Cashbox (magazine)

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Categories Music trade magazine
First issue July 1942 (1942-July) (original version)
2006 (revived Internet-only version)
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0008-7289

Cashbox (or Cash Box) is a defunct music magazine that was a weekly publication devoted to the music and culture and coin-operated machine industries in the United States which was published from July 1942, to November 16, 1996. It has since been revived as an online-only weekly that occasionally publishes special issues.[1][2]


It was one of several magazines that published charts of song popularity in the United States. Cashbox's most prominent competitors included Billboard and Record World (known as Music Vendor prior to the April 18, 1964, issue). Unlike Billboard, Cashbox initially combined all currently available recordings of a song into one chart position with artist and label information shown for each version, alphabetized by label. Originally, no indication of which version was the biggest seller was given, but from October 25, 1952, a star was placed next to the names of the most important artists. Cashbox also printed shorter jukebox charts which included specific artist data beginning in the spring of 1950. Separate charts were presented for juke box popularity, record sales, and radio airplay, similar to Billboard's methodology prior to August 1958, when Billboard debuted its "Hot 100," which attempted to combine all measures of popularity into one all-encompassing chart. In addition, Cashbox published chart data for specific genres, such as country music and R&B music.[3]

Cashbox was revived as an Internet-only magazine in 2006 with the consent and cooperation of the family of George Albert, the late president and publisher of the original edition. Cashbox has begun issuing special print editions occasionally.[4]

As of December 2012, the magazine was undergoing a transition of management from former CEO Bruce Elrod to the current CEO Edward Straiter. In a message to readers and shareholders/stockholders, Straiter stated that the magazine will resume publication with a "non-official/tentative re-launch [in] April 2013".[5][6][7] Documents filed with the Secretary of the State of South Carolina where the publication and company are located, shows Cashbox incorporation and current magazine ownership.

In 2013, Joel Whitburn's Record Research published a history of "classic" Cashbox data - covering October 1952 to the 1996 demise of the original magazine.


  1. ^ "Cashbox Magazine". Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Archives". Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cash Box". Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
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  6. ^ "Four the Record". Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  7. ^ " - Cashbox Magazine Canada". Retrieved 22 March 2014. 

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