1. Jesse McCartney Will Let Fans 'Have It All' in January 2011

    October 18, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Pop singer Jesse McCartney will follow 2008's "Departure" with "Have It All," his fourth full-length set for a January 2011 release on Hollywood Records. The singer worked with "Departure" producer Sean Garrett, Kevin Rudolf and Young Money rapper Tyga on…

  2. 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…

  3. Billboard Bits: Album Updates from Beyonce and Radiohead, Mariah Carey on HSN

    September 17, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce Working on 'Biggest Album Ever' After taking a break from the studio earlier this year, Beyonce is set to record her "biggest album ever," according to songwriter-producer Sean Garrett.…

  4. Chart Beat Wednesday: Enrique Iglesias, Soundgarden, Daughtry

    August 18, 2010 1:05 PM EDT AN HONOR FIT FOR A KING, AND A PRINCE: ... and now, Enrique Iglesias , too. With a 2-1 lift on Dance/Club Play Songs for "I Like It," Iglesias collects his seventh No. 1 on the chart, equaling Michael Jackson and Prince for most leaders among male artists in the list's history.…

  5. Hitmaker Alex Da Kid Talks Eminem's 'Lie,' Rihanna's New Album

    August 17, 2010 5:03 PM EDT Alex Da Kid is best-known for a pair of epic hip-hop/rock hybrids, but in real life, the 26-year-old U.K. producer/songwriter is the furthest thing from hyperbolic. "I don't really get excited about things," he says with classic English stoicism, when asked what it felt like to…

  6. Lady Gaga Earns Record 13 MTV VMA Nominations, Eminem Nabs Eight

    August 03, 2010 12:15 PM EDT L ady Gaga has earned a record-breaking 13 MTV VMA nominations, the network announced today (Aug. 3). The pop star's "Bad Romance" video is up for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video and Best Dance Video, among other categories. "I'm so honored for…

  7. Bun B Reps for Texas on 'Trill OG' Album

    August 02, 2010 8:00 AM EDT Rappers have a propensity for christening themselves with royal titles to promote their standing in hip-hop (e.g., King of the South, Prince of Rap). But for rapper Bun B , "Trill OG," while less regal than most, was the most fitting. "My plan is just to ignite the fire that…

  8. Bieber-Mania Sparks Search for the Next Teen Sensation

    June 01, 2010 3:25 PM EDT What does 16-year-old Justin Bieber share in common with musical icons Bob Dylan , Bruce Springsteen , Nirvana and Britney Spears ? They all, at one time or another, have inspired record company A&R executives en masse to aggressively sign up artists who sound, and sometimes even look,…

  9. Gucci Mane Manages Career From Jail

    March 18, 2010 10:09 AM EDT This was supposed to be Gucci Mane 's time to finally gain mainstream appeal, as he collaborated with Mariah Carey , Mario and Usher while churning out street anthems like "Wasted" and "Go Head," featuring Man Bre-Z. But now he's found himself trying to figure…

  10. 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…

  11. Mario Goes From 'Break Up' To Breaking Records

    October 23, 2009 5:51 PM EDT The last time Mario saw the pinnacle of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart was in 2005. That's when "Let Me Love You"-from his 2004 second album, "Turning Point"-reached No. 1. Four years and two albums later, the Baltimore crooner finds himself close to…

  12. Beyoncé, Maxwell, Keri Hilson Lead Nominations For Soul Train Awards Return

    October 23, 2009 11:27 AM EDT With four nominations each, Beyoncé , Keri Hilson and Maxwell head the list of nominees for the return of the Soul Train Awards. The awards ceremony, hosted by actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will be the first special aired on BET's recently launched CENTRIC Network. Taping…

  13. Mario, Trey Songz To Headline BET/Live Nation Club Tour

    September 21, 2009 4:47 PM EDT Live Nation has partnered with BET Networks to produce a series of U.S. tours that are set to visit Live Nation-owned House of Blues venues and other clubs/theaters across the country. The new partnership will launch this fall with the 106 & Park Tour, which featuring co-headliners Trey…

  14. Chart Beat: Michael Jackson, Colbie Caillat, Shakira

    July 09, 2009 4:43 PM EDT JACKSON ACTION: Tuesday's (July 7) star-studded, and oftentimes touching, memorial at Los Angeles' Staples Center may have begun to engender a sense of closure for fans of Michael Jackson following his passing June 25. On the newest Billboard charts, however, the King of Pop…

  15. Whitney Houston Comeback Album Due Sept. 1

    June 04, 2009 9:40 AM EDT The wait is over -- Whitney Houston is finally making her comeback on Sept. 1 with an as-yet-untitled album on Arista Records. For her return, the label has set up a countdown on the New Jersey-bred artist's official site, WhitneyHouston.com , which will also preview selected tracks…

  16. Amerie's Def Jam Debut Due In August

    June 02, 2009 6:20 PM EDT After a two-year hiatus, singer/songwriter Amerie has announced the release of her Def Jam debut, "In Love & War," which will be available in August. The lead single, "Why R U," will be serviced June 15th, with an accompanying video directed by Ray Kay (The-Dream, Lady…

  17. Korean Pop Sensation BoA Signs With CAA

    May 06, 2009 10:13 AM EDT Korean singing superstar BoA has signed with CAA in a move to accelerate her budding U.S. career. The hip-hop- and R&B-influenced BoA, aka Boa Kwon, has had a massive career that extended from her native Korea to Japan and Chinese-speaking territories, in large measure because of her…

  18. Keyshia Cole: Screen Siren

    December 08, 2008 6:05 PM EST Keyshia Cole knows what she wants -- and what the dynamic diva wants right now is a turkey sandwich on wheat bread with nothing on it but mayo and mustard. But the waitstaff at the restaurant adjacent to the Affinia Dumont Hotel in Manhattan can't quite seem to get that right. The…

  19. Keyshia Cole Shows A New Side Of 'Me'

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST After chronicling her own gritty rise to fame on 2005's "The Way It Is" and 2007's "Just Like You," Keyshia Cole moves in a new direction on "A Different Me," due Dec. 16 via Imani/Geffen/Interscope. After chronicling her own gritty rise to fame on 2005…

  20. Jamie Foxx Taps Into 'Intuition'

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jamie Foxx will take a break from Hollywood next month to release his third album, "Intuition." Jamie Foxx will take a break from Hollywood next month to release his third album, "Intuition." Due Dec. 16 from J Records, the set is preceded by the single "Just Like Me…

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