1. Anthony Hamilton Promises Fast Follow-up To 'Point'

    June 02, 2009 1:09 PM EDT Anthony Hamilton made fans wait three years for his latest album, 2008's "The Point of it All." But he promises that won't be the case for his next effort. "I may put out another one before the end of this year, or the top of (2010)," the North Carolina-born R…

  2. Taylor Swift Trumps Big Debuts To Stay No. 1

    December 24, 2008 11:04 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Big Machine) begins a third non-consecutive week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week, selling 330,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Fearless" trumps big debuts from Keyshia Cole and Jamie Foxx, which open…

  3. Anthony Hamilton's Heights

    December 19, 2008 11:45 AM EST Anthony Hamilton is best-known for chronicling heartbreak on songs like "Charlene" and "Can't Let Go." But on "The Point of It All," arriving Dec. 16 from Jive, the artist says it's time to rejoice. Embodying the message is the first single "Cool…

  4. Ask Billboard: Alice In Chains, Anthony Hamilton, Jay-Z

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers questions about Alice In Chains, Anthony Hamilton, Jay-Z and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside…

  5. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, so it's…

  6. Kanye, UGK Head BET Awards Winners' Circle

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New school and old school hip-hop both shared the wealth as Kanye West and UGK earned two awards each at the BET Awards last night (June 24) at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. New school and old school hip-hop both shared the wealth as Kanye West and UGK earned two awards each at the BET…

  7. Aretha, Mint Condition Salute Black Music Month

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An essay from Aretha Franklin, an Earth Wind & Fire tribute from Mint Condition and blog posts from rapper YoYo are among the featured elements of BlackVoices.com's Black Music Month celebration. An essay from Aretha Franklin, an Earth Wind & Fire tribute from Mint Condition and…

  8. 'Down' Is The New Up

    May 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The friendly collision of new and old sensibilities on "Lay It Down" (Blue Note) is as vintage-sounding as anything Al Green released during his Hi Records heyday of the '70s. The friendly collision of new and old sensibilities on "Lay It Down" (Blue Note) is as…

  9. Chart Beat

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action on Mariah Carey/Madonna/Elvis Presley, James Brown, Fantasia and more! 'BODY' WORKS; 'MINUTES' ADDS UP: Elvis Presley has had a lot of great chart weeks over the last 52 years, but this wasn't one of them. Mariah Carey surpasses the King…

  10. Green, ?uestlove 'Lay It Down' On New Album

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Al Green's long-in-the-works album co-produced by the Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and keyboardist James Poyser finally has a release date. "Lay It Down" is due May 27 via Blue Note and features Al Green's long-in-the-works album co-produced by the…

  11. Chart Beat

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Usher's "Love in This Club," American 'Idols,' Janet Jackson and more! 'CLUB' PLAY: Adding sales to airplay can be like adding Mentos to Diet Coke. The resulting explosion has carried "Love in This Club" (LaFace) by Usher featuring…

  12. Mint Condition Finds New 'Life'

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mint Condition, known best for their '90s R&B hits "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" and "What Kind of Man Would I Be," is back with its ninth album, "e-Life," due May 6. Mint Condition, known best for their '90s R&B hits "…

  13. Chart Beat

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Brad Paisley, Mariah Carey and more! KING OF POP (CATALOG): In its original run, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was on The Billboard 200 for 122 weeks, 37 of which were spent at No. 1. With the re-entry of a silver anniversary edition, the…

  14. Complete Coverage Of The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST From the nominations to the grand event, full coverage of the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which took place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. From the nominations to the grand event, Billboard.com presents full coverage of the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which took place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. Winehouse,…

  15. MusiCares Honors Aretha In Los Angeles

    February 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Some call her the Queen of Soul. Others refer to her as Re Re or Sister Re. Everyone calls her Aretha. And last night (Feb. 8), Aretha Franklin was known as the MusiCares Person of the Year at a benef Some call her the Queen of Soul. Others refer to her as Re Re or Sister Re. Everyone calls…

  16. Chart Beat

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys and more! 'STARTIN'' ALL OVER AGAIN: After an absence from the Hot 100 of four years, one month and one week, Michael Jackson returns with "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008," an update of a song…

  17. Mariah, Paula, 'Idols' Join Jackson's 'Club'

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Randy Jackson has a busy first quarter ahead of him. Not only will the musician/producer be returning to the stage this week as a judge on "American Idol," but come March 11, the musician/producer wil Randy Jackson has a busy first quarter ahead of him. Not only will the musician…

  18. Jadakiss Inks New Deal With Roc-A-Fella

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jadakiss has signed to Roc-A-Fella/Ruff Ryders and will release his third, as-yet-untitled studio effort next year. Jadakiss has signed to Roc-A-Fella/Ruff Ryders and will release his third, as-yet-untitled studio effort next year. The rapper's two previous efforts, 2001's "…

  19. Which movie has the best soundtrack?

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Last time we checked in with readers, you responded to the following question: There's a multiplex-full of music-driven movies in theaters this season. Which one actually has the best soundtrack? Last time we checked in with readers, you responded to the following question: There's…

  20. Anthony Hamilton 'Full Of Life' On Next Album

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With his involvement in "American Gangster" putting him on the big screen, R&B singer Anthony Hamilton is preparing to unleash his next album on the world in 2008. With his involvement in "American Gangster" putting him on the big screen, R&B singer Anthony…

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