1. Meghan Trainor Joins Elite Company With Debut No. 1 Single & Album

    January 21, 2015 4:00 PM EST Trainor becomes just the 13th female artist with a debut No. 1 song and album, as 'Title' zooms to the top of the Billboard 200. Following the upgrade of Meghan Trainor 's debut EP Title to a full-length, the set roars to No. 1 ...

  2. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 ...

  3. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Welcome Second Baby Boy

    December 28, 2014 3:38 PM EST Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz have one more thing to be thankful for this holiday season: a new baby boy. Alicia Keys Preaches for Unity in 'We Gotta Pray' The married couple announced the birth of their second child together on Sunday ( ...

  4. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was ...

  5. Madonna On New 'Rebellious and Romantic' Music, Demo Leaks, 'Possibly' Crashing the Grammys and the 'Crazy' Sony Hack

    December 21, 2014 4:55 PM EST 23.379 k 1.724 k 681 "It's kind of like the old me and the new me all mixed in together," Madonna tells Billboard of her stunning new single "Living For Love." It's a rather large understatement to say that it's been a c ...

  6. Alicia Keys Preaches for Unity in 'We Gotta Pray'

    December 04, 2014 11:58 AM EST Alicia Keys has released a new song, “We Gotta Pray”, in the wake of protests in New York City and Ferguson, MO. Just hours after its release, the song bolted to the top of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . In the reflective ballad, the singe ...

  7. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Remember When Taylor Swift Was Country … in 2011?

    November 24, 2014 8:05 AM EST Swift's 'Sparks Fly' topped Hot Country Songs just three years ago. Plus, looking back at key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Jay Z & Alicia Keys and the Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more th ...

  8. Ask Billboard: All-Taylor Swift Edition

    November 11, 2014 11:05 AM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT SHOULD TH ...

  9. Alicia Keys Added to MTV EMA Performers List

    November 09, 2014 12:40 PM EST Alicia Keys has joined the lineup of performers at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland. Calvin Harris Cancels MTV EMA Performance Nicki Minaj is set to host this year’s MTV EMA, which takes place Sunday (Nov. 9). Other performers ...

  10. Enrique Iglesias to Perform at MTV EMAs

    October 27, 2014 10:25 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias has joined the lineup of performers at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow next month, organizers said Monday. Following the performance, Iglesias will embark on the European leg of his Sex and Love world tour. At the EMAs, he is nominated in ...

  11. Diddy, Nas, David Byrne All Set for Alicia Keys' AIDS Awareness Event

    October 21, 2014 11:39 PM EDT Diddy will host Alicia Keys' annual charity event that raises awareness about HIV and AIDS. The piano-playing singer announced Tuesday that her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz , will co-host the 11th annual Black Ball on Oct. 30 at New Y ...

  12. 'The Voice' Recap: Final Battles Wrap With a Young Joaquin Phoenix Look-alike

    October 21, 2014 11:18 PM EDT The battles wrapped on 'The Voice' on Tuesday, with the felt presence of one of the series' other rotating coaches. "Don't try to ever be Christina Aguilera ! I can't be her, and neither can you!" shouted Stevie ...

  13. Alicia Keys Holds Protest for Lost Nigerian Girls

    October 14, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Alicia Keys held a protest in New York City on Tuesday (Oct. 14) to raise awareness about the 200-plus Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April. Tuesday marked six months since the girls were abducted. Keys kicked o ...

  14. 'The Voice' Recap: Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Tackle Their First Battles

    October 14, 2014 2:52 AM EDT The battles began on The Voice on Monday, with guest mentors Stevie Nicks in tow to help Adam Levine , Little Big Town joining with Blake Shelton , Alicia Keys stepping in alongside Pharrell Williams , and husband Gavin Rossdale accompanying Gwen ...

  15. Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering 'Rolling in the Deep': 'It's What Contemporary Music Needs More Of'

    October 02, 2014 1:50 PM EDT On Wednesday night, Aretha Franklin and longtime collaborator and mogul Clive Davis sat down with veteran music journalist Anthony DeCurtis at New York City's 92Y for a lengthy discussion and preview of her upcoming covers album, Aretha Frank ...

  16. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Milli Vanilli's 'Miss' Hits Top of Hot 100

    September 22, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1989, the duo scored its second of three No. 1s. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Luther Vandross and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart histo ...

  17. Alicia Keys backstage Q&A at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014

    Alicia Keys backstage Q&A at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014

    September 21, 2014 12:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys backstage Q&A at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014 Las Vegas , IHeartRadio , Backstage , We Are Here , interview , 2014 , Billboard , Q&A , festival , Alicia Keys Videos Alicia Keys ...

