1. Rihanna Rocks NBA All-Star Game with Kanye West, Drake

    February 21, 2011 9:14 AM EST With a celebrity-studded crowd looking on, Rihanna rocked the halftime show at the NBA All-Star game on her 23rd birthday. She had other big names helping her sing her hits Sunday, with Drake joining in on "What's My Name?" and working "happy birthday" into the lyrics…

  2. Billboard Bits: Kanye May Perform at NBA All-Star Game, Controversial Justin Bieber Quote Amended

    February 17, 2011 7:15 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Kanye West To Perform with Rihanna at NBA All-Star Game? Kanye West may join Rihanna as a performer during the NBA All-Star Halftime Show this Sunday (Feb. 20). While West's appearance has not yet been…

  3. Melanie Fiona, Gone and Never Coming Back

    February 12, 2011 5:53 PM EST Two years after "It Kills Me" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs chart, Melanie Fiona returns with a single that's similarly arranged but nonetheless impressive. "Gone and Never Coming Back," off her upcoming sophomore album, "The MF Life,…

  4. Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz Lined Up for NBA All-Star Game Performances

    February 09, 2011 6:30 AM EST R ihanna , Lenny Kravitz , Josh Groban and Cee Lo Green have been tapped as the main musical attractions for the NBA All-Star Game, set for Feb. 20 in Los Angeles. Rihanna will perform her "Loud" hits "What's My Name?" and "Only Girl (In the World)" at…

  5. Best Bets 2011: The Year In Music Ahead

    January 21, 2011 6:00 PM EST The burning questions for 2011: who'll win the battle of the blondes, Gaga or Britney? Can the Strokes and Foos revive rock? Will Brad Paisley keep country's reign alive? And how stoked is Willow Smith's chiropractor? It's the top of the new year, and the time is nigh to…

  6. 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.…

  7. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson, Trey Songz

    January 20, 2011 4:31 PM EST Nicki Minaj continues her winning streak as "Pink Friday" picks up a second week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Despite dropping 17% to 32,000 copies, Minaj fends off Rihanna 's "Loud" which steps 3-2 in its ninth week. Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted…

  8. 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"…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. Keri Hilson, "Breaking Point" song review, Melanie Fiona,

    September 03, 2010 5:26 PM EDT On new single "Breaking Point," from her upcoming sophomore album, "No Boys Allowed," Keri Hilson sings of being mistreated and unappreciated by men, offering a release for female fans who are in similar situations but can't speak up for themselves. Accompanied by a…

  12. 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…

  13. Trey Songz: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 06, 2010 1:30 PM EDT Five years ago, a newly signed And that's when the strategic array of singles began. In March 2009 the heartfelt "I Need a Girl," which reached No. 6 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and sold 247,000 downloads, was released. The playful and catchy "LOL :…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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 …

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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