Billboard Magazine

July 20th Celebrates Billboard Magazine

Billboard was founded in Cincinnati on November 1, 1894, by William H. Donaldson and James Hennegan, but on July 20th 1940, its first record chart was calculated on this day.

Originally titled Billboard Advertising was a trade magazine for the bill posting industry, hence the magazine’s name.

Within a few years of its founding, it began to carry news of outdoor amusements, a major consumer of billboard space. Eventually, Billboard became the paper of record for circuses, carnivals, amusement parks, fairs, vaudeville, minstrels, whale shows and other live entertainment.

The magazine began coverage of motion pictures in 1909 and of radio in the 1920s. The first music connections were the Billboard sheet music best sellers and top songs in vaudeville theaters charts, published in 1913, but they were not yet regular charts.

With the development of the jukebox industry during the 1930s, The Billboard began publishing music charts. Originally, there were only three genre-specific charts: Pop, Rhythm & Blues, and Country & Western.

At the start of 1961, The Billboard was renamed Billboard Music Week. The publication was now devoted almost entirely to the music industry.

For many years, the weekly syndicated radio program American Top 40, hosted by Casey Kasem, and Shadoe Stevens, played the top 40 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in reverse order.

It’s hard to believe that one hundred twenty one years ago Billboard Magazine was created.

An American music magazine originally headquartered in New York City, New York and now owned by Prometheus Global Media.

Prometheus Global Media is New York City-based B2B Media Company. The company was formed in December 2009, when Nielsen Company sold its entertainment and media division to a private equity-backed group led by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners.

Guggenheim acquired Pluribus’s stake in the company in January 2013, giving it full ownership.

The Nielsen Company was also known as the Nielsen Ratings.

Nielsen’s ratings are used by advertisers and networks to shape the buying and selling of advertising. Major clients include CBS, NBC Universal, News Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

Arthur C. Nielsen founded the AC Nielsen Company in 1923 with the idea of selling engineering performance surveys. It was the first company to offer market research.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio


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