1. Chart Beat Thursday: Jay-Z, The Beatles, "Glee"

    September 17, 2009 1:30 PM EDT RUN THIS CHART: With the 400th debut ever at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Jay-Z notches his 11th chart-topping album with "The Blueprint 3." With his grand entrance, Jay-Z passes Elvis Presley as the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in the 53-year history of the Billboard 200.…

  2. Vicki Yohe, "Reveal Your Glory - Live From The Cathedral"

    July 13, 2009 12:09 PM EDT "Reveal Your Glory-Live From the Cathedral" represents a couple of firsts for the gospel artist Vicki Yohe: It's her debut album for Shanachie (following two releases on CeCe Winans ' PureSprings label) and her first live CD. Recorded at Word of Family Worship Cathedral in…

  3. Bill Werde: Remembering Michael Jackson

    July 07, 2009 5:23 PM EDT Bill Werde is editorial director of Billboard . This is the second time in my life I've been heartbroken to miss a Michael Jackson concert. The first time was when I was in the sixth grade, and my 17-year-old sister came home and surprised us with the news that she had tickets to the…

  4. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 4:07 PM EDT Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." The crowd remained on their…

  5. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 9:36 AM EDT Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." The crowd remained on their…

  6. Chart Beat: Linkin Park, Green Day, Bob Dylan

    June 03, 2009 11:32 AM EDT K'JON'S 'OCEAN'-FRONT PROPERTY: Detroit native K'Jon earns his first No. 1 on the Adult R&B airplay chart, as "On the Ocean" sails 5-1. He is the first male to reach the summit with his first chart entry at the format since Noel Gourdin carried the…

  7. Gospel Patriarch David 'Pops' Winans Sr. Dies

    April 09, 2009 8:19 AM EDT David "Pop" Winans Sr., the Grammy-nominated patriarch of the award-winning gospel music family, died Wednesday. He was 76. A statement from a Los Angeles public relations company representing the family said he died at a Nashville hospice, where he had been since January after…

  8. Diddy Makes A Date For 'Paris' Trip

    February 19, 2009 3:04 PM EST Sean "Diddy" Combs has set a Sept. 22 release date for his new artist album, "Last Train To Paris." The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, the Neptunes, Marion Winans, T-Pain, Rodney Jerkins and the Souldiggaz are among the producers on the set. "I'm ushering in a new…

  9. Essence Festival Adds Maxwell, Al Green, Ne-Yo

    January 29, 2009 12:01 AM EST Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo and En Vogue will join previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival. The event will be held July 3-5 at the New Orleans Superdome. Rounding out the bill are Sierra Leone Refugee…

  10. Chart Beat: Christopher Cross, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift

    January 22, 2009 2:03 PM EST DOUBLE CROSS: Christopher Cross returns to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with his second title to appear on this chart. Yes, that's pop star Christopher Cross, not hip-hop duo Kris Kross of "Jump" fame, who last appeared on this tally 11-and-a-half years ago with "Live and Die…

  11. Stars Debut 'America's Song' On 'Oprah'

    January 19, 2009 4:21 PM EST Bono, will.i.am, Mary J. Blige, Seal and Faith Hill premiered a new patriotic song, "America's Song," yesterday (Jan. 18) during a special edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. The episode aired today; "America's…

  12. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 15, 2009 5:17 PM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonce, Death Cab For Cute and the Beastie Boys are…

  13. Usher, Etheridge, Death Cab Rock Inaugural CD/DVD

    January 13, 2009 6:24 PM EST "Change Is Now" Features Top Artists, Obama Speeches. Stevie Wonder, will.i.am, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Hudson, Death Cab For Cutie and Usher are among the artists featured on "Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise," the commemorative CD/DVD set being released…

  14. Chart Beat Chat: 'Apologize,' Mary Mary, Double-Disc Albums

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss "Apologize," Mary Mary, double-disc sets and more! 'APOLOGIZE' ACCEPTED Good morning Fred! I was just checking the Adult Contemporary chart and I find it hard to believe that "Apologize" by Timbaland featuring OneRepublic was…

  15. Billboard Bits: 'Juno,' Travis, 'Yes We Can'

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rhino will aim to extend the "Juno" phenomenon by combining the soundtrack and the subsequent collection "Juno B-Sides: Almost Adopted Songs" into a single, deluxe edition of the album. Rhino will aim to extend the "Juno" phenomenon by combining the soundtrack…

  16. Diddy: Cassie CD Will Catch People 'Off Guard'

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cassie is eyeing a September release for her sophomore Bad Boy album, and label head Sean "Diddy" Combs tells Billboard fans are in for a surprise. Cassie is eyeing a September release for her sophomore Bad Boy album, and label head Sean "Diddy" Combs tells Billboard fans…

  17. Grammy Performances Meld Classic, Contemporary

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST The classic met the contemporary at the 50th Grammy Awards Sunday night (Feb. 10) in Los Angeles, with performances from talent that included some of the most beloved songs of the past decades. The classic met the contemporary at the 50th Grammy Awards Sunday night (Feb. 10) in Los Angeles,…

  18. 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…

  19. Grammys Confirm Winehouse Satellite Performance

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST As expected, Amy Winehouse will perform during Sunday's Grammy Awards via satellite from a London studio, organizers announced today (Feb. 8). The artist, who has recently spent time in rehab, was ini As expected , Amy Winehouse will perform during Sunday's Grammy Awards via…

  20. Beatles, Costello Seep Into New Jonas Bros. CD

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Jonas Brothers are putting the touches on their third album, an as-yet-untitled affair that's due out July 8 via Hollywood, according to Nick Jonas. The Jonas Brothers are putting the touches on their third album, an as-yet-untitled affair that's due out July 8 via Hollywood,…

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