1. Ginuwine Reflects on 15th Anniversary of Classic Album '100% Ginuwine'

    March 14, 2014 1:20 PM EDT Everybody knows “Pony.” Ginuwine’s 1996 debut single is synonymous with sex and the timeless art of titillation, immortalized by its own video , Internet meme and the 2012 male stripper drama “Magic Mike.” But the R&B singer born Elgin Lumpkin, Timbaland’s first solo artist and…

  2. Paul Walker Mourned By 'Fast' Co-Stars Tyrese, Ludacris, Bow Wow

    December 02, 2013 10:32 AM EST A stunned Hollywood continues to reflect on the life of Paul Walker, the "Fast & Furious" actor who died Saturday in a fiery car crash in Valencia, Calif. Among friends of the 40-year-old leading man were many stars of music, including some who co-starred with him for his most…

  3. 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…

  4. TGT's 'Three Kings' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    August 29, 2013 4:47 PM EDT Robin Thicke sets a new personal longest run atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Blurred Lines" ruling for 12 consecutive weeks. TGT – the R&B supergroup composed of Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank – debuts at the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Three…

  5. Luke Bryan Nets Second Week Atop Billboard 200, John Mayer Debuts at No. 2

    August 28, 2013 11:00 AM EDT As expected, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as it sells 159,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 70%). Out of 29 chart-toppers, it's only the sixth album this year to spend multiple weeks at No. 1. That sum…

  6. TGT, Earl Sweatshirt and Jimmy Buffett Top 10 Bound on Billboard 200

    August 24, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The R&B trio should land below John Mayer and Luke Bryan, who looks to spend a second week at No. 1. After a week where only two albums debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, next week should provide a healthy influx of new releases to the region. The new Billboard 200 chart's…

  7. John Mayer Aiming for No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200

    August 21, 2013 8:35 PM EDT The musician's "Paradise Valley" will be his sixth studio set to reach the top 10. John Mayer is on course for a No. 2 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with his new album "Paradise Valley." Industry sources suggest the set -- his sixth studio effort…

  8. Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank Talk TGT's '3 Kings' Album

    July 07, 2013 7:12 PM EDT 'We want to get R&B back in a place where it's heard by everybody and not just older grown folks,' says the R&B supergroup. Six years have elapsed since Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank conceived the idea of teaming up as TGT. But the R&B supergroup isn't wasting…

  9. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2012: Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's Chart Champs

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West , Lil Wayne, Beyoncé , Nicki Minaj , Drake , Rihanna and Chris Brown , to name a few. However, a closer look reveals a host of newcomers and established…

  10. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (December 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the major nominees for the Grammys, being held Feb.…

  11. Game Launching Rolex Records: 'We're Gonna Do It Big'

    December 01, 2012 10:10 AM EST EXCLUSIVE: New Label a Joint Venture Between Game, Fellow Rapper Stat Quo While Game is gearing up to release his fifth studio album, "Jesus Piece," on December 11, the chart-topping rapper tells Billboard that he's also been busy kicking off a brand new business venture: his…

  12. R. Kelly Previews 'Trapped In the Closet' Chapters, Hints at Broadway Show

    November 20, 2012 11:35 AM EST "I don't have a job, so I just sit in the studio and think of stupid stuff to do," says the R&B star at the NYC "Trapped" premiere. "'Trapped in the Closet' is an alien, and I'm happy to be one of the astronauts." R. Kelly looks anxious.…

  13. Chart Juice: Brandy's 'Put It Down' Marks Her First Top 10 in 10 Years

    September 27, 2012 7:48 PM EDT For the first time in over 10 years, Brandy returns to the top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The singer's "Put It Down" (featuring Chris Brown), rises 11-5 this week and marks Brandy's tenth top 10 and first since "What About Us?" peaked at No. 3 in 2002…

  14. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  15. Chart Juice: Elle Varner Debuts at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    August 17, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Elle Varner bows at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her debut "Perfectly Imperfect," selling 33,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is home to three charting singles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs . "Only Wanna Give It To You," Varner's breakthrough song …

  16. Anita Baker Is Back With a Hit and a Plan for Covers Album

    August 16, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Her Take on Tyrese's 'Lately' Debuts in Top 10 of Urban AC Chart Anita Baker says the prospect of her first all-new album in eight years "just kinda feels surreal." "It's kind of like I'm dreaming," Baker tells Billboard about "Only Forever,…

  17. Rick Ross, 'God Forgives, I Don't': Track-By-Track Review

    July 31, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Everyone has their own story of struggle. There's no denying Rick Ross has one. He's proven so since his first debut album, "Port of Miami," which is laced with rhymes of his dope-boy days. But Ross' fifth studio album, "God Forgives, I Don't," tells a…

  18. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    July 08, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Mary J. Blige had the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the palm of her hand on Saturday night (July 7) at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. The legendary singer took all in attendance through a roller coaster of highs and lows, with a set of overflowing emotion. Veteran to the…

  19. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided the emotional highlight of Sunday's…

  20. Kanye West, the Throne, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2012 7:44 PM EDT BET Awards viewers will be watching the Throne. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaboration has five nominations at this year's ceremony, including Best Group, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Video of the Year ("N***as in Paris" and "Otis"). (West earned…

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