1. Whitney Houston in Talks to Star Alongside Jordin Sparks in 'Sparkle' Remake

    September 12, 2011 10:14 PM EDT Whitney Houston, making her first return to movies since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife," is in negotiations to star in "Sparkle," Sony Pictures remake of the 1976 music-themed drama. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and actor Mike Epps also are set to star. Mara…

  2. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Katy Perry, Barry Manilow

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT CHOICE LADIES: To paraphrase Beyonce , girls run the Billboard Hot 100 . The 2011 Billboard Millennium Award winner 's "Run the World (Girls)" stopped at No. 29 earlier this month, but its subject material summarizes the state of the Hot 100. With a seventh week at No. 1 for…

  4. Beastie Boys 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 2': Track-By-Track Review

    May 03, 2011 2:40 PM EDT "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2" arrives seven years after the release of the Beastie Boys ' last non-instrumental full-length, "To the 5 Boroughs," although the drought should have only been five years. The veteran rap trio was gearing up to release its next album in…

  5. Ambrose Akinmusire, "When the Heart Emerges Glistening"

    April 08, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Three years ago, when the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz medal he was awarded was still shiny and new, Ambrose Akinmusire shocked many with a debut recording that reached far beyond bebop and its traditions. To many, Akinmusire is the brightest beacon on trumpet, the sharpest in a few…

  6. Ask Billboard: Historic Hot 100 No. 1s, Continued

    February 25, 2011 7:55 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. HISTORIC HOT 100…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Britney Spears, 'Country Strong,' Louis C.K.

    January 20, 2011 2:05 PM EST AND THE BRITNEY SONG IS ON: (To paraphrase Yoji "Pop" Asano, whose take on Miley Cyrus ' "Party in the U.S.A." proved one of the many highlights of last night's "American Idol" 10th season premiere). Britney Spears expands the elite group of chart…

  8. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Eminem, Michael Jackson, Skillz

    January 06, 2011 5:54 PM EST Fresh off his coronation as Billboard's top R&B/hip-hop artist of 2010, Eminem returns to the top of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "Recovery" - the past year's top title on the tally - rebounds 3-1 on the chart. The jump grants "Recovery" its 14th week at No. 1,…

  9. Miley Cyrus Bong Hit Caught on Video

    December 10, 2010 11:18 AM EST M iley Cyrus has once again been caught behaving badly on camera, but this time she's not making out with some boy at her 18th birthday party -- she's taking hits from a bong with her friends. In the 2:37 video posted by TMZ , the pop star inhales smoke from a glass object while…

  10. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1997

    June 15, 2010 11:05 AM EDT REMINISCE SOME TIME: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated June 14, 1997, a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. , whose "Hypnotize" had reigned for three weeks that May following his death in March 1997, debuted at No. 1, as "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith…

  11. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1996

    March 16, 2010 1:15 PM EDT ADULT 'HOOD: Fourteen years ago today (March 16, 1996), Billboard introduced the Adult Pop Songs chart. The radio airplay survey spun off from the Adult Contemporary list. "In the past few years, the emergence of the adult top 40 format has seen modern rock, dance and R&B…

  12. BT, "These Hopeful Machines"

    February 12, 2010 2:32 PM EST Listening to BT 's music makes it seem as if the last decade of development in electronica never happened. And coming from him, you wouldn't want it any other way. The man who kick-started the trance genre still does it best, whether it's instrument-based or one long exhalation…

  13. Chart Beat Wednesday: Britney By The Numbers

    October 14, 2009 5:16 PM EDT '3' IS THE NEW 1: As previously reported , Britney Spears ' "3" rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1. The song's arrival at the summit marks just the 15th song in the Hot 100's history to open at No. 1: Sept. 2, 1995, "You Are Not Alone,"…

  14. Beyonce: The Billboard Q&A

    October 02, 2009 5:36 PM EDT Singer. Songwriter. Philanthropist. Entrepreneur. Actress. Producer. Beyoncé may be the hardest-working woman in showbiz. Take the four days leading up to MTV's recent Video Music Awards. Beyoncé wraps a run-through of her Radio City Music Hall performance at midnight Thursday evening.…

  15. Honor Society, "Over You"

    September 25, 2009 2:51 PM EDT Honor Society wraps post-breakup angst into a cathartic, three-minute package on "Over You," the opening track from the group's just-released debut album, "Fashionably Late." The song is delivered with fierce precision by band members (and Jonas Brothers protégés)…

  16. Chart Beat Thursday: Reba, Black Eyed Peas, Daughtry

    August 27, 2009 3:47 PM EDT IF YOU SEE HER (SHE'S PROBABLY AT NO. 1): Billboard's Country Albums chart first appeared in the magazine issue dated Jan. 11, 1964, and this week, the 45-year-old survey coronates a new queen. Reba McEntire claims her 11th No. 1 on Country Albums, "Keep On Loving You" …

  17. Jet, "Shaka Rock"

    August 25, 2009 1:50 PM EDT From the opening sirens and rumbling drums of the first track, "K.I.A. (Killed in Action)," Jet 's third full-length album, "Shaka Rock," is a guitar-rock scorcher. The set finds the band continuing to riff on the blissful messiness of classic rock while packing each…

  18. Ask Billboard: Madonna vs. Whitney: Who's Sold More?

    August 14, 2009 3:20 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. MATERIAL GIRL VS. EVERY WOMAN Hi Gary, Whitney Houston and Madonna are making…

  19. Ask Billboard: Kelly Clarkson, UB40, LeAnn Rimes, Tim McGraw

    May 29, 2009 3:12 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CUBAN STARS Hi Gary, Always a pleasure to read your column, one of the things…

  20. Kris Allen Just Wants Respect After Winning 'American Idol'

    May 22, 2009 7:03 PM EDT With speculation already underway about whether "American Idol" winner Kris Allen's future in the music industry will go boom or bust, the singer wants everyone to know that he's defining success on his own terms. "The only thing I really want to do is just be…

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