1. Temptations & Four Tops Keen to Renew Broadway Rivalry

    December 09, 2014 2:40 AM EST When they're offstage, members of The Temptations and The Four Tops -- two of Motown's most iconic groups -- have nothing but love for each other. It's a different story when the microphones are turned on. "We're very competitive," said Abdul "Duke"…

  2. Exclusive: The Supremes' Mary Wilson Talks No. 1 Single 'Where Did Our Love Go' 50 Years Later

    August 20, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The singer reveals why the trio didn’t care for the song, how they felt about Motown’s other girl groups and how a Billboard chart-topper changed their lives. Before Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard became the most successful girl group of the rock era, Motown released eight…

  3. Nikki Jean, "Pennies in a Jar"

    July 29, 2011 10:00 AM EDT The strategy/marketing hook for this Lupe Fiasco collaborator is her collection of co-writes with legends ranging from Bob Dylan to Carly Simon. Nikki Jean excels when she plays into her collaborators' strengths, especially the Philly soul of Thom Bell on "How to Unring a Bell,"…

  4. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Kenny Chesney, Phil Collins

    October 07, 2010 4:35 PM EDT LIMA LEAPFROGS LIVERPOOL: As previously reported , the "Glee" cast swells its total to 75 Billboard Hot 100 chart entries, passing the Beatles for most visits to the survey among non-solo acts. The ensemble that portrays the show choir at Lima, Ohio's McKinley High trails only…

  6. Phil Collins Talks Motown Covers Album, Genesis' Future

    September 14, 2010 2:00 PM EDT It's a rainy day in New York, and London-born, Switzerland-based Phil Collins is making the most of his time stateside. The 59-year-old singer/songwriter/drummer has brought his two youngest sons with him for a summer vacation. They've visited the Alamo in San Antonio-collecting…

  7. Doo-wop star, Motown Executive Harvey Fuqua Dies

    July 07, 2010 7:33 AM EDT Harvey Fuqua , a former doo-wop star with the Moonglows who went on to launch Marvin Gaye 's career as well as his comeback, died in Detroit on Tuesday (July 6), the Motown Alumni Association said. He was 80. He succumbed to what an association official called "coronary problems…

  8. Three 6 Mafia "Laws Of Power" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:20 PM EST Three 6 Mafia "Laws of Power" (Hypnotize Minds/Columbia/Sony) Release Date: March 30, 2010 The Academy Award-winning duo of DJ Paul and Juicy J takes the law into its own hands on their March release "Laws of Power." Each song title on the CD represents a law: the law of…

  9. Four Tops Vocalist Levi Stubbs Dies At 72

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arguably the most powerful voice in Motown's storied history has been silenced. Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, Jr., died today (Oct. 17) at his home in Detroit after a long series of illnesses. Arguably the most powerful voice in Motown's storied history has been silenced. Four…

  10. Stone Hones In On Soul With Common, Lauryn Hill

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Due March 20 via Virgin, the set was produced by Raphael Saadiq and features guest turns by Common ("Tell Me What We're Going To Do") and Lauryn Hill ("Music"). As tipped here in November, U.K. vocalist Joss Stone will return this spring with her third album, "…

  11. Soul Stars Saluting Motown, Philly Hits

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Motown-Philly connection Boyz II Men once sang about is alive and well -- and taking the form of the album "A Soulful Tale of Two Cities." The Motown-Philly connection Boyz II Men once sang about is alive and well -- and taking the form of the album "A Soulful Tale of Two…

  12. Chart Beat

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Mariah ties an Elvis record, 'Georgia' and 'Postman' return to the charts, and American Idols and Madonna are among those making chart news. WHY YOU'LL REMEMBER 'FORGET': It was already Mariah Carey's most successful year on the charts, but she manages…

  13. CHART BEAT

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activity related to Mariah Carey, Cowboy Troy, Sugarland, Holland-Dozier-Holland and Roxette. 'TOGETHER' ALONE: From Aug. 4,1990, the week she hit No. 1 for the first time on Billboard's Hot 100 (with "Vision of Love"), Mariah Carey…

  14. CHART BEAT

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to Mariah Carey, Secret Garden, "American Idol"/Queen and 50 Cent and B5. EMANCIPATED: For the first time in seven-and-a-half years, Mariah Carey is sitting in pole position on The Billboard 200. "The Emancipation of Mimi"…

  15. Billboard Bits: Sweet, Save The Music, Danko Jones

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Matthew Sweet, Save The Music, Danko Jones Matthew Sweet will hit the road in November for a North American tour in support of his two new albums , "Living Things" and "Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu." Twelve dates are confirmed so far, kicking off Nov. 3 in Denver at the…

  16. Stone Plumbs The Depths Of Her 'Soul'

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com "The next big thing." It's a phrase that Joss Stone has heard quite a few times during the past year. Since S-Curve Records released the British singer's "The Soul Sessions," an EP of classic soul covers, in 2003, the…

  17. Hot Product

    September 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Joss Stone ’Mind’ The Gap "The next big thing." It's a phrase Joss Stone has heard quite a few times since S-Curve Records released the British singer's "The Soul Sessions," an EP of classic soul covers, in 2003. However, with her full-length debut, "Mind…

  18. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses the Supremes, Usher, Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and Laura Branigan with readers. WHERE DID THE TIME GO? Hi Fred, My name is Fernando. I am 24 years old from Ecuador and my favorite group in the world is the Supremes. Aug. 22 marked the 40th anniversary of…

  19. Godfather Buried Alive

    August 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Shyne is one of hip-hop's most controversial stars. Given his previous affiliations with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and his current imprisonment, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based MC has been through a lot in the p Shyne is one of hip-hop's most controversial stars. Given his previous…

  20. Sophomore Album On Stone's 'Mind'

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Little more than a year after emerging to critical raves, Joss Stone is planning a September return with "Mind, Body & Soul." The set will be the follow-up to the U.K. soul singer's EP "The Soul S Little more than a year after emerging to critical raves, Joss Stone is…

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