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Madonna is 2nd on Billboard’s The Hot 100’s Top Artists of All Time list

As part of Billboard’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of our Hot 100 chart this week, we’re taking a deeper look at some of the biggest artists and singles in the chart’s history. Here, we revisit the ranking’s 100 biggest artists of all-time.

On Aug. 4 1958, Billboard launched the Hot 100, forever changing pop music — or at least how it’s measured. Sixty years later, the chart remains the gold-standard ranking of America’s top songs each week. And while what goes into a hit has changed (bye, bye jukebox play; hello, streaming!), attaining a spot on the list — or better yet, a coveted No. 1 — is still the benchmark to which artists explore, from Ricky Nelson on the first to Drake on the latest. Which brings us to this hottest-of-the-hot list: the 100 most massive artists over the charts six decades.

1. The Beatles
2. Madonna
3. Elton John
4. Elvis Presley
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BBC Radio 2 celebrates three legends of pop: Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince

Across the August Bank Holiday Weekend (25-27 August), BBC Radio 2 will celebrate the 60th birthdays of three of the most influential names in pop music: Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince.

The weekend kicks off with a Pick of the Pops special (Saturday 25 August, 1-3pm), focussing on Prince and Madonna. To celebrate the huge contribution both artists have made to pop history, Paul Gambaccini will count down their 20 bestselling tracks from their long and illustrious careers. With the figures compiled by The Official Charts Company, this programme will be the last word on which track represents the pinnacle of commercial success for two of the most innovative and influential artists of a generation.

Paul Gambaccini says: “Our Pick of the Pops special is dedicated to two of the leading artists of the past forty years. It has been a privilege to present, first on Radio 1 and later on Radio 2, the chart careers of Prince and Madonna as they occurred. Prince set the standard for musicianship in the 1980s and Madonna for stage presentation in the 1990s. Throughout both decades, they each provided a nonstop sequence of memorable hits. This Bank Holiday weekend we discover which of them have been their top twenty successes in the UK.”

On Bank Holiday Monday, Radio 2 celebrates the week in which Michael Jackson would have turned 60 with presenters across the daytime schedule counting down the King of Pop’s best-selling hits – from 60 to 1.

Mark Goodier (6.30-9.30am), Ken Bruce (9.30am-midday) and Ana Matronic (midday-3pm) will each play five tracks per hour during their shows, with the chance to hear a personal rendition of Man in The Mirror recently recorded by Curtis Stigers in session on Ken’s Show. Trevor Nelson (3-5pm) then presents a Thriller of a programme to reveal the final 20 biggest hits from Michael Jackson.

Trevor Nelson says: “Michael Jackson is an icon and one of my favourite music artists of all time. It seems only right that we honour what would have been a milestone birthday with a complete run-down of his most well-loved songs. Everyone has a favourite Michael Jackson song, whether it be a dancefloor hit like Billie Jean or Thriller, or one of this superstar collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder or Diana Ross – and listeners will be sure to hear them all across Bank Holiday Monday.”

Featuring interviews and archive audio from Michael Jackson himself, Trevor will also be hearing from famous friends and fans of Michael, as they champion their favourite track from the King of Pop. Contributors include Lionel Richie, Samuel L Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Rob Brydon, James Bay, KT Tunstall, Pixie Lott, Martine McCutcheon, Jake Shears, Olly Alexander, Alice Cooper, Leon Bridges, Will Young and Siedah Garratt (who co-wrote Man in the Mirror and duetted with Michael on the Number One hit, I Just Can’t Stop Loving You).

Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2, says: “Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna are three of the most important musicians of modern times, and it seems only fitting to honour them in the year they would all turn 60. Collectively, they have sold hundreds of millions of albums and have fans across the globe and I know these special programmes will resonate with the Radio 2 listeners. Hopefully there will be no Controversy about which tracks hit the number one spot!”

Additionally, BBC Four will be celebrating Madonna on Friday 17 August with two back-to-back programmes – There’s Only One Madonna (10pm), a documentary examining her early years with famous fans paying tribute to their role model and the Madonna Rebel Heart Tour (10.55pm), a full showing of her 2015 world tour.

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Madonna is Billboard’s #1 Hot 100 Female Artist of All-Time

From Billboard:

As we celebrate the Billboard Hot 100’s 60th anniversary, Billboard looks at the top-performing solo female artists in the chart’s history, dating to its Aug. 4, 1958, inception.

With 57 Hot 100 entries and 12 No. 1s, Madonna rules as the chart’s all-time top female artist. The pop icon also lands seven songs in the Hot 100 all-time top 600 songs recap, led by her first No. 1, “Like a Virgin,” which spent six weeks atop the Hot 100 beginning on Dec. 22, 1984. Madonna holds the record for the most Hot 100 top 10s among all acts: 38.

Mariah Carey ranks at No. 2, powered by her 18 Hot 100 No. 1s, the most among soloists, as well as the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 (79) among all acts.

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Madonna’s talks new album, Lisbon, kids for Vogue Italia

In her first in-depth interview in 18 months to mark her 60th birthday in a fortnight, she told Vogue Italia: “My son David, who is going to be 13 on September 24, has wanted to play soccer professionally for years.

“I’ve been desperate to get him into the best academies with the best coaches, but the level of football in America is much lower than the rest of the world.

“I saw his frustration, and I also felt it was a good time. I felt like we needed a change, and I wanted to get out of America for a minute – as you know, this is not America’s finest hour.”

“Any woman who is a soccer mom could say it kind of requires you to have no life in a way, because things change from week to week and games change from weekend to weekend – sometimes they’re in the city, sometimes they’re not, and we would never know until Thursday night whether they’re on Saturday or Sunday, if at twelve o’clock or later.

“It’s impossible to make plans, and then you feel like you’re not being fair to your other kids, or being fair to me!”

“A lot of people say to me, ‘You must really want your son to be a successful soccer player, your oldest daughter [Lourdes] to be a dancer, Rocco to be a painter.’”

“And I always say no, what I want my children to be is loving, compassionate, responsible human beings.That’s all I want.”

“I don’t care what the vehicle is, I just want them to be good human beings that treat other human beings with dignity and respect, regardless of skin colour, religion, gender.”

“This is the most important thing, you know what I mean? If they happen to be the next Picasso or Cristiano Ronaldo, then great, that’s just the cherry on the cake.”

“What’s amazing is how resilient they are and how they embraced all things, especially music, dance, soccer and sports – things that connect them to other people makes adaptation easier.

“They learned to speak Portuguese through doing all those things with people, not by sitting in a classroom and learning in a didactic way, like writing on a chalkboard.

“Instead, it’s fun, it’s interactive. Especially with Stella and Esther, who were in an orphanage for four years; they’re so happy to join in, to help out, to be part of something whether it’s a small or a large group, to be the leaders. They’re extremely resilient and full of life and joy.

“They’re very open, and because of my work and travelling around the world, the things that I do and the places I find myself in, my children are very open-minded about everything, and I’m very proud of that.”

Living in Lisbon has inspired he upcoming fourteenth LP, too.

“I’ve just met lots of really amazing musicians, and I’ve ended up working with a lot of these musicians on my new record, so Lisbon has influenced my music and my work,” she told the magazine. “How could it not? I don’t see how I could have gone through that year without being informed by all this input of culture.”

adapted from The Sun and People articles