1. Ledisi's Message After Grammys Controversy: 'R&B Still Lives'

    February 27, 2015 10:00 AM EST The singer is on the road for her 23-date Intimate Truth tour with Raheem DeVaughn & Leela James. Ledisi has definitely moved past the Grammy Awards telecast controversy of Beyoncé performing "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" -- the Mahalia Jackson classic that Ledisi sang in Selma …

  2. Raheem DeVaughn Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums

    February 26, 2015 5:43 PM EST Plus, Wiz Khalifa bows with 'Furious 7' soundtrack song, featuring Iggy Azalea. R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums with his latest set, Love Sex Passion , opening with 13,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music. It&…

  3. Kendrick Lamar to Make Essence Festival Debut

    February 18, 2015 4:36 PM EST Mary J. Blige, Common, Kevin Hart & Erykah Badu are also part of the 2015 lineup. Kendrick Lamar , Mary J. Blige , Common , Erykah Badu and Kevin Hart are among the first round of announced performers for the 2015 Essence Festival. Lamar will be making his debut at the annual festival,…

  4. Spike Lee on Finding '12 Gems' From Unsigned Artists for His Kickstarter-Funded Film

    January 15, 2015 6:48 PM EST The director had fans submit potential songs for 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus' soundtrack. From Radio Raheem pumping "Fight the Power" in Do the Right Thing to the "Baba O'Riley" montage in Summer of Sam to New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard 's score…

  5. Chart Highlights: Aretha Franklin Tops Dance Club Songs for First Time in 16 Years

    December 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST The icon's cover of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' returns her to No. 1. Plus, new leaders for Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  6. Common, 'Trouble in the Water': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 14, 2014 4:05 PM EST Common , Malik Yusef , Kumasi , Aaron Fresh , Choklate , and Laci Kay have teamed up for the collaborative song, "Trouble in the Water." The song appears on HOME , a music project that hopes to raise awareness about climate change and "expand the climate movement."…

  7. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift 'Shake's to Top of Pop Songs, Iggy Azalea Rules Rhythmic Songs

    October 13, 2014 4:15 PM EDT The divas take over a pair of radio charts, while Nickelback and Florida Georgia Line also add new No. 1s. Plus, AC/DC blasts back onto Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  8. Exclusive: Rapsody Crushes Villas on New Track 'Godzilla,' Produced by 9th Wonder

    October 01, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Today Billboard premieres a new track from Rapsody, "Godzilla," produced by the acclaimed 9th Wonder . Rapsody has worked with everyone from rappers -- Kendrick Lamar , Big K.R.I.T. -- to R&B singers like Raheem Devaughn and Erykah Badu . Check out the song below: 9th Wonder,…

  9. Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande To Perform At Roots' 4th of July Jam

    May 05, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Nicki Minaj will head to the city of brotherly love for the Roots' annual 4th of July Jam. The rapper-singer will perform on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Independence Day for the free event. Nicki Minaj Releases 'Yasss Bish!!' Featuring Soulja Boy Raps…

  10. The Roots Debut Raheem DeVaughn-Assisted 'Tomorrow': Listen

    April 28, 2014 4:46 PM EDT A month away from the release of their album, "…and then you shoot your cousin," The Roots release the record's second single, "Tomorrow." The soulful, uplifting song, which follows the collective's "When The People Cheer," features lead vocals by R&…

  11. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  12. 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…

  13. Tamar Braxton Sets New Record On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart With 'Love and War'

    September 12, 2013 6:15 PM EDT Tamar Braxton sets the female record for longest time between an initial chart listing and a first No. 1 in this chart's SoundScan era (December 1992 to present). Four R&B sets debut in the top 10 of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums lead by Tamar Braxton's "Love and War"…

  14. The Seed: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Troy Ave, Trinidad Jame$

    July 21, 2013 8:00 AM EDT All five original members of legendary Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony reunite on their new single, "Everything 100." The smooth Wundermine-produced cut, featuring recent Taylor Gang signee Ty Dolla $ign, is radio-friendly and looks to return the group to the charts. Bone…

  15. Rapsody's Wale-Assisted, 'Dark Knights': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 15, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Rapsody's 'She Got Game' mixtape will drop on August 20. Close to a year after releasing her debut album, "The Idea of Beautiful," Rapsody readies her fifth mixtape, "She Got Game," due August 20. In anticipation for her Gangsta Grillz mixtape, hosted by…

  16. Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne 'Never' Lands On Pop Songs

    April 15, 2013 3:08 PM EDT Lavigne and Selena Gomez preview forthcoming albums with debuts on Pop Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  17. The Seed: Young Jeezy, Danny Brown, Yasiin Bey and More

    April 08, 2013 11:54 AM EDT Fresh off his signing to Cash Money Records earlier this month, T.Rone releases the remix to his breakout hit “Hello Love (F.U.),” featuring Juicy J, Jim Jones, Fat Joe & Raheem DeVaughn. The song currently sits at No. 39 in its fifth week on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and will…

  18. Danny Brown, Juelz Santana and Ghostface Killah Hit SXSW Vice House Show, Then 'Peace' Out

    March 16, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Several New York rhymers and a Detroit rap kook rocked the party last night. Friday (March 15) was a hell of a night for hip-hop. Just as people began heading over to the Vice House party around 7 p.m., news was breaking across Twitter (originally from a TMZ report) that Lil Wayne was in…

  19. Kindred the Family Soul Return with Uplifting New Album on New Label

    July 26, 2011 6:45 PM EDT When you catch the eye of Grammy-winning songstress Jill Scott , you must be doing something right. After Kindred the Family Soul caught the attention of Jill Scott when performing at the Black Lily club, Scott promptly brought the R&B duo to her label at the time, Hidden Beach Recordings…

  20. Exclusive: Teedra Moses Signs to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group

    April 20, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Last month, Teedra Moses made a move that took everyone by surprise. A month after debuting her video, "R U 4 Real," signed to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group and put a hold on her sophmore album, "The Lioness." Video Premiere: Teedra Moses, "R U 4 Real" In…

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