Jennifer Hudson

  1. 14th Annual BET Awards Draws 7.9 Million Viewers

    July 01, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Network’s second annual BET Experience at L.A. Live fan fest posts 10 percent attendee boost. According to figures released by BET Networks, its annual BET Awards drew 7.9 million total viewers, up from 2013’s 7.6 million. Propelling viewership of ...

  2. Mike Will Made It, Ne-Yo, Jermaine Dupri Top Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 27, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Last evening (June 26) was a big night for Mike Will Made It and Warner/Chappell Music. The songwriter/producer was named songwriter of the year and his publishing firm was crowned publisher of the year at the 27 th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul ...

  3. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae To Perform At BET Honors

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are among the artists set to perform at BET Honors 2014. Premiering Feb. 24 in the U.S. and Feb. 28 on BET’s international network, the telecast will also feature Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and W ...

  4. Carrie Underwood Is Top-Earning 'American Idol' Alum

    January 14, 2014 4:43 PM EST Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Phillip Phillips and Adam Lambert also made Forbes' annual list. And the winner is... Carrie Underwood, for being the top-earning alum of "American Idol," according to Forbes' annual list. The c ...

  5. Billy Joel Added to Lineup For 'Dick Clark New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    December 23, 2013 9:00 AM EST Once the ball drops in Times Square, Billy Joel will be the first singer to welcome in 2014 on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." The ABC telecast will cross the East River to Joel’s concert at Broo ...

  6. Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Added to 'Rockin' Eve' Lineup

    December 18, 2013 2:02 AM EST Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Icona Pop are confirmed to the lineup for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" telecast. The traditional New Year's Eve party will again be air ...

  7. Oscars Name 75 Songs in Contention for Original Song Award

    December 16, 2013 7:30 PM EST Five songs from “The Great Gatsby,” four of the five Golden Globe nominees and another 66 recordings have been deemed eligible for the Original Song category for the 86th Academy Awards. “Great Gatsby,” the best-seller of any soundtrack released i ...

  8. Morning Fix: Are Shakira/T-Mobile Hatching Jay Z/Samsung Deal?; Sillerman on SFX's IPO, Afrojack; The Orchard's Multi-Channel Network

    October 11, 2013 7:30 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE ARE SHAKIRA, T-MOBILE HATCHING A JAY Z-SAMSUNG DEAL? When T-Mobile was prepping the news of its unlimited international data plan, announced Oct. 9 in New York’s Bryant Park, the fourth-largest ph ...

  9. 'Voice' Coach Debra Byrd Named Vocal Chair at Musicians Institute

    October 04, 2013 2:28 AM EDT For singers with vocal problems, a surefire solution is hiring one woman: Debra Byrd. "I could be performing in a show, and they’d say, go to Byrd, she'll fix it," explained the former "American Idol" coach and current v ...

  10. Chart Moves: Imagine Dragons’ ‘Night Visions’ Celebrates One-Year Anniversary on Billboard 200

    September 06, 2013 8:55 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200, rock band Avenged Sevenfold claimed its second No. 1 album as "Hail to the King" started atop the list with 159,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four new arrivals into the top 10, ...

  11. Billboard Bits: Robin Thicke Pacts with Universal Publishing, BMG Chrysalis Signs Ben Harper

    June 26, 2013 5:55 AM EDT Universal Publishing, Robin Thicke Renew Terms Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed its ex-North America publishing administration agreement with songwriter, producer and artist Robin Thicke, whose sixth studio album, "Blurred Lin ...

  12. How Candice Glover Won 'American Idol'

    May 17, 2013 4:02 AM EDT With a flawless voice that recalled past "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson and a sense of determination after not making it in previous seasons, Candice Glover did the one thing Hudson wasn't able to do: She won the title o ...

  13. Oscars: Adele, Shirley Bassey, Streisand Set for Big Sales Gains

    February 25, 2013 5:00 PM EST Music from Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Jennifer Hudson and more are all due to see huge sales increases on this week's Billboard charts thanks to last night's Academy Awards (Feb. 24). Sources suggest "Skyfall," which won Adele ...

