1. 'Phantom Of The Opera' Musical Welcomes First Black Lead

    March 21, 2014 3:29 AM EDT Norm Lewis has been tapped to be Broadway's next Phantom in the megahit "The Phantom of the Opera," a move that makes him the first African-American to slip behind the famous mask on the Great White Way. Producers said Thursday the Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and…

  2. Fantasia Returning to Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    March 20, 2014 8:25 PM EDT After helping to fuel rave reviews when the show opened last November, Fantasia Barrino will be back on Broadway for a second stint as guest star of "After Midnight," the sultry song-and-dance tribute to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s. Evoking the wild nights of…

  3. Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT To celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 21, here's our track-by-track look back at Madonna's classic studio album, 1989's "Like A Prayer." By early 1989, the world had come to know Madonna as a dance-pop provocateur with quirky-sexy style. She was the…

  4. K.D. Lang On Her Broadway Debut: It’s a ‘Dream Come True’

    March 13, 2014 12:16 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter k.d. lang says making her Broadway debut was "a dream come true" and its effects on her music will be "profound." Lang took over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in "After Midnight," a musical celebrating…

  5. 'American Idol' Lands New Low for a Winner's Debut Album

    February 28, 2014 2:48 PM EST After a number of delays, Candice Glover's debut album, "Music Speaks," has arrived on the Billboard 200 starting at No. 14. It's the 2013 "American Idol" winner's first album, and sold 19,000 copies in its first week (ending Feb. 23), according to Nielsen…

  6. We Are Toonz' 'Drop That #NaeNae' Dances onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 27, 2014 4:58 PM EST Atlanta's latest dance craze, the Nae Nae, makes its presence felt on multiple Billboard charts this week, via We Are Toonz's addictive debut single "Drop That #NaeNae." The cut opens at No. 38 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 20 on Hot Rap Songs, due primarily to a…

  7. Vanessa Williams To Join Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    February 19, 2014 11:41 PM EST Vanessa Williams wants to stay up after midnight. The actress, singer and former Miss America watched the matinee performance of "After Midnight" on Wednesday and then broke it to the cast backstage that she has signed up for a stint in the Broadway show celebrating Duke Ellington&…

  8. George Duke To Be Honored At Playboy Jazz Fest

    February 18, 2014 1:56 AM EST Singer Al Jarreau and bassist Stanley Clarke will celebrate the legacy of their friend and musical partner George Duke on the opening day of the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which is presenting the festival for the first…

  9. Miley Cyrus, Lorde & More Perform at Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Party

    January 26, 2014 3:37 PM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston, the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And between sets, co-host and icon himself Clive…

  10. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Saturday

    January 25, 2014 10:00 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards won't be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page…

  11. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST 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 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  12. Emeli Sandé Being Honored at Essence Black Women in Music Event

    December 18, 2013 11:22 AM EST Singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé will be the honoree at Essence magazine's fifth annual Black Women in Music celebration. The invitation-only, Grammy Awards week reception will take place on January 22, featuring an exclusive performance by Sandé with special guests and music by DJ Kiss.…

  13. Oscars Name 75 Songs in Contention for Original Song Award

    December 16, 2013 7:30 PM EST Five songs from “The Great Gatsby,” four of the five Golden Globe nominees and another 66 recordings have been deemed eligible for the Original Song category for the 86th Academy Awards. “Great Gatsby,” the best-seller of any soundtrack released in 2013, has Jay Z’s "100$ Bill,"…

  14. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2013: Justin Timberlake, Drake & Macklemore Claim The Charts

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Blue-eyed soul and hip-hop. New R&B breakthroughs. Rap icons still holding it down. Those are just a few of the key takeaways from 2013 in R&B and hip-hop. Monitoring all this activity to draw a more detailed picture: a host of new R&B and rap charts. Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip…

  15. Grammys 2014: R&B and Rap Nominations Feature Genre Mainstays and Left-Field Surprises

    December 07, 2013 11:22 AM EST An overview of the Grammy nominees in R&B and rap reveals several left-field surprises and snubs alongside such genre mainstays as Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton and John Legend, plus Jay Z (who leads all nominees with nine nods), Drake, Kanye West and Eminem. One of…

  16. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  17. Chart Highlights: Colbie Caillat Returns With 'Hold On'; Volbeat Victorious At Rock

    November 25, 2013 7:30 PM EST The singer/songwriter debuts on Adult Pop Songs with the first single from her next album Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on…

  18. Kelly Clarkson Sees 'Red': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 18, 2013 11:30 AM EDT For Clarkson, making a Christmas album was a chance to defy genre limitations and just be herself This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. Cradling a cherry red guitar and decked in a tartan plaid dress, poinsettia jacket and matching studded,…

  19. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  20. k.d. lang To Hit Broadway for 'After Midnight'

    September 12, 2013 11:17 PM EDT Grammy Award-winning singer k.d. lang has sung everything from country songs to folk and torch songs. Now she's about to unleash her jazz side - on Broadway. The Canadian singer-songwriter will take over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in "After Midnight," a…

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