1. Pharrell Williams Wants to Follow in Blake Shelton's Footsteps on 'The Voice'

    September 18, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are the new faces to the coaching staff, but don't expect any major format changes. The Voice returns on Sept. 22 and for new judge  Pharrell Williams , it's more than just another gig.  “I don’t want to call it a job," Williams said at a…

  2. Mariah Carey Announces ‘Elusive Chanteuse' Tour of Australia

    September 18, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Mariah Carey is heading to Australia for a rare coast-to-coast tour. The pop diva’s Elusive Chanteuse Show  is scheduled to make seven stops Down Under, where she’ll play arenas and a pair of exclusive winery dates. Mariah’s Aussie trek starts Nov. 2 at Sandalford Estate in Perth, then…

  3. Exclusive: Usher Taking His Time With 'UR'

    September 08, 2014 12:28 PM EDT The singer-songwriter's upcoming album will feature Chris Brown, as well as Drake, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran and more. Usher is taking back his album, UR , and "taking my time." The singer-songwriter tells Billboard that the "album isn’t scheduled anymore." UR was…

  4. Watch Nelly Lead 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Protest Chant for Michael Brown

    August 18, 2014 9:34 AM EDT At a charity event in Los Angeles over the weekend, St. Louis native Nelly asked the crowd at  Chris Brown and Quincy Combs ’ celebrity flag football game to stand and put their hands in the air and join him in chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot." Those words have come…

  5. Mariah Sheds Her Manager -- Again

    August 06, 2014 9:59 AM EDT In the wake of disappointing album sales, Jermaine Dupri is out - and now Kevin Liles seems to be in. It looks like the "elusive chanteuse" continues to elude career stability. Mariah Carey has parted ways with longtime musical collaborator Jermaine Dupri as her manager, and has…

  6. Jody Gerson Named Head of Universal Music Publishing Group

    August 01, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Jody Gerson will assume the reins of power at Universal Music Publishing Group beginning Jan. 1, when she joins that company as chairman/CEO. She replaces Zach Horowitz , who led the company for the past two years. In naming Gerson, Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has tapped…

  7. Usher’s New Look Foundation Celebrates 15th Anniversary with All-Star Luncheon

    August 01, 2014 12:28 AM EDT Usher said he was overwhelmed with gratitude by the amount of supporters at his New Look Foundation's 15th anniversary luncheon. Legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, director Kenny Leon and producer Jermaine Dupri were among more than 450 attendees at foundation's President's…

  8. Jackson Family Members to Star in Reality Show

    July 12, 2014 8:19 PM EDT Members of Michael Jackson's extended family are stepping out of what they call "the Jackson bubble" for a reality show. The six-episode show, debuting Nov. 18 on Reelz, focuses on Alejandra Jackson, the ex-wife of Michael's brother Jermaine, and her five children.…

  9. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  10. Mike Will Made It, Ne-Yo, Jermaine Dupri Top Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 27, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Warner/Chappell wins publisher of the year for first time in 13 years. Last evening (June 26) was a big night for Mike Will Made It and Warner/Chappell Music. The songwriter/producer was named songwriter of the year and his publishing firm was crowned publisher of the year at the 27 th annual…

  11. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, however, that entered him into the…

  12. Mariah Carey Rides NYC Subway In Glistening Blue Gown

    May 31, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Mariah Carey chose an unexpected method of transportation to New York’s Fresh Air Fund Gala on May 29: the NYC subway. Mariah Carey Heading for No. 3 on Billboard 200 Dressed in a glitzy light blue gown with dark sunglasses, Carey posted photos of her Thursday evening train ride, where she’s…

  13. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Grammy Award-winning…

  14. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

  15. Summer Music Album Preview 2014: 30 Must-Hear LPs

    May 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT As hot as the season, these are the albums set to scorch this summer. As the weather warms and the debate over the "song of the summer" starts to rage, the new season is already jam-packed with great albums on the horizon. There are the returns of J. Lo and Mariah, highly…

  16. Usher Says He's 'Keeping It Sexy' with Next Album and 'Good Kisser' Single

    May 20, 2014 2:48 PM EDT If nothing else, Usher considers himself a facilitator. “I try to make the conversation between men and women easier with my records,” the veteran R&B singer and Cupid of sorts says. His efforts have been fruitful for nearly 20 years, with sultry R&B hit singles like 1998'…

  17. Mariah Carey Debuts Rich Homie Quan-Assisted Song, 'Thirsty': Listen

    May 13, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Three months after releasing her ballad, "You're Mine (Eternal)," Mariah Carey unleashes a hit for the clubs, "Thirsty." Mariah Carey's Journey to a New Album: The Billboard Cover Story "You're thirsty for a dream/ Leaving me drowning/ Boy, there ain&…

  18. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  19. Usher Brags About Lover's Under-the-Belt Techniques on 'Good Kisser'

    May 05, 2014 12:36 PM EDT After teasing fans with snippets, Usher releases his first single, "Good Kisser," off his eight studio album, and an accompanying music video. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More "Good Kisser" features Usher…

  20. Mariah Carey Announces 14th Album, 'Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse'

    May 01, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Mariah Carey has unveiled the title, cover, release date and tracklist for her 14th album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” which arrives at digital and physical retail on May 27. Carey, who appears on the cover of this week’s magazine, told Billboard that the album took its title…

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