  14. Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth Added to Music Mix at Oscars

    February 21, 2013 1:01 PM EST Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth will perform a special closing number, and past winners Jennifer Hudson, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones will join an all-star tribute to recent movie musicals at this Sunday's Academy A ...

  15. Aretha Franklin’s Next LP: ‘Great Diva Songs’ With Danger Mouse, Babyface, Clive Davis Says

    February 08, 2013 2:44 AM EST 1 2.966 k 49 0 The original diva, Aretha Franklin, will tackle music from other divas on her next album, Clive Davis told Billboard.biz on Thursday. “[We’re going] to do an album of great diva signature songs and hear that voice, that incredible national ...

  16. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  17. Gearing Up For the 2013 Grammys: Emerging Talent; Bumps; Opening Numbers

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST Four storylines were in place in the weeks leading up to the 54th annual Grammy Awards, held on Feb. 12, 2012. Adele would be making her first appearance since throat surgery, Bruce Springsteen had a new song, Paul McCartney was MusiCares' Pe ...

  18. Morning Fix: WBR's Moscowitz Steps Down; Scooter Braun on Bieber Snub, Jets; Rick Ross' Gang Problem

    December 07, 2012 8:34 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters TODD MOSCOWITZ STEPS DOWN FROM WARNER BROS. RECORDS, CAMERON STRANG TAKES OVER: One month after adding Rhino Records to his portfolio of res ...

  19. Christina Aguilera Lays Down 'Real Talk' at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 25, 2012 7:16 PM EDT Billboard editorial director Bill Werde interviews Christina Aguilera Thursday. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Christina Aguilera's Keynote Q&A today (Oct. 25) at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference was as colorful as her tw ...

  20. Backbeat: Kanye West Rocks Samsung Galaxy Note II Launch Party With T.I., Jennifer Hudson, Meek Mill

    October 25, 2012 4:16 PM EDT Kanye West took the stage to promote the release of the new Samsung Galaxy Note II at the Skylight at Moynihan Station Wednesday night. (Photo: GettyImages) Last night (Wednesday, Oct. 24) Kanye West performed an hour-long set covering the breadth ...

  21. Britney Spears Joins Whitney Houston Grammy Special

    October 10, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Jason Squires/WireImage Britney Spears has joined the lineup for the CBS one-hour special "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston." Register today for the Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference P ...

  22. Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban Named 'American Idol' Judges

    September 16, 2012 9:54 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- The "American Idol" judges' panel is now complete with the naming of singer-rapper Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban. The Fox network officially tapped the pair with an announcement Sunday, confirming rumo ...

  23. Backbeat: BET Host Music Matters Showcase With Leah Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Rob Light, More

    July 05, 2012 12:56 PM EDT (L-R): BET's Kelly Griffin, LaToya Jackson, BET's Stephen Hill, Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images/BET Networks) BET Awards 2012 is now part of television history. However, music still matters at BET as ...

  24. Irving Azoff Disputes Bronfman, Mills Testimony at Universal-EMI Senate Hearings; Mills Responds

    June 22, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment/Front Line Management Chairman Irving Azoff said he didn't get the chance to respond to some of the comments made at yesterday's Senate Judiciary subcommitee hearing about the proposed Universal Music Group-EMI ...

  25. Ten Years of 'American Idol' Chart Dominance: Clarkson, Underwood, Daughtry, Fantasia, More

    June 11, 2012 1:36 PM EDT Some of the American idols from the last decade of "American Idol," which turns ten today (June 11, 2012) Say what you will about "American Idol," the music competition TV series, which turns ten years old today, is an undeniab ...

  26. 'American Idol' Tenth Anniversary: 345 Billboard No. 1s, From Kelly Clarkson to Phillip Phillips

    June 11, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Today, June 11, 2012, marks the tenth anniversary of "American Idol," and in that time the music competition TV program has racked up some jaw-dropping numbers: Many episodes have drawn over 30 million viewers; and a record-setting numbe ...

