1. Primary Wave Partners With Project Producers' Toya Hankins

    February 24, 2015 5:07 PM EST Longtime manager of Motown artist Kem will also handle daily management for Eric Benét. Primary Wave Entertainment further expands its urban talent management division by partnering with music manager Toya Hankins . Hankins, founder of Detroit-based Project Producers, LLC, is the longtime…

  2. Kanye West Accepts 2015 BET Honors Visionary Award

    February 24, 2015 11:30 AM EST Kanye West was one of the few creatives honored at the eight annual 2015 BET Honors -- taped in January, and aired on February 23, 2015. Aside from West, the honoree list included Usher , actress Phylicia Rashad, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art Dr…

  3. After J. Cole's Success, RCA Exec Mark Pitts Gambles on New Roster

    February 10, 2015 4:57 PM EST ByStorm Entertainment CEO also talks Miguel, Usher & Mali Music's breakthrough. Between his dual roles as president of urban music at RCA and CEO of ByStorm Entertainment, a joint venture with the label, Mark Pitts, 44, rode into 2015 with 10 Grammy nominations and a third…

  4. Grammys 2015: And the Winners Are ...

    February 08, 2015 11:12 PM EST See the full list of winners from the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sam Smith was the big winner at the 2015 Grammys , taking home four awards for best new artist, best pop vocal album, record of the year and song of the year. In an upset, Beck took home album of the year for Morning Phase …

  5. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: George Ezra's 'Wanted' Debuts in Top 20

    February 06, 2015 9:00 PM EST On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift 's 1989 ruled for a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1 , while the top 10 housed just one new entry: Ne-Yo 's Non-Fiction at No. 5. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week's most popular albums based on their overall…

  6. Usher Earns 13th No. 1 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 06, 2015 4:05 PM EST Plus, Ne-Yo leads album debuts, while Nicki Minaj scores her 20th top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Usher tops Billboard 's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the first time in nearly three years, as "I Don't Mind," featuring Juicy J , steps 2-1 to become Usher's…

  7. Check Out Twitter's 2015 Grammy Predictions Map

    February 05, 2015 12:20 PM EST The Recording Academy has been working very closely with Twitter on building awareness and buzz around the 2015 Grammy Awards. On Dec. 5, prominent musicians, including Mark Ronson , Zedd and Vampire Weekend 's Ezra Koenig, used the platform's native video player to announce the…

  8. Ne-Yo's 'Non-Fiction' Aiming for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    January 30, 2015 9:32 PM EST The top of next week's Billboard 200 will have little movement, as there is only one new album heading for a possible top 10 debut: Ne-Yo 's Non-Fiction . The R&B singer's latest effort, released Jan. 27 on Motown Records, has a chance of starting in the lower half of the…

  9. Exclusive: Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo & More Lead 'BET Honors' Lineup

    January 22, 2015 10:00 AM EST Usher & Kanye West are among the 2015 honorees. Mary J. Blige , Trey Songz , Charlie Wilson , Jill Scott , Ne-Yo , Patti LaBelle and K. Michelle will sing honorees' praises at The BET Honors 2015 . The eighth annual gala will be taped Saturday at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D…

  10. Late Bassist Charlie Haden Honored by Pat Metheny, Richard Lewis, More at New York Memorial

    January 14, 2015 10:12 PM EST The influential jazz player died in July at the age of 76. A large and loving gathering of friends and family honored late bassist Charlie Haden with a memorial on Tuesday night (Jan. 13), bringing together a bevy of heartfelt remembrances, music and song at New York's Town Hall. The…

  11. Rap Genius Reveals Most-Viewed Songs and Artists From 2014

    January 14, 2015 2:34 PM EST This week, Rap Genius unveiled the songs and artists that earned the most views on the site in 2014. Unsurprisingly, big names top each list: Beyonce 's "Drunk In Love" and Eminem 's "Rap God" for songs, Drake , Eminem, and Beyonce for artists. But people…

  12. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and…

  13. Snoop Dogg Confirms Title of Pharrell-Produced Album

    January 10, 2015 5:24 PM EST Drum roll, please! Snoop Dogg 's next release will be called Bush . The Pharrell -produced album will likely drop in March, the rapper confirmed earlier this week during the Omnicom Media Group panel during the CES Expo in Las Vegas, according to Rolling Stone . As reported by…

  14. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  15. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST UPDATE: See the Full List of Grammys Winners Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x …

  16. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  17. Mike Nichols, Director of 'The Graduate,' Dies at 83

    November 20, 2014 7:44 AM EST Director Mike Nichols , who made such films as The Graduate , which earned him a best director Oscar, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, has died at the age of 83. He was was married to ABC News veteran  Diane Sawyer  and was one of only a dozen people to have won at least one Emmy,…

  18. ‘Try Me’ Rapper Dej Loaf: ‘What I’m Doing Hasn’t Been Done’

    November 10, 2014 2:45 PM EST The Detroit rappers talks 'Try Me' remixes, her upcoming 'Sell Dole' project & women in rap. This past summer, rapper Dej Loaf (real name Deja Trimble) quit her janitorial job at the Chrysler plant in her native Detroit, unsure of the future. But after she uploaded…

  19. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Fifth Harmony to Spandau Ballet

    November 07, 2014 3:10 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Billy Currington "Don't It" Mercury Records "Baby, don't say no so quick/This ain't about me trying to see how far that I can get," the ever-smooth Billy Currington purrs on "Don't It."…

  20. Chart Highlights: Tove Lo's 'Habits' Hits No. 1 'High' on Pop Songs

    November 03, 2014 5:35 PM EST 'Habits (Stay High)' is the seventh Pop Songs leader by a rookie this year. Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' debuts and Imagine Dragons fire back with 'I Bet My Life.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

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