The Info List - Joel Whitburn

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JOEL CARVER WHITBURN (born November 29, 1939) is an American author and music historian .


Whitburn founded RECORD RESEARCH Inc. in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
, in 1970 and put together a team of researchers to examine in detail all of _Billboard _'s music and video charts. Record Research publishes reference books based on data from the various popular music charts and to date has published over 200 books, 50 of which are currently in the Record Research catalogue. His flagship publication is _Top Pop Singles_, which covers the history of _Billboard_'s popular music charts. Featuring each recording's peak position, date charted, weeks charted, label and information, and trivia on recordings and artists, Whitburn's books are used extensively by the entertainment industry (especially radio DJs) and music fans worldwide. His research extends from 1890 to the present and covers many genres.

Whitburn is also the author of the series _Top 40 Hits_, published by Billboard Books.

Most recently published was the ninth edition of _The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 1955–2009_, published in 2010. In 2014 Paul Haney of Record Research reported, "there are no plans for a 10th edition and I doubt there will ever be one".

The 1955–2015 edition of _Top Pop Singles_ has been released, according to the company's website.

Whitburn is an avid collector of phonograph records , with one of the world's largest collections in his underground vault. His collection includes a copy of nearly every 78-rpm record