  27. First-Ever Grammy Awards Documentary Premiering June 11, Exec Producer Ken Ehrlich Gives Details

    May 31, 2012 9:16 PM EDT A behind-the-scenes film on this year's 54th annual Grammy Awards will receive its world premiere June 11 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, Calif., with Dave Grohl, LL Cool J and Recording Academy president/ ...

  28. 2012 Billboard Music Awards to Feature Tributes to Donna Summer and Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch

    May 18, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Billboard Music Awards co-executive producer Richard Beckman on the show's set in Las Vegas (Photo: Taylor Jones) Rihanna and Britney. Lil Wayne and Mary J. An eye-popping performance from an army of Beyonces. Last year, the return of the Bil ...

  29. Whitney Houston Drowned With Cocaine in Her System

    March 23, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston's death on Feb. 12 was caused by accidental drowning, heart disease and the effects of cocaine use, the L.A. County Coroner's office announced on Thursday. The just-released coroner's report states Houston was found ...

  30. One Direction Tops Billboard 200, Adele Holds at No. 2

    March 21, 2012 11:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200, One Direction makes history as the first U.K. group to bow at No. 1 with a debut album as "Up All Night" starts atop the list with 176,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The arrival prevents Adele's ...

  31. Whitney Houston Funeral: Family, Friends, Fans Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:49 PM EST Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Sa ...

  32. Whitney Houston's Colleagues Remember: Don Ienner, Roy Lott, Sylvia Rhone, Wyclef Jean & More

    February 17, 2012 3:45 PM EST When Whitney Houston passed away on Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills, Calif at the age of 48, she left behind a classic body of work that included seven mullti-platinum albums that showcased her powerhouse vocals. Here, Billboard got in touch with many of ...

  33. Recording Academy Chief Marketing Officer Evan Greene Talks Grammy Social Strategy

    February 17, 2012 12:42 PM EST The numbers prove that the Recording Academy did plenty right when it came to social media surrounding the Grammy Awards (see the chart on pages 24-25 in this week's Billboard Magazine). Heading up those efforts has been Recording Academy chi ...

  34. Grammy Sales Bumps: Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay Among 20 Grammy-Related Titles in Top 50

    February 15, 2012 6:46 PM EST Justin Vernon of Bon Iver whose two Grammy nodes helped his album sell 12,000 units, up 105% from the week before. (Getty Images) While Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ended at the close of business on Sunday night, Feb. 12 -- the same day ...

  35. Tactics Behind Grammys' Record Social-Media Numbers Revealed at New York Panel

    February 15, 2012 6:34 PM EST It's the second week in February in New York City, and if you work in social media or the digital space, that means one thing: Social Media Week.Growing from a New York-only "unconference" in 2009, Social Media Week now exists in ma ...

  36. Grammys Spawn Record Levels of 'Social TV' Activity, Led By Adele, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson

    February 13, 2012 3:31 PM EST Not only did people tune into Sunday night Grammys telecast, they created a record number of social media comments about the event. The telecast, as well as the 3 hours preceding and following the telecast, generated 13.0 million comments from U.S ...

  37. Web Trends: Adele Cleans Up, Whitney Houston Honored At The Grammys

    February 13, 2012 2:05 PM EST Google Trends: 1. jennifer hudson tribute to whitney houston -- Jennifer Hudson sang during the tribute to Whitney Houston at last night's Grammys. 2. Bon Iver -- Indie fave Bon Iver upset the likes of Nicki Minaj and Skrillex last night winn ...

  38. Whitney Houston's Death Still Under Investigation, Police May Release More Info Today

    February 13, 2012 8:31 AM EST A makeshift Whitney Houston memorial popped on Wilshire Boulevard on Saturday night (Feb. 11) near the Beverly Hilton where the much-beloved singer passed-away. (Photo: Bill Werde) LOS ANGELES (AP) - Whitney Houston's life of glorious song an ...

