1. Jennifer Hudson Is Heading to Broadway

    January 09, 2015 5:30 PM EST The Oscar and Grammy winner will play the role of flamboyant juke-joint singer Shug Avery in 'The Color Purple' Jennifer Hudson will be singing and shimmying on Broadway this fall. The Oscar winner and American Idol season 3 alum will star as juke-joint singer Shug Avery in a New…

  2. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack

    November 26, 2014 12:05 PM EST Never mind the meal. What's on the musical menu for Thanksgiving? Billboard has all the ingredients for a satisfying Turkey Day soundtrack. We trust that, at this point, you've planned the details of cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. (Or, perhaps smarter, that you've…

  3. Blue Ivy Carter Dressed Up As Michael Jackson for Halloween

    October 31, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Oh, what's that? You weren't satisfied with Beyonce 's flawless Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation costume ? Musicians Halloween Costumes: From Katy Perry (Cheeto) to Justin Bieber (Power Rangers) Well, it just got even better, via her two-and-a-half year old secret weapon:…

  4. Who Were 1984’s One-Hit Wonders?

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT So, what was the "Macarena" of 1984? The better question is -- what wasn't? Sexy talk and German anti-war protest songs ruled in the fight to be forgotten. Below, you can hear tracks from lesser-known Jackson siblings and listen to Clint Eastwood in a country song. A Look…

  5. Gladys Knight 'On Top of the World' With New Album & TV Movie

    September 19, 2014 3:47 PM EDT The singer talks gospel album, Lifetime movie, 'DWTS' and dream collaborators Missy Elliott & Kanye West. "I'm just on top of the world," says Gladys Knight . And the legendary singer has every right to be. Where My Heart Belongs -- her new gospel album on…

  6. The 10 Commandments of Love Within Destiny's Child's 'The Writing's On the Wall'

    July 28, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Destiny's Child -- as a group and as solo artists -- have taught us a thing or two about love. The group's sophomore studio album, The Writing's on the Wall , is laced with stories on temptation and trust, or a lack thereof. Gender roles are reversed; what men can do, women…

  7. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  8. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, however, that entered him into the…

  9. Ron Weisner on Michael Jackson's Happiness, Shoving Jann Wenner, Passing on Madonna in New Memoir

    May 27, 2014 3:58 PM EDT In Listen Out Loud: A Life in Music—Managing McCartney, Madonna and Michael Jackson, veteran manager Ron Weisner , 69, shares inside dirt about his handling some of the top music talent of his generation. His goal: “An honest story of my involvement with these remarkable artists and the play…

  10. RuPaul, 'Sissy That Walk': Exclusive Video Premiere

    May 12, 2014 2:15 PM EDT RuPaul is fierce and fabulous in the diva's new video for "Sissy That Walk," and Billboard has its exclusive premiere. Get More: RuPaul's Drag Race Full Episodes , RuPaul , Logo TV The immediately gif-worthy video features the final four competing queens in the…

  11. Drake Leads 2013 BET Awards With 12 Nominations

    May 14, 2013 3:22 PM EDT Chris Brown announces an upcoming Aaliyah-assisted single. He started from the bottom, but now he's on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations. The BET nominees were announced today (Tuesday, May 14) at a press conference on the rooftop of L.A.'s Icon Ultra Lounge, just up…

  12. Janelle Arthur First Top 10 Girl to Go on 'American Idol'

    April 18, 2013 11:20 PM EDT After weeks of male eliminations, a girl was going to have to leave "American Idol" eventually. Unfortunately for country fans, that contestant ended up being Janelle Arthur. Arthur, the 23-year-old Tennessee native, became the newest exile from the "Idol" stage…

  13. 'American Idol': It's an All-Lady Top Five as Lazaro Goes Home

    April 11, 2013 10:48 PM EDT For the first time in "American Idol" history, the top five of the show is all one gender -- in this case, female. After making it to the top six despite poor reviews by judges, Lazaro Arbos received the lowest number of votes Thursday night (April 11), forcing the 22-year-old…

  14. La Toya Jackson Hits Back At 'Gold-Digging Diva' Reports

    March 05, 2013 4:23 AM EST La Toya Jackson is firing back at The New York Post, calling a recent article on her relationship with Michael Jackson's three children “false” and “derogatory.” On Sunday, the publication reported that the 56-year-old had quietly begun to profit on the showbiz ambitions of the late…

  15. Lil Wayne's Daughter Signs to Young Money

    February 15, 2013 2:08 PM EST Lil Wayne's daughter Reginae Carter is following her father down the Young Money path, with label president Mack Maine confirming the signing at Cash Money's pre-Grammy party last week. Speaking to Rap-Up TV , Mack Maine hyped up his new 14-year-old signee, who previously had…

  16. Michael Jackson's Father, Joe Jackson, Suffers Mild Stroke

    November 30, 2012 11:50 AM EST LAS VEGAS - A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson 's father says the musical family's patriarch has suffered a mild stroke. Angel Howansky says Joe Jackson went to a Las Vegas hospital late Wednesday night (Nov. 28) when he had trouble standing up and walking. She said the 83-year old…

  17. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' At 30: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    November 30, 2012 10:45 AM EST Thirty years ago, Michael Jackson unleashed nine tracks that thrilled the world. Here's our look back at each song on his iconic 1982 album, "Thriller." • How 'Thriller' Changed Music • PHOTOS: Michael Jackson's Life • MJ's Biggest Chart Thrills Michael…

  18. Katherine Jackson Returns, but Kids Left 'Angry and Hurt' by Ordeal

    July 26, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Katherine Jackson is back home, reuniting with Michael Jackson 's children after a judge temporarily took away her guardianship because of her days-long absence from them. Paris Jackson tweeted early Thursday morning: "grandma's here! (hash)thankyougod." Katherine Jackson&…

  19. Celebrities Congratulate Beyonce & Jay-Z on Their Baby's Birth

    January 09, 2012 12:55 PM EST Beyoncé and Jay-Z took Twitter by storm on Sat. night (Jan. 7) when the news broke of their first child's birth. Seconds after their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, arrived into the world, she became the No. 1 worldwide trending topic. Family and close friends took to Twitter to congratulate…

  20. Rapper Heavy D Dead at 44

    November 08, 2011 5:45 PM EST Heavy D , a rapper whose imposing size and crossover success helped make him a major rap star, died Tuesday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital. According to confirmed reports , the 44-year-old rapper was found conscious on the walkway near his Beverly Hills home around 11:25 am when a 911…

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