1. Superhumanoids Q&A: Dream-Pop Band Talks 'Exhibitionists'

    March 06, 2013 12:00 PM EST Meet the L.A. trio behind infectious single "Geri"... Next: SXSW and Local Natives tour… Debut album arrives June 11 L.A.-based dream-pop trio Superhumanoids will release a debut album, "Exhibitionists," on June 11 via Innovative Leisure. Staples of the Silver Lake scene…

  2. Rihanna, 'Unapologetic': Track-By-Track Review

    November 17, 2012 12:45 PM EST On paper, Rihanna releasing her seventh album in seven years would suggest a quantity-over-quality work ethic that's bound to wear thin. But on "Unapologetic," Rihanna proves once again that she can set -- and often raise -- the bar for modern pop music. RIHANNA: BILLBOARD…

  3. First Listen: Rihanna Previews 'Unapologetic' Album in NYC

    November 10, 2012 12:50 PM EST With her seventh album in seven years, "Unapologetic," Rihanna is finally growing up. Over the past few years, the Bajan crooner's albums were dotted with kitschy double entendres about private parts ("Cockiness (Love It)") and hat-tip anthems to knocking back shots (…

  4. Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Impresario, Found Dead

    August 30, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. Circumstances of his death were unconfirmed at press time, but New York Daily…

  5. 'Magic Mike' Spurs Sales Gain for Ginuwine's 'Pony'

    July 13, 2012 5:25 PM EDT While the soundtrack to the Channing Tatum stripper film "Magic Mike" boasts many songs from the film, a few didn't make the cut -- like Ginuwine's "Pony." In turn, fans wanting the track, which is featured in a key dance sequence, are purchasing it a la carte. &…

  6. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    July 08, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Mary J. Blige had the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the palm of her hand on Saturday night (July 7) at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. The legendary singer took all in attendance through a roller coaster of highs and lows, with a set of overflowing emotion. Veteran to the…

  7. Chart Juice: Kanye West Takes Over Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    June 29, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Just in time for summer celebrations, Kanye West and friends Big Sean , Pusha T and 2 Chainz take their party to No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Mercy" (2-1) gives Usher the boot after 10 weeks on top with "Climax" (1-2). "Mercy" rises by 9% to 27 million in…

  8. 'Magic Mike' Soundtrack Track List Revealed

    May 21, 2012 10:24 PM EDT The soundtrack to Channing Tatum's upcoming male stripper film "Magic Mike" has been... revealed. Among the songs included are Foreigner's No. 4 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Feels Like the First Time" and a cover of the Weather Girls' "It's Raining Men…

  9. Op-Ed: Brian McKnight & the Fear of His Explicit Slow Jam

    May 17, 2012 11:55 AM EDT "Will he break my heart a little more by performing THAT song?" was my first, and focal, thought when attending Brian McKnight 's first night of a three-night concert series at New York City's Blue Note jazz club on Wednesday (May 16). It seemed far from a coincidence that…

  10. Celebrities Mourn 'Soul Train's' Don Cornelius on Twitter

    February 01, 2012 11:50 AM EST The suicide of "Soul Train" founder Don Cornelius shocked the music community today (Feb. 1). Artists immediately took to Twitter to share their memories and condolences for the music and TV pioneer. Here's what some artists had to say. Photos: Don Cornelius Through the Years …

  11. 10 Hot Holiday Albums, 2011

    November 01, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Justin Bieber is going bells to the wall this Christmas. That's right, bells -- jingle bells. Justin Bieber: The Billboard Cover Story But the Biebs, who released "Under the Mistletoe" today (Nov. 1), isn't the only one getting in on the holiday album action this year.…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Dirty Dancing,' Miranda Lambert, Drake

    August 12, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 'DIRTY DANCING' ON THE CHARTS: When news broke this week about how the 1987 hit film "Dirty Dancing" was being remade, we were immediately reminded about what a phenomenon its soundtrack was on Billboard's charts. The movie -- which will be remade by Lionsgate studios…

  13. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 4/16/2011

    April 16, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @JustinBieber : You would think paparazzi would have some…

  14. Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Track By Track

    March 29, 2011 8:50 AM EDT Has it really been over 12 years since Britney Spears released her first album, "...Baby One More Time"? Though it seems only like yesterday to some, in that dozen years, she's released six studio albums -- not to mention two greatest hits compilations. Fast-forward to the…

  15. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: The Grammy Effect

    March 03, 2011 4:12 PM EST The effects of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are being felt on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week as winners and performers experience decent gains. Firstly, Eminem' s Best Rap Album -- winning "Recovery" reclaims the No. 1 spot with 61,000 copies (up 60%, according to…

  16. Why Bret Michaels & Other Music Stars Turn to Reality TV for Fame, Fortune

    September 08, 2010 3:05 PM EDT B ret Michaels , veteran of six-count 'em, six-reality shows, has two bits of advice for artists looking to break into the genre: "Never wear white on TV unless you're at your fighting weight," he says. "And never drink too much in Cabo if you're going to be on…

  17. Nine Things We'll Never Forget About Aaliyah

    August 25, 2010 4:10 PM EDT Nine years ago today, Aaliyah was tragically killed in a plane crash, marking the too-soon end of one of the music industry's most unique voices. Here's our list of nine things we'll never forget about Aaliyah's too-brief time in the spotlight: Aaliyah Remembered By Celeb…

  18. Chris Brown Premieres New Track

    September 29, 2009 5:20 PM EDT Chris Brown released a track titled "I Can Transform Ya" today on his blog site, Mechanicaldummy.com . The song, the first official track Brown has released since the February altercation with ex-girlfriend Rihanna that resulted in his guilty plea to an assault charge, is said to be…

  19. Chris Brown To Headline First Concert Since Conviction

    September 25, 2009 11:33 AM EDT New York radio station Power 105.1 (WWPR) announced this week that Chris Brown will be headlining its Powerhouse concert this year, taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at New Jersey's Izod Center. The singer will be joined by Fabolous , Keri Hilson , Trey Songz , The-Dream , Mario , Day26…

  20. K'Jon, "I Get Around"

    August 11, 2009 12:15 PM EDT Long-hustling Motor City native K'Jon makes no attempt to conceal the considerable legwork he's put into earning his major-label debut. "They call me K-J-O-N, and I'm from Detroit, Michigan," he sings over an easygoing neo-soul groove on the title track to his new…

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