1. SXSW 2012: 6 Things Seen & Heard Thursday

    March 16, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Which band's concert was interrupted by a naked man? Why was A$AP Rock projected on Austin buildings? Did Fiona Apple burst into flames at her church gig? Here are 6 things from Thursday's South By Southwest that you may have missed -- even if you were there. 1. Fiona Apple turned…

  2. Chart Juice: Rihanna, Usher Roar Into Top 10

    March 16, 2012 4:30 PM EDT R ihanna and Usher both bound into the top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with their equally-young, fast-rising new hits. Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," featuring Chris Brown , earns the chart's Airplay Gainer badge as it moves 17-7, while "Climax"…

  3. Fiona Apple Unveils New Tunes at SXSW Showcase

    March 15, 2012 10:50 AM EDT At turns frenetic, contemplative and whimsical, Fiona Apple made her return to the stage Wednesday at the South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival. The singer-songwriter debuted a handful of new songs from her upcoming album slated to be released this summer at NPR's showcase at…

  4. Melanie Fiona Used 'MF Life' Delay To Bring In Nas, Drake, J. Cole

    March 14, 2012 2:20 PM EDT "The MF Life" is coming a little later than Melanie Fiona had planned, but the singer feels its a case of all good things coming to those who wait. "You know, there were a lot of changes, obviously, in the music industry, a lot of merging and label mergers and fires and re…

  5. Regina Spektor to Sing for 'The Cheap Seats' May 29

    March 12, 2012 9:25 PM EDT Regina Spektor 's "What We Saw from the Cheap Seats" will arrive May 29 on Sire/Warner Bros. Records, the singer-songwriter announced on Monday. The new album, Spektor's follow-up to 2009's "far," will once again see production from Mike Elizondo (Fiona…

  6. Chart Juice: Mary J. Blige Notches Record-Extending Top 10 Single

    March 09, 2012 11:25 AM EST The Queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , along with her guest star Drake , both earn their 23rd top 10s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Mr. Wrong" inches up 11-10. Blige continues to boast the most top 10s among women since the tally began using Nielsen data in December of 1992 (21…

  7. Fiona Apple Reveals 23-Word Album Title; New Disc Due in June

    March 07, 2012 6:00 PM EST (Disclaimer: in honor of the title of Fiona Apple's forthcoming album, the paragraphs in this news story will all include exactly 23 words.) Fiona Apple revealed all 23 words of the title of her long-awaited fourth studio album on Wednesday (Mar. 7). Here's the full title: "The…

  8. Chart Juice: Beyonce Nabs Sixth No.1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    March 02, 2012 5:05 PM EST As if nabbing her first No. 1 on Adult R&B last week wasn't enough for Beyoncé , earning the No. 1 spot on the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart is certainly just right. "Love on Top," the song that will always remind us of Bey's pregnancy announcement on the MTV…

  9. Regina Spektor Drops New Single 'All the Rowboats': Listen

    February 28, 2012 5:25 PM EST It's been three years since alt-pianist Regina Spektor released her fifth album, "Far," and about two and half years since her devoted fanbase started asking for more material. Following an announcement that her next album, titled "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats,"…

  10. Fiona Apple Announces March Tour Dates

    February 21, 2012 10:45 AM EST It's been a good few months for long-awaited live comebacks: first Neutral Milk Hotel 's Jeff Mangum comes out of hiding for an extended tour, then D'Angelo returns with a few overseas tour dates, and now Fiona Apple has announced a proper trek next month, following a few…

  11. Cee Lo Green Announces Solo Album; New Goodie Mob Album Title

    February 15, 2012 11:55 AM EST Cee Lo Green comes off his Grammy wins with good news. Not only should we expect a Goodie Mob album this year, which Cee Lo announced last summer, but simultaneously a fourth solo album. "CEELO GREEN IS… "EVERYBODY'S BROTHER" new album coming soon, Cee Lo tweeted ,…

  12. Grammys 2012: 19 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 13, 2012 12:26 AM EST On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the Grammy broadcast below. Adele's Big Night : While her millions of fans may have worried about her recovery from surgery, Adele called the procedure …

  13. 'The Voice': New Contestants, Hidden Pasts

    February 07, 2012 2:40 PM EST If you don't make it to the finals on one TV singing show, change your hometown, your predicament and musical buddy when you head to another. Or so it goes on the second night of "The Voice" season two premiere last night (Feb. 6). That path was taken by one Jamar Rogers, seen…

  14. 12 No. 12 Rock Hits for 2012

    January 24, 2012 4:15 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking country hits, including T.G. Sheppard's novelty track "Make My Day"…

  15. Fiona Apple To Release New Music 'In The Next Few Weeks,' says L.A. Reid

    January 24, 2012 10:00 AM EST After a six-plus year hiatus, singer-songwriter Fiona Apple will finally be releasing new music in the coming weeks. Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid posted to Twitter on Sunday (Jan. 22), letting his 297,000 followers know that new music from the critically acclaimed "Tidal" star was…

  16. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

    November 30, 2011 11:10 PM EST Bruno Mars Up for Biggest Awards; Bon Iver & Skrillex Huge Surprises | SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED MAJOR NOMINEES LIST Album Of The Year: "21" -- Adele "Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters "Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars …

  17. Rick Ross & Wale: The Billboard Cover Story, Part II

    November 28, 2011 11:00 AM EST The latest issue of Billboard features an in-depth look at the partnership of Rick Ross and Wale , hip-hop's latest odd couple who joined forces on Maybach Music Group and have created a buzz online, on the radio, and on the Billboard 200 albums chart. See how Wale went from written-off…

  18. Soul Train Awards 2011: Jill Scott & Cee Lo Green Win Big

    November 18, 2011 2:30 PM EST R&B, Hip-Hop and Soul legends attended the 40th anniversary taping of the 2011 Soul Train Awards in Atlanta on Thursday (Nov. 17) to celebrate "peace, love and soul." Slideshow: Soul Train Awards See Pics From the Show! Host Cedric the Entertainer opened the show at the historic…

  19. Top 5 2011 Black Girls Rock Performances: Watch

    November 07, 2011 10:35 AM EST Last night's (Nov. 6) 'Black Girls Rock' 2011 Awards, taped Oct. 15 in NYC, proved performances can make an award show. This year's Black Girls Rock introduced us to newbie songstress Elle Varner and took us down memory lane with a few legends such as Mary J. Blige and…

  20. Kaskade Blasts onto Billboard 200 with 'Fire & Ice'

    November 05, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Not one person packed into New York's sold-out Roseland Ballroom on Oct. 29 would describe Kaskade as quiet. He's well-known for writing some of the loveliest melodies in dance music, replete with acoustic guitar strums and sweet-voiced nymphs. However, the 40-year-old DJ/producer…

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