The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on radio play and sales; the tracking-week for sales begins on Monday and ends on Sunday, while the radio play tracking-week runs from Wednesday to Tuesday. A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Thursday. Each chart is dated with the “week-ending” date of the Saturday two weeks after. Example:
Monday, January 1 — sales tracking-week begins
Wednesday, January 3 — airplay tracking-week begins
Sunday, January 7 — sales tracking-week ends
Tuesday, January 9 — airplay tracking-week ends
Thursday, January 11 — new chart released, with issue date of Saturday, January 20.
The first number one song of the Hot 100 was “Poor Little Fool” by Ricky Nelson on August 4, 1958
FUNKY NASSAU debuted on the Billboard 100 chart #94, Peaked #15, and stayed on for 14 Weeks The Beginning of the End released an album entitled Funky Nassau in 1971 on Alston Records (a subsidiary of Atlantic Records), and the track “Funky Nassau – Part I” became a hit single in the U.S., peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #7 on the Billboard Black Singles chart. The same track reached #31 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1974.
The Beginning of the End was a group from The Bahamas that consisted of three brothers, Raphael, Leroy & Frank Munnings and a fourth member on bass Fred Henfield. Their only hit “Funky Nassau” on Billboard’s Hot 100 was a lyrical ode to their home city. From its Junkanoo beat to its island brass parts mixed with American funk, its description of “mini-skirts, maxi-skirts and Afro hairdos,”the song extolled the virtues of the group’s Bahamian base.
A surprise hit, it reached the top 15 on both the pop and R&B charts. It was a success for Henry Stone during his days at Atlantic Records, and the money he earned helped him start up TK Records in Miami which introduced KC & The Sunshine Band shortly thereafter.
Funky Nassau 40th. Anniversary Celebrated in Nassau Bahamas October 2011 at a concert for the victims of hurricane Irene hosted by GEMS FM. Raphael Munnings Lead Singer of the musical group” Beginning of the End” introduces Raphael Munnings II first time on stage together a Historic Event. Much thanks to group Visage for their help and support. A U-Star Video Production. Videographer: Wendy Munnings Editor: Raphael Munnings Contact us (email) firstname.lastname@example.org
On August 4, 1958, Billboard premiered one main all-genre singles chart: the Hot 100. Although similar to the Top 100, the first Hot 100 chart reset all songs’ “weeks on chart” status to “1”. The Hot 100 quickly became the industry standard and Billboard discontinued the Best Sellers In Stores chart on October 13, 1958.
The Billboard Hot 100 is still the standard by which a song’s popularity is measured in the United States. The Hot 100 is ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS, sales data compiled by Nielsen Soundscan (both at retail and digitally) and streaming activity provided by online music sources.
There are several component charts that contribute to the overall calculation of the Hot 100. The most significant ones are shown below.
Hot 100 Airplay—(per Billboard) approximately 1,000 stations, “composed of adult contemporary, R&B, hip-hop, country, rock, gospel, Latin and Christian formats, digitally monitored twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Charts are ranked by number of gross audience impressions, computed by cross-referencing exact times of radio airplay with Arbitron listener data.”
Hot Singles Sales—(per Billboard) “the top selling singles compiled from a national sample of retail store, mass merchant and internet sales reports collected, compiled, and provided by Nielsen SoundScan.”
The chart is released weekly and measures sales of physical commercial singles. With the decline in sales of physical singles in the US, songs that become number one on this chart often do not even chart on the Hot 100. Elton John has the record for most physical singles sold in a week, with 3.4 million copies of “Candle in the Wind 1997/Something about the Way You Look Tonight” sold the week of October 11, 1997. Hot Digital Songs—Digital sales are tracked by Nielsen SoundScan and are included as part of a title’s sales points.
On-Demand Songs — A collaboration between Billboard, Nielsen SoundScan and National Association of Recording Merchandisers which measures every on-demand play request and plays from unlimited listener-controlled radio channels.