1. Watch Jamie Foxx Do Impressions of Mick Jagger, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend

    May 20, 2015 1:46 AM EDT Jamie Foxx took a beating for his performance of the national anthem ahead of the Mayweather-Pacquiao "Fight of the Century," but he’s come back swinging.  The Oscar and two-time Grammy winner was on good form when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and took up…

  2. Jennifer Hudson Joins Cast of Spike Lee's Chicago Musical 'Chiraq'

    May 12, 2015 10:20 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson is set to join the ensemble cast of Spike Lee's upcoming film Chiraq , according to Screen Daily . Also slated to appear is fellow Illinois natives  Common  and John Cusack, as well as Jeremy Piven and Samuel L. Jackson. Despite early reports, Kanye West will not appear…

  3. Watch Real Estate Exec David Weinreb Sing 'On a Clear Day' for Lyor Cohen, Jennifer Hudson

    May 07, 2015 10:22 AM EDT Real estate developer David R. Weinreb got to show off more than his business sense Wednesday night during a duet with Grammy nominated singer Vanessa Williams . The Howard Hughes Corp. CEO appeared at ease as he sang jazz standard "On a Clear Day" at a party hosted in his honor by…

  4. Blur's 'The Magic Whip' Cracks U.K. No. 1

    May 04, 2015 6:06 AM EDT Blur’s eighth studio album  The Magic Whip  (Parlophone/Warner Music) h as become their  sixth to reach No. 1 in the U.K .  Meanwhile, Jamaican pop-reggae artist OMI   has climbed 2-1 on the singles chart with the Felix Jaehn remix of “Cheerleader” (Ultra).  Blur first topped the U.K. album…

  5. 'American Idol' Recap: Top Four Revealed

    April 30, 2015 12:59 AM EDT Last week on American Idol , the top five artists -- who are the only contestants who will go on the Idol tour this summer -- were determined when Quentin Alexander was voted off. The next day, Jax Cole , Tyanna Jones , Clark Beckham, Nick Fradiani and Rayvon Owen took a trip to season-14…

  6. Watch Jennifer Hudson Sing a Burger Order & Perform Carpool Karaoke with James Corden

    April 14, 2015 4:29 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson has an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a Grammy. But she’s still game to goof around in the right setting, with the right person. The singer and actor went along for the ride in a carpool karaoke session with James Corden , which aired on the British presenter’s…

  7. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Rihanna Cashes In, Debuting in Top 25 With 'Money'

    April 03, 2015 12:40 PM EDT Plus, moves for Jason Derulo, Sam Hunt, George Ezra and Iggy Azalea. As previously reported , Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 11) for a 13th week, claiming the longest run at No. 1 of the 2010s , and becoming one of…

  8. 'Empire' Composer Fil Eisler's Musical Mission? Make the Fox Show 'Sound Like a Movie'

    March 13, 2015 11:53 AM EDT Vanessa Freebairn-Smith is arguably as integral to the sound of Empire as executive music producer Timbaland . The first-chair cellist is the primary soloist on the 15 or so orchestral cues that composer Fil Eisler writes for each episode, some as long as five minutes and others as short…

  9. Jennifer Hudson Debuts 'Empire' Track 'Remember The Music'

    March 10, 2015 6:38 AM EDT With Jennifer Hudson stopping by Empire this week, fans are getting an early taste of her track, which will be featured on the hit Fox series. Hudson's "Remember the Music" is a moving ballad that puts the Oscar winner's vocal prowess at the forefront. "'…

  10. High-Profile Managers Join Think Tank to Advise Grammy Creators Alliance

    March 09, 2015 6:00 AM EDT A few dozen high-profile artist managers are lending a hand to recording artists, songwriters and producers advocating for creators on legislation that impacts their community. The Managers Think Tank will advise the newly formed Grammy Creators Alliance, an advocacy group comprised of…

  11. Nick Jonas, Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer Performing at Kids' Choice Awards

    March 05, 2015 6:39 PM EST Jennifer Hudson also hitting the stage on March 28. Nick Jonas is pulling double duty at the upcoming 2015 Kids' Choice Awards, as Nickelodeon announced the former Jo-Bro will not only be hosting the awards show but performing too.  Iggy Azalea , Jennifer Hudson and 5 Seconds…

  12. 'Empire's' Trai Byers on Andre's Breakdown, Relationship With Jennifer Hudson

    March 04, 2015 11:15 PM EST [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the ninth episode of Empire's first season, Unto the Breach. ] Since Empire's pilot, the Fox hip-hop drama teased that the eldest Lyon son, Andre ( Trai Byers ), had an illness that kept Lucious ( Terrence Howard ) from handing over the…

  13. Oscars 2015: Watch Jennifer Hudson Sing 'In Memoriam' Song on 'Smash'

    February 22, 2015 11:13 PM EST Recognize the song that Jennifer Hudson performed after the "In Memoriam" tribute at Sunday's Oscars ? Then you must be a Smash fan. 2015 Oscars "I Can't Let Go" is an original song written for season 2 of the NBC musical TV series. In the show, the song…

  14. Billboard Cover: Jared Leto on Packing on the Pounds to Play the Joker, Thirty Seconds to Mars' Success and Why He's 'Terminally Dissatisfied'

    February 20, 2015 9:00 AM EST "Do you mind if I eat a little?" Jared Leto asks. "I'm trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours -- and I'm terrible at eating a lot." Leto, 43, is sitting on a battered circular couch in a cavernous white room on the…

  15. Grammys 2015: Recording Academy's Neil Portnow Uses Speech to Lobby on Streaming Payouts

    February 08, 2015 11:36 PM EST The controversial issue of digital music royalties made a rare, primetime television appearance from the Staples Center Sunday evening when The Recording Academy introduced a new advocacy group formed to influence legislation. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow (and recent Power 100…

  16. Super Bowl Music Placements Generate Record Revenues

    February 03, 2015 5:33 PM EST Reps from Sony/ATV and Warner/Chappell say they had a record year. The Halftime viewing audience wasn't the only record broken by Super Bowl XLIV this past Sunday (Feb. 1). Synchs -- songs licensed for commercials that aired during the big game -- reached new highs at the top three…

  17. Jennifer Hudson Is Heading to Broadway

    January 09, 2015 5:30 PM EST The Oscar and Grammy winner will play the role of flamboyant juke-joint singer Shug Avery in 'The Color Purple' Jennifer Hudson will be singing and shimmying on Broadway this fall. The Oscar winner and American Idol season 3 alum will star as juke-joint singer Shug Avery in a New…

  18. Eminem, Rihanna, Metallica, Springsteen & More Salute Veterans & Soldiers at Concert for Valor

    November 11, 2014 11:10 PM EST Grand televised productions are tricky. There's an expected balance between pageantry and performance, individual voices and the unified amplification of a greater cause. Tuesday night's Concert for Valor, though not entirely even, was to its core a salute to the men and women…

  19. Gorgon City, BJ the Chicago Kid & Gregory Porter: Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week

    October 10, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Heading into autumn, Billboard brings you three tracks from our Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart with one theme in mind: feeling good. Whether an inspiring DJ-backed beat, a slow R&B groove, or a lively jazz tune, this week's selections are certain to relax and enliven.…

  20. Jennifer Hudson Jumps Onto Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 02, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Jennifer Hudson returns to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'JHud'; meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar scores his highest debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'i.' Jennifer Hudson debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her third album  JHud  (24,000 copies sold in…

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