1. Babyface Working On New Album, Eyeing Valentine's Day Release

    July 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT "It's not necessarily a completely slow album. It's got a groove to it," the R&B legend tells Billboard. Hot off his successful collaboration with Toni Braxton on "Love, Marriage & Divorce," Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is readying his first solo…

  2. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  3. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  4. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  5. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Beyonce's self-titled surprise album is far-and-away the year's biggest selling R&B/hip-hop set. As we reach the half way mark of 2014, we take a moment to glance at the biggest selling R&B/hip-hop albums and digital songs through the sales week that ended June 29. '…

  6. Why Is 'We Are One' A Flop?

    June 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT There’s been a lot of spirited debate on the merits (or not) of “ We Are One (Ole Ola),” the official FIFA World Cup Song , performed by Pitbull with guests Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian Claudia Leitte. Reviews of the track run the gamut, with some calling it spirited, festive and…

  7. ‘After Midnight’ To Close on Broadway By End of June

    June 16, 2014 12:06 AM EDT The Broadway musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem is dancing into history: It will play its final show June 29. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number "After Midnight," a candy…

  8. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number

    June 08, 2014 9:28 PM EDT The Tony Awards kicked off with a high-energy song-and-dance spectacle on the Radio City Music Hall stage, featuring Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Barrino and the cast of “After Midnight.” Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star…

  9. Chart Highlights: John Legend's 'All Of Me' Crowns Fifth Airplay Chart

    June 02, 2014 4:35 PM EDT As it rises 2-1 on Adult Contemporary, the ballad becomes one of an elite group of songs to dominate at least five singular-format radio airplay charts. Plus, new No. 1s for Justin Timberlake, Idina Menzel and Billboard Hot 100 leader Iggy Azalea Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a…

  10. Tamar Braxton Talks New Album, Motherhood & 'Braxton Family Values' Show (Exclusive)

    June 02, 2014 12:02 PM EDT A busy reality TV show schedule -- with, count 'em, three programs -- isn't keeping Tamar Braxton out of the studio. The youngest member of the singing Braxton family tells Billboard she's "more than thinking about" her follow-up to 2012's "Love and War,…

  11. Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Returns To Hot 100; Legend Lands 50th Hit

    May 28, 2014 5:44 PM EDT The late King of Pop's 1983 smash returns thanks to a viral video. Plus, 'Slave to the Rhythm' debuts, marking Jackson's milestone 50th Hot 100 hit A week after becoming the first artist to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in five different decades (and…

  12. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  13. Chris Rock to Host 2014 BET Awards

    May 15, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Shortly after revealing the nominations for the 2014 BET Awards yesterday (May 14), BET announces that Chris Rock is hosting the award show. "I watch the BET Awards every year. It's one of my favorite award shows combining people from movies, sports, TV and music," Chris Rock…

  14. Beyonce & Jay Z Lead 2014 BET Awards

    May 14, 2014 10:42 AM EDT BET has announced the nominees for the 2014 BET Awards. Beyoncé and Jay Z take the lead with four nominations each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration ("Drunk In Love"), and Video of the Year twice ("Partition," "Drunk In…

  15. Happy Mother’s Day: Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West Shout-Out Moms on Twitter

    May 11, 2014 3:28 PM EDT In honor of Mother’s Day, musical artists from across all genres are coming out of the woodwork to pay tribute to their moms on this special day. Mother's Day Playlist: 20 Songs for Mom In addition to Billboard’s Mother’s playlist - which includes everything from from 2Pac…

  16. The Longest-Leading Hot 100 No. 1s

    May 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' becomes the 28th leader to reign for at least 10 weeks As reported yesterday , Pharrell Williams' "Happy" tallies a 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is just the 28th in the chart's 55-year history to hit…

  17. Nas to Headline Essence Festival Kickoff

    May 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Trey Songz, K. Michelle, Jazmine Sullivan also on the bill for the Essence "Now Playing" concert Nas has been tapped to kick off the 20th anniversary Essence Festival weekend as headliner of the Essence "Now Playing" concert. Being staged at the Louisiana Superdome in New…

  18. Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight Head to 'After Midnight' on Broadway

    April 30, 2014 9:52 AM EDT The lineup of pop stars keeps coming for new Tony Award-nominated "After Midnight." Producers of the show that celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club say Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will take turns as special guest stars this summer. Related…

  19. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your…

  20. Megan & Liz Leave Management/Label, Premiere New 'Simple Life' Single: Exclusive

    April 23, 2014 12:34 PM EDT With a new EP coming in June, the sister duo discusses their future away from their longtime label. Twin-sister pop duo Megan & Liz will return later this year with the new EP "Simple Life," their first piece of new material away from Collective Sounds, the label arm of…

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