1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Watch Mary J. Blige's Violent Video for 'Whole Damn Year'

    December 02, 2014 3:44 PM EST Mary J. Blige 's new album, The London Sessions , is notable for its uptempo tracks, which are produced and written with the help of artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith . But one of the album's strongest songs is a classic Blige ballad, "Whole Damn Year." The singer…

  4. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Remember When Taylor Swift Was Country … in 2011?

    November 24, 2014 8:05 AM EST Swift's 'Sparks Fly' topped Hot Country Songs just three years ago. Plus, looking back at key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Jay Z & Alicia Keys and the Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  5. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Mary J. Blige Reveals 5 Important Life Lessons

    November 20, 2014 6:52 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Mary J. Blige has plenty of reasons to celebrate. She's marking two years of sobriety and set to release her crazily anticipated new album The London Sessions, a thrilling new LP featuring contributions from soul newcomer Sam Smith and…

  6. Mary J. Blige Releases New Ballad 'Not Loving You'

    November 19, 2014 5:10 PM EST On Tuesday, Mary J. Blige released "Not Loving You," the latest song from her upcoming album The London Sessions. Listen below: Blige's project involves a number of young English musicians, including Sam Smith and Disclosure . The album leaked at the end of October , but…

  7. Watch President Obama Join Willie Nelson For An Awkward Sing-Along of ‘On the Road Again’

    November 09, 2014 3:06 PM EST President Obama did his very best to keep up Willie Nelson as the country music legend sang his iconic song “On the Road Again” during a recent concert at the White House. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall The show, titled A Salute to…

  8. Woman Sentenced in Stabbing of Mary J. Blige's Dad

    November 04, 2014 8:24 PM EST A woman accused of stabbing the father of R&B singer Mary J. Blige during a domestic dispute in Michigan has been sentenced to jail. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Cheryl White of Battle Creek was sentenced Monday to a year in jail, but with 270 days already served. She'…

  9. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' Begins 12-Week Hot 100 Reign

    November 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 2002, the rap god began his longest chart rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Roxette and the Beach Boys. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Nov. 3, 2001 Nine years after her…

  10. The Juice Podcast: Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne Delay Albums, Theophilus London Talks Working With Kanye

    October 31, 2014 5:45 PM EDT It was busy on the album news front this week, especially in R&B/hip-hop. Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj pushed back their albums ( Tha Carter V , The Pinkprint ) to December, Mary J. Blige 's The London Sessions leaked, Theophilus London unleashed a pre-release stream of Vibes! – his…

  11. Leak Peek: Mary J. Blige's 'The London Sessions'

    October 28, 2014 1:00 PM EDT With more than a month until Mary J. Blige 's thirteenth studio album The London Sessions was slated to hit stores, the 12-track LP has leaked to the Internet. On Sunday, Oct. 26, the project hit the web well ahead of its U.K. Nov. 24 and U.S. Dec. 2 release date. While leaks this far…

  12. Hear Mary J. Blige's Club-Ready 'Nobody But You'

    October 01, 2014 5:49 PM EDT Mary J. Blige doesn't need to wait for a DJ to remix her latest song; the R&B singer went ahead and remixed it from the start. "Nobody But You" features the yearning, soulful lyrics we're used to from Blige, but this time it comes with a pulsing dance beat.…

  13. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban label Bronx native Harrell, 54, founded in…

  14. Watch Mary J. Blige Perform New Songs 'Therapy' & 'Right Now'

    September 24, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Mary J. Blige has released two songs in advance of her upcoming album The London Sessions , due Dec. 3. She performed both on Later...With Jools Holland supported by a lean, efficient four-piece band. "Right Now" is built around a tricky beat, and the glitchy, uptempo…

  15. Mary J. Blige Releases New Song Co-Written by Sam Smith

    September 22, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Mary J. Blige has made a career out of tough, resilient ballads, songs like "Not Gon' Cry," "No More Drama" and "Be Without You." Lately she's been in the studio with a group of English artists -- notably Disclosure and Naughty Boy , who are better…

  16. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Note: This article was conducted prior to Clear Channel's corporate renaming to iHeartMedia , which was announced earlier today (Sept. 16). It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Clear Channel -- now…

  17. Hear Mary J. Blige's Team-Up With Disclosure & Sam Smith 'Right Now'

    September 05, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Mary J. Blige recently announced a new record called The London Sessions that will feature collaborations with Disclosure and Sam Smith , and on Friday (Sept. 5), she dropped the first taste with the smooth and compelling "Right Now." The track was produced by Disclosure and co…

  18. HARD Summer 2014: Top 10 Performances

    August 05, 2014 1:12 PM EDT For a certain sect of dance music fans, namely those who favor hip hop influences over pop-leaning EDM, HARD Summer is like Christmas. Over the weekend, the annual music festival drew roughly 40,000 people to Los Angeles for a bill that included superstar DJs Skrillex , Diplo and…

  19. 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…

  20. Mariah Carey Announces 14th Album, 'Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse'

    May 01, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Mariah Carey has unveiled the title, cover, release date and tracklist for her 14th album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” which arrives at digital and physical retail on May 27. Carey, who appears on the cover of this week’s magazine, told Billboard that the album took its title…

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