1. DJ Khaled 'Wanted to Make a Collaboration That Has Never Been Done Before' With His All-Star Single 'Hold You Down'

    November 18, 2014 5:39 PM EST The DJ-producer, 38, has a hit with "Hold You Down," the first single off his album  I've Changed a Lot , due this month. He spoke to Billboard about teaming up with R&B and hip-hop heavyweights on the track and the transformations he's undergone in his own life. …

  2. Janet Jackson Scored Her First Hot 100 No. 1 Hit 28 Years Ago

    October 11, 2014 10:30 AM EDT On “Nasty,” the 1986 single that nearly became her first No. 1 pop hit, Janet Jackson told the world exactly what she thought about a certain overused term of endearment. “My first name ain’t baby,” she said. “It’s Janet. Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.” “Nasty” snarled and strutted…

  3. Chris Brown's Plea Deal Negotiations Fall Apart

    June 25, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Singer Chris Brown was close to resolving his assault case in a deal that would have kept him out of jail, but talks fell apart Wednesday when attorneys couldn't agree on what Brown would acknowledge happened during a scuffle that led to his arrest. Brown was arrested in October and…

  4. Chris Brown's D.C. Trial Trip Cost More Than $4,000

    June 25, 2014 12:02 AM EDT He didn't fly first class and his hotels weren't five-star. Still, when singer Chris Brown was moved from a Los Angeles jail to Washington for what was to have been the start of his trial on an assault charge, the cost to taxpayers was more than $4,000. The breakdown of the April…

  5. Chris Brown Released From Prison

    June 02, 2014 6:32 AM EDT Chris Brown is out of jail.  The singer was released around midnight after serving 108 days of his 131-day sentence, TMZ reports .  A clearly thrilled Brown posted this tweet some hours follow his release: Humbled and Blessed — Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) June 2, 2014 Brown had been in…

  6. Chris Brown Writing Music With James DeBarge In L.A. County Jail (Report)

    May 17, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Chris Brown seems to be making the most of his time while locked behind bars. Brown has been collaborating on music with R&B singer James DeBarge, who is located in the cell next to him, TMZ reports . Apparently, the two artists can’t see each other but have already written three songs…

  7. 50 Years Ago: Motown Records' First No. 1 Single

    May 16, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Fifty years ago today (May 16, 1964) the Motown Records label celebrated its first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with Mary Wells' "My Guy," a song written and produced by Smokey Robinson. The achievement came only a handful of years after the label's founder,…

  8. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  9. Janet Jackson, 'janet.': Classic Track-By-Track Review

    May 18, 2013 9:12 AM EDT Which of 'janet.''s 28 tracks (there's a lot of interludes) has endured the most? Read on for our classic track-by-track review. "Control" may have been her breakout, and "Rhythm Nation 1814" her breakthrough with a whopping seven singles reaching the…

  10. Janet Jackson Engaged To Billionaire: Report

    December 26, 2012 3:50 PM EST Janet Jackson has found someone to call her fiancee: the R&B/pop superstar is reportedly engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana. According to Us Weekly , Jackson and her fabulously wealthy beau are planning to trade vows in spring 2013, after the singer was…

  11. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several of the hits and collaborations he's…

  12. Chart Beat: Michael Jackson, Fabolous, Leighton Meester

    August 06, 2009 5:41 PM EDT JACKSON'S FIVE: In any other week, Fabolous' debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 would be pretty big news (and hey, it still is!), but this week, Michael Jackson remains the King of Pop Charts. As his 2003 hit set "Number Ones" spends a fifth week as the U.S.' top…

  13. T.I., Jay Sean Post Big Numbers On Billboard Hot 100

    August 06, 2009 11:22 AM EDT T.I. and U.K. singer Jay Sean tear up the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as T.I. scores the week's highest debut and Jay Sean earns his first top 10 on the chart. The incarcerated T.I.'s "Remember Me," featuring Mary J. Blige , debuts at No. 29, boosted by 81,000 downloads.…

  14. Chart Beat Thursday: Daughtry, Shakira, Black Eyed Peas

    July 23, 2009 3:46 PM EDT DOUBLE DAUGHTRY: Daughtry makes it two-for-two atop the Billboard 200, as its sophomore set, "Leave This Town" arrives at No. 1. Having reigned with its self-titled debut album, Daughtry becomes just the third group in the 2000s to arrive with a pair of No. 1s. An apparent…

  15. Chart Beat: Michael Jackson, The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z

    July 02, 2009 5:15 PM EDT FIT FOR A KING: Just as he did in his life, Michael Jackson continues to break Billboard chart records. Following his passing June 25, Jackson's music floods Billboard's Top Pop Catalog, Top Comprehensive Albums and Hot Digital Songs charts. The King of Pop commands the entire the…

  16. Al B. Sure! Returns With Hidden Beach Debut

    May 18, 2009 4:05 PM EDT Veteran R&B singer/songwriter Al B. Sure! has signed with Hidden Beach Recordings and will release a new album on June 23. "Honey I'm Home" signals the artist's first new studio project in over 15 years. The 13-track CD features the sensual lead single "I Love It …

  17. Kristinia DeBarge

    May 11, 2009 5:13 PM EDT When a 12 year-old Kristinia DeBarge first revealed to her musician father that she too wanted to pursue music, he quickly put her claim to the test. James DeBarge, the founding member and keyboardist of the chart-topping 80's R&B family group, DeBarge, took his daughter into his…

  18. Chart Beat: 3OH!3, Bob Dylan, Jason Aldean

    May 07, 2009 2:19 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. 3'S…

  19. Chart Beat: Black Eyed Peas, Hello Goodbye, Keith Urban

    April 09, 2009 1:10 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. PEAS POWER…

  20. This Day in Music

    October 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2006 - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2004 - For his enduring influence and contributions to music, Stevie Wonder is named…

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