1. Report: Randy Jackson's Wife Files for Divorce

    September 26, 2014 3:57 PM EDT One year after leaving American Idol , Randy Jackson is facing another major life change: His wife of 18 years, Erika Jackson, has filed for divorce, according to TMZ. Citing irreconcilable differences, TMZ says his wife is looking for "full physical custody and joint legal custody…

  2. The Juice Podcast: Jennifer Hudson Interview, Nick Hakim Performance & 'Brandy' 20-Year Anniversary

    September 26, 2014 3:30 PM EDT On this week's episode of The Juice Podcast, Billboard's associate editor Steven Horowitz and I discuss the current state of R&B including new artists ( Daniel Caesar , Nick Hakim ), upcoming releases ( Jennifer Hudson ’s JHUD , Keyshia Cole 's Point Of No Return ) and…

  3. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  4. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More

    September 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week's Must-Hear Music podcast kicks off with a detailed dissection of Kendrick Lamar's "i," the first full taste of his sophomore album. While everyone ( Jason Lipshutz , Erika Ramirez  and Joe Lynch ) agrees it was far from what we expected, the Billboard staff…

  5. Kendrick Lamar Releases New Song 'I': Listen

    September 23, 2014 8:13 AM EDT Close two years after the release of his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city , Kendrick Lamar returns with his new single, "i." The rapper’s  first single, produced by Rahki, features the TDE rapper proclaiming self love. "I've been through a whole lot/ Trials and…

  6. Wu-Tang Clan & Lil’ Kim Reign in Brooklyn: Live Review

    September 22, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Nostalgia was the selling point at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sept. 19, when hip-hop magazine The Source held its inaugural SOURCE360 variety concert to commemorate its 25th anniversary. While relative newcomers Curren$y and Dom Kennedy opened the evening, it was the electric sets…

  7. Exclusive: Daniel Caesar Premieres 'Praise Break' EP, Talks Creative Process & 'Violet' Video

    September 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The singer-songwriter also premieres the video to first 'Praise Break' single, 'Violet' Daniel Caesar is a new artist that’s bound to break out. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter has the vocal and lyrical clout that can pacify the most heavy hearted, which one can…

  8. Jennifer Hudson, 'JHUD': Track-by-Track Review

    September 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's a difficult time for female R&B singers -- right now, Tinashe , Beyoncé and Jhené Aiko are the only three in the top 25 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts -- and veterans face an especially tough market. Ashanti released an album earlier this year that sold 28,000 copies in its…

  9. Watch 50 Cent and G-Unit Talk Music & Chart Success Backstage at iHeartRadio

    September 21, 2014 8:56 PM EDT G-Unit didn't wast any time delivering new material after reuniting at Hot 97's Summer Jam in May. The collective is prepping to release a new EP, The Beast Is G-Unit , in October, two months after the surprise release of their 6-song EP, The Beauty of Independence . After the rap…

  10. Producer MeLo-X Gives Inside Look at Beyonce & Jay Z's On the Run Tour

    September 20, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Not many have what it takes to impress Beyonce and Jay Z, except if you're MeLo-X . The Brooklyn-based multimedia artist was called to produce the music featured in the interlude visual sections played throughout Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run tour. Beyonce was drawn to MeLo’s…

  11. The Juice Podcast: Chris Brown's 'X,' Robin Thicke & Musiq Soulchild as The Husel

    September 19, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Chris Brown has been going hard, promoting his sixth studio album, X , since it was released on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The singer-songwriter will likely earn a Billboard 200 No. 2 album, selling around 130,000 copies first week according to industry forecasters. Chris Brown's Highs &…

  12. Chris Brown's Highs & Lows: Top 10 Career Moments

    September 19, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Since his self-titled debut album almost 10 years ago, Chris Brown has crested mountains, but he's also dipped into the deepest valleys. The last year has been tough for the 25-year old, culminating in a jail stint earlier this summer. However, the talented singer-songwriter never…

  13. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Jamie Foxx & Nick Jonas: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 16

    September 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy…

  14. Tricky Debuts, Calvin Harris Soars On Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 19, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Tricky's latest arrives, while Calvin Harris bounds into the top five on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for Charli XCX and Erika Jayne. Tricky trots onto Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums with Adrian Thaws at No. 9. The set starts with 1,000 copies sold, according…

  15. Lecrae Thanks Fans for No. 1 Album With New Song 'Non-Fiction'

    September 18, 2014 5:25 PM EDT It's a one-two punch from Lecrae this week. The Christian rapper's latest album, Anomaly , debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, becoming the first album to top both the Gospel Albums and Billboard 200. As a thank you to fans, the rapper's label, Reach…

  16. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago…

  17. Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' Revisited By Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis: Track-by-Track Review

    September 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT If Janet Jackson 's third album, 1986's Control , was a declaration of independence, the follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 , was a constitution -- a blueprint for the kind of country that this confident, sexy and newly independent 23-year old woman wanted to live in. At least…

  18. Dr. Dre's 'Detox' Is No Longer Named 'Detox'

    September 18, 2014 1:30 PM EDT You know that album we've all been waiting for from Dr. Dre ? Yes, Detox . Welp, it’s not called Detox  anymore. The title for Dr. Dre's long-awaited third solo studio album has been "scrapped.” During their "Shots Fired" podcast, producer Dawaun Parker ( Eminem ’s…

  19. Eric Bellinger's 'Awkward' Reaches Top of Trending 140

    September 17, 2014 5:34 PM EDT On Tuesday Sept.16, Eric Bellinger debuted a new song from his upcoming mixtape, Choose Up Season , titled"Awkward." The track, which features rapper The Game , dons a smooth piano-based melody on which Bellinger's laments a failed relationship. Shortly after its release, …

  20. Musiq Soulchild Explains His Rap Alter Ego The Husel

    September 17, 2014 3:30 PM EDT After a decade of R&B success, Musiq Soulchild aims to conquer rap. The hitmaker revealed his rap alter ego, The Husel, in July during a NYC live performance. Last week, Aug. 11, he shared with Madame Noir that the choice to reinvent his music was the result of music listeners clamoring…

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