assertion surprising as almost everyone that listens to American music has at least heard his name and is able to recognize a song or two, though his only #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 was “My Ding-a-Ling” in 1972. Berry was among the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is widely cited as one of if not the most influential Rock and Roll artist …

Record setting Records and Artists

Record-setting Records

There are so many different achievements that artists and their recorded music have attained and here I have highlighted some that I found interesting. I will stick to chart achievements today and perhaps I will do an awards post in the future. So you won’t find many big surprises and some references may be a bit obscure (but worth a mention). Many of these stats are current up to 2018/2019. Some may be a bit older as calculating them has become increasingly more difficult with streaming services challenging the traditional charts on many fronts. The lists also come from different organizations and most are skewed towards music from the US, adding in the UK and Western Europe to some degree. In large part it is because the major organizations like the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and Billboard are American, not to mention the largest consumer base resides in the US. As I was editing I found there was too much for one post so I will spin off my…