1. Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Young Thug & More Set to Take Their Talents to BET Experience Africa

    December 09, 2015 11:47 AM EST BET has set its sights overseas for its forthcoming lifestyle festival BET Experience Africa. A slew of big-name headliners like Maxwell , Mary J. Blige , Young Thug and Raphael Saadiq will storm the stage alongside native acts like AKA, Flavour (Nigeria) and Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania).…

  2. Busta Rhymes Reunites With High-Profile Pals For Hot For The Holidays Show: Live Review

    December 07, 2015 2:21 PM EST With nine albums and 10 million copies sold on his resume,  Busta Rhymes is one of hip-hop’s elder statesmen. To celebrate 25 years in the game, he lit up New Jersey’s Prudential Center on Saturday night (Dec. 5) for Hot 97’s Hot for the Holidays concert.  The Conglomerate Entertainment boss…

  3. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Nirvana Ruled Alternative

    November 23, 2015 8:05 AM EST Twenty-four years ago, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' crowned Alternative Songs. Plus, remembering chart feats by Taylor Swift, Jay Z, Alicia Keys & the Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. Nov. 23,…

  4. Watch Preview for 'The Wiz Live' Featuring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Common & More

    November 17, 2015 11:33 AM EST NBC is presenting The Wiz Live! a three-hour production of the musical that made waves in 1974 featuring an all-star cast with Michael Jackson , Diana Ross , and Lena Horne, among others. This year’s live broadcast, in the tradition of last year's Peter Pan Live! , has an equally stacked…

  5. Babyface Remembers 'Waiting to Exhale' Soundtrack 20 Years Later: Exclusive Q&A

    November 14, 2015 3:33 PM EST The songwriter and producer chronicles his hit soundtrack, 20 years after its Nov. 14, 1995 debut. In 1995, Whitney Houston , tackling her first project since The Bodyguard elevated her to global superstardom, deviated from the planned script. Instead of releasing another likely mega-platinum…

  6. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1989, Roxette's 'Listen' Was Heard at No. 1

    November 02, 2015 8:05 AM EST Twenty-six years ago, the Swedish pop duo scored its second Hot 100 topper – and made history. Plus, remembering chart feats by Mary J. Blige, the Beach Boys & Meat Loaf. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. Nov. 2,…

  7. The Year in Soundtracks: From 'Furious 7' to 'Empire,' the Strongest Contenders for a Grammy Nod

    October 16, 2015 2:17 PM EDT In the playlist era, movie and TV soundtracks resonate deeply: They’re compilations with built-in narratives. That might be why four hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2015, the most in six years -- and all are strong contenders for a nomination in the 2016 Grammys’ best compilation…

  8. Guest Playlist: Listen to Lee Foss' 5 Songs to Fall in Love To

    September 29, 2015 4:52 PM EDT The Hot Creations co-founder shares five of his favorite love songs ahead of his appearance at Dirtybird Campout. If there’s one timeless topic across house music, it’s love. Call it trite, but it definitely doesn’t sound that way when it’s channeled through a Lee Foss record. Alongside the…

  9. Mary J. Blige & Queen Latifah to Star in NBC's 'The Wiz'

    July 28, 2015 7:03 PM EDT The live musical will air Dec. 3 & is the network's follow-up to "Peter Pan" and "Sound of Music." NBC's live  The Wiz  has enlisted some musical heavy-hitters. Queen Latifah   and  Mary J. Blige   have joined the cast of the live musical, producers announced…

  10. Glastonbury 2015: The Who Rocks the Crowd, Kanye West Goes Solo, and More Highlights From This Year's Festival

    June 29, 2015 10:30 AM EDT Less a festival, more a pop-up city set over 900 acres, in a time when hundreds of British festivals are competing with one another, Glastonbury remains king. The site is so vast and potentially disorientating that guided tours are now offered for overwhelmed newcomers -- a far cry from the…

  11. Janet Jackson, Miguel & Lauryn Hill: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Episode 55

    June 26, 2015 4:45 PM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show Real-Time Rewind, which recaps the past week's notable trends on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. This week, Real-Time Rewind focuses on the R&…

  12. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan Perform Tribute to Nina Simone at NYC's Apollo Theater

    June 02, 2015 12:03 AM EDT The vocalists hit the stage following a screening of the Netflix documentary 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' Netflix, along with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, paid due homage to the legendary High Priestess of Soul,  Nina Simone , at Harlem's Apollo Theatre last night …

  13. 10 British Summer Music Festivals You Need to Know About Now

    May 19, 2015 3:34 PM EDT Amid Britain's castles, parks and farms, British fans revel in an endless summer of music. Decades before American music fans flocked to Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, the United Kingdom already boasted a thriving and diverse festival scene, one that has only increased in…

  14. Rico Love Steps Out On His Own With 'Turn The Lights On': Album Review

    May 18, 2015 11:35 AM EDT In an interview in January , singer-songwriter/producer/rapper Rico Love identified a turning point in his career: a trio of ballads he wrote several years ago for Melanie Fiona ("4 AM"), Mary J. Blige ("Mr. Wrong"), and Trey Songz ("Heart Attack"). These tracks…

  15. Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Returns To Essence Festival

    May 05, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will close out the Essence Festival’s July 3 tribute to the city of New Orleans in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The special tribute also marks the popular R&B group’s return to the Essence Festival stage. A festival closing night…

  16. Usher, No Doubt, Fall Out Boy Highlight Inaugural Global Citizen Earth Day Concert In DC

    April 18, 2015 10:00 PM EDT Two weeks after undergoing foot surgery  that he likened to 70s TV series “The Six Million Dollar Man” , Usher had an important message for Global Poverty Project / Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans. “I might be a little injured, but I wanna make it here for you…Listen, I wanna come in…

  17. Usher, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani Among Headliners for Earth Day Rally

    April 18, 2015 11:55 AM EDT An all-day Earth Day rally and concert Saturday (April 18) is drawing some big names to the National Mall. Usher , Mary J. Blige , Gwen Stefani , Common and Train are scheduled to perform during the free Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day rally hosted by will.i.am and Soledad O'Brien. The…

  18. Mary J. Blige on 'The London Sessions' Documentary: 'I Feel Like I Have a New Confidence'

    April 17, 2015 3:48 PM EDT For her thirteenth studio album The London Sessions , Mary J. Blige made a hard left. Bored with the slog of the recording process and facing creative redundancy, the R&B veteran took a different approach for the LP, spending 10 days in London to work with hitmakers including Sam…

  19. 'The Voice' Recap: Playoffs Continue as Artists Fight for Top 12 Spots

    April 07, 2015 10:49 PM EDT After excellent performances from Blake Shelton and Pharrell’s teams last night, the Playoffs continued on The Voice tonight, as artists from Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine’s teams took the stage to sing for America’s vote. After a performance from Sia , Tonya Boyd-Cannon from Team Adam…

  20. 'Empire' Composer Fil Eisler's Musical Mission? Make the Fox Show 'Sound Like a Movie'

    March 13, 2015 11:53 AM EDT Vanessa Freebairn-Smith is arguably as integral to the sound of Empire as executive music producer Timbaland . The first-chair cellist is the primary soloist on the 15 or so orchestral cues that composer Fil Eisler writes for each episode, some as long as five minutes and others as short…

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