1. Big Sean Keeping Jay Z's Involvement With His New Album Under Wraps & More Inside Scoop

    September 09, 2016 5:11 PM EDT Big Sean: Ixnay On Jay Jay Z’s involvement in Big Sean’s upcoming album will remain a mystery, for now. On Aug. 27, the rapper Instagrammed a photo of himself with Hova (the two worked on Kanye West’s 2012 song “Clique”) that read: “Going thru my 4th album with one of the masters.” But Big…

  2. Hollywood Rails Against Trump's RNC Speech

    July 22, 2016 10:30 AM EDT Newly-minted presidential candidate Donald Trump finally took the stage on Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to accept the GOP nomination and address his supporters in attendance. Trump emphasized his plans to build a wall to block out illegal immigrants and…

  3. The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love' Back in Top 10, Thanks to Dave Koz (& Friends)

    October 24, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The iconic track ranks in the top 10 of a Billboard chart for the first time since the original in 1967, as Dave Koz's all-star cover rises on Smooth Jazz Songs. The Beatles' iconic composition "All You Need Is Love" is back in the top 10 of a Billboard chart for the…

  4. Kelly Rowland & Eric Benet Sing A Duet On 'Real Husbands Of Hollywood': Exclusive Video

    November 21, 2013 11:38 AM EST You can always count on BET's "Real Husbands of Hollywood" for a laugh. But on the next episode, "Doing the Bump," the show also delivers a surprise duet between guest stars Kelly Rowland and Eric Benét. When Boris Kodjoe rehearses for a new play with Kelly Rowland,…

  5. Eric Benét To Helm New Music Reality Show

    November 14, 2013 1:50 PM EST Grammy-nominated singer Eric Benét has teamed with entertainment company Viardo Artists and Emmy Award-winning production company Natural 9 Entertainment to co-produce "Sub Stars." In addition to serving as an executive producer, Benét will host the new reality music competition…

  6. Luke James Debuts 'Whispers in the Dark' Mixtape: Listen

    December 12, 2012 1:35 PM EST With a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance ("I Want You") in his back pocket, Luke James debuts a his mixtape, "Whispers in the Dark," today (Dec. 12). The lustrous 11-track project features a guest appearance by Hit-Boy ("Oh God") and is entirely…

  7. Alicia Keys Scores Record-Tying Sixth Straight No. 1 Album on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 06, 2012 5:45 PM EST Alicia Keys earns her sixth straight No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Girl On Fire" this week, tying her for the most consecutive No. 1s among solo artists with DMX , R. Kelly , Kanye West and Luther Vandross. (Keys already had the most straight leaders among women.) Alicia…

  8. Chart Highlights: One Direction's 'Little Things' Makes Big Pop Songs Start

    December 03, 2012 5:30 PM EST 'Little Things,' from the boy band's No. 1 Billboard 200 album 'Take Me Home,' enters the radio airplay chart at No. 35. Plus, Florida Georgia Line rules Country Airplay on its first try. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  9. Tamia Returns After Six-Year Hiatus With 'Beautiful Surprise'

    September 22, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Six years have elapsed since Tamia's last album, but the singer/songwriter is picking up right where she left off. The R&B artist's fifth album, "Beautiful Surprise," debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart following its Aug. 28 release.…

  10. Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Impresario, Found Dead

    August 30, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. Circumstances of his death were unconfirmed at press time, but New York Daily…

  11. Usher's Stepson Dies at Atlanta Hospital

    July 23, 2012 8:50 AM EDT The stepson of the Grammy award-winning pop star Usher has died, two weeks after the child was critically injured in a boating accident. Willie A. Watkins funeral home in Atlanta confirmed Saturday it was handling funeral arrangements for 11-year-old Kile Glover. He was a son of Usher's…

  12. Chart Juice: Big K.R.I.T. Makes Big Debut

    June 15, 2012 1:25 PM EDT For the first time in more than a year, four of the top five on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart are debuts. And, they're by four very varied artists. Big K.R.I.T. claims the No. 1 position with "Live From the Underground" (Island Def Jam) with 41,000 sold,…

  13. Op-Ed: Brian McKnight & the Fear of His Explicit Slow Jam

    May 17, 2012 11:55 AM EDT "Will he break my heart a little more by performing THAT song?" was my first, and focal, thought when attending Brian McKnight 's first night of a three-night concert series at New York City's Blue Note jazz club on Wednesday (May 16). It seemed far from a coincidence that…

  14. Soul Train Awards 2011: Jill Scott & Cee Lo Green Win Big

    November 18, 2011 2:30 PM EST R&B, Hip-Hop and Soul legends attended the 40th anniversary taping of the 2011 Soul Train Awards in Atlanta on Thursday (Nov. 17) to celebrate "peace, love and soul." Slideshow: Soul Train Awards See Pics From the Show! Host Cedric the Entertainer opened the show at the historic…

  15. Report: Randy Jackson to Manage Mariah Carey

    November 16, 2011 9:45 AM EST Randy Jackson is adding an A-lister to his dawg pound. The "American Idol" judge is negotiating a deal to manage Mariah Carey 's career, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The duo know each other from their Columbia Records days when Jackson was vice president of A&R…

  16. Chris Brown Leads Soul Train Awards Nominations

    October 21, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Days after winning the most awards at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Chris Brown leads the nominations for the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Brown is nominated for five nods across 11 categories, one being Best Dance Performance in which he's up against ex-beau Rihanna . Breezy is nominated for …

  17. Eric Benet Starts Work on New Album, Takes First Lead Movie Role

    May 28, 2011 9:42 AM EDT Although he's still actively working 2010's "Lost in Time," R&B singer Eric Benet plans to lose little time in working on its follow-up. "I've already writing a couple of songs, so it's never too early," Benet tells Billboard.com. "I'm…

  18. Lil Wayne Talks 'Jersey Shore,' Drake and Nicki on Hot 97

    March 29, 2011 5:10 PM EDT L il Wayne visited Angie Martinez's Hot 97 radio show in New York today (Mar. 29) for his first on-air interview since being released from jail, and talked about Nicki Minaj and Drake 's albums -- which he confessed he hasn't listened to -- Eric Benet 's "Sometimes I…

  19. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele, Kanye West

    December 10, 2010 3:43 PM EST Despite a 78% decline, Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" holds onto the No. 1 spot for a second week on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, logging sales of 108,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Nicki Minaj remains at No. 2 with "Pink Friday" (103,000, down 73%…

  20. Soulja Boy, Flo Rida Flop On Billboard Album Chart

    December 08, 2010 3:59 PM EST A couple of notable hip-hop and R&B artists dropped albums this week, but according to Billboard's latest 200 chart, it appears no one went out to buy them. *tear* Susan Boyle Likely to Top Billboard 200 Next Week Jazmine Sullivan dropped her sophomore album "Love Me Back,"…

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