1. Red Stripe, SUM Entertainment Enlist Nelly to Help 'Ignite' Talent Search

    March 30, 2017 10:14 AM EDT Other mentors for the new digital A&R platform include Run-D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels and Beenie Man. Red Stripe beer and music/entertainment technology firm SUM Entertainment are the principals behind Ignite Urban. The new digital A&R platform is the latest entry in the talent…

  2. Where Are the Six Members of New Edition Now?

    January 27, 2017 2:44 PM EST On Monday (Jan. 23), R&B group  New Edition was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- a fitting tribute to the '80s quintet responsible for some of the decade's most iconic hits -- and as viewers learned over the course of BET’s three-night biopic The New Edition…

  3. A$AP Ferg's 'Always Strive and Prosper' Bows at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    May 05, 2016 6:20 PM EDT Plus, Johnny Gill & New Edition Earn New No. 1s and Jeremih’s ‘Oui’ Tops Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop A$AP Ferg arrives at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated May 14) with Always Strive and Prosper , selling 22,000 copies in the week ending April 28 (according to Nielsen…

  4. Johnny Gill Says New Edition May Reunite for New Album to Accompany Biopic Release

    April 09, 2016 4:30 PM EDT An upcoming BET biopic may be the impetus for New Edition to end the 12-year (and counting) wait for a new album. The group's Johnny Gill tells Billboard that plans are already afoot for some new New Edition material to accompany the film in 2017, most likely the vocal group's first…

  5. Heavy D Funeral Attracts Family, Stars, a Letter From Obama

    November 18, 2011 3:15 PM EST Hip-hop star Heavy D was remembered through laughter and tears at a funeral service Friday in his home town of Mount Vernon, N.Y. that included anecdotes from longtime friend Diddy and words of encouragement for his young daughter, delivered in a letter from President Barack Obama. Slideshow:…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Jeff Bridges, Christina Aguilera, Gloria Estefan

    August 25, 2011 4:30 PM EDT BRIDGES' SPAN: Although Jeff Bridges makes his first visit to an array of Billboard album charts at age 61, he's hardly a newcomer to making music. The actor/singer starts at No. 2 on Folk Albums , No. 5 on Rock Albums, No. 10 on Country Albums and No. 25 on the Billboard 200 with…

  7. What Does Eminem Have In Common With Donny Osmond?

    July 29, 2011 4:05 PM EDT What's in a name? For Eminem , when it comes to Billboard Hot 100 success, it hardly seems to matter. As Bad Meets Evil, the duo of Eminem and Da Royce da 5'9", soar into the top 10 (17-10) on the Hot 100 with "Lighters," featuring Bruno Mars , Eminem joins an…

  8. Bel Biv DeVoe Mulls New Music, Announces Late-Night Gig

    February 17, 2011 2:15 PM EST B el Biv DeVoe scored its first chart hits all the way back in 1990 (with "Poison" and "Do Me!," which both peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100), and over 20 years later, the New Jack Swing trio tells Billboard.com it hopes to capitalize on three years of recent touring -- and…

  9. Jingle Bell Rock ... And Pop ... And R&B ... And Country ...

    December 08, 2009 12:05 PM EST Billboard's Holiday Songs chart ranks airplay of seasonal tracks on U.S. adult contemporary radio. Because a hefty 75% of the format switches to all-holiday programming by Thanksgiving each year, the format's airplay effectively serves as the barometer for mainstream yuletide fare.…

  10. Unreleased Jackson 5 Tracks Discovered For New Collection

    October 06, 2009 9:50 AM EDT Motown/UMe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jackson 5 's first single with "I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters," a new collection of 12 vault recordings due out on Nov. 10. A single, "That's How Love Is," is being released today (Oct. 6) on iTunes; the…

  11. Backwards Bullets: July 21, 1990

    July 21, 2009 2:40 PM EDT Each Tuesday, we revisit Billboard's archives for a look at what notable titles were climbing the charts on this date. This week, we travel back to the July 21, 1990, issue. 'LOVE' AT FIRST 'VISION': While the Billboard Hot 100 this week nineteen years ago sported a…

  12. Motown Collects Every No. 1 On Boxed Set

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Motown will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mammoth boxed set, "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," due Dec. 9. Motown will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mammoth boxed set, "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," due Dec. 9. The 10-disc package features 191…

  13. This Day in Music

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The members of veteran independent rock act Dub Narcotic Sound System are involved in a car accident, forcing the hospitalization of frontman Calvin Johnson and bassist Chris Sutton. 2003 - The members of veteran independent rock act Dub Narcotic Sound System are involved in a car…

  14. Chart Beat

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from Sinatra, Jason Mraz, the Cure and more! GIVING US HIS 'BEST': The Billboard album chart as we know it today was born on March 24, 1956. Although it wasn't called The Billboard 200 then, that first survey marked the beginning of an ongoing…

  15. This Day in Music

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - The members of veteran independent rock act Dub Narcotic Sound System are involved in a car accident, forcing the hospitalization of frontman Calvin Johnson and bassist Chris Sutton. 2003 - The members of veteran independent rock act Dub Narcotic Sound System are involved in a car…

  16. Billboard Bits: Essence Festival, Maroon 5, Sinead O'Connor

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ciara, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, the O'Jays with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill, Robin Thicke and comedian Steve Harvey have been added to the main stage bill of this year's Essence Music Festival, to be held Jul Ciara, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, the O'Jays with Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill, Robin…

  17. Wonder, Gill, Stone To Salute Gerald Levert

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST The family of R&B vocalist Gerald Levert has arranged a public musical tribute for the late singer. The family of R&B vocalist Gerald Levert has arranged a public musical tribute for the late singer, who died last week at the age of 40. The Celebration of Life will take place at 12:00…

  18. R&B Star Gerald Levert Dies Of Heart Attack

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert died today (Nov. 10) of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. The son of O'Jays lead singer Eddie Levert, Levert eme Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert died today (Nov. 10) of a heart attack in his…

  19. This Day in Music

    October 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>Puff Daddy plays his first-ever U.K. show at the official opening of the new London venue Sound Republic in Leicester Square. The invitation-only event is broadcast live by MTV U.K.<br c 2003 - The members of veteran independent rock act Dub Narcotic Sound System…

  20. McKnight, LL Visit 'Family Reunion' Soundtrack

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to the upcoming Tyler Perry film "Madea's Family Reunion" will be issued Feb. 21 through Motown. The soundtrack to the upcoming Tyler Perry film "Madea's Family Reunion" will be issued Feb. 21 through Motown. The 10-track set features new songs…

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