1. The 14 Things You Didn't See on TV at the 2016 VMAs

    August 29, 2016 12:32 AM EDT Billboard  had eyes all over the 2016 VMAs at Madison Square Garden tonight--from backstage pre-show to our editors amongst the audience--and we're here to show you exactly what you did not see on TV.  MTV VMA 2016 6:30pm EST :  Rihanna  rehearses her finale performance to an empty arena…

  2. 10 Songs That Aren't About What You Think They Are

    August 08, 2016 6:45 PM EDT Once a song is out in the world, its lyrics no longer belong to the person whose brain they sprang from. That’s part of what makes pop music such a unique art form: Two listeners will hear the same seemingly straightforward three-minute pop tune in completely different ways. In a sense, the…

  3. Mary J. Blige Files For Divorce From Husband/Manager After 12 Years of Marriage

    July 28, 2016 3:03 PM EDT Mary J. Blige 's 12-year marriage to husband and manager Martin "Kendu" Isaacs is coming to an end. According to TMZ , the R&B singer cited irreconcilable differences in court documents for the breakup. She also allegedly is asking the judge to block Isaacs from receiving…

  4. Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Prince & More: Essence's Michelle Ebanks Talks Memorable Festival Moments

    July 01, 2016 9:00 AM EDT “It’s called delirium at this point,” says Michelle Ebanks with a laugh when recently asked how plans for the 2016 Essence Festival were coming along. “All things considered, this year is smooth sailing,” continues the president of Essence Communications. “Fortunately, we’ve got a lot of…

  5. 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).…

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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&…

  16. 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 …

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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