1. Melanie Fiona: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 2:13 PM EST Melanie Fiona "The MF Life" April Melanie Fiona reteams with songwriter Andrea Martin and producer Jay Fenix for first single "Gone and Never Coming Back," a catchy tune about heartbreak and despair. She's also collaborating with longtime Kanye West beat-maker No I.D.…

  2. Melanie Fiona Shares Behind-The-Scenes Of 'The MF Life'

    January 19, 2011 3:02 PM EST R&B singer Melanie Fiona is prepping the release of her sophomore album, "The MF Life," and she's given her fans a sneak-peek at her life through an EPK. Watch it below: Video: Melanie Fiona Talks Grammy Nod, Topping Chart Video: Melanie Fiona's "The MF Life"…

  3. Eminem's 'Recovery' Earns the Rapper Top Spot On R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    December 10, 2010 4:38 PM EST During the past 12 months, the R&B and hip-hop charts have been rife with comebacks, buzz-drawing upstarts and hitmaking assists. Working his way up the comeback trail after the mediocre "Relapse," Eminem hit a peak with the refreshing sequel, "Recovery" (Web/Shady…

  4. John Legend & ?uestlove: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 17, 2010 10:36 AM EDT "America seems to always be at war," John Legend muses as he casually plinks the keys of his piano at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. "While politicians go home safe to their families, we've got a government willing to sacrifice people's lives every day.…

  5. John Legend and The Roots 'Wake' Everybody Up

    August 19, 2010 12:03 PM EDT John Legend and The Roots are rousing everyone up today (Aug. 19) with the first official video from their collaborative album "Wake Up!" Video: John Legend and The Roots' "Wake Up Everybody" The "Wake Up Everybody" clip starts with Roots MC Black Thought…

  6. Janet Jackson Dazzles Crowd at Essence Festival

    July 03, 2010 11:44 AM EDT Janet Jackson enthralled the Essence Music Festival audience Friday, kept them on their feet for more than two hours and reminded fans why seeing her in concert was worth waiting two years. From the opening notes of "The Pleasure Principle" to "Control" to "Rhythm…

  7. John Legend, The Roots Team Up for 'Wake Up!'

    June 24, 2010 3:04 PM EDT R&B singer John Legend and The Roots band have joined for the release of "Wake Up!" available through Sony Music on September 21, 2010. The set, inspired by the Presidential election campaign of 2008, will feature soulful music from the 60s and 70s with hopes of inspiring change…

  8. Maxwell Postpones Some Tour Dates Until 2011

    June 16, 2010 7:03 PM EDT In another instance of summer tour plans gone awry, platinum-selling and Grammy-winning soul singer Maxwell has postponed a portion of his summer tour until 2011. The singer's label issued a statement today citing venue scheduling conflicts on the latter part of the tour, which was to…

  9. Jay-Z Leads BET Awards Noms; Justin Bieber Gets New Artist Nod

    May 18, 2010 3:44 PM EDT Artist/actress/entrepreneur Queen Latifah has been chosen to host the 10th edition of the BET Awards. Leading with five nominations is Jay-Z, followed by Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz and Melanie Fiona, tied at four nods each. Among this year's best new artist nominees is pop star…

  10. Videos of the Week: Gaga's 'Telephone' Bashed, Usher Seeks 'Lil Freak,' Miley Mentors 'Idol'

    March 26, 2010 5:05 PM EDT In this week's viral videos that had everyone buzzing, Lady Gaga's "Telephone" video gets the parody treatment, Usher and Nicki Minaj debut the racy video for their "Lil Freak" collabo, Miley Cyrus mentors "American Idol," and more. 1) Lady Gaga's …

  11. Alicia Keys Joined by Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz During MSG Show

    March 18, 2010 12:30 PM EDT Alicia Keys stopped at New York City's Madison Square Garden last night (March 17) during her "Freedom Tour" and gave her hometown fans a special treat with surprise performances from Beyoncé , Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz. Keys first performed new and old tracks like "Love Is…

  12. Billboard Bits: Simon Cowell, Elton John, Jack White, Melanie Fiona

    March 17, 2010 5:48 PM EDT With Simon Cowell's wedding to 'Idol' make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy fast approaching, there is much to do in the way of planning. But the Idol judge isn't concerned with napkins, flower arrangements or invitations -- he just wants to find the right singer. According to a…

  13. Alicia Keys Joins Mary J. Blige As Headliner Of 2010 Essence Festival

    February 23, 2010 3:06 PM EST Alicia Keys will join spokesperson Mary J. Blige as a headliner of the 16th annual Essence Music Festival, to be held July 2-4, in New Orleans. LL Cool J , Estelle , and Trey Songz are among the other additions to the previously announced lineup featuring Gladys Knight , Earth, Wind &…

  14. Robin Thicke Joins Alicia Keys on 'Freedom Tour'

    February 05, 2010 12:40 PM EST R obin Thicke is set to join Alicia Keys on her nationwide tour beginning March 3rd and making stops in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles before wrapping up on April 10th. "I am excited and honored to be going on tour with Alicia. She's one of my favorite artists and I know…

  15. 'We Are The World': Behind the Scenes

    February 02, 2010 4:00 PM EST More than 75 stars -- from the legendary Barbra Streisand to rapper Lil Wayne and actor Vince Vaughn -- gathered at Hollywood's Henson Recording Studios yesterday (Feb. 1) to record the 25th anniversary version of "We Are The World." Like its predecessor, "We Are The World…

  16. Video: Melanie Fiona Talks Grammy Nod, Topping Chart

    January 29, 2010 11:58 AM EST "When I found out I cried," says singer/songwriter Melanie Fiona about when she heard she'd been nominated for a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. "I instantly went back to that moment when I was a little girl, singing in my room -- when I was singing for…

  17. Grammy Video: Red Carpet & Stars Picks

    January 27, 2010 10:46 AM EST The stars were definitely out on the Grammys Red Carpet on Sunday (Jan. 31), and from Best New Artists Zac Brown Band to rapper extraordinaire Trey Songz, we were there with cameras to capture thier Grammy thoughts, fashions, and upcoming plans. Lady Gaga ? Beyonce ? Kings of Leon ? Taylor…

  18. Melanie Fiona On Building 'The Bridge'

    January 22, 2010 3:42 PM EST In Friday's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Bill gets a visit from Melanie Fiona , who gives the scoop on her new album "the Bridge". She calls it an "old school record with a new school twist," and talks about working with writer and producer…

  19. Billboard Bits: T.I., The Jam, Whitney Houston, Beck, Kandi Burruss And More

    January 19, 2010 5:24 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Atlanta raper T.I ., who was released to a halfway house less than a month ago after serving seven months in prison on a gun charge, is back in the studio to lay down tracks for his next album.…

  20. Jay-Z, Maxwell Lead NAACP Music Nominations

    January 06, 2010 3:15 PM EST Tied at five nominations, Jay-Z and Maxwell head the list of music nominees for the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards. The nominations were announced today during a press conference at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jay-Z and Maxwell's five nods include outstanding male artist and…

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