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The World's Most Trusted Source For Music Information: Joel Whitburn's Record Research, a licensee of Billboard Magazine
About Joel Whitburn
From pastime to passion to profitable enterprise, the growth of Record Research
has been the outgrowth of Joel Whitburn's
began collecting records as a teenager in the 1950s.
collection grew, he
began to sort, categorize and file each record according to the highest position it reached on Billboard magazine's charts.
went on to publish this information - first on individual artists' cards, then in book form in 1970 - and a business was born.
leads a team of researchers who delve into all of Billboard's
music charts to an unmatched degree of depth and detail.
Widely recognized as the most authoritative historian on charted music, Joel
has also collaborated with Warner/Rhino Records in creating a series of 150 CD albums, plus five CD albums with Curb Records.
Joel's own record collection remains unrivaled the world over and includes every charted Hot 100 and pop single (back to 1936), every charted pop album (back to 1945), collections of nearly every charted Country, R&B, Bubbling Under The Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary records.
Ever the consummate collector, Joel also owns one of the world's largest picture sleeve collections, many of which he displays in the series of books (Top 40 Hits, Top 40 Albums, Top 40 Country Hits, Top 40 R&B Hits) he writes for Billboard's book division.
To date, Record Research
has published nearly 200 books, over 50 of which are currently in the catalog.
Joel's site, www.recordresearch.com, brought his
enormous database online in 2009.
The MusicVault, complete with chart data and record photos, has proved to be an immediate, reliable wellspring of data.
Ever the hobbyist, Joel
participates in a wide variety of water, winter and motor sports, but the active, six-and-a-half footer ranks basketball and baseball as his
The Wisconsinite and his
wife, Fran, a native of Honduras, enjoy spending time in central Wisconsin, and especially love being with their grandchildren Samantha and Nathaniel.
Joel Whitburn, president of ...
Joel Whitburn, president of Record Research, calls it a Canadian moment.
"It's not happenstance," he
"There are a lot of great acts in Canada.
There are a lot of great acts in the U.S. and in Great Britain."
insists there isn't a particular "sound" coming out of Canada that's resonating in the U.S .
"This is not like the British Invasion, when the Animals, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks topped the charts," he
"If they were all rock groups it might make me think there was a new sound coming out of Canada."
But that's not it, he
Joel Whitburn, founder of ...
Joel Whitburn, founder of Record Research, which has been chronicling Billboard chart history for nearly a half-century, concurs.
He even made his claim a year ago, when women were in control of the Hot 100.
"It's a trend," he said.
A year ago, it was "similar to the '90s," Whitburn
added, "when Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston, all those big divas, were controlling the charts."
could also look back to the '80s: on Oct. 9, 1982, no women appeared at all in the top 10 … other than in the title at No. 1: "Jack & Diane," by the then-monikered John Cougar. (Again, that was a year in which just one song by a solo female rose to the top: Toni Basil's "Mickey," for a week that December.)
"It's all cyclical," Whitburn
Joel Carver Whitburn (born November 29, 1939; Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) is an American author and music historian.
Joel Whitburn began ...
Joel Whitburn began compiling the chart data of Billboard magazine back in the early Seventies.
Since then, his company has released hundreds of books, covering the pop, soul, and country charts, even delving into the Big Band era.
Joel Whitburn (Billboard guru)