1. Usher To Start 'Looking For Myself' in June

    March 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Usher will return with his much-anticipated seventh studio album, "Looking For Myself," on June 12, through RCA Records. The follow-up to 2010's "Raymond v. Raymond" was previewed by the Diplo-produced slow jam "Climax," which hit the web on Valentine's…

  2. Nicki Minaj, Skrillex and One Direction Make Social Chart Gains

    March 22, 2012 7:47 PM EDT This week on Billboard's Social 50 chart, Nicki Minaj bounds back into the top 10, Skrillex hits a new high and One Direction continue its American takeover. After a brief sojourn from the top 10 last week, Nicki Minaj is back in the upper tier at No. 4 (up 13 slots) following a 6.1%…

  3. Chart Juice: Kirko Bangz Earns Long-Awaited Top 10 With 'Drank In My Cup'

    March 22, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Houston-born rapper Kirko Bangz earns his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as his second charted single, "Drank in My Cup," advances 13-10. "Drank in My Cup" enters the top tier in its 31st week, a rare showing of a long chart climb culminating…

  4. Usher to Play Sugar Ray Leonard in 'Hands of Stone'

    March 22, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Robert De Niro and Gael Garcia Bernal cast alongside the R&B star in upcoming boxing biopic. Usher has announced that he will be playing Sugar Ray Leonard alongside Robert De Niro and Gael Garcia Bernal in an upcoming boxing biopic called "Hands of Stone." "I'm…

  5. Chart Highlights: Adele, Taylor Swift, Madonna Notch New No. 1s

    March 19, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Adele ascends to the Adult Contemporary summit, Swift crowns Country Songs and Madonna is the dancing queen again 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…

  6. 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"…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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 …

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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. …

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

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