1. Judge Rules Against Publicist Who Sued Sony Music Alleging Racial Discrimination

    April 11, 2016 6:43 PM EDT Indie PR veteran Courtney Barnes claimed RCA's Sarah Weinstein-Dennison had him fired from Fantasia's publicity campaign. Sony Music Entertainment has won a summary judgment motion against independent music publicist Courtney Barnes who alleged that RCA Records’ senior VP of…

  2. Soul Train Awards 2015: Fantasia, Jazmine Sullivan, & More Set to Perform (Exclusive)

    November 03, 2015 9:00 AM EST R&B hitmakers Tevin Campbell and After 7 will also perform Fantasia , Jazmine Sullivan , Empire ’s V. Bozeman , Tevin Campbell and After 7 are the latest additions to the performance lineup for Soul Train Awards 2015. Hosted by Erykah Badu , the awards show returns to the Orleans Arena in…

  3. Fantasia Q&A: 'Still Full of Joy' Ten Years In, Talks Fifth Album & 'After Midnight'

    June 18, 2014 11:15 AM EDT It's been a busy seven months for Fantasia . The singer/songwriter began starring in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "After Midnight," which bowed last November. Then she and the cast — with Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle —  opened the Tony Awards . "I was so happy…

  4. We Are Toonz' 'Drop That #NaeNae' Dances onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 27, 2014 4:58 PM EST Atlanta's latest dance craze, the Nae Nae, makes its presence felt on multiple Billboard charts this week, via We Are Toonz's addictive debut single "Drop That #NaeNae." The cut opens at No. 38 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 20 on Hot Rap Songs, due primarily to a…

  5. Miley Cyrus, Lorde & More Perform at Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Party

    January 26, 2014 3:37 PM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston, the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And between sets, co-host and icon himself Clive…

  6. Oscars Name 75 Songs in Contention for Original Song Award

    December 16, 2013 7:30 PM EST Five songs from “The Great Gatsby,” four of the five Golden Globe nominees and another 66 recordings have been deemed eligible for the Original Song category for the 86th Academy Awards. “Great Gatsby,” the best-seller of any soundtrack released in 2013, has Jay Z’s "100$ Bill,"…

  7. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  8. Essence Festival 2013: Beyonce, Tamia, Janelle Monae Take Over The Superdome

    July 08, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The last day of the 19th annual Essence Music Festival started around 8 a.m. CDT at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, with an all-star gospel tribute to Donnie McClurkin and Tramaine Hawkins, and finished around 1 a.m. Monday morning (July 8) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when…

  9. Four-Play: 2 Chainz, Fantasia, Ciara & Hodgy Beats

    July 03, 2013 10:58 AM EDT Chainz and Pharrell celebrate their bountiful supply of women, Ciara and Nicki Minaj break down the break up, Fantasia, Missy Elliot and Kelly Rowland remind everyone that the club’s not poppin’ without them, and Hodgy Beats enjoys some quality alone time outdoors. Check out four virals…

  10. Chart Juice: Ciara Soars Into Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    May 03, 2013 4:17 PM EDT Ciara's "Body Party" skyrockets into the top 10 (41-8) of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, fueled in part by the release of the song's Director X-helmed video. The clip, which premiered on the first day of the chart's streaming tracking week (April…

  11. Fantasia Talks 'Side Effects of You' Album & Confidence

    May 03, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Strong sales and musical identity propel the 'Idol' winner's fourth album. As the "American Idol" final four tuned up for another showdown recently, season-three winner Fantasia found herself back in the spotlight as well. That's because her fourth album, "…

  12. Fantasia, Phoenix Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    April 27, 2013 11:00 AM EDT The 2004 "American Idol" champ looks to notch her second No. 2 set in a row Fantasia is heading for her third top 10 album, as "Side Effects Of You" is on course for a No. 2 bow next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the album -- her fourth --…

  13. Chart Juice: Miguel's 'Dream' Comes True at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    October 11, 2012 9:47 PM EDT After Miguel maxed-out at No. 9 with his debut album "All I Want Is You" last year, his sophomore release "Kaleidoscope Dream" debuts in the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week with 71,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The grand opening is partly…

  14. Oct. 5, 2002: Kelly Clarkson Scores First 'American Idol' No. 1

    October 05, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Ten years ago today, an 'Idol' alum reigned for the first time. Ten years ago today, an "American Idol" contestant crowned the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, as original series champion Kelly Clarkson blasted from No. 52 to No. 1 with coronation ballad "A…

  15. Usher's Stepson in Critical Condition After Jet Ski Accident

    July 08, 2012 10:00 PM EDT Kyle Glover, the 11-year-old stepson of R&B star Usher , has reportedly been declared brain dead following a tragic jet ski accident in Atlanta, Ga. on Friday (July 6.) According to TMZ , Glover and a 15-year-old friend were floating on inner tubes in Georgia's Lake Lanier when they…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Phillip Phillips, Aerosmith, Rihanna

    June 01, 2012 9:05 PM EDT Phillips' 'Home' is the 30th song by an 'American Idol' graduate to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10. As his "Home" debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 , 2012 "American Idol" victor Phillip Phillips becomes the series' 13th…

  17. Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol' Season 11

    May 23, 2012 10:40 PM EDT During the long, grueling "American Idol" season, Phillip Phillips was never once revealed to be in the group of lowest vote-getters on the show. On Wednesday night, his name was finally announced -- but for a totally different reason. The Leesburg, Ga. native became the 11th winner…

  18. 'American Idol' Recap: Hopefuls Take on Old Soul, New Hits

    April 19, 2012 10:25 AM EDT The old met the new on Wednesday night's (Apr. 18) "American Idol," and if the juxtaposition between the performances of soul classics and post-millenium No. 1 hits indicate anything, it's that old-time soul does not fit in some of the top seven's vocabularies, while…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Dirty Dancing,' Miranda Lambert, Drake

    August 12, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 'DIRTY DANCING' ON THE CHARTS: When news broke this week about how the 1987 hit film "Dirty Dancing" was being remade, we were immediately reminded about what a phenomenon its soundtrack was on Billboard's charts. The movie -- which will be remade by Lionsgate studios…

  20. Four-Play: 2011 Essence Music Festival

    July 05, 2011 2:45 PM EDT This past weekend, plus Friday (July 1 through July 3), the '2011 Essence Music Festival' brought out a star-studded lineup to New Orleans, LA. Artists from Mary J. Blige , Kanye West , Jill Scott to El Debarge and New Edition awed the Superdome with performances of their oldies and…

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