1. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  2. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  3. Kem Says He's 'Keeping the Light On for R&B'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Motown artist will tour with Charlie Wilson in 2015; scores third week at No. 1 with 'It's You.' Fresh off scoring a third week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B chart with "It's You" -- not to mention debuting a week before at No. 3 on the Billboard 200…

  4. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Leads To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The band rewrites the record for the most No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Linkin Park, Kenny Chesney, MercyMe & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  5. Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez Talk Making of Smokey Robinson's 'My Girl' Remake

    August 22, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Smokey Robinson 's new album Smokey & Friends is an R&B/soul masterpiece that features new duet versions of some of the singer/songwriter's most memorable songs, including remakes of tracks written by Robinson for himself and his group the Miracles , as well as other acts…

  6. Maxwell Recruits Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Robert Glasper & More for 2015 Cruise

    August 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Singer's inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas Caribbean cruise commences May 2015. Erykah Badu , Anthony Hamilton , Ledisi , Robert Glasper , Chrisette Michele , Eric Roberson and Boney James are among the headliners who will join Maxwell on the singer's inaugural Maxwell + the 7 Seas…

  7. Exclusive: Hear Dr. John's 'Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen' ft. Ledisi & The McCrary Sisters

    August 08, 2014 11:32 AM EDT Need some new music to kick off your weekend mix? Billboard has an exclusive listen to Dr. John's latest, a cover of "Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen" feat. Ledisi & The McCrary Sisters, off his upcoming album Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch . "Everybody rose to…

  8. Smokey Robinson & CeeLo Green Reinvent 'The Way You Do (The Things You Do)': Song Premiere

    August 08, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Hear the new duet from Robinson's upcoming album, launching exclusively on Billboard.com. "Let me tell you something," Smokey Robinson explains. "As a songwriter, my fondest dream is that someone records my songs … And most of the people who have recorded my songs have…

  9. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  10. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  11. BET Awards 2014: Lionel Richie Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award, Performs Own Hits

    June 29, 2014 10:41 PM EDT The BET Awards honored Lionel Richie with the Lifetime Acheivement award, before the singer performed himself. Pharrell introduced the tribute to Richie, which included clips of the singer's career. Afterward, John Legend sang a medley of Richie's "Hello," and "…

  12. Chart Highlights: Trey Songz Tops Rhythmic Songs With 'Na Na'

    May 12, 2014 8:35 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader on the list. Plus, new No. 1s for Avicii, the Black Keys, Thomas Rhett and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  13. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  14. Aloe Blacc, Young Money Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 20, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Though Rick Ross' "Mastermind" holds onto the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 49,000 copies (a 73% drop, according to Nielsen SoundScan), top 10 debuts from Aloe Blacc, Young Money and Ledisi make it a busy week on the list. After reaching worldwide audiences as…

  15. Chart Highlights: One Direction, Katy Perry, U2 Score New No. 1s

    March 10, 2014 4:15 PM EDT D dominates an airplay chart for the first time, Perry's 'Dark Horse' rules Rhythmic Songs and U2 nets a record-setting No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  16. Chart Highlights: Pitbull & Ke$ha, Beyonce & Jay Z Score New No. 1s

    January 20, 2014 4:55 PM EST The former pair takes over atop Pop Songs with 'Timber,' while the latter twosome's 'Drunk in Love' crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. Plus, new leaders for Demi Lovato, Avenged Sevenfold, Zac Brown Band and Elvis Crespo (also with Pitbull) Chart Highlights offers a…

  17. Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige & Erykah Badu Added to Essence Festival Bill

    January 09, 2014 4:36 AM EST   Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu join the lineup for the Essence Festival, which will roll-out over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans. They trio of hitmakers join previously announced headliner Prince for the event’s 20th anniversary edition.  Prince to Headline Essence…

  18. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke, Bastille End Year With New No. 1s

    December 30, 2013 6:00 PM EST Thicke's 'For the Rest of My Life' tops Adult R&B Songs, Bastille's 'Pompeii' takes over atop Adult Alternative Songs and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  19. Ledisi Seeks ‘The Truth’ With New Album

    November 02, 2013 3:39 PM EDT “This is the fastest album I’ve ever done,” Grammy Award-nominated singer Ledisi says with a hearty laugh. “It usually takes me forever.” The Verve artist is talking about her upcoming seventh album, "The Truth."  Preceding its Feb. 11 release is lead single “I Blame You.”…

  20. George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin’s Murder, Musicians React on Twitter

    July 13, 2013 10:58 PM EDT George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, was found not guilty in a Florida court today (July 13). The jury of six women deliberated for 16 hours and 20 minutes before arriving at their verdict. Zimmerman was also found not guilty of the…

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