Smokey Robinson's new album Smokey & Friends is an R&B/Soul masterpiece that features new versions of some of the singer-songwriter's most memorable songs. Smokey & Friends includes remakes of 11 songs, which were written by Robinson for himself and other acts like the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and the Miracles.
If the future of digital music will be shaped by mobile usage, the U.S. market could have few winners and many losers. Insights in comScore's new "The U.S. Mobile App Report" show that only a handful of companies offer apps that many Americans use on a regular basis.
The Bacon Brothers return to the musical world with 36 Cents, their first disc of all-new material in six years. In an interview with Billboard, both Michael and Kevin Bacon expressed excitement to get new music out to the public, and also amazement at the work that goes into releasing a project.
The ratings of MTV's Video Music Awards hinge so much year-over-year on zeitgeisty, unpredictable moments, it's often hard to forecast what will be the most talked-about topic the morning after. MTV first addressed its advertisers' need to be associated with real-time buzz last year by partnering with Twitter Amplify to embed sponsors' messages into promoted tweets and video clips shared moments after a major highlight airs. To further capitalize on of-the-moment conversations, MTV will help produce live commercials for a series of brands.
Airing in 2015, Lifetime’s 'I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story,' starring Yaya DaCosta, has already faced major challenges. Family matriarch Cissy Houston denounced the biopic, directed by Angela Bassett. Then there were problems securing the rights to Houston’s vocals.
Fashion Week isn’t just about next season’s hot looks -- it’s about who is hot right now, too. From Rihanna creating a spectacle at the Paris shows in March to Kanye West making appearances for obscure fashion houses, scoring a major artist can make for a hit collection, as 10 designers reveal their dream “get.”
With Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" set to make a No. 1 debut the charts, it seems like 2014 is the summer of the horn riff. From "Talk Dirty" to "Problem" to "Bang Bang" to "Rude," there's definitely a resurgence of horn in the U.S.A.
This week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart picks form an eclectic group of acts who are very different but all stand out as a result of recent music video releases. From an homage video by rapper BJ the Chicago Kid to Jamie T singing in a room full of deteriorating zombies, this week's picks are worth a listen.
This weekend in Los Angeles, rapper Chris "Ludacris" Bridges will be given BMI's President's Award, a honor for songwriting and impact on pop culture that has previously gone to Adam Levine and Taylor Swift. Before he accepts the award at a private ceremony, Luda spoke at length with Billboard about past, present and future.
It’s been more than a decade since Aaliyah Haughton died in a plane crash on Aug. 25, 2001, at 22, and 20 years since her 1994 debut, 'Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.' Nonetheless, the singer has become the go-to muse for millennial R&B.