  39. Adele Makes a Clean Sweep on Somber Night at Grammys 2012

    February 12, 2012 11:47 PM EST Adele won all six Grammy Awards she was nominated for including Album, Song and Record of the Year. (Getty Images) Adele is rolling with Grammy hardware to spare. The singer made her post-surgery comeback by winning all six of her nominations at t ...

  40. Video: Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammys

    February 12, 2012 11:30 PM EST "For me, the only thing that feels right begins with a prayer -- for a woman who we loved. For our fallen sister, Whitney Houston," LL Cool J said of the late legend. The host opened the 54th Annual Grammy Awards with a prayer for Housto ...

  41. Foo Fighters, Skrillex Kanye West Lead Early Grammy Winners

    February 12, 2012 10:30 PM EST Kanye West, Skrillex, Tony Bennett, Foo Fighters and... Betty White are among the winners of the Pre-Telecast Grammy ceremony. A handful of major trophies were presented before the main Grammy ceremony, which kicks off from the Staples Center in L ...

  42. Jennifer Hudson Breaks Down During Rehearsal for Whitney Houston Grammy Tribute: Source

    February 12, 2012 5:43 PM EST Jennifer Hudson deserves all the praise the music industry can muster today as she prepares to pay tribute to Whitney Houston , the R&B superstar who was found dead in her hotel room on Saturday afternoon, hours before she was due to make an a ...

  43. Jennifer Hudson to Perform Whitney Houston Tribute at Grammys

    February 12, 2012 12:07 AM EST A "respectful" tribute to Whitney Houston, who died today at the age of 48, will take place at tonight's Grammy Awards, show producer Ken Erhlich said. Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow confirmed late Saturday that Jennifer Hudson ...

  44. Grammys Pulling Together '11th Hour' Tribute to Whitney Houston, Neil Portnow Says

    February 11, 2012 11:33 PM EST News of Whitney Houston's sudden death shocked Hollywood on Saturday, but none more than Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, who is now in the midst of revamping Sunday's Grammy Awards to feature a tribute with singer Jennifer Huds ...

  45. Web Trends: Super Bowl Music Wrap Up

    February 06, 2012 4:39 PM EST Google Trends: 4. madonna half time show -- Madonna performed at the Super Bowl halftime show last night along with Cee-Lo, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and LMFAO. 9. mia -- M.I.A. joined Madonna on stage at last night's Super Bowl halftime show; she ...

  46. Billboard Power 100: Peter Edge & Tom Corson

    January 27, 2012 12:10 AM EST No. 41 Peter Edge & Tom Corson CEO & President/COO RCA Music Group Twitter: @RCAMusic The Sounding Board... "I haven't been in promotion or management; I'm coming at it from the music side," Peter Edge (pictured) told B ...

  47. Billboard Power 100: Clive Davis

    January 26, 2012 6:00 PM EST Honoree Clive Davis Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music; Chief Adviser to the Department, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University Twitter: @clivedavis The Chairman... There's no argument that Clive Davis is on the Mount ...

  48. Jennifer Hudson Inks Deal With Dutton to Write Weight Loss Memoir

    June 07, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Add author to Jennifer Hudson's resume. The Academy Award-winning actress and singer has inked a deal with Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group, to pen a memoir detailing her struggles with weight. The still-untitled book, due in January 2012, ...

  49. Carrie Underwood Surpasses Kelly Clarkson as Biggest 'Idol' Earner

    May 19, 2011 8:24 PM EDT Simon Cowell predicted it during season 4 and in 2011 it came true -- Carrie Underwood is now officially "American Idol's" top earner, surpassing season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson. In the new issue of the Hollywood Reporter, which feat ...

  50. Jimmy Fallon Celebrates Bob Marley Week with Ziggy Marley, Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Others

    May 03, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Ziggy Marley, Chris Cornell, Jennifer Hudson, Jakob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz will pay tribute to Bob Marley on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" next week. The tribute to Marley, which begins May 9, honors the 30th anniversary of ...

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