1. BET's 'The New Edition Story' Recruits Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis & Babyface: Exclusive

    November 02, 2016 9:18 AM EDT Iconic producers Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds will be taking their talents to BET's forthcoming The New Edition Story. The iconic producers will join executive producer Jesse Collins and director Chris Robinson for the biopic on the R&B group --…

  2. 2015 BET Awards: Puffy's Salute to Bad Boy; Smokey Robinson, Janet Jackson Tributes Ring In Show's 15th Anniversary

    June 29, 2015 3:18 AM EDT The BET Awards pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 15th anniversary Sunday night (June 28) at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. Between anticipated tributes to Janet Jackson and Smokey Robinson to a roof-raising tribute to 20 years of Diddy’s Bad Boy -- with a let’s-squash-the-beef moment…

  3. Janet Jackson Leads Trending 140, Pentatonix's Michael Jackson Medley Hits Top Five

    June 22, 2015 7:29 PM EDT Janet  and Michael Jackson have reclaimed their high perches on Billboard charts. Janet Jackson released her new single "No Sleeep" Monday and it quickly shot to No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 , where it locked up four consecutive hours in the penthouse. …

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Grammy Award-winning…

  7. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  8. 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…

  9. Kelly Rowland Reveals 'Talk A Good Game' Features With Beyonce, Wiz Khalifa: Exclusive

    April 05, 2013 5:26 PM EDT Only a dozen songs will appear on Kelly Rowland’s fourth album “Talk A Good Game,” due June 4 on Universal’s Republic Records, but she’ll happily tell you about dozens of others that have been recorded since 2011’s “Here I Am.” “I think I recorded around 70-something songs for this album. I…

  10. Kelly Rowland Enlists Jam & Lewis for 'Year of the Woman'

    November 19, 2012 6:35 PM EST "I think that it's probably the most vulnerable I've been on a record," the R&B star says of her new music Kelly Rowland is not just excited about "Year of the Woman," her upcoming fourth studio solo album, she's can't-stop-smiling happy about it.…

  11. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  12. 'There's A Lot Of Songs About Sex,' Solange Says of New Album

    January 11, 2012 2:30 PM EST "There's a lot of songs about sex,"'s V75 music issue, which Justin Bieber graces the cover of, Solange shares details of her upcoming album, which "she funded and managed herself." Justin Bieber Goes High Fashion: Photos From His V Magazine Shoot "It's…

  13. Boyz II Men Return With New Songs, Re-Recorded Classics on 'Twenty'

    October 25, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Shawn Stockman was 18 years old when Motown released "Cooleyhighharmony," the debut album from Boyz II Men -- then made up of Stockman, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris and Wanya Morris -- in February 1991. "Cooleyhighharmony" and its 1994 follow-up, "II," have sold…

  14. The Time 'Condensate' to Original 7ven on October Album

    September 28, 2011 3:30 PM EDT It's time -- and perhaps over-time -- for some new music from The Time . It's coming in October, but the group will no longer be using that name. "Condensate," which drops Oct. 18 on Time Life's SRR Records imprint and is the band's first new release since "…

  15. El DeBarge Gets Ready to Take His 'Second Chance'

    August 28, 2010 10:00 AM EDT The last time El DeBarge released an album, it was 1994. The Internet was starting to come into its own. Nielsen SoundScan was just 3 years old. YouTube, iTunes, Facebook and Twitter weren't even blips on anyone's radar. Not to mention that R&B and its fan base have changed…

  16. El DeBarge Signs With Geffen For First Album In 16 Years

    July 09, 2010 12:58 PM EDT One of the more surprising moments during the 2010 BET Awards was El DeBarge performing a medley of '80s hits by former family group DeBarge , including "All This Love," "Time Will Reveal" and the No. 3 pop crossover dance jam "Rhythm of the Night." Now the…

  17. The Time Reunite For Tour, New Album

    June 07, 2010 11:50 AM EDT The members of The Time predict that this will be the year the iconic funk group's original lineup releases its first album since 1990's "Pandemonium." Bassist and primary producer Terry Lewis tells Billboard.com that the as-yet-untitled set -- which The Time has been…

  18. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 09, 2010 4:09 PM EST Usher and his creative team began tossing around ideas for his next album, they had one goal in mind: to get his swagger back. "I had checked out," the singer acknowledges. "I went all the way into being super husband and super dad, thinking, 'I've got to be serious…

  19. Exclusive Song: Ledisi's "Trippin'"

    July 21, 2009 3:30 PM EDT After penning everything herself and solely working with producer Rex Rideout on her 2007, Grammy-nominated Verve Records debut, "Lost And Found," Ledisi has taken a different approach on her follow-up album, "Turn Me Loose." Ledisi - "Trippin'" Only on…

  20. Ruben Studdard Hopes New Album Reconnects With 'Idol' Fans

    April 28, 2009 8:58 AM EDT Second season "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard isn't calling his new album, "Love IS," a comeback, but he does acknowledge that he hopes the May 19 release will "reconnect me to the 20-some odd million people that voted for me and...are my fans from '…

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