1. 29 Black Music Milestones: BET, 'Yo! MTV Raps' Launch

    February 16, 2011 11:05 AM EST On Jan. 25, 1980, Black Entertainment Television (BET) began broadcasting after lobbyist Robert L. Johnson decided to launch his own cable television network. First consisting of a line-up of music videos and reruns of popular Black sitcoms, BET began launching original programs in 1988,…

  2. Video: The 10 Most Popular 'Glee' Performances

    February 16, 2011 10:55 AM EST As "Glee" emerges as the all-time Hot 100 leader for most chart appearances , beating Elvis' record of 108 entries on the chart, let us take a minute to revisit the songs that led the cast to the top honor. Billboard presents the top ten most popular "Glee"…

  3. Margaret Whiting, Iconic Standards Singer, Dies at 86

    January 12, 2011 2:56 PM EST M argaret Whiting , a longtime singer of jazz, pop and country standards perhaps best known for her duet, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Johnny Mercer , died of natural causes Monday (Jan. 10) in Englewood, N.J, her daughter confirmed to the New York Times . She was 86. Born…

  4. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 12/4/10

    December 04, 2010 9:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @msleamichele: Just left Billboards Women in Music Awards.…

  5. Fergie Q&A: Billboard's Woman of the Year 2010

    December 03, 2010 11:32 AM EST By the time she turned 27, Stacy Ann Ferguson had spent two years as the voice of Sally in animated "Peanuts" features, six years belting out perky, inspirational covers on the children's TV show "Kids Incorporated," 10 years chasing fame as a bottle blonde in the R…

  6. Queen Signs To Universal, Preps Remastered Albums

    November 08, 2010 2:30 PM EST British band Queen has signed to Universal Music Group after nearly 40 years with EMI, and preparations are under way for the release of remastered versions of Queen's studio albums in 2011. The switch, first reported in May and confirmed today (Nov. 8), is a blow to EMI, which has lost…

  7. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 11/6/10

    November 06, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @liltunechi: aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk …

  8. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: ABK, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross

    October 29, 2010 11:10 AM EDT Last Thursday I took a stab at writing a chart story that highlights some of the top hip-hop and R&B albums/songs making noteworthy chart moves for the week. And, as fun as that was *blank stare* , I've decided to go to the professionals this time, recruiting my trusty chart guy,…

  9. Kanye West Plays Surprise Brooklyn Set to Close Pitchfork, CMJ Fests

    October 24, 2010 6:11 PM EDT K anye West surprised hundreds of concertgoers at Williamsburg music venue Brooklyn Bowl early Sunday morning (Oct. 24), performing a five-song set that included highlights from his recent G.O.O.D. Friday releases and a singalong to his self-revealing new single, "Runaway." West&…

  10. Ghostface Brings Out Raekwon, Brand Nubian at CMJ Show

    October 23, 2010 3:10 PM EDT G hostface Killah was listed as the headliner at B.B. King's on Friday night in New York, but the Wu-Tang Clan MC played the master of ceremonies of an old-school rap celebration. Before Ghostface took the stage a little before 2:30 AM and brought out special guests Raekwon and Brand…

  11. Ask Billboard: A Lot To 'Like' About Far*East Movement

    October 22, 2010 6:55 PM EDT 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. A LOT TO '…

  12. 10 Must-See Shows at CMJ 2010

    October 19, 2010 3:40 PM EDT CMJ's 2010 festival and conference is officially underway from today through Saturday (Oct. 23), and along with the little-known acts who are angling to become the next Sleigh Bells (last year's breakout band of the fest), there are plenty of bigger names -- from Wu Tang Clan's…

  13. Usher, Alicia Keys Get Four Soul Train Nominations

    October 18, 2010 8:55 AM EDT New mom Alicia Keys has something else to celebrate: She's been nominated for four Soul Train Awards. The nominations were announced on Monday (Oct. 18) - four days after Keys gave birth to her first child, a son named Egypt. Usher also got four nominations. Drake was another multiple…

  14. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 10/9/2010

    October 09, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @liltunechi (Lil Wayne) : I can no longer write my fans, as…

  15. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga Disappointed by Senate, Kanye Talks Obama Insult

    September 22, 2010 7:08 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga Responds to Failed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal After the proposed repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was filibustered in Senate again…

  16. 'Borat' Star to Play Freddie Mercury in Movie

    September 17, 2010 9:05 AM EDT "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play flamboyant rocker Freddie Mercury in a dramatic feature focusing on his glory days as the frontman of Queen . The untitled film is being written by Peter Morgan, the British scribe behind "The Queen" and "The Last King of…

  17. Kanye West's 'Power' Video Gets Spoofed

    August 19, 2010 3:41 PM EDT K anye West 's "Power" clip has gotten a drunken make-over. Amateur Freddy Wong made a spoof of the video-portrait titled "Power Hour," with brand new lyrics about Hennessy, beer, 40s and other alcoholic beverages. Video: Kanye West's "Power" gets…

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: Sugarland, Avenged Sevenfold, Usher

    August 05, 2010 4:05 PM EDT SWEET AND STICKY: Sugarland 's "Stuck Like Glue" affixes itself to the Billboard Hot 100 , arriving as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 20. The song is the 222nd in the Hot 100's history to enter inside the top 20. (The first was Herman's Hermits' "Mrs. Brown You&…

  19. Freddie Gibbs Revives Gangster Rap on 'Str8 Killa' EP

    August 02, 2010 6:03 PM EDT Freddie Gibbs has nothing against rap artists who embrace catchy hooks to land on pop radio, but that's not his style. He didn't need a hit single to draw attention to both of his 2009 mixtapes, and he's about to delve deeper into hardcore street rap on his new EP, "Str8…

  20. LCD Soundstyem, Raekwon Bring Heat to Pitchfork Music Festival

    July 18, 2010 1:08 PM EDT Day two of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago included some early breakout performances, curious sets from veteran acts and punishing humidity throughout the day. However, most of Saturday afternoon (July 17) felt like a wait for headliners LCD Soundsystem , who offered a thrilling,…

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