1. Anthony Hamilton Hits 'Home' With First Holiday Album

    December 17, 2014 9:43 AM EST The Grammy Award winner and current nominee will also appear as a special guest on Fox's new drama "Empire." To co-opt a popular phrase during this time of year, 'tis the season for Anthony Hamilton . Home for the Holidays , the R&B singer/songwriter/producer’s first…

  2. Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 20, 2014 5:53 PM EST Meanwhile, Eminem lands on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & O.T. Genasis debuts with 'CoCo.' Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica , moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  3. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

  4. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Eminem Enters With Sia Collab, Beyonce's 'Flawless' Debuts

    September 05, 2014 1:36 PM EDT The rapper bows with his newly released track featuring Sia, while Beyonce bows after her VMAs performance. Plus, moves for Tove Lo, Ed Sheeran and Usher. As previously reported, Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Shake It Off." Who else moves…

  5. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

  6. Adrian Marcel, 'Weak After Next': Exclusive Mixtape Stream

    July 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Adrian Marcel first swooned listeners with his 2013 mixtape, "7 Days of Weak," which featured the singer-songwriter overcoming heartbreak. A year after its release, Raphael Saadiq's protégé returns with his sophomore mixtape, "Weak After Next." The follow-up features…

  7. Kelis, 'FOOD': Track-By-Track Review

    April 21, 2014 1:08 PM EDT For her latest career reinvention, Kelis is trying on a rock-and-soul hybrid helmed by producer Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) with an album called "FOOD" (out Tuesday on Ninja Tune), conveniently released at the same time as she's hosting a new show for the Cooking Channel, …

  8. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Friday

    January 24, 2014 11:57 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards may not be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as…

  9. Raphael Saadiq, 'Black Nativity: The Music Behind the Film': Video Exclusive

    November 18, 2013 11:43 AM EST At the core of the holiday drama, "Black Nativity," is the music. Raphael Saadiq was moved by director Kasi Lemmons' interpretation of Langston Hughes' play, and immediately got on board as executive music director. "'Black Nativity' I was familiar with…

  10. Kendrick Lamar Wins Big At BET Awards, Capping Inaugural BET Experience Festival

    July 01, 2013 7:00 AM EDT “The best of the best in Black entertainment. All Day. All Night. All In.” That’s what BET promised to deliver with its inaugural three-day music and lifestyle festival, the BET Experience. Staged in association with AEG at the latter’s L.A. Live downtown complex (June 28-30), the…

  11. Booker T. Jones Talks Stax Return, New Album 'Sound the Alarm'

    May 26, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Booker T. Jones returns to a revitalized Stax Records for accessible, guest-filled album. Forty-three years after leaving Memphis for Los Angeles, Booker T. Jones has been reunited with the label whose sound he helped define, Stax Records. He left at a time of turmoil and change in…

  12. Inc. and Autre Ne Veut Slow Things Down at Downtown Fest

    May 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT It was a night of filtered lights and oblique love songs. at Saturday's (May 11) Downtown Music Festival -- a young, Downtown Records-owned event that dispatches emerging artists across Manhattan’s Lower East Side -- two leading lights of a new wave of R&B offered alternative…

  13. The Seed: Ab-Soul, Party Next Door, Adrian Marcel & More

    April 26, 2013 4:05 PM EDT There was a plethora of hip-hop debuts this week. Party Next Door’s “Make a Mil” made a big splash online after being posted on Drake’s October's Very Own site. The Canadian rapper sparked rumors that he has signed the new singer as a replacement for the Weeknd. Sonically, “Make a Mil”…

  14. Elton John 'Won't Be Kicking Nicki Minaj Off the Charts' With New Songs

    April 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Elton John performed three songs from his upcoming album "The Diving Board," appropriately at the famed Capitol Studio inside the label's tower building. Coming out September, it will be his debut on Capitol Records. Calling it "nerve wracking" to play new songs,…

  15. President Obama's Campaign Playlist: The 5 Biggest Surprises

    February 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST On Thursday morning (Feb. 9), our decidedly modern president took to Twitter and Facebook to trumpet his coolness once more. He and his team compiled an official Obama Campaign 2012 Playlist and shared it with the world via Spotify . Many of 24 songs made total sense: Folks like Arcade Fire…

  16. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

    November 30, 2011 11:10 PM EST Bruno Mars Up for Biggest Awards; Bon Iver & Skrillex Huge Surprises | SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED MAJOR NOMINEES LIST Album Of The Year: "21" -- Adele "Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters "Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars …

  17. Freshman Haze: Allen Stone

    October 03, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Buzz is forming around rising soul singer Allen Stone . He's drawn the inevitable comparisons to Stevie Wonder and Justin Timberlake . With his unconventional look -- long, curly hairy and glasses -- and smooth falsetto, he reminds us more of a pre-"Evolution" Robin Thicke .…

  18. 'Voice' Winner Javier Colon to Play Ray Charles on 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 9:18 PM EDT Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming episode of "The Playboy Club," singing …

  19. Little Dragon Issue 'Ritual Union' After Gorillaz, Raphael Saadiq Collabs

    July 29, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Experimental Swedish pop act Little Dragon has long been championed by its peers. The group-vocalist Yukimi Nagano, drummer Erik Bodin, bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin and keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand-appeared on Gorillaz ' 2010 effort, "Plastic Beach," and Nagano has lent her…

  20. D'Angelo Back At Work on Long-Awaited New Album

    July 14, 2011 4:08 PM EDT Reclusive R&B star D'Angelo is apparently back at work on his decade-plus-in-the-making third album. A studio session took place in New York late last night with two longtime D'Angelo collaborators, Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and bassist Pino Palladino,…

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