1. Essence to Spotlight Solange Knowles, Lianne La Havas During Grammy Week

    January 10, 2013 2:54 PM EST Rising singer/songwriters Lianne La Havas and Solange Knowles will be this year's featured artists at Essence Black Women in Music. The fourth annual, invitation-only Grammy Week event will take place on Feb. 6 in Los Angeles with Grammy Award winner Kelly Rowland and Essence editor-at…

  2. Bobby Bare Album Launches Plowboy Records

    November 05, 2012 11:55 PM EST Just as his music as been very diverse over the years, Bobby Bare's fan base is equally wide-spread, says the legendary stylist. "I have a wide range of fans," he tells Billboard. "I was working in New York at a club one night, and came into my dressing room, and there sat…

  3. Pitbull and Christina Aguilera Sample A-ha's 'Take On Me': Hear Song Snippet

    October 23, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Pitbull has teamed up with Christina Aguilera to interpolate a pop classic on "Feel This Moment," a new song from the singer's upcoming studio set "Global Warming." A 97-second snippet of the track, which snatches the instantly recognizable synth riff from a-ha '…

  4. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Skrillex, D'Angelo Kick Off Made In America Festival

    September 02, 2012 10:40 AM EDT The first day of the two-day fest featured performances by Jay-Z and many guests, Skrillex, Maybach Music Group, Passion Pit and more. Jay-Z stood sipping champagne with Kanye West while red, white and blue fireworks lit up the Philadelphia night behind them Saturday (Sept. 1) to close out…

  5. Joss Stone's 'Power to the People': Exclusive First Listen

    June 12, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Revealed: Tracklist for 'The Soul Sessions Volume 2,' Out July 31 Joss Stone will return with "The Soul Sessions Volume 2," marking a decade since the singer made her 2003 debut with the first volume. The sequel will land July 31 on S-Curve Records and Stone's own…

  6. Track Review: Fiona Apple, 'Every Single Night'

    April 30, 2012 8:30 AM EDT FIONA APPLE "Every Single Night" (3:33) Producers: Fiona Apple, Charley Drayton Writer: F. Apple Publisher: FHW Music (ASCAP) Clean Slate/Epic Records One thing can be said for the elusive Fiona Apple: She lets the voices in her head speak, even if the words that come out don't…

  7. Track Review: Fiona Apple, 'Every Single Night'

    April 30, 2012 8:30 AM EDT FIONA APPLE "Every Single Night" (3:33) Producers: Fiona Apple, Charley Drayton Writer: F. Apple Publisher: FHW Music (ASCAP) Clean Slate/Epic Records One thing can be said for the elusive Fiona Apple: She lets the voices in her head speak, even if the words that come out don't…

  8. Pitbull Going 'Back In Time' with 'Men in Black 3' Theme Song

    March 22, 2012 12:35 PM EDT After handling the theme songs for the first two "Men in Black" movies, Will Smith has deferred to superstar rapper Pitbull to provide the theme for the forthcoming third installment of the sci-fi franchise. "Back In Time" will be released to radio and as a digital single…

  9. Kelly Rowland Heads to Paris for 'Keep It Between Us': Watch

    January 25, 2012 6:14 PM EST "Just a plain old girl/I don't need nothing," Kelly Rowland sings in "Keep It Between Us," but that's easy to sing from below the Eiffel Tower. The singer's video for new ballad "Keep It Between Us" finds her exploring Paris and examining photos of…

  10. Ne-Yo Joins Motown Roster, Also Appointed Senior VP of A&R

    January 24, 2012 9:25 PM EST Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is moving from Def Jam to Motown Records, the company told Billboard.biz exclusively today. In addition, the Grammy Award-winning artist will bring his Compound Entertainment imprint to the venerable label and take on a creative role at Motown as senior VP of A&R.…

  11. Kelly Rowland To Be Honored at 2012 Black Women In Music Event

    January 09, 2012 9:40 AM EST Grammy Award nominee Kelly Rowland and music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone will be feted during Grammy week at the third annual Essence Black Women in Music event. Featuring an exclusive performance by Rowland and special guest Eve , the Feb. 8 invitation-only event in Los Angeles will also…

  12. Ask Billboard: Uncovering Potentially Uncoverable Songs, Reader Responses

    November 26, 2011 11:15 AM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. UNCOVERING…

  13. Grammy Hall of Fame Adds Tina Turner, Paul Simon Hits

    November 21, 2011 3:15 PM EST Three of the biggest musical moments of the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen's album "Born in the U.S.A.," Paul Simon's "Graceland" and Tina Turner's single "What's Love Got to Do With It," are among the 25 recordings being inducted into the 2012…

  14. Marv Tarplin, Miracles Guitarist, Dies at 70

    October 05, 2011 9:55 AM EDT Marv Tarplin, the guitarist whose riffs and melodies helped frame the sound of one of Motown's biggest acts, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, died on Friday (Sept. 30) at home in Las Vegas. He was 70. A cause of death has not been determined, a rep for the Miracles said . Tarplin…

  15. Sylvia Robinson, Sultry Singer & Hip-Hop Visionary, Dead at 75

    September 29, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson , a sultry voiced R&B singer who later formed Sugar Hill Records and dreamed up the first commercial hit in the rap genre, died Thursday at a New Jersey hospital. She was 75. An unconfirmed report from The Urban Daily lists conjestive heart failure as the cause of death.…

  16. Justin Bieber Remixes Drake's 'Trust Issues': Listen

    August 28, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Justin Bieber co-signs Drake 's "Trust Issues" by remixing the summer song. Instead of channeling his rap alter ego, Shawty Mane, as in Chris Brown 's mixtape, "Boy in Detention," the Biebz coos of love's doubtfulness and leaves Drizzy's rhymes…

  17. Drake, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & More at 2011 BMI Urban Awards: Watch

    August 27, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Hollywood's grand Pantages Theater, a former home of the Academy Awards, was the backdrop for BMI's annual Urban Awards (Aug. 26). As tourists and lookie-loos shouted from the sidewalks or while cruising down Hollywood Boulevard, artists, songwriters, producers and industry execs…

  18. Kelly Rowland Steps Out With 'Motivation' On New Album

    July 22, 2011 4:00 PM EDT With 18 weeks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including seven nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, Kelly Rowland's breathless pillow-talk ballad "Motivation," featuring Lil Wayne , is undeniably one of the summer's best songs and biggest hits. Beyond the…

  19. Tim McGraw on Label Dispute: 'I've Always Been a Good, Honest Guy'

    June 28, 2011 12:28 PM EDT Tim McGraw is enjoying the opportunity to give his fans a taste of his embattled new album, "Emotional Traffic" -- live at concerts and via 13 shows that are being broadcast live during the summer on XM Sirius satellite radio. "Any artist will tell you their favorite thing to…

  20. L.A. Reid to Run Restructured Epic Records

    June 15, 2011 8:36 PM EDT In what is perhaps the music industry's worst kept secret, THR has learned definitively that "X Factor" judge and former Island Def Jam chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid is headed to Sony Music. He will take on the chairman title at the soon-to-be restructured Epic Label…

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