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Joel Carver Whitburn (born November 29, 1939) is an American author and music historian. Work[edit] Whitburn founded Record Research Inc. in 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.[1] 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".[2] 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, 45-rpm single, LP, and compact disc to reach the Billboard charts. In collaboration with Rhino Records, Whitburn has produced over 150 CD compilations, which are typically compiled according to their Billboard chart performance. Whitburn's Record Research is Billboard's longest-running licensee, with a relationship extending over 40 years. References[edit]

^ Billboard Books' Newest Stars. Billboard. June 1, 1996. p. 106. Retrieved May 19, 2010.  ^ "Chat Board". Top 40 Music on Compact Disk. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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Billboard charts

Albums

Billboard 200

Top Album Sales Top Catalog Albums Digital Albums Billboard Comprehensive Albums (defunct)

R&B/Hip-Hop

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Rap Albums

Rock

Rock Albums Alternative Albums Hard Rock Albums Folk Albums

Country

Top Country Albums

Latin

Top Latin Albums Regional Mexican Albums Latin Pop Albums Latin Rhythm Albums Tropical Albums

Religious

Christian Albums

Other

Heatseekers Albums Tastemaker Albums Dance/Electronic Albums Independent Albums Jazz Albums Reggae Albums Comedy Albums Kid Albums

International

Canadian Albums European Albums (defunct)

Singles and tracks

Hot 100

Radio Songs Digital Songs Digital Tracks Hot Singles Sales Streaming Songs On-Demand Songs Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles

Pop

Mainstream Top 40 Adult Contemporary Adult Top 40 Pop 100 (defunct) Top 40 Tracks (defunct)

Dance/Electronic

Dance Club Songs Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Dance/Mix Show Airplay Dance/Electronic Singles Sales (defunct) Dance/Electronic Digital Songs

R&B/Hip-Hop

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Hot Rap Songs Hot R&B Songs Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Adult R&B Songs Rhythmic

Rock

Hot Rock Songs Mainstream Rock Alternative Triple A

Country

Hot Country Songs Country Airplay

Latin

Hot Latin Songs Latin Pop Airplay Regional Mexican Airplay Tropical Airplay Latin Rhythm Airplay

Religious

Hot Christian Songs

Other

Heatseekers Songs Smooth Jazz Songs

International

Brasil Hot 100 Airplay Canadian Hot 100 Euro Digital Songs Japan Hot 100 Philippine Hot 100 Kpop Hot 100 European Hot 100 (defunct) Türkiye Top 20 (defunct)

Lists of number-one albums and singles

Adult Contemporary Alternative Songs Billboard 200 Dance Club Songs Dance/Electronic Albums Dance/Mix Show Airplay Americana/Folk Albums Hot 100 Hot Country Songs Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs K-Pop Mainstream Rock Top Country Albums Year-End

Lists of artists who reached number one

US Canada Japan Dance Club Songs Dance/Mix Show Airplay Alternative Songs Mainstream Rock Adult Contemporary Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Rhythmic Hot Country Songs Adult Top 40 Mainstream Top 40 Latin Songs Social 50 Artist 100

See also

Billboard Radio Monitor (defunct) List of Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
chart achievements and milestones List of Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
chart achievements by decade Music & Media (defunct) R&R (defunct) Billboard Japan Billboard Greece Billboard Türkiye Billboard Brasil Billboard En Español Billboard K-Town

Timeline List of K-pop on the Billboard charts Albums Songs

Billboard Philippines Billboard Twitter Real-Time Uncharted (defunct) Joel Whitburn

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 74034143 LCCN: n50083270 ISNI: 0000 0001 0987 8483 GND: 130465321 SUDOC: 139136274 BNF: cb13770314r (data)

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