1. Rico Love Talks New Video & Debut Album: 'I Believe That Black Artists Can Sell Millions'

    January 23, 2015 3:53 PM EST What do Romeo Santos ' "Odio," Nelly 's "Just a Dream," and Beyonce 's "Sweet Dreams" have in common? First, they're all hits: "Odio" went to No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs ; "Just a Dream" spent 28 weeks on the Hot 100 ,…

  2. Exclusive: Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo & More Lead 'BET Honors' Lineup

    January 22, 2015 10:00 AM EST Usher & Kanye West are among the 2015 honorees. Mary J. Blige , Trey Songz , Charlie Wilson , Jill Scott , Ne-Yo , Patti LaBelle and K. Michelle will sing honorees' praises at The BET Honors 2015 . The eighth annual gala will be taped Saturday at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D…

  3. Jazmine Sullivan on 'Reality Show' Return: 'I Just Felt Like I Had a Story to Share'

    January 13, 2015 5:35 PM EST There's a song on Jazmine Sullivan 's new album Reality Show called "Forever Don't Last." It's mostly just acoustic guitar and vocals, starting with an admission of defeat -- "I had high hopes for us, baby" -- and moving toward resigned acceptance, as…

  4. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift's Likely-Next-Single 'Style' Debuts on Pop Songs

    January 12, 2015 6:30 PM EST The not-quite-confirmed next track from '1989' bows. Plus, Madonna and Reba McEntire each return to their longtime respective stomping grounds. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  5. Corner Office: Power Lawyer Kenny Meiselas on EDM's Giant Paydays, the Industry's Streaming Standoff and Guiding Gaga

    January 09, 2015 1:04 PM EST While most music attorneys are thought to be hipper than their buttoned-up colleagues in corporate law or litigation, you'd be hard-pressed to find one with the cool cred of 58-year-old Grubman Shire & Meiselas partner Kenny Meiselas. From the way he landed his first major client…

  6. Sam Smith: 'Some of These Pop Stars Are Just Awful'

    January 06, 2015 10:22 AM EST Prepare to be shocked, simply shocked : In a new interview with V magazine , Sam Smith said he's met a lot of artists at awards shows and events -- and some of them aren't exactly pleasant.  "Even when you meet them -- I won't name names -- but some of these pop stars…

  7. 15 (Or More …) No. 15 Hot 100 Hits for 2015

    January 01, 2015 10:05 AM EST Happy New Year! As 2015 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers 15 songs that rose to No. 15 peaks on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite their falling five spots shy of the top 10, all remain memorable hits among the Hot 100's five-decade-plus history. Actually … in looking through the Hot 100…

  8. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit 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, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  9. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Dance Recording and Dance/Electronic Album of the Year Nominees

    December 30, 2014 4:43 PM EST BEST DANCE RECORDING NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Never Say Never" Basement Jaxx Producer: Basement Jaxx Mixers: Basement Jaxx Label: Atlantic Jaxx/[PIAS] British house music veterans Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, the brain trust behind Basement Jaxx, were the inaugural winners of…

  10. Grammys 2015 Preview: Sia, Hozier, Taylor Swift & More Vie for Song of the Year

    December 26, 2014 9:25 AM EST Check out the five tracks that earned a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor Songwriters: Kevin Kadish, Meghan Trainor Publishers: Year of the Dog Music/Over-Thought Under-Appreciated Songs Label: Epic Records Meghan Trainor's debut…

  11. Music in TV and Film, 2014: 'Frozen' Dominates, Singing Battles Go Lukewarm

    December 22, 2014 12:58 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  12. Exclusive: Essence To Honor Jill Scott at Black Women in Music Event

    December 18, 2014 10:30 AM EST The magazine's sixth annual Black Women in Music event will also kick off its 45th anniversary celebration Jill Scott will be the special honoree at Essence magazine’s annual Black Women in Music . The Feb. 5 invitation-only event, held during Grammy Week, will also be the official…

  13. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. 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…

  14. BSBB Round 1: Florida Georgia Line, "Dirt" vs. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dirt Florida Georgia Line Stay With Me Sam Smith CHRIS PAYNE: Call Sam too depressing, too old-timey, too male Adele, whatever — this was a damn sincere song with damn great vocals that ruled all sorts of radio in 2014. Pulling…

  15. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side' Returns to Top 20

    December 11, 2014 9:59 PM EST On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1 for a fifth non-consecutive week, while AC/DC’s Rock or Bust debuted at No. 3. One more album arrived in the top 10: Mary J. Blige’s The London Sessions , which launched at No. 9. Mary J. Blige Earns 10th…

  16. Mary J. Blige Earns 10th No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 11, 2014 8:32 PM EST Blige ties Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1s among women. The queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , returns to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her new genre-spanning set The London Sessions . It's her tenth No. 1, tying Blige with Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1 albums…

  17. The 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:22 PM EST Few genres ranged as widely as R&B in 2014. DJ Mustard was a ubiquitous presence on radio -- and he produced two of Billboard's top ten R&B tracks of the year ( Tinashe , Jeremih ) -- but you didn't need a Mustard beat to make a vibrant track. Elle Varner and Usher…

  18. The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Much has been made of the way women dominated the Hot 100 in 2014, but the genre where women really shined this year was R&B. This may not have been reflected in the charts, but when Billboard staff picked their ten favorite R&B albums of the year, 7 were helmed by women (and that…

  19. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends Fifth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 10, 2014 11:10 AM EST 0 Taylor Swift's 1989 holds steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fifth non-consecutive week. Swift has now spent a cumulative total of 29 weeks at No. 1 with her four chart-topping albums. Among women, only Whitney Houston (with 46 weeks at No. 1) and…

  20. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Jessie J: Whitney Houston 'Gave Me So Much Courage to Be Loud and Bold'

    December 08, 2014 5:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Powerhouse honoree talks about her girl crush on the legendary diva and the fierce female singers she admires. Jessie J started this year fearing she had already peaked. The 26-year-old British singer-songwriter's last top 10 U.S. single as a solo artist,…

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