‘Billboard’ celebrates 50th anniversay of 'Hot 100' chart

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New York—Billboard is today celebrating the 50th anniversary of its “Hot 100” chart by releasing special “All-Time Hot 100” charts on its Web site,

The publication said that Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” landed the top spot on the “All-Time Hot 100 Songs” chart as the most popular single ever. Billboard will recognize many other chart feats in a special Hot 100 Collector’s Issue that hits newsstands Friday.

The Hot 100 was originally derived from reported airplay and sales data and now includes digital download sales as well as point-of-purchase sales information, tracked by Nielsen BDS and Nielsen SoundScan.

—Sean Callahan

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