1. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  2. 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,"…

  3. 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…

  4. 'The Voice': Cee Lo Gets Emotional, Blake Shelton Hosts a Train Wreck

    May 25, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Was Cee Lo Green really brought to tears over having to decide who to cut loose? It certainly appeared that way Tuesday night (May 24) when the Thompson sisters -- oh, why can't they be twins? -- were selected over Kelsey Rey, as the four coaches add their third members to their teams. A…

  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. New Dr. Dre Track 'Turn Me On' Hits Web

    August 17, 2010 12:28 PM EDT "Turn Me On," another unfinished track from Dr. Dre , hit the Internet today (Aug. 17). The song joins the Jay-Z collaboration "Under Pressure" as a possible preview of Dre's long-in-the-works third album, "Detox." Dr. Dre, "Turn Me On" "I ain…

  8. 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…

  9. Daniel Merriweather, "Love & War"

    February 19, 2010 3:22 PM EST If you judge an artist by the company he keeps, then Australian singer Daniel Merriweather 's debut album, "Love & War," is a winner before you even hear the first note. Produced largely by Mark Ronson , the set boasts backing band the Dap-Kings and duets with Adele and…

  10. 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…

  11. Smokey Robinson Video Premiere and Q&A

    August 17, 2009 10:11 AM EDT The songs alone speak volumes. "Shop Around." "You've Really Got a Hold on Me." "Ooo Baby Baby." "The Tracks of My Tears." "I Second That Emotion." "The Tears of a Clown." "My Guy." "My Girl." "Cruisin&…

  12. 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…

  13. DJ Babu Returns To 'Duck Season'

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT L.A.-based DJ/producer DJ Babu will release the third installment of his "Duck Season" series through Nature Sounds Records on Oct 28. L.A.-based DJ/producer DJ Babu will release the third installment of his "Duck Season" series through Nature Sounds Records on Oct 28.…

  14. Dr. Dre: 'Detox' Due In 'November Or December'

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In his first interview in months, Dr. Dre says his years-in-the-works album "Detox" should be out before the end of the year. "Everybody is going to love it. In a perfect world, I'm shooting for a Nov In his first interview in months, Dr. Dre says his years-in-the-works…

  15. Lil Wayne To Star In Sports Film 'Patriots'

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne will star in the Weinstein Co.'s sports film "Patriots" alongside Forest Whitaker and Bow Wow. Lil Wayne will star in the Weinstein Co.'s sports film "Patriots" alongside Forest Whitaker and Bow Wow. The rapper will play a character named Lamont, a…

  16. Chart Beat

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Radiohead, 'Juno,' Kimberley Locke and more! BIGGEST JUMP OF THE CENTURY: Thanks to street date violations, the physical CD release of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" (TBD/ATO) entered The Billboard 200 last week at No. 156. This week, the album becomes the…

  17. Billboard Bits: Z100 Jingle Ball, 50 Cent, Lamonte

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST As has become tradition, some of the biggest names in pop music will gather Dec. 14 for New York radio station Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden. As has become tradition, some of the biggest names in pop music will gather Dec. 14 for New York radio station Z100's Jingle…

  18. 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, "…

  19. Panic Channel Tops 'Madden 2007' Track List

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Electronic Arts has set an Aug. 22 release date for the video game "Madden NFL 2007," which the company is hoping will once again raise the profile for the artists on its in-game soundtrack. Electronic Arts has set an Aug. 22 release date for the video game "Madden NFL 2007,…

  20. International Honors For Philadelphia Soul

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff have visited the United Kingdom several times during their illustrious writing/production careers, but perhaps never in quite such glorious circumstances as on the afternoon Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff have visited the United Kingdom several times during their…

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