1. Jamie Foxx Drops New Banger 'Party Ain't a Party' With 2 Chainz

    September 16, 2014 9:51 PM EDT It was late 2010 when Jamie Foxx last released any new songs, topping the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with his melancholy Drake -featuring "Fall For Your Type." Now the Oscar-winner returns to music with a pumped up banger, "Party Ain't a Party" with some guest help…

  2. Big Sean to Release New Album 'Hopefully by the End of the Year': Exclusive

    September 15, 2014 4:29 PM EDT The rapper adds that Jay Z & Kanye West will be involved in his forthcoming album: 'You can expect something.' Things aren't just G.O.O.D. for Big Sean right now, they're great. He signed a management deal with Roc Nation, has a brand-new Adidas sneaker in stores and…

  3. MC Lyte Returns, Charts With 'Dear John' From Next Album

    September 09, 2014 7:32 PM EDT Before Nicki Minaj , before Missy Elliott , there was MC Lyte -- and she's back. BET Honors MC Lyte With I Am Hip Hop Award The veteran rapper returned from an 11-year hiatus Tuesday morning (Sept. 9) with the release of "Dear John," the first single from her album expected…

  4. Ask Billboard: Summer Songs, More Taylor Swift & Remembering Survivor's Jimi Jamison

    September 07, 2014 9:05 AM EDT 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 city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HOW I DIDN'T QUITE GET …

  5. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  6. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  7. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  8. Vine Stars Jack & Jack Make Rap Chart Debut

    August 14, 2014 6:07 PM EDT 'Wild Life' enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 25; Plus, chart action for Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J. Vine Stars: A pair of 17-year-old recent high school graduates from Omaha, Neb., make their Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs debut, as Jack & Jack enter at No. 25…

  9. Chris Brown & Quincy Host Celebrity Kickball Game in Los Angeles (Photos)

    July 20, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Chris Brown and actor/singer Quincy squared off in a celebrity kickball game at Los Angeles’ Glendale Sports Complex on July 19 to help raise money for charity. Chris Brown Crashes Drake's ESPYs Hosting Gig: Watch Chris Brown Surprises at 2014 BET Awards with 'Loyal' Chris…

  10. KimYe's Wedding Playlist: Kanye West's 10 Most Romantic Songs

    May 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Toast the impending nuptials with these 10 Kanye songs and features that will tug your heartstrings. If you haven't heard -- and how could you not hear, since we're all shouting it from the rooftops! -- Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are rumored to be getting married this weekend…

  11. Carlos Santana: Saving the World One Note At A Time

    May 23, 2014 4:04 AM EDT Try to speak with Carlos Santana about his new album and he'll want to talk about another topic: changing the world. The veteran musician says he is planning a concert aimed at encouraging and motivating the development of young black and Latino men in the wake of Trayvon Martin's…

  12. Dionne Warwick, 'A House Is Not A Home' Feat. Ne-Yo: Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 12, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Two years after the debut of "Now," Dionne Warwick is releasing a new album, "Feels So Good," on July 1. The 14-track full-length effort will feature classic Warwick hits redone as duets, including "A House Is Not A Home," featuring Ne-Yo. Check out an exclusive…

  13. Michael Travis, Liberace's Costume Designer, Dies at 86

    May 04, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Michael Travis, the costume designer who created the outlandish and flamboyant outfits for Liberace's stage extravaganzas, died Thursday at his home in Studio City. He was 86. Liberace Biopic 'Behind the Candelabra' Wins Big at Emmy Awards Travis recently had been hospitalized…

  14. 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…

  15. Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar Release 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Song: Listen

    March 31, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The Alicia Keys-Kendrick Lamar collaboration for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was released on Monday, and the neo-soul superhero anthem marks another harmonious pop pairing for Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer. Listen to "It's On Again" below: Zimmer's presence is…

  16. Bottoms Up! The 15 Biggest Drinking Songs

    March 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT There were four songs charting on the Hot 100 this spring that allude to either being tipsy from love or just flat out tossing back a brew for the heck of it. Beyonce's Cognac-soaked "Drunk in Love" collab with husband Jay Z, Brantley Gilbert says "Bottoms Up,"…

  17. 'Annie' Trailer Appears Online: Watch

    March 06, 2014 4:07 AM EST     Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz get the unenviable task of updating the classic musical. It's a hard knock life -- for die-hard Annie fans.   The first trailer for Columbia's modern-day update of the classic musical debuted Wednesday, offering a preview of what…

  18. Pharrell's 'Happy' Holds at No. 1 On Hot 100

    March 05, 2014 1:06 PM EST The "Happy" track spends a second week at the summit and takes over atop the Radio Songs chart Pharrell Williams' "Happy" may not have won best original song honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2), but the jubilant track remains atop of the Billboard Hot…

  19. ScHoolboy Q's 'Oxymoron' Debuts at No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    March 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST As forecast, ScHoolboy Q's major-label debut,"Oxymoron," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 139,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the new album is ScHoolboy Q's first in a joint…

  20. Pharrell Williams' Record-Breaking 'Happy' Returns to No. 1 in U.K.

    March 03, 2014 3:41 AM EST Pharrell Williams was in record-breaking form as the Official Charts Company unveiled the U.K.’s weekly sales data on Sunday (March 2). His smash hit “Happy” (Back Lot) became the first single for 57 years to start a third separate run at No. 1. It sold its millionth copy in the territory…

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