1. Aretha Franklin to Perform & Mentor on Next Week's 'American Idol' Live Shows in Detroit

    February 26, 2015 8:22 PM EST Aretha Franklin will join American Idol 's live Motown-themed episodes in Detroit next week as a guest mentor.  'American Idol' Recap: Top 12 Guys Sing for America's Vote The shows, which will air next Wednesday and Thursday, will have the cast whittled down to the top 16,…

  2. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ariana Grande Blasts Into Top 40, Taylor Swift Debuts With 'Wonderland'

    February 26, 2015 11:00 AM EST Grande's 'One Last Time' zooms 80-34, while Swift's '1989' bonus track, now available on iTunes, starts at No. 51. Plus, moves for Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon & Drake. As previously reported , Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno…

  3. Bruno Mars Scores Longest Hot 100 Reign, Taylor Swift Hits Top 10

    February 18, 2015 3:12 PM EST As 'Uptown Funk!' rules for a seventh week, Mars rewrites his longest stay at No. 1. Plus, Swift moves into the top 10 with 'Style.' Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, granting…

  4. 'Whitney Houston' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 14, 2015 9:00 AM EST Few debut albums launch artists from complete obscurity into the heights of cultural and commercial appreciation like Whitney Houston 's 1985 eponymous set. Crafted under the careful eye of Arista Records' Clive Davis, the 10-song collection was the result of Davis' two-year…

  5. See Exclusive Portraits of Clive Davis' All-Star Class of 2015

    February 13, 2015 3:36 PM EST When the Beverly Hills fire marshals gave the all clear to Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala on Feb. 7, the party hadn't even started -- but a cordoned-off room where the ­evening's performers ­participated in a ritual preshow portrait session was already packed to capacity…

  6. Beyonce Explains Political Message Behind 'Precious Lord' Grammys Performance: Watch

    February 10, 2015 3:23 AM EST Beyonce was one of the brightest stars of the 57th Grammy Awards, where she collected three awards and delivered a stunning performance of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." In the aftermath of the awards spectacle, Bey lifted the curtain to reveal how her showcase came to life, and…

  7. Grammys 2015: Ledisi Responds to Beyonce Performing Her 'Selma' Track

    February 09, 2015 6:10 PM EST It's hard to say no to Beyonce . Queen B closed out the Grammys with "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," but the performance sparked drama when fans were upset that R&B vocalist Ledisi was not chosen to sing the same hymn she recorded for Selma . Grammys 2015 In Selma , Ledisi…

  8. Read Bob Dylan's Full MusiCares Gala Speech

    February 07, 2015 7:15 PM EST When Bob Dylan took the stage on Friday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where he was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year at its annual dinner, the iconic singer/songwriter's "thank you" speech was a lengthy 40 minute-long message, during which he opened…

  9. Clive Davis, 'Selma' Honored at NAACP Image Awards

    February 07, 2015 11:06 AM EST The civil rights drama "Selma" won top honors at the NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony that took sharp notice of snubs of African-American artists and their work by the Oscars. Beyonce Among Early NAACP Image Award Winners "This is more than a movie," Oprah Winfrey , who…

  10. Usher Earns 13th No. 1 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 06, 2015 4:05 PM EST Plus, Ne-Yo leads album debuts, while Nicki Minaj scores her 20th top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Usher tops Billboard 's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the first time in nearly three years, as "I Don't Mind," featuring Juicy J , steps 2-1 to become Usher's…

  11. Beyonce Among Early NAACP Image Award Winners

    February 06, 2015 3:00 PM EST Beyonce , Sam Smith and Pharrell were all honored at the 46th NAACP Image Awards. Prior to Friday's televised broadcast, 45 awards were handed out, including outstanding female artist, outstanding male artist and outstanding duo, group or collaboration. See the list of music winners…

  12. Exclusive: Fall Out Boy, Charli XCX Headline Pepsi's 'Out Of The Blue' Fan-Giveaway Program

    February 04, 2015 11:16 AM EST Pepsi has enlisted Fall Out Boy and Charli XCX for "Out of The Blue," a new music program that will see the soda brand surprising fans across 100 days, from February 8 through May 18, with exclusive, one-of-a-kind music experiences. The artists will be seen playing their latest…

  13. Don Covay, Hitmaking R&B Singer/Songwriter, Has Died

    February 03, 2015 8:36 PM EST R&B singer and songwriter Don Covay , who wrote songs popularized by The Rolling Stones , Aretha Franklin and Little Richard has died. According to EurWeb.com , Covay died in his sleep on Saturday morning, Jan. 31, following two decades of battling with debilitating illness resulting…

  14. From Aretha Franklin to Puff Daddy, Industry Heavyweights Share Inside Stories From Clive Davis' Legendary Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 02, 2015 2:25 PM EST When Clive Davis formed Arista Records in 1973, the label lacked the renown of its competitors. To level the playing field and heighten Arista's profile during Grammy season, Davis used not just his business acumen, but his love of showbiz -- and the spotlight -- to promote his new…

  15. 10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever

    February 01, 2015 5:20 PM EST Getting booked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a major event is an honor for any artist. Many will try anything -- whether it's fiddling with the arrangement or striving for the glory notes that only five-octive powerhouses like Whitney could hit -- to put their own…

  16. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Style' Soars, Nicki Minaj Notches 60th Hit

    January 30, 2015 11:15 AM EST 'Style' enters the top 40, while Minaj bows with 'Truffle Butter.' Plus, moves for Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd & Natalie La Rose. As previously reported, Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth…

  17. Chart Highlights: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Pop Songs, Dance/Mix Show Airplay

    January 26, 2015 5:05 PM EST Hot 100 leader 'Uptown Funk!' tops two more tallies. Plus, new No. 1s for Usher and Eric Church, and Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney debut. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio…

  18. Watch 'Full House' Cast Reunite -- And Sing The Theme Song!

    January 26, 2015 9:45 AM EST Everywhere you look...it seems like there's another Full House reunion (not that we're complaining). This time around, a majority of the cast (unfortunately, not including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) got together for Full House creator Jeff Franklin's birthday party over the…

  19. Clive Davis to Receive Harvard Hasty Pudding Award

    January 22, 2015 8:04 PM EST Music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clive Davis is this year's winner of the highest honor awarded by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. Davis will receive the Order of the Golden Sphinx award at a gala in New York City on April 13. The…

  20. Raquel Aurilia on Her Next Album, 'Therapeutic' Songwriting Process & More

    January 21, 2015 8:07 PM EST Singer-songwriter Raquel Aurilia knows that in the music business, crazy schedules are a part of everyday life. However, as the former spouse of longtime MLB star Rich Aurilia, it's something she's very used to. "Our lives were very structured," she tells Billboard . …

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