1. Take a Break From Kendrick Lamar's Album: Listen to Tinashe's 'Amethyst' Mixtape

    March 16, 2015 8:33 PM EDT If you don't live in a cave, you may have heard that Kendrick Lamar 's new album, To Pimp a Butterfly , leaked early. In the middle of the Internet frenzy surrounding that news, you might have missed the arrival of R&B singer Tinashe 's excellent new mixtape, Amethyst .…

  2. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1988, Rick Astley Rolled to No. 1

    March 09, 2015 8:05 AM EDT Twenty-seven years ago, 'Never Gonna Give You Up' topped the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Janet Jackson, New Kids on the Block and Carrie Underwood. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March 9,…

  3. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2009, Lady Gaga 'Danced' to No. 1 for the First Time

    January 12, 2015 8:05 AM EST 'Just Dance' became Mother Monster's first Hot 100 leader six years ago. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson and Barry Manilow. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 12,…

  4. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 50 Years Ago, the Supremes Reigned With 'Baby Love'

    October 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1964, the Motown classic 'Baby Love' took over atop the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Janet Jackson, Elton John and No Doubt. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Oct. 27,…

  5. Janet Jackson Scored Her First Hot 100 No. 1 Hit 28 Years Ago

    October 11, 2014 10:30 AM EDT On “Nasty,” the 1986 single that nearly became her first No. 1 pop hit, Janet Jackson told the world exactly what she thought about a certain overused term of endearment. “My first name ain’t baby,” she said. “It’s Janet. Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.” “Nasty” snarled and strutted…

  6. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Janet Jackson Tops Hot 100

    October 06, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1989, Jackson's 'Miss You Much' kicked off the 'Rhythm Nation 1814' era. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, the Beatles and Mariah Carey. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard…

  7. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago…

  8. Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' Revisited By Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis: Track-by-Track Review

    September 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT If Janet Jackson 's third album, 1986's Control , was a declaration of independence, the follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 , was a constitution -- a blueprint for the kind of country that this confident, sexy and newly independent 23-year old woman wanted to live in. At least…

  9. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Olympians in Jeopardy

    May 13, 2014 5:04 AM EDT Where were YOU the day that three Olympians were in jeopardy (though not necessarily in the bottom two)? I’ll always remember: I was on the couch. I’m surprised there wasn’t a breaking news ticker on the bottom of the screen to accompany Tom and Erin’s repeated mentions of this American Icon…

  10. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Tom Petty's 'Fever' Rises

    May 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Twenty-five years ago this week, his first solo album began its Billboard 200 climb (and wouldn't back down). Plus, remembering key chart feats for Hunter Hayes, Janet Jackson, and R.E.M. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard…

  11. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Janet Jackson Takes 'Escapade' To No. 1

    March 10, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1990, Jackson scored her sixth of 15 leaders on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, remembering key chart feats for New Kids on the Block, Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  12. Ask Billboard: Shakira's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 07, 2014 6:35 PM EST This week's mailbag looks at the top chart hits by ths week's Billboard cover act, Pharrell's rapid-fire rise to No. 1 on Radio Songs and Demi Lovato's career song and album sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings,…

  13. Whitney Houston's Billboard Chart Records

    February 11, 2014 9:52 AM EST Here's a look back at the many chart achievements that the gifted vocalist accomplished. To honor the late, great Whitney Houston on the second anniversary of her passing on Feb. 11, 2012, here's a look back at the many chart achievements that the gifted vocalist accomplished.…

  14. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Lady Gaga Lands Her First No. 1 With 'Just Dance'

    January 13, 2014 8:05 AM EST Five years ago this week, Mother Monster topped the Hot 100 for the first time. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Janet and Michael Jackson, Men at Work and U2 Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 13,…

  15. 'Glee' Recap: Life's a Fantasy In Playful 'Puppet' Episode

    November 29, 2013 1:22 AM EST A puppet episode is far from revolutionary in the TV landscape -- "Community," "30 Rock" and "Angel" all had a go long before Glee got felt -- but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. "Puppet Master" is pretty straight-forward in that it’s about…

  16. Kelela Talks Saint Heron, R&B's Racial Politics & Working with Arca, Hudson Mohawke

    November 19, 2013 1:45 PM EST Less than a year ago, Kelela Mizanekristos — the Los Angeles-based, Ethiopia-descended R&B and electro pop singer — was working as a telemarketer, trying to make ends meet as an artist in a city inundated with them. She finally quit her day job last December after Solange, a fan,…

  17. Ask Billboard: They Are Women, Hear Them 'Roar'

    November 10, 2013 9:05 AM EST A look at eras in which female vocals have dominated the Hot 100, plus Drake's latest achievement and Kelly Clarkson's career sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and…

  18. Rihanna Scores 25th Hot 100 Top 10

    November 07, 2013 11:15 AM EST The singer ties Elvis Presley for eighth place for the most top 10s in the chart's history. She also bests Madonna to become the woman to reach 25 top 10s the fastest Perhaps lost in yesterday's bevy of chart feats by Eminem, who this week becomes the first lead artist to land…

  19. Janet Jackson Talks 'janet.' 20th Anniversary: Exclusive

    May 18, 2013 11:05 AM EDT 'I am working on a new project now. We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music. ' - Janet Jackson Janet Jackson's "janet." celebrates its 20th anniversary today, May 18. Her groundbreaking fifth album has sold over 7 million copies and…

  20. Janet Jackson, 'janet.': Classic Track-By-Track Review

    May 18, 2013 9:12 AM EDT Which of 'janet.''s 28 tracks (there's a lot of interludes) has endured the most? Read on for our classic track-by-track review. "Control" may have been her breakout, and "Rhythm Nation 1814" her breakthrough with a whopping seven singles reaching the…

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