1. Ludacris, Keri Hilson Team to Teach Kids How to Swim

    May 18, 2016 10:56 PM EDT When Chris Bridges - better known to his fans as the rapper Ludacris  - was growing up, his mother made sure he knew how to swim. Just like those who came before him. "Swimming is generational," said Roberta Shields, who also runs the Ludacris Foundation. "I'm blessed…

  2. Keri Hilson Addresses Comeback Album Rumors: 'It's Just Not Ready'

    March 17, 2016 5:21 PM EDT It's been a little over five years since Keri Hilson delivered her second studio effort, 2010's No Boys Allowed. Now, the singer/songwriter is quietly chipping away at her comeback with a new album titled L.I.A.R. (an acronym for Love Is a Religion ). Following reports that her…

  3. 10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever

    July 02, 2015 12:42 PM EDT Getting booked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a major event is an honor for any artist. Many will try anything -- whether it's fiddling with the arrangement or striving for the glory notes that only five-octave powerhouses like Whitney could hit -- to put their own…

  4. Keri Hilson Suggests People 'Thank' Rachel Dolezal, Twitter Disagrees

    June 12, 2015 6:51 PM EDT Keri Hilson was chastised on Twitter Friday for suggesting people should thank Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane, Wash., National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chapter, who is reportedly actually white.  The singer and actor told her followers, "…

  5. Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston, Donna Summer At 'VH1 Divas': Watch

    December 17, 2012 11:50 AM EST VH1 DIVAS Best Photos From the Show It was a confluence of glitz and glamour, spikes and suits and all manner of bare-chested male dancers. In other words, Adam Lambert 's Sunday night… And VH1 Divas 2012, which featured the American Idol season eight runner-up as host to a lineup that…

  6. Chart Juice: Brandy Calls It A Comeback On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 25, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Brandy reaches the summit of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for the second time in her nearly 18-year career, as "Two Eleven" debuts at No. 1 with 65,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's been more than 10 years since her previous chart-topper, "Full Moon,"…

  7. Gym Class Heroes, J. Cole To Play NBA All-Star Pregame Show

    February 15, 2012 7:55 AM EST Gym Class Heroes and J. Cole will help kick off NBA All-Star Game festivities on Sunday, Feb. 26 with a pregame concert that will air live from Orlando, Fla. on NBA TV. The Sprint Pregame Concert will feature Gym Class Heroes performing their latest single, "Ass Back Home" (or its…

  8. Chart Juice: Kanye West and Jay-Z Earn First 'Watch the Throne' No. 1 Single

    November 03, 2011 1:10 PM EDT "Ni**as in Paris" becomes the first song from Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaborative album "Watch the Throne" to reach No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as the song rises 2-1. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne': Track-by-Track…

  9. Chris Brown Leads Soul Train Awards Nominations

    October 21, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Days after winning the most awards at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Chris Brown leads the nominations for the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Brown is nominated for five nods across 11 categories, one being Best Dance Performance in which he's up against ex-beau Rihanna . Breezy is nominated for …

  10. Wonder Girls Voted Best Mashup Monday of 2011: Poll Results

    September 26, 2011 11:43 AM EDT Last week, when we posted Parachute's take on Keri Hilson's "Pretty Girl Rock" -- the last Mashup Monday of the season -- we also posed the question, "What is the single best cover of 2011?" Among the eight amazing months and 32 great Mashup Mondays videos of the…

  11. Parachute Rocks Keri Hilson's "Girl"

    September 19, 2011 8:39 AM EDT For the finale of the 2011 Mashup Mondays season, Charlottesville, Virginia's Parachute turns the super self-assured R&B strut of Keri Hilson 's "Pretty Girl Rock" into a sweet, poppy acoustic rock bounce. Photos: Parachute's Mashup Behind-The-Scenes POLL: BEST…

  12. Freshman Haze: Chipmunk

    August 12, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Grime music has birthed big stars, such as Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal . Chipmunk is next up to bat. From rhyming on pirate radio sets in his early teenage years to now being one of the most successful urban acts in the UK, Chipmunk has achieved a lot in his 20-year-old life. Chipmunk has…

  13. Keri Hilson Talks New Album, Videos and Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV'

    August 03, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Even as she continues to ride herd on her sophomore album, "No Boys Allowed," Keri Hilson says she's already decided on the title and a bit of the concept for her next album. But, of course, she won't tell us. "No, I can't do that," Hilson tells Billboard…

  14. Lloyd Overcomes Label Drama To Become 'King of Hearts'

    July 01, 2011 4:30 PM EDT LeBron James wasn't the only self-proclaimed "King" mulling over a big decision last year. After releasing his first three albums through music mogul/former reality star Irv Gotti's record label the Inc. (formerly known as Murda Inc.), R&B singer Lloyd (aka Lloyd…

  15. Lady Gaga Going Global, Performs on German 'Top Model' Finale

    June 10, 2011 8:29 AM EDT Now that Lady Gaga all but owns American pop (and the collective subconscious of U.S. music fans), her management has decided it's time to focus on conquering the rest of the world (the Wall Street Journal recently reported Gaga and her manager have set their sights on India this year).…

  16. Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV' Release Pushed to August

    June 02, 2011 2:15 PM EDT L il Wayne 's "Tha Carter IV" release date has been pushed back again, a source confirms to Billboard.com. The highly anticipated set will now hit stores on Aug. 29, over two months after its last announced release date of June 21. "Tha Carter IV's" arrival has…

  17. Was Trina Snubbed by the 2011 BET Awards?

    May 18, 2011 6:40 PM EDT After the 2011 BET Awards nominations were announced yesterday (May 17), a few artists were not too happy -- most notably, Trina . Her Twitter reaction -- which was re-tweeted by more than one hundred people -- was to the point: "Fuck BET." The nominees for the best female hip-hop…

  18. Chaka Khan Fires Up David Foster Tribute at BMI Pop Awards

    May 18, 2011 1:35 PM EDT C haka Khan 's scorching performance of "Through the Fire" sparked last evening's (May 17) musical salute to BMI Icon David Foster. The songwriter/producer/musician/arranger was feted during the organization's 59th annual Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel…

  19. Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo, Lady Antebellum Win Big at BMI Pop Music Awards

    May 18, 2011 11:05 AM EDT L ady Gaga , Jason Derul o and JR Rotem were saluted as BMI's pop songwriters of the year Tuesday evening (May 17) at the organization's 59th annual Pop Music Awards. Earning pop song of the year honors was the Lady Antebellum hit "Need You Now," while Sony/ATV Songs LLC…

  20. Chris Brown Leads BET Awards Nominations

    May 18, 2011 8:37 AM EDT Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown performed an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson . It marked the beginning of a comeback for the embattled pop star. This year, Brown is the top contender at the award show with six nominations. Brown is up for best male R&B artist, viewer's…

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