1. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  2. Common, 'Trouble in the Water': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 14, 2014 4:05 PM EST Common , Malik Yusef , Kumasi , Aaron Fresh , Choklate , and Laci Kay have teamed up for the collaborative song, "Trouble in the Water." The song appears on HOME , a music project that hopes to raise awareness about climate change and "expand the climate movement."…

  3. Lee Daniels' Business Partner Claims Damon Dash Is 'Libel-Proof'

    November 12, 2014 4:25 PM EST Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder is suing Daniels over profits from 'The Butler' & other projects. Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash 's defamation claim against Canyon Entertainment president Simone Sheffield might best be considered the undercard in a legal match…

  4. 'The Voice' Recap: Pharrell Shows Off Inventive Song Choices in His First Playoffs

    November 12, 2014 10:10 AM EST After veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton showed them how it's done on Monday, The Voice 's season-seven playoffs continued on Tuesday. The round has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach, and also introduced the…

  5. Soul Train Awards 2014: Chris Brown Wins Big, Jodeci Brings '90s R&B Nostalgia, Kool & The Gang Honored

    November 08, 2014 12:53 PM EST Chris Brown took home “Best Hip Hop Song” and “Best Collaboration” at the ceremony. When the silhouettes of K-Ci , JoJo , DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin appeared on the stage Friday night (Nov. 7), nobody over the age of 25 would remain in their seats. After years of rumors that the bad boys…

  6. Aretha Franklin Talks Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Hear My Influence’

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Even when she isn't recording, Aretha Franklin , 72, looms large in our culture. The recipient of the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an 18-time Grammy Award winner as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Living Legend…

  7. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Wu-Tang Clan, Fifth Harmony, Theophilus London & More

    November 05, 2014 5:00 PM EST On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about an eclectic bunch of new songs in the worlds of hip-hop, indie, R&B and pop. Since Pop-Shop's Jason Lipshutz was lucky enough to attend an advance listening session of Wu-Tang Clan 's long-awaited  A…

  8. Drake & Frank Sinatra, Kanye West & Nina Simone and More Dream Duets

    November 03, 2014 3:05 PM EST Barry Manilow 's new album, titled Dream Duets , is built around an interesting and possibly creepy premise: the singer duets with famous dead singers. This type of thing has happened before -- sort of. Justin Timberlake 's duet with Michael Jackson , "Love Never Felt So Good…

  9. Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose First Fight Against Marvin Gaye's Family

    October 30, 2014 2:53 PM EDT A California judge rules that Marvin Gaye's family has made a sufficient showing that elements of "Blurred Lines" may be substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." In a ruling that could set up one of the biggest trials ever over alleged song theft, U.S.…

  10. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1970s

    October 28, 2014 3:00 PM EDT In honor of Billboard magazine's 120th anniversary on Nov. 1, we're revealing the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits from each decade since the 1960s (for a total of 120 songs). One family dominated the Billboard Hot 100 in the '70s: The Gibbs. The three brothers in the Bee Gees…

  11. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1960s

    October 27, 2014 3:00 PM EDT In honor of Billboard magazine's 120th anniversary on Nov. 1, we're revealing the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits from each decade since the 1960s (for a total of 120 songs).  The '60s was the first full decade of rock and roll, and the top twenty singles of the decade reflect…

  12. Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Remembered at Harlem Memorial

    October 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A respectful and loving crowd filled the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 25) for a memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmy Scott . Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88 The beloved jazz singer, who passed away on June 12, 2014, at the age of 89,…

  13. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT With a huge label deal, sellout tours, a signature sound and co-signs from Diplo and Coldplay, Kygo is primed to become the next EDM superstar. The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ from Norway find himself in the middle of a…

  14. The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love' Back in Top 10, Thanks to Dave Koz (& Friends)

    October 24, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The iconic track ranks in the top 10 of a Billboard chart for the first time since the original in 1967, as Dave Koz's all-star cover rises on Smooth Jazz Songs. The Beatles' iconic composition "All You Need Is Love" is back in the top 10 of a Billboard chart for the…

  15. Exclusive: Nick Hakim Announces Vinyl Release & Premieres Two Songs

    October 21, 2014 2:25 PM EDT After touring the U.K., Nick Hakim is prepping the release of Where Will We Go Pt.1 & 2, a vinyl compilation of his two previous EPs. Hakim will release Where Will We Go Pt. 1 & 2 on Nov. 18 through his own imprint, Earseed Records. In honor of the new 12", Billboard is…

  16. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  17. Phonio Hooks You Up with Your Favorite Young Money Rappers... and Chris Daughtry

    October 15, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Have you always dreamed about Lil Wayne whispering sweet, froggy nothings about having a milli and being a martian into your ear? Thanks to mobile platform Phonio, that fantasy can now be a reality, just by dialing a phone number. Aloe Blacc, Young Money Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums…

  18. Aretha Franklin, 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics': Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 15, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis' relationship began in 1980, when the Queen of Soul signed with the mogul's Arista Records. "And 20 years later, I made the right decision," Franklin tells Billboard of agreeing to that union. She had plenty of hits during that era, most…

  19. Relive the Best 'Scandal' and 'Grey's Anatomy' Music Moments Right Here

    October 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Still reeling from Shonda Rhimes Thursday night television? Duh. That's why we're reliving the best music moments from Thursday night (Oct. 9). Check out our picks for  Grey's Anatomy  and  Scandal  ( How To Get Away With Murder,  disappointingly,   stuck with straight techno…

  20. Aretha Franklin Notches Milestone 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    October 08, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Aretha Franklin becomes the first female, and just the fourth artist overall, to place 100 career titles on Billboard 's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (since it became a multi-metric ranking in 1958), as "Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)" debuts at No. 47.…

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