1. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2013: Justin Timberlake, Drake & Macklemore Claim The Charts

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Blue-eyed soul and hip-hop. New R&B breakthroughs. Rap icons still holding it down. Those are just a few of the key takeaways from 2013 in R&B and hip-hop. Monitoring all this activity to draw a more detailed picture: a host of new R&B and rap charts. Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip…

  2. Chart Highlights: Rihanna Breaks Record For Most Pop Songs No. 1s

    December 09, 2013 6:05 PM EST Eminem's 'The Monster,' on which she's featured, becomes her 11th leader, pushing her past Katy Perry (10) for the list's top total. Plus, new No. 1s for Icona Pop, Parmalee, tobyMac and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  3. Miley Cyrus Unleashes Sexy-Santa Theme For Jingle Ball Performance

    December 09, 2013 4:08 AM EST The now touring radio festival Jingle Ball hit Los Angeles on Friday night, where pop radio station KIIS-FM played host to such stars as Robin Thicke, Jason Derulo and Enrique Iglesias at a packed Staples Center. The high-wattage performers delivered their biggest hits via short sets, but…

  4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde Highlight Grammy Nominations Concert

    December 06, 2013 11:03 PM EST The Grammy Nominations Concert had its share of surprises in the shortlists for many of its big awards Friday night, but the performance aspect of the show also included a few fairly interesting collaborations and renditions of some of the year's biggest songs, providing what could be a…

  5. Kanye West's 'Bound 2' Hits Top Five on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    December 05, 2013 8:16 PM EST Kanye West’s “Bound 2” shakes up an otherwise quiet top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with a 24-3 catapult in its fourth week. The impressive lift is due primarily to a double-barreled streaming surge. After a two-week run on the list in July coinciding with the No. 1 debut of host album …

  6. Macklemore's 'Can't Hold Us' Spotify's Most-Streamed Song of 2013

    December 03, 2013 7:38 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis first broke into the mainstream with "Thrift Shop," but according to music streaming service Spotify, it wasn't even their biggest song of the year. Spotify has released its year-end totals, and the rap/production duo's "Can't Hold Us…

  7. Toni Braxton, Babyface Top Adult R&B Chart

    December 03, 2013 1:05 PM EST The pair's duet 'Hurt You' marks the stars' first No. 1 on the tally since 2000 and 1997, respectively Format stars Toni Braxton and Babyface each end lengthy absences from the top of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult R&B radio airplay chart, as their duet "…

  8. Robin Thicke, Avicii, Lorde Top Shazam's Most Tagged Songs of 2013

    December 03, 2013 3:45 AM EST Music tagging service Shazam has released its 2013 year in review, revealing the top "Shazamed" songs and artists. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” tops Shazam's worldwide and U.S. tally. The song was "tagged" (identified sonically) 17.8 million times worldwide, and 5.6…

  9. Good Works: Music Fights HIV/AIDS

    December 02, 2013 1:55 PM EST Spreading the word to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS among America's youth. That's the ongoing quest of Lifebeat: Music Fights HIV/AIDS. Since 1992, the national nonprofit has rallied the music industry through artist PSAs, events and various campaigns to raise awareness about the…

  10. Marvin Gaye's Oldest Son Sues Robin Thicke Over Four Disputed Songs

    November 27, 2013 1:18 AM EST There's a bit of a quirky new twist in Robin Thicke's lawsuit claiming that "Blurred Lines" wasn't stolen from Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Marvin Gaye III, the adopted eldest of the singer's children, has hired his own attorney and has filed…

  11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Earn Fourth Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    November 21, 2013 6:54 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' stellar year on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs continues as "White Walls," featuring Schoolboy Q and Hollis, jumps 11-8 in its 11th week. The move spurs the Seattle duo's fourth top 10 on the list following the record-setting "Thrift Shop,…

  12. 'Glee' Recap: The 'End of Twerk' Episode Not As Bad As It Sounds

    November 15, 2013 3:00 AM EST An episode with a title like “The End of Twerk” sounds like a Glee recipe for disaster, but by all miracles this week skirted the line of absurd, touching, and managed to advance multiple character narratives. The last is especially a feat in the world of Glee, and if the audience has to…

  13. Eminem Added to MTV EMAs Lineup

    November 09, 2013 5:29 PM EST Eminem is the latest artist to join the MTV EMAs performers bill. The rapper made the stealth announcement Friday by sending out a YouTube link via Twitter to a new 16-second promo set to one of his new tracks, "Berzerk," off the recent release, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2.…

  14. Eminem Debuts at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart; Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Returns

    November 07, 2013 9:59 PM EST Nearly 15 years after the No. 62-peaking "Just Don't Give a F***" introduced Eminem to Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the Detroit rapper posts his first No. 1 on the list. "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, opens at No. 1 as it exploded across…

  15. Marvin Gaye's Family Sues EMI Over Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

    October 30, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Marvin Gaye's family is responding in a major way to Robin Thicke's lawsuit claiming that "Blurred Lines" wasn't stolen from Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." On Wednesday, the family went nuclear with counterclaims that allege that Thicke stole the…

  16. Eminem's 'Rap God' Debuts at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    October 24, 2013 4:55 PM EDT Dom Kennedy posts his first top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with "Get Home Safely." Eminem debuts in the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the third time this year as "Rap God" opens at No. 2 thanks to 270,000 downloads (according to Nielsen SoundScan)…

  17. Robin Thicke Directs, Stars in Short Film

    October 16, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Robin Thicke is heading behind the camera. The "Blurred Lines" singer wrote, directed and stars in the short film Mercy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned . Thicke's wife Paula Patton ("Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," "Precious"), Robert Patrick (…

  18. Justin Timberlake Crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart Again

    October 10, 2013 7:10 PM EDT Just six months after “The 20/20 Experience” first reached No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (on its way to a 10-week reign), Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)” debuts atop the chart with 350,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last time an artist posted two…

  19. Lorde's 'Royals' Remains Atop Hot 100

    October 09, 2013 1:18 PM EDT The song logs a second week at the summit, takes over atop the On-Demand Songs chart and claims top Airplay Gainer honors for a second straight week. Plus, Miley Cyrus reaches the Radio Songs top 10 and Britney Spears bounds back up the Hot 100 Lorde's "Royals" rules the…

  20. Miley Cyrus Parodies Government Shutdown, Performs the Hits on 'SNL'

    October 06, 2013 2:10 AM EDT Saturday night with Miley was neither the trainwreck nor the twerk-filled spectacle many expected it to become. Instead, the second episode of the new season of "Saturday Night Live" was just the right amount of audacious and, at best and worst, your usual episode of the NBC…

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