1. Eminem Has 10 Tracks on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    November 14, 2013 9:01 PM EST Eminem is the king of the Billboard charts this week. He not only has the No. 1 album on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, but also earns 10 concurrent songs on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. (His new "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" tops both album…

  2. Porter Robinson Signs with Astralwerks After Bidding War: Exclusive

    November 14, 2013 12:12 PM EST Porter Robinson’s debut album is coming, and it’s coming to Astralwerks. The label of the Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and most recently, Deadmau5,  has prevailed in a competitive bid to sign the 21-year-old DJ/producer’s first LP, Billboard has learned. After a process that…

  3. Jay Z's Birthday Gift to Yankee Investigated By MLB Players Union: Report

    November 06, 2013 12:32 PM EST Rapper and newly minted sports agent Shawn Carter, aka Jay Z, is being investigated by the Major League Baseball Players Association after giving his biggest client, Yankees infielder Robinson Cano, a watch worth a cool $33,900, according to an ESPN report . Cano received the timepiece, a…

  4. Soul Train Awards Go Bigger for 2013, Promise '100% Live' Acts: 'No Tracks Here'

    November 04, 2013 4:44 AM EST Producers of the Soul Train Awards are prepping their biggest event yet. The 2013 edition of the urban music celebration takes place on Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas (it airs Dec. 1 on BET), where a new venue promises a grander, two-stage production worthy of the marquee names…

  5. Dylan Fest Set for New York and San Francisco

    October 24, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Dhani Harrison and Jason Isbell lead lineup of performers The folk music charity festival Dylan Fest has announced plans for a 13th consecutive New York showing, as well as its first ever stop in San Francisco. On Nov. 11 and 12, Dylan Fest will take on New…

  6. Maxine Powell, Motown Charm Coach, Dies at 98

    October 14, 2013 4:21 PM EDT Maxine Powell, who was responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of Motown Records' artists during the Detroit label's 1960s heyday, has died. She was 98. Motown Museum CEO Allen Rawls says Powell died Monday at a hospital in Southfield, Mich. She didn't sing or…

  7. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, Drake, Bastille Score New No. 1s

    October 14, 2013 2:35 PM EDT Perry's 'Roar' ties a record on Dance/Club Play Songs, Drake makes history on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Bastille notches its first Alternative Songs leader. Plus,Thomas Rhett takes over atop Country Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of…

  8. Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson Lead Soul Train Awards Lineup

    October 10, 2013 10:09 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton and Smokey Robinson are among the marquee names announced today as performers for the 2013 Soul Train Awards. The fifth annual show is being taped on Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. It will premiere on Centric and BET on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET. Rounding…

  9. 21 Under 21's Next Class Poll: Vote For 2014's Best Bet

    September 27, 2013 3:08 PM EDT 0 Is next year the year for rising music stars like Becky G, Danny Avila and Zendaya? Vote now! This year's edition of Billboard.com's 21 Under 21 list featured a score of pop powerhouses, EDM stars, hip-hop influencers and, perhaps more than ever, fresh faces. Our 2013…

  10. Sepultura Talks 'Tricky' 'Mediator' Album, Tour Dates Announced

    September 24, 2013 9:37 PM EDT Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser gets thoughtful about upcoming album “The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must be the Heart." Sepultura will kick off a 19-city North American tour in Los Angeles right after the release of their new album, “The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must be…

  11. Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella on Drugs, Festival Safety, and More

    September 20, 2013 1:30 PM EDT The Insomniac honcho extols his company’s safety systems while decrying the media attention around drugs at dance events. At the tail end of the festival season comes Insomniac Events’ annual Nocturnal Wonderland festival (Sept 21). Featuring Martin Solveig, Porter Robinson and Bingo…

  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. New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 Runway Jams: Day 7

    September 12, 2013 4:50 PM EDT The Hook columnist Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. is exploring the beats of the season and compiling a list of songs heard on Spring NYFW runways. Check back in daily as he updates with the hottest cuts. Show: The Blonds Song: Crookers, “Put Your Hands On Me” (Jesse Rose Play Prime Remix) Blonde…

  14. New York Fashion Week Runway Jams: Daily Songs Played at Spring Collection NYFW Shows

    September 07, 2013 4:10 PM EDT The Hook columnist Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. is exploring the beats of the season and compiling a list of songs heard on Spring NYFW runways. Check back in daily as he updates with the hottest cuts. MORE FASHION WEEK: 10 Epic FW Music Moments | Janelle Monáe Sings At Minkoff Show DAY 2:…

  15. Runway Jams: Songs Played at Day 1 of 2014 Spring New York Fashion Week Shows

    September 06, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Fashion editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. is exploring the beats of the season and compiling a list of songs heard on Spring NYFW runways. Check back in daily as he updates with the hottest cuts. Show: Desigual Song: Horacio, "It’s All Because I’m Horacio" Horacio’s playful synth…

  16. Jackie Robinson Actor's Next Role? James Brown

    August 27, 2013 2:40 PM EDT After bringing Jackie Robinson to the big screen, Chadwick Boseman is going to try another icon: James Brown. Boseman has been cast to play the Godfather of Soul in a planned biopic by "The Help" director Tate Taylor. The film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment is…

  17. Smokey Robinson Pays Tribute to Motown's Chief of Charm

    August 26, 2013 9:11 PM EDT The musician will honor Maxine Powell at the Motown Historical Museum and calls her contributions essential. A chief architect of "the Motown sound" is paying tribute to another pioneer responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of the legendary Detroit label's…

  18. K. Michelle Talks 'Rebellious Soul' Success & Upcoming Solo VH1 Show

    August 23, 2013 2:12 PM EDT The R&B singer's 'Rebellious Soul' debuts at No. 2 thanks to new exposure through reality TV. K. Michelle has endured personal and professional woes in her career, but this week the singer hits the Billboard 200 at No. 2 with her major-label debut, "…

  19. Aretha Franklin's Health Improving, Planning Work on a New Album

    August 21, 2013 2:08 AM EDT Aretha Franklin won't say what caused her latest health problems, but says she's had a "miraculous" recovery and is looking forward to performing soon. "My treatments are going very well. My last CAT scan, my doctor at the CAT scan and everyone who sees this says…

  20. Aretha Franklin Not Attending Baseball Luncheon Due to Health Issues

    August 20, 2013 12:44 AM EDT Aretha Franklin will not be attending a baseball luncheon during which she was to receive a "Beacon" award for embodying the spirit of the civil rights movement, The Associated Press has learned. Franklin, 71, has already canceled several concerts recently because of undisclosed…

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