1. Jennifer Hudson on Why She’s Not Her Son’s Favorite Singer and Her ‘Dream Role’ Playing Aretha Franklin

    September 19, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Since her star-making turn as Effie in 2006's Dreamgirls , which took her from American Idol also-ran to Academy Award winner, Jennifer Hudson has left no doubt that she could crush a big ballad. Now on her third album, JHUD (Sept. 23, RCA), the singer-actress flips the script, hitting…

  2. Exclusive: Clive Davis Says Aretha Franklin Is 'On Fire' on New Album of Diva Classics

    September 18, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Following news Aretha Franklin is preparing a new album for release before the end of the month with Clive Davis overseeing production, there's great anticipation over what the legendary soul singer has put together with the help of Clive Davis' oversight.  Aretha Franklin Album…

  3. Meghan Trainor Leads Hot 100's All-Female Top Five For Second Week

    September 17, 2014 2:10 PM EDT 0 For a second straight week, women shut out men in the top five, led by Trainor's debut hit 'All About That Bass.' It's all about women in the Billboard Hot 100 's top five again, as Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" heads up an all…

  4. Whitney Houston's First-Ever Live Album Coming Soon

    September 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Whitney Houston 's longtime friend and producer, Clive Davis , announced on Tuesday on Today that Legacy Records will release the late singer's first live album, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, by the end of 2014. "Stemming from the '80s and '90s,…

  5. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include…

  6. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  7. Basement Jaxx Bounces Back On Dance Charts

    September 05, 2014 11:19 AM EDT The act debuts on Dance/Electronic Albums, while Clean Bandit and Jennifer Lopez score new No. 1s. Basement Jaxx jumps onto Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 25 with its first album in five years, Junto (2,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan). It's the fifth top…

  8. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  9. Kate Bush Sets U.K. Chart Record

    September 01, 2014 3:02 AM EDT Kate Bush has chalked up another record by becoming the first female in history to land eight albums simultaneously in the top 40 of the U.K’s Official Albums Chart. In the new list published Sunday, the revered English singer has two albums in the top 10 (The Whole Story at No. 6, Hounds of…

  10. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city,…

  11. 2014 Emmys: The Best Music One-Liners

    August 25, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Host Seth Meyers & presenter Jimmy Kimmel crack jokes about Beyonce, Justin Bieber & more. While Sunday night was about music with the VMAs and Monday night (Aug. 25) is all about TV with the Emmys, sometimes the two worlds blend together. Lena Dunham's Emmy Dress Is Very fun.…

  12. Angela Bassett Talks Whitney Houston Biopic on Emmys Red Carpet: 'Controversy Can Be Good'

    August 25, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Angela Bassett thinks her work on the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic is going smoothly. On the red carpet of the 2014 Emmys during NBC's pre-show, Bassett was asked about the controversy surrounding the Lifetime movie. Whtiney Houston's Mom Blasts Biopic "It felt like it was…

  13. Deborah Cox on Re-Recording Whitney Houston’s Vocals for Lifetime Biopic: ‘I Had Some Big Shoes to Fill’

    August 22, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Airing in 2015, Lifetime’s I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story ,” starring Yaya DaCosta (pictured below, right) , has already faced major challenges. Family matriarch Cissy Houston denounced the biopic, directed by Angela Bassett . Then there were problems securing the rights…

  14. Horn in the USA: How Macklemore Is Influencing Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & More

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Looking at the numbers behind the sax resurgence. With Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" set to  make a No. 1 debut the Billboard Hot 100 , it seems like 2014 is the summer of the horn riff. From "Talk Dirty" to "Problem" to "Bang Bang" to "Rude,…

  15. Christina Aguilera’s Self-Titled Debut at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Once upon a time, when ex-Mouseketeers with burning ambition and blinding smiles ruled the universe, there lived two princesses. One was an iffy singer with undeniable sex appeal; the other was a secret soul diva working within record-label constraints, biding her time until she could unleash…

  16. Big 'Break': Ariana Grande Gets First No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    August 21, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Plus, action for Porter Robinson, FKA Twigs & Beyonce. Ariana Grande earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies to the top (3-1). It's also the first No. 1 for Zedd, who reached No. 2 with his smashes…

  17. WME Board Member Peter Grosslight Dies at 68

    August 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Grosslight most recently served as the agency’s global head of music. WME board member  Peter Grosslight  died today after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. He was 68. A 20-year veteran of the agency, Grosslight was most recently its Global Head…

  18. Elvis Presley & Madonna: The Day the Music Died, and Was Born

    August 16, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Today, Aug. 16, marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop (happy 56th birthday!) and lost the King of Rock & Roll Today marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop and lost the King of Rock & Roll. Madonna was born Aug. 16, 1958. As we celebrate the Material Girl's…

  19. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  20. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: Ariana Grande's 5 Most Surprising Role Models

    August 14, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Even though she's scored one of 2014's biggest summer hits and starred on a Nickelodeon series, Ariana Grande believes the public is woefully misinformed on Ariana Grande. If you ask her, the person behind "Problem" is far more "sardonic" than sweet. In…

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