1. Janelle Monae, Trombone Shorty Bring New Orleans Funk To NBA All-Star Halftime

    February 16, 2014 10:31 PM EST Gary Clark Jr., Earth Wind & Fire and Dr. John also assisted in the halftime extravaganza. Hours before taking the stage at the NBA All-Star halftime show, Trombone Shorty told Billboard of the performance, "People will definitely be out of their seats dancing. That's what our…

  2. Beck's 'Morning Phase': The Billboard Cover Story

    February 14, 2014 12:25 PM EST Beck explains his first album in five years: "I'm not controlling where [the car] is going... just making sure it doesn't crash." Turns out Beck can make heartbreaking music , even when he actually is doing fine. Dressed in all black except for the tiny white polka…

  3. Pharrell's 'Happy' Hits No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    February 13, 2014 7:14 PM EST The song is the singer's second No. 1 song as a solo artist on the chart and first since 2003 Following his Nielsen era record of 16 weeks atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs last year with his featured turn on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (also featuring T.I.), Pharrell scores his second…

  4. Mariah Carey Can't Live Without Your Love in 'You're Mine (Eternal)' Video: Watch

    February 12, 2014 8:51 PM EST We heard Katy Perry "roar" in the jungle in her colorful music video released last year, and now Mariah Carey has caught the jungle fever with the video for her newest single, "You're Mine (Eternal)." The new clip, premiered Wednesday night (Feb. 12) on MTV , finds…

  5. Beyonce Earns 7th No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 with 'Drunk In Love'

    February 06, 2014 6:50 PM EST Beyonce’s roll continues as “Drunk in Love” jumps 4-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs to mark her seventh chart-topper as a solo artist. (She also led the list four times as a member of Destiny’s Child.) Bey’s last leader on the chart was 2011’s “Love on Top” which ruled for seven weeks in 2012.…

  6. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  7. Lorde on Her First GRAMMYs: 'Sounds Like Prom on 'Roids' (Q&A)

    January 26, 2014 4:39 PM EST Were it not for indie bands Bon Iver and Grizzly Bear, we might not have Lorde (nee Ella Yelich-O'Connor), the 17-year-old phenom whose harmony-mashing "Royals" topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts for nine weeks in 2013 and garnered a half-million plays on U.S. radio. Her…

  8. 'Frozen' May Ice 'Beyonce's' Return to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    January 13, 2014 4:08 PM EST It seems Beyonce may not be heading back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart after all. Last week, industry forecasters pegged her self-titled album to skip back to No. 1 this week -- pushing the current champ, the "Frozen" soundtrack, down to No. 2. However, sales of "Frozen…

  9. Eminem's 'Monster' Posts Biggest Sales Week Yet

    January 03, 2014 1:30 PM EST In its ninth week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Eminem's "The Monster" takes home Digital Gainer honors thanks to a 123% increase to 433,000 downloads, its best week yet according to Nielsen SoundScan. The most recent tracking week ending on Dec. 29. The Rihanna-assisted…

  10. CODE Resolution 2014 Playlist: 21 Workout Cuts from Flux Pavilion, Martin Garrix and More

    January 02, 2014 3:02 PM EST It’s a new year once again. Champagne hangovers and seasonally boosted sugar addictions are in full effect and all any of us want to do is to stick to our resolutions! Since so many of us fill our gym playlists with EDM tracks, we thought who better to ask for playlist suggestions than the…

  11. Beyonce's 'Drunk In Love' Debuts at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    December 27, 2013 10:15 AM EST The song marks the singer's highest debut on the chart Just one week after "Beyonce" surprised the world and debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, its lead single "Drunk in Love," featuring Jay Z, opens at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The addictive…

  12. Jim Breuer, 'Santa Claus Ain't Coming to Town': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 17, 2013 1:00 PM EST Jim Breuer is known primarily for his film, TV and comedy roles, but he's getting into the musical spirit -- as well as the Christmas spirit, sort of -- for the first single from his upcoming album. "Santa Claus Ain't Coming to Town" arrives just in time for Christmas -- a…

  13. R. Kelly's 'Black Panties' Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

    December 11, 2013 7:00 PM EST R. Kelly is set to collect his 15th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The singer's latest album, "Black Panties," is on course to sell around 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 15 -- so say industry forecasters. That should be enough…

  14. Rod Stewart Confirms Faces Reunion: 'We're Earmarking 2015'

    December 11, 2013 12:37 AM EST Rod Stewart, who told The Hollywood Reporter in May, "Me and Ronnie [Wood] were out plotting the Faces’ future," confirmed in a Dec. 2 interview on Boston's WZLX radio that the Faces, founded in 1965, would reunite as a live band after Wood's next tour with the Rolling…

  15. John Hammond, 'Further On Up The Road': Exclusive Song Premiere

    December 10, 2013 10:45 AM EST It's been 50 years since John Hammond, Jr. released his first album. And he can think of no better way to commemorate it than with a new live album that finds him doing what he does best -- playing solo with just his guitar, harmonica and voice at one of his favorite regular venues.  …

  16. On 'Hava Nagila'

    December 01, 2013 10:05 AM EST The power of music can last a lifetime I don't think music was a major part of most of her life, but in her later years, it revealed its power to connect her to those she loved, and, in turn, us to her. And, throughout, music still weaved its way into meaningful moments. Not that life…

  17. Yo Gotti Debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 29, 2013 6:00 AM EST Yo Gotti's "I Am" debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 47,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, his biggest weekly sales figure to date. His previous best came on Jan. 28, 2012, when "Live From the Kitchen" opened with 16,000 first-week units,…

  18. Does One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Follow The Boy Band Third-Album Trend?

    November 27, 2013 2:38 PM EST Revisiting the changes in sound and creative input on the third efforts by NKOTB, BSB, N' Sync & more. This week, British heartthrobs One Direction -- the most successful boy band in a decade by just about any standard -- release their third studio album, "Midnight Memories.…

  19. Chris Brown Ordered Back To Court in January

    November 25, 2013 11:27 PM EST R&B singer Chris Brown's next court appearance in Washington is now scheduled for Jan. 8. A D.C. Superior Court judge granted the new date Monday. Brown's attorneys successfully argued that he should not be forced to leave anger management rehabilitation in Los Angeles to travel…

  20. Chris Brown Allowed to Skip D.C. Court Date

    November 22, 2013 7:36 PM EST A judge says R&B singer Chris Brown doesn't have to travel from Los Angeles to Washington to appear in court. D.C. Superior Judge Robert Tignor agreed Friday to let Brown waive his scheduled appearance on Monday. Brown is facing a misdemeanor assault charge. He and bodyguard…

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