1. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R…

  2. The Beatles Celebrated in 'The Night That Changed America': Review

    February 08, 2014 8:46 PM EST The Beatles' arrival 50 years ago -- Feb. 9, 1964 -- in black and white is celebrated in musical hues of tangerine, yellow and green on "The Night That Changed America" special that airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. History weaves in and out of material from the Beatles'…

  3. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Reunite for Beatles TV Special

    January 28, 2014 4:40 AM EST No one plays a Beatles song quite like a Beatle. That lesson was learned Monday night when a reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr concluded a tribute to the Beatles that CBS will air on Feb. 9, the 50th anniversary of their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” They still can&…

  4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Sweep Rap Categories at GRAMMYs

    January 27, 2014 1:55 AM EST Another year, another GRAMMY award show where influential R&B and rap categories are not televised, such as Rap Album and R&B Album. Surprising, considering the debate which arose from the moment the GRAMMY nominations were announced on December 6. Many argued on who, between…

  5. Beyonce Scores Sixth No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

    January 23, 2014 6:04 PM EST In just its sixth week on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" (featuring Jay Z) jumps 5-1 to mark her sixth leader on the list. She last topped the chart in 2012 when "Love on Top" reigned for seven weeks. In terms of most No. 1s by a female, Mrs.…

  6. Alicia Keys Ends One-Year BlackBerry Deal: Inside The Troubled Partnership

    January 02, 2014 5:56 PM EST When Alicia Keys was first named global creative director at BlackBerry on January 30, much derision was made at her expense for tweeting from an iPhone just days before the announcement - and maybe even once again a few days after, in an apparent hack scandal .   But Thursday (Jan. 2)’s…

  7. Taylor Swift, One Direction Top List of Most Charitable Stars

    December 26, 2013 3:40 PM EST Beyonce, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also hit top five Taylor Swift and One Direction are 2013’s most charitable celebrities, according to social change organization DoSomething.org. The country-pop singer tops the sixth annual Top 20 Celebs Gone Good list for the second year in a row, as she…

  8. Tame Impala, Flume Clean Up At The ARIAs

    December 01, 2013 11:49 PM EST Tame Impala and Flume were the big winners at the 27th ARIA Awards, taking out the bulk of the night’s biggest categories between them. Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala was named best group, and its critically-lauded “Lonerism” (Modular Recordings) won for best album and best rock album. The…

  9. The Beatles, U2, Eminem, One Direction Contribute To 'Songs For The Philippines' Relief Album

    November 26, 2013 5:22 AM EST The recorded music industry is responding to the disastrous typhoon in the Philippines with a fundraising compilation which features the biggest names in the business. The Beatles, Bob Dylan, U2, Eminem, One Direction and Katy Perry are among the superstars who have contributed tracks for the…

  10. Alicia Keys Visits Typhoon Refugees in Philippines

    November 25, 2013 6:40 AM EST Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited a Philippine air force base Monday to bring cheer to hundreds of evacuees from eastern provinces wracked by Typhoon Haiyan. The American singer distributed crayons and coloring books to children at the Villamor Air Base grandstand, where evacuees from…

  11. Eminem's 'Rap God' Debuts at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    October 24, 2013 4:55 PM EDT Dom Kennedy posts his first top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with "Get Home Safely." Eminem debuts in the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the third time this year as "Rap God" opens at No. 2 thanks to 270,000 downloads (according to Nielsen SoundScan)…

  12. Stevie Wonder Speaks Out, Bono Surprises at Global Citizen Festival

    September 29, 2013 12:00 PM EDT An impassioned speech on guns by Wonder and slick sets by Alicia Keys, John Mayer and Kings of Leon highlight a day of doing right in Central Park Stevie Wonder made believers out of a youthful crowd of 60,000-plus at the Global Citizen Festival , held Saturday in New York City's…

  13. 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…

  14. Jeff Bhasker On 'Yeezus,' Collaborating With P!nk & Looking 'To Evolve My Sound'

    August 09, 2013 4:58 PM EDT "You'll still be listening to ['Yeezus'] in 10 years, 20 years — not whatever else album came out today. I love Wale, but I don't think that's the music people are going to actually say, 'That's what defined this year.' That's what Kanye…

  15. Queen Latifah Calls On Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz For New Talk Show

    July 31, 2013 11:14 PM EDT Queen Latifah says her new daytime talk show is calling on A-list friends for support, including musicians Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz. Keys has already participated in test runs of "The Queen Latifah Show." And Kravitz's design firm created the set. There are more pals at…

  16. Jay Z & Justin Timberlake In Playful Mood As 'Legends of the Summer' Tour Kicks Off in Toronto

    July 18, 2013 6:11 AM EDT The "Holy Grail" stars dedicate their encore song ("Young Forever") to Trayvon Martin For the first stop of Jay Z and Justin Timberlake’s co-headlining Legends of the Summer stadium tour in North American, the pair’s packed-to-the-hilt concert at Toronto’s Rogers…

  17. Global Citizen Festival: Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer Heading to Central Park

    July 11, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Timed around the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, the Global Citizen Festival will return for a second year to continue efforts of building a movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. The festival will be held Sept. 28 in Central Park and will feature headliners…

  18. Maxwell Talks New 'SUMMERS' Album & Upcoming Duets EP With Alicia Keys

    July 05, 2013 6:11 PM EDT It's been nearly four years to the day that Maxwell released "BLACKsummers'night" on July 7, 2009, the first in a planned trilogy of albums that, in custom Maxwell fashion, has taken some time to follow up. But in an interview with Billboard before his headlining set…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Now With An AC Top 10, Rihanna Appears Here To 'Stay'

    June 16, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Having set records on Pop Songs, Rihanna reaches a key career milestone, as her former No. 1 on the ranking 'Stay' becomes her first Adult Contemporary top 10 Madonna did it. And, Cyndi Lauper. So did fellow pop/dance divas more recently like Fergie, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.…

  20. Alejandro Sanz Lights-Up Nokia Theatre on His 'La Música No Se Toca' Tour: Review

    May 03, 2013 2:54 AM EDT Alejandro Sanz graciously walked onto the stage at Nokia Theatre looking every bit ready for a voracious audience wanting, leaning and feeling his every step. They devoured his every syllable as the crooner opened his U.S. tour in Los Angeles. Fans could not, would not, sit still.   From…

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