1. Ask Billboard: Songs Two Good Not To Be No. 1

    November 16, 2012 9:35 PM EST PSY's 'Gangnam Style' joins the list of memorable No. 2 Hot 100 hits; fun.'s 'Some Nights' does the same for No. 3-peaking songs; Demi Lovato's sales; and more soundtrack stopgap hits. A new "Ask Billboard" to cover such topics as PSY's "…

  2. Ask Billboard: More Soundtrack Stopgap Hits

    October 30, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Long before Adele's 'Skyfall,' artists have bridged the gap between breakout albums and follow-ups with soundtrack smashes. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  3. Faith Evans Talks 'R&B Divas' Show & Companion Album

    September 28, 2012 3:25 PM EDT In a climate dominated by pop, dance and hip-hop, it can be hard out there for an R&B artist. And that doesn't include life issues like addiction, abusive relationships and financial hardships. But in life-as onstage-the show must go on. That's the premise behind "R&B…

  4. Whitney Houston Greatest Hits Due Nov. 13, TV Special Planned

    September 26, 2012 3:20 PM EDT The late Whitney Houston 's music career is due to be commemorated on a new greatest hits album, "I Will Always Love You - The Best of Whitney Houston." The RCA Records effort, described in a press release from the label as the "first ever, definitive single disc"…

  5. 'Sparkle' Has $12 Million Opening Weekend

    August 19, 2012 8:35 PM EDT "Sparkle," Whitney Houston 's final movie, grossed $12 million at the box office, according to estimates provided by the film's distributor TriStar/Sony. The tally was on the low end of expectations. 'Sparkle' Features Video: Jordin Sparks on Working With Whitney…

  6. Chart Juice: Elle Varner Debuts at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    August 17, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Elle Varner bows at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her debut "Perfectly Imperfect," selling 33,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is home to three charting singles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs . "Only Wanna Give It To You," Varner's breakthrough song …

  7. New Whitney Houston Hits Album Due This Fall

    August 09, 2012 3:10 PM EDT The first authoritative greatest hits album from the late singer Whitney Houston is due out this fall in the U.S. on RCA Records. While a tracklist, title and release date has not been announced, sources have suggested it will be the first compilation to span her entire career and include the…

  8. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided the emotional highlight of Sunday's…

  9. Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks' 'Celebrate' Video Arrives: Watch

    June 27, 2012 9:15 PM EDT Whitney Houston 's final music video is a party -- but there's one guest missing. The official video for the upbeat "Celebrate," which the late singer recorded with co-star Jordin Sparks for their film, "Sparkle," showcases Sparks and her co-stars enjoying an…

  10. Bonnaroo Saturday: 10 Things Seen & Heard

    June 10, 2012 9:00 AM EDT At 2:00 AM, Ahmir " Questlove " Thompson slowly stepped away from his drum kit and turned his back to the crowd. He lingered for a few seconds, pushed his gaze slightly upward, and took a long, deep exhale before walking off the platform. For Questlove, the Bonnaroo Music & Arts…

  11. Big K.R.I.T., 'Live From The Underground': Track-By-Track Review

    June 05, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. 's individual career moves -- specifically, the trio of full-length, critically acclaimed, uniformly great mixtapes that he released over the two years leading up to his Def Jam debut "Live From The Underground" -- have had their positives and negatives. 2010'…

  12. Wiz Khalifa Parties in the USA in 'Work Hard, Play Hard' Video

    May 24, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Wiz Khalifa , draped in the American flag and often walking in slow motion, is a New American Hero in his "Work Hard, Play Hard" music video, which was unveiled on Wednesday night (May 23). The takes the song's title very literally -- slow-motion images of factory folk,…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj, Wilson Phillips, 'Titanic'

    April 13, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Minaj roars in atop the Billboard 200 - but which side of the rapper/singer do consumers and radio programmers like best? Fans have clearly gone gaga over 'DEDICATED' FANS: Wilson Phillips - Carnie Wilson, sister Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips - enters the Billboard 200 at No. 29…

  14. Monica Has a Fresh Start on RCA With 'New Life'

    April 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT "I always wanted to have that 'Waiting to Exhale' moment," veteran R&B songstress Monica says. Specifically, she's referring to the giddy experience of blowing up a car on the set of the video for her current single, "It All Belongs to Me." The Rico Love…

  15. Whitney Houston's Daughter Opens Up To Oprah: 'I've Accepted It'

    March 12, 2012 11:20 AM EDT In her first interview since Whitney Houston 's death, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she's "doing as good as I possibly can" and recalled the tender last moments she shared with her superstar mother before her sudden death last month. "She's always with me,…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Whitney Houston, Madonna, Katy Perry

    February 17, 2012 11:35 AM EST MUCH 'LOVE' (AND 'LUV'): Just as they did during the '80s and '90s, Whitney Houston and Madonna again share space in the Billboard Hot 100 's top 10. With late legend Houston's "I Will Always Love You" returning to the tally at No. 7 and…

  17. Whitney Houston Funeral to Be Aired Live

    February 16, 2012 9:40 AM EST They won't be there in person, but singer Whitney Houston 's millions of fans worldwide will be able to share in her homecoming service Saturday as they watch her private funeral on the Internet. It will provide a much-needed connection for fans who have lacked a formal place to…

  18. Whitney Houston Returns to Hot 100's Top 10 With 'I Will Always Love You'

    February 15, 2012 9:34 PM EST Whitney Houston returns to the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 this week as her signature hit from 1992 -- it reigned for 14 weeks -- "I Will Always Love You" re-enters at No. 7, fueled by an enormous resurgence in digital sales (195,000, up 6723%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and radio…

  19. Whitney Houston Fans Search for Places to Grieve

    February 15, 2012 9:25 AM EST In Whitney Houston's hometown, her family plans a private church service, with no public memorial set. In Los Angeles, where she died, there's not even a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for fans to pile flowers. So for the legion of music lovers mourning a global superstar, where…

  20. Whitney Houston Re-Enters Top 10 on Billboard 200

    February 14, 2012 9:18 PM EST Following Her Death, Singer Also Surges on Digital Songs Chart Following the death of Whitney Houston on Saturday, Feb. 11, the diva's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" album re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 6. It sold 64,000 copies in the U.S. (according to Nielsen…

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