1. 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"…

  2. Usher Busts Out a Gun in 'Climax' Video: Watch

    March 09, 2012 10:50 AM EST The narrative arc for Usher 's "Climax" music video, which premiered on Vevo on Friday morning (Mar. 9), is a bit perplexing, but this much we know for sure: if the R&B singer catches his woman hanging out with another (faceless) man in her house, he is NOT afraid to whip…

  3. Track Review: Usher, 'Climax'

    March 02, 2012 8:00 AM EST USHER Climax (3:56) Producer: Diplo Writers: U. Raymond, R. Stylez, A. Rechtshaid, Diplo Publisher: not listed RCA Records When the throbbing contours and gooey center of Usher 's "Climax" were released online on Valentine's Day, the song immediately recalled his previous…

  4. Usher Drops New R&B Jam, 'Climax': Listen

    February 14, 2012 7:00 PM EST Here's a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day: Usher has released "Climax," a new soul track that its producer, Diplo, has called "Seriously the best record I've been part of" on Twitter . He might not be exaggerating. Written by Diplo, Redd Stylez and Ariel…

  5. 12 No. 12 Billboard Hot 100 Hits for 2012

    January 31, 2012 4:15 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 highpoints on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain notable. Previously this month, we've recalled No. 12-peaking hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Country Songs and various rock…

  6. Producer Dave Tozer Talks New John Legend Album

    January 25, 2012 11:00 AM EST John Legend is in a darker space for his fourth solo studio album. Following the 2008 release of his last solo LP "Evolver" and the socio-political "Wake Up!" collaboration with The Roots , Legend has teamed up yet again with producer Dave Tozer for his untitled album …

  7. SWV Returns with Comeback Single, 'Co-Sign'

    January 23, 2012 4:34 PM EST Missed SWV ? Well, the ladies must have "missed us": they're making a comeback in 2012 with their first single in over a decade, "Co-Sign." Despite disbanding in the late '90s, it's clear the ladies still haven't missed a step with the new single, the…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Rihanna, Guy Lombardo

    January 06, 2012 12:15 PM EST 'DEEP' ROLLS ON: BIG 'LOVE': Like Adele, Rihanna begins 2012 by building on her momentum of last year. "We Found Love" extends its reign as Rihanna's longest-leading Pop Songs No. 1, as the song, featuring Calvin Harris, rules for a sixth frame. That's…

  9. Track Review: Adam Lambert, 'Better Than I Know Myself'

    January 02, 2012 8:00 AM EST ADAM LAMBERT "Better Than I Know Myself" (3:36) Producers: Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Ammo Writers: Lukasz Gottwald, Joshua Coleman, Claude Kelly and Henry Walter Publishers: Kasz Money Publishing/Each Note Counts/Prescription Songs/ Traintracks Studio/Prescription Songs (ASCAP) Music…

  10. Ian Hunter Ready To Make 'A Band Album' in 2012

    November 15, 2011 12:00 PM EST Ian Hunter has set a Jan. 9 date to start recording his next album, and he promises it will be markedly different than his last couple of releases. "It's very strange; after all these years of being a sort of singer-songwriter, this is very much a band album," Hunter tells…

  11. Michael Jackson's Family, Friends React to Murray Verdict: 'Justice Was Served'

    November 07, 2011 7:18 PM EST Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson on Monday, the climax of a complicated six-week trial that left Jackson's family and friends with strong emotions. "Justice was good today," Janet Jackson wrote on Twitter while in Australia. …

  12. Love Ballads Sweep Into the K-Pop Hot 100

    September 02, 2011 3:15 PM EDT As the heat of summer gradually diminishes and the crisp cool of fall approaches, slower love songs that best fit the new season are making a strong push onto the K-Pop Hot 100 chart. It seems fans are switching their mp3 playlists stacked with buoyant dance songs to those filled with…

  13. Billboard Mexican Music Awards Finalists Announced!

    August 25, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Further, underscoring the growing importance of digital distribution and promotion to the genre, for the first time in the history of the Billboard awards on Telemundo, digital track sales are being factored into the formula determining the finalists for the top artists and top songs…

  14. Taylor Swift Rockets Up Social 50 Chart After 'Sparks Fly' Video Debut

    August 18, 2011 3:04 PM EDT The debut of Taylor Swift 's video for her single "Sparks Fly" and a bevy of Teen Choice Awards wins for the singer push her up the Social 50 tally this week. The country/pop superstar zooms 19-10 following "Sparks'" arrival on Aug. 11 and her TCA haul on Aug. 7.…

  15. The 10 Best '00s Music Videos: Poll Results

    August 01, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Three weeks ago, in anticipation of MTV's 30th birthday today (Aug. 1), we asked our readers to celebrate three decades of music television by voting on the best videos of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, each week in a separate poll. Now, we are proud to present the top ten of the 2000s, as…

  16. Morrissey Talks Label Drama & Book, Gaga & Madonna

    July 14, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Unsurprisingly, Steven Patrick Morrissey has a bone to pick. It's been nearly two and half years since the influential baritone crooner's last album, "Years of Refusal" (Decca/Universal), and between then and now, the former Smiths frontman has hit a handful of obstacles.…

  17. Coldplay, Tinie Tempah Warm Up Glastonbury Festival

    June 26, 2011 9:15 AM EDT The sun shone and the good times rolled on Saturday at the Glastonbury music festival, where London rapper Tinie Tempah had a huge crowd jumping and Coldplay closed with the packed headline slot. This year's festival, one of the highlights of the live music calendar, has been blighted by…

  18. Clemons' Death Leaves Void for Springsteen

    June 19, 2011 1:14 PM EDT E Street will never be quite the same. The death of saxophone player Clarence Clemons ripped a hole in Bruce Springsteen 's music and onstage life, taking away a figure who had served him loyally for decades and never failed to add joy to the E Street Band's epic performances.…

  19. Shaq Attack: Shaquille O'Neal's 10 Best Music Moments

    June 03, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Earlier this week, lovable basketball big man Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement after 19 seasons and four NBA championships. Although Shaq's career will undoubtedly be remembered for his dominating defense, powerful dunks and iffy free-throw shooting, Diesel has also been…

  20. Coachella 2011: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    April 17, 2011 12:27 PM EDT There's so much happening on Coachella's five stages (not to mention behind the scenes), that it's impossible to catch everything that goes on around the festival grounds. Here's 10 things we witnessed on Saturday (April 16) that you may have missed -- even if you were…

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