The First HipHopMagz: All That Was 'New, Bright and Interesting On the Boards'


On Nov. 1, 1894, an eight-page, 10-cent challenge arrived, marking the debut of what has grown into at the moment's multi-platform Billboard model.

On Nov. 1, 1894, Billboard printed its first challenge -- one which's vastly totally different from at the moment's journal (and Billboard's expanded platforms). The premiere challenge wasn't even centered on the music ; Billboard's eventual trademark focus on music, and, in fact, charts, would develop over many years.


Before it turned a weekly publication, and a 24/7 presence on-line, Billboard launched as Billboard Advertising. Its unique mission? One that helps clarify its title: "A month-to-month resume of all that's new, brilliant and fascinating on the boards."

Upon its premiere, the eight-page journal (priced at 10 cents a difficulty, or, 99 cents per 12 months), was "dedicated to the pursuits of advertisers, poster printers, invoice posters, promoting brokers & secretaries of festivals."

The journal's first cowl topic was R.C. Campbell, then-president of the Associated Bill Posters' Association. "No extra becoming tribute may be paid to Mr. Campbell than to state that he's a person of infinite useful resource, progressive concepts and tireless ," Billboard famous within the inaugural challenge.

"In choosing his for the primary variety of this journal, the Editor was actuated by the truth that he's the acknowledged chief, the at the beginning and most outstanding man within the area which we goal to cowl."


As 124 years have handed (and a buttoned-up Campbell has ceded the duvet to, this week, a in another way trendy Kane Brown), Billboard's mission to report on and analyze the leisure enterprise stays on level, though with, for the previous seven-plus many years, a extra particular concentrate on the music section of the .

The journal's first nationwide music chart, the 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records," appeared within the July 27, 1940, challenge. Previously, Billboard had highlighted the nationwide "Sheet Music Best Sellers," "Records Most Popular on Music Machines" (compiled from nationwide experiences from phonograph operators), and "Songs With the Most Radio Plugs" on a handful of New York radio stations. The "National List of Best Selling Retail Records," nevertheless, was the primary to ballot retailers nationwide on report gross sales.

Tommy Dorsey topped the primary retail record with "I'll Never Smile Again." The eventual commonplace, that includes vocals by Frank Sinatra, would complete 12 weeks on the summit. The scorecard paved the way in which for the industry-standard Billboard 200 albums chart (which turned a weekly chart on March 24, 1956) and Billboard's present-day menu of Nielsen Music-based niche-format digital music and album rankings and extra. The Billboard Hot 100 songs chart premiered Aug. four, 1958, with Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" the primary of the tally's 1,078 No. 1s and counting.

In more moderen years, Billboard's charts menu has expanded to incorporate surveys masking social and streaming exercise, with streams added to the Hot 100's weekly tabulation. Billboard has additionally launched the weekly Artist 100.


Meanwhile, Billboard has grown to embody a number of platforms, together with the top-rated Billboard Music Awards, Women in Music, quite a few annual conferences, podcasts and publications along with the weekly journal and extra.

"Although solely in its swaddling garments, [our] success is already completely assured," Billboard proclaimed on web page 4 of the maiden challenge. "The publishers goal to have it all the time newsy and to take care of a excessive and exacting commonplace of excellence in all articles appertaining to the curiosity of its readers."

As a "What They Think of Us" function mirrored, "Responses to the very modest prospectus demonstrated that past all doubt or peradventure...certainly a journalistic teen was by no means began below such auspicious circumstances."

"Start the brand new paper in a small and cheap method, and let its progress be pure. Do not pressure it. You is not going to have to. There is a area for it," suggested Col. Burr Robbins.

Added Al. Bryan of Cleveland, "It ought to have been began way back."