1. R&B Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54

    December 26, 2010 11:14 PM EST Teena Marie , the "Ivory Queen of Soul" who developed a lasting legacy with her silky soul pipes and hits like "Lovergirl," "Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James , has died. She was 54. The confirmation came from a publicist,…

  2. Ask Billboard: Ke$ha, Band-Aid, Eddie Murphy

    December 17, 2010 4:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SHOCK AND AWARDS…

  3. 13 Hot Pop Holiday Gifts

    November 17, 2010 1:46 PM EST Music fans are sick of the same old same old under the tree: band t-shirts and CDs they probably downloaded (for free, let's be honest) already. With artists offering not only innovative merch but also branded beauty products, toys, games and books, shopping for the pop music fan on your…

  4. Poet Says Nicki Minaj Should Have Message In Music

    November 04, 2010 1:28 PM EDT Last week I posted a video of a spoken word artist named Jasmine Mans in which she performed a poem that addressed Nicki Minaj , the lack of substance in her music and the responsibility she has to deliver uplifting messages in her music being the only Black female hip-hop artist out there…

  5. Spoken Word Artist Hates On Nicki Minaj?

    October 28, 2010 4:40 PM EDT What is this girl so angry about again? A spoken word artist named Jasmine Mans goes in on Nicki Minaj. Not sure what her gripe is exactly, but, clearly she feels Nicki is a sell-out and apparently some type of whore? Ok. How wack that an artist will hate on another artist's art. She…

  6. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber's Makeout Party, Steven Tyler Goes Solo

    September 21, 2010 6:10 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber Caught Making Out in Backseat Justin Bieber was photographed making out with a girl in the backseat of a Honda while in Venice, Ca. earlier this month. The pop star was apparently kissing 16-year-old…

  7. Hennessy Teams With Swizz Beatz For 'Black' Cognac Debut

    April 27, 2009 11:03 AM EDT Rapper/producer Swizz Beatz has been tapped by Hennessy V.S. to help launch a new, limited line of cognac, called Hennessy Black. The rapper will perform an original song, "When I Step Into the Club," alongside the JabbaWockeez of "America's Best Dance Crew" during a…

  8. Chart Beat: Eminem, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, Jennifer Hudson

    February 12, 2009 12:54 PM EST 'BOTTLE' ROCKETS TO NO. 1: The calendar year isn't even two months old, but for the second time in 2009, a song has catapulted to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 from the bottom 25 positions. Just two weeks after Kelly Clarkson set the all-time record by teleporting 97-1 with …

  9. Chart Beat: Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Kristy Lee Cook, Katy Perry, Sugarland and more! AIN'T THAT A 'SHAME': The seventh-place finalist from the seventh season of "American Idol" is the fourth contestant from this most recent year to appear on a Billboard chart, following…

  10. Chart Beat: Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family, Ace Young, ABBA

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, the DeBarge family and more! THE COLBIE AND SARA DUOPOLY: The debut singles by Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles have monopolized pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart for the last 30 weeks, the longest consecutive run at No. 1 by solo…

  11. The Billboard Q&A: AI Finalist Ramiele Malubay

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At only 4'11", Ramiele Malubay packs a mean punch with her big voice. Born in the Middle East, almost becoming Mulan and bracing for the tour, the spunky 24 reveals more about her experience on AI. At only 4'11", Ramiele Malubay packs a mean punch with her big voice. Born…

  12. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. solo female artists of the rock era. "…

  13. Chart Beat

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys and more! 'STARTIN'' ALL OVER AGAIN: After an absence from the Hot 100 of four years, one month and one week, Michael Jackson returns with "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008," an update of a song…

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Nana Mouskouri, Hot Country Songs chart, Joe Dowell's "Muss I Denn" and more! WAS NANA A VISITOR TO THE BILLBOARD 200? Hi Fred! I came across an online article from the Oiko Times that said Greek singer Nana Mouskouri will receive a platinum…

  15. Chart Beat

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Billie Holiday, Constantine Maroulis, Chaka Khan and more! LADY DAY: There's no point in even doing any research to confirm that the record has been set for the longest gap between appearances on a Billboard singles chart. I mean, who could have a longer hiatus than 62…

  16. Soggy Weather Can't Sink Live Earth Shanghai

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite soggy weather, the Shanghai Live Earth concert still earned itself a modicum of success with charismatic acts like Huang Xiaoming, Eason Chan and Joey Yung. Despite soggy weather, the Shanghai Live Earth concert still earned itself a modicum of success with charismatic acts like Huang…

  17. Chart Beat

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses American Idols, Rihanna, the Beach Boys and more! 'UMBRELLA' REIGNS: When Rihanna leapt 34-1 with "SOS" in May 2006, it was the second-biggest move to No. 1 in the history of The Billboard Hot 100. This week, the Barbadian-born singer takes an even bigger…

  18. Chart Beat

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Paris Bennett, Maroon 5, Barbra Streisand and more! WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE BENNETT: As the sixth season of "American Idol" is about to come to an end, another contestant from season five makes a debut on the Billboard charts. Fifth place finalist Paris Bennett shows…

  19. Chart Beat

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses American Idols, Rodney Atkins, Justin Timberlake and more! 'DIFFERENT' DRUMS BUCKY ONTO CHART: With record ratings for its sixth season premiere (see story here ), the "American Idol" juggernaut rolls on, ready to produce a whole new field of artists who…

  20. Chart Beat

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Kimberley Locke, other American Idols, Incubus and more! 'JINGLE' ALL THE WAY: It's beginning to look a lot like Kimberley Locke has a lock on Christmas. For the second year in a row, she tops the Adult Contemporary chart with a seasonal song written in the 19th…

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