1. Jack White's Acting Plans, Dave Grohl's Drumming Tips and More Insider Scoop

    May 11, 2015 1:21 PM EDT Jack White's Next Act On April 26,  Jack White  performed what his PR firm called "his final live performance...for the foreseeable future." So, what will he do next? According to one insider, White's plans include focusing on his acting career during the next few years.…

  2. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1979, Blondie's 'Heart of Glass' Hit No. 1

    April 27, 2015 8:05 AM EDT Thirty-six years ago, the rockers reigned on their first try. Plus, remembering chart feats by Rascal Flatts, Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. April 27, 1963 Little Peggy March began…

  3. A First Look at Jay Z's Tidal: Definitely Young, Probably Promising

    March 31, 2015 3:28 PM EDT Is Tidal worth 20 bucks a month? Overall, Tidal has the starting framework of what could be an interesting and engaging artist-led and backed company. With the product as-is, Spotify or Apple launching a lossless quality tier could make Tidal irrelevant-- but for one major thing: superstar…

  4. Exclusive: Fun. Frontman Nate Ruess to Receive Hal David Starlight Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    March 18, 2015 8:00 AM EDT Fun. frontman Nate Ruess will receive the Hal David Starlight Award at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard can reveal. The honor, which each year recognizes a brilliant young songwriter, will be presented at the 46th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner, set for June 18 at the…

  5. 'The Voice' Recap: Third Night of Battles Brings Steals and Tough Decisions

    March 17, 2015 4:07 AM EDT "It's the most intense part of the competition," Carson Daly said about the Battle Round, which continued on The Voice tonight. The first battle pairing of the night was Team Pharrell's Briar Jonnee vs. Caitlin Caporale . Jonnee showed some nerve in her blind audition,…

  6. High-Profile Managers Join Think Tank to Advise Grammy Creators Alliance

    March 09, 2015 6:00 AM EDT A few dozen high-profile artist managers are lending a hand to recording artists, songwriters and producers advocating for creators on legislation that impacts their community. The Managers Think Tank will advise the newly formed Grammy Creators Alliance, an advocacy group comprised of…

  7. Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz Share First Photos of Son, Genesis Ali

    February 27, 2015 8:52 PM EST Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz have shared the first photos of their new baby boy, Genesis Ali Dean.  Swizz Beatz Throws Alicia Keys a 'House Party'-Themed Party The R&B and soul singer and hip-hop producer (real name Kasseem Dean) posted images of their new child to…

  8. Swizz Beatz Throws Alicia Keys a 'House Party'-Themed Party

    January 26, 2015 12:43 PM EST Ain't no party like an "original cast of House Party" party. This past weekend, Swizz Beatz celebrated his wife Alicia Keys ' birthday by throwing her a House Party -themed "Pajama Jammy Jam." The cast of 1990 cult classic -- Kid 'N Play , neé Tisha…

  9. Meghan Trainor Joins Elite Company With Debut No. 1 Single & Album

    January 21, 2015 4:00 PM EST Trainor becomes just the 13th female artist with a debut No. 1 song and album, as 'Title' zooms to the top of the Billboard 200. Following the upgrade of Meghan Trainor 's debut EP Title to a full-length, the set roars to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . It blasts to the…

  10. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  11. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Welcome Second Baby Boy

    December 28, 2014 3:38 PM EST Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz have one more thing to be thankful for this holiday season: a new baby boy. Alicia Keys Preaches for Unity in 'We Gotta Pray' The married couple announced the birth of their second child together on Sunday (Dec. 28) through an Instagram photo of his…

  12. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was 1970. Now, in 2014, outrage over police…

  13. Madonna On New 'Rebellious and Romantic' Music, Demo Leaks, 'Possibly' Crashing the Grammys and the 'Crazy' Sony Hack

    December 21, 2014 4:55 PM EST "It's kind of like the old me and the new me all mixed in together," Madonna tells Billboard of her stunning new single "Living For Love." It's a rather large understatement to say that it's been a crazy couple of weeks for Madonna . On…

  14. Alicia Keys Preaches for Unity in 'We Gotta Pray'

    December 04, 2014 11:58 AM EST Alicia Keys has released a new song, “We Gotta Pray”, in the wake of protests in New York City and Ferguson, MO. Just hours after its release, the song bolted to the top of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . In the reflective ballad, the singer-songwriter pleads for the world to…

  15. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Remember When Taylor Swift Was Country … in 2011?

    November 24, 2014 8:05 AM EST Swift's 'Sparks Fly' topped Hot Country Songs just three years ago. Plus, looking back at key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Jay Z & Alicia Keys and the Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  16. Ask Billboard: All-Taylor Swift Edition

    November 11, 2014 11:05 AM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT SHOULD THE NEXT SINGLES BE FROM 1989 ? This mailbag&…

  17. Alicia Keys Added to MTV EMA Performers List

    November 09, 2014 12:40 PM EST Alicia Keys has joined the lineup of performers at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland. Calvin Harris Cancels MTV EMA Performance Nicki Minaj is set to host this year’s MTV EMA, which takes place Sunday (Nov. 9). Other performers include U2 , Minaj, Enrique Iglesias ,…

  18. Enrique Iglesias to Perform at MTV EMAs

    October 27, 2014 10:25 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias has joined the lineup of performers at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow next month, organizers said Monday. Following the performance, Iglesias will embark on the European leg of his Sex and Love world tour. At the EMAs, he is nominated in the Best World Stage category. After being…

  19. Diddy, Nas, David Byrne All Set for Alicia Keys' AIDS Awareness Event

    October 21, 2014 11:39 PM EDT Diddy will host Alicia Keys' annual charity event that raises awareness about HIV and AIDS. The piano-playing singer announced Tuesday that her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz , will co-host the 11th annual Black Ball on Oct. 30 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. Keys,…

  20. 'The Voice' Recap: Final Battles Wrap With a Young Joaquin Phoenix Look-alike

    October 21, 2014 11:18 PM EDT The battles wrapped on 'The Voice' on Tuesday, with the felt presence of one of the series' other rotating coaches. "Don't try to ever be Christina Aguilera ! I can't be her, and neither can you!" shouted Stevie Nicks at one point to two of Adam Levine&…

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