  18. Ruby Dee to Be Memorialized By Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte & Others at Memorial

    September 20, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ruby Dee will be remembered in poetry and song this weekend as the actress and civil rights activist is memorialized by admirers including Alicia Keys , Audra McDonald , Harry Belafonte and Angela Bassett. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91 ...

  19. From Alicia Keys to Fall Out Boy, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 19, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Alicia Keys "We Are Here" RCA Records Never mind the simplistic chord progressions: A pregnant Keys ' latest move to effect social change through song would hit if it weren't such an overwrought exercise in cliche. The midtempo ...

  20. Frank Ocean Signs to New Management With Three Six Zero

    September 15, 2014 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Frank Ocean gears up for the follow-up to Channel Orange , his 2012 major-label debut -- which has sold 621,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and took home a 2013 Grammy for best urban contemporary album -- he has made a key change behin ...

  21. Watch Alicia Keys' Video for Brand New Song 'We Are Here'

    September 08, 2014 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys released an uplifting video on her Facebook page today. "Let's talk about Chi-town / Let's talk about Gaza / Let's talk about Israel... let's talk Nigeria / and the mass hysteria / Our souls are brought together ...

  22. Alicia Keys to Sing at Ruby Dee Memorial in NYC

    September 04, 2014 3:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald , reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez , and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte . The Terrie Williams Agency said Thu ...

  23. This Week In Billboard Chart History: The Beatles Defined The Summer Of 'Love'

    August 18, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1967, the Fab Four reigned with an anthem for its age – and the ages. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Huey Lewis & the News Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than se ...

  24. Alicia Keys Signs with Guy Oseary and Ron Laffitte

    July 18, 2014 5:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Grammy-winning singer had been represented by Red Light Management since 2010. Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys has signed with Ron Laffitte and Guy Oseary at Maverick for management. Laffitte, whose clients include Pharrell Williams and OneRep ...

  25. Jennifer Fowler Appointed Sony Music SVP Marketing & Revenue Generation

    June 20, 2014 4:05 AM EDT Jennifer Fowler has been named senior vice president, U.S. marketing & revenue generation, Sony Music Entertainment. In this newly created role, Fowler will develop and lead strategies for deriving revenue and artist exposure from Sony Music’s ...

  26. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hil ...

  27. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hilto ...

  28. Alicia Keys Is The New Face Of Givenchy Fragrance

    May 08, 2014 12:20 AM EDT 9 3 0 Alicia Keys has been tapped as the new face of Givenchy Fragrance, the French label announced Wednesday. The Grammy winner shared her excitement on Twitter, writing: "So proud to be part of the @ParfumsGivenchy family! Much love & Divine en ...

  29. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Alicia Keys Locks In Atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    April 28, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2004, she scored her third of eight No. 1s so far. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Blondie, Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart h ...

  30. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' & More: The 20 Biggest Crossover Hits

    April 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Williams' 'Happy' makes history as the first song to top as many as six Billboard radio format charts Call Pharrell Williams the crossover king. The singer/writer/producer's smash "Happy" becomes the first song to cr ...

  31. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askb ...

  32. Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar & Pharrell Star in Video For 'Spider-Man 2' Cut 'It's On Again'

    April 14, 2014 2:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 A trio of popular music superheroes combined forces to craft an uplifting anthem to soundtrack the forthcoming "Amazing Spider-Man 2." The song "It's On Again" was released last month; now they've shared a music video t ...

  33. Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar Release 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Song: Listen

    March 31, 2014 2:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Alicia Keys-Kendrick Lamar collaboration for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was released on Monday, and the neo-soul superhero anthem marks another harmonious pop pairing for Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer. Listen to "It's On ...

  34. Pharrell Williams Leads Hot 100; John Legend, Idina Menzel On the Move

    March 26, 2014 1:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Williams' 'Happy' reigns for a fifth week, and moves closer to a radio audience record, while John Legend's 'All of Me' rises to No. 2 and Idina Menzel's 'Let It Go' leaps to No. 5 Pharrell Williams' ...

  35. Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar Team for 'It's On Again' on 'Spider-Man 2' Soundtrack

    March 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT 0 8 0 The Neighbourhood, Pharrell, more also to appear on April 22-released soundtrack A song written by Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar and Hans Zimmer has found its way onto the "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" soundtrack. "It's On A ...

  36. Beyonce Doubles Up in Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    March 06, 2014 7:24 PM EST 0 0 0 "Partition" hits No. 9, joining "Drunk in Love" (No. 4) in the top 10 In its 10th week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Beyonce’s “Partition” catapults 29-9 to join her Jay Z-assisted “Drunk in Love” (No. 4) in the top 10. The last ...

  37. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Plea ...

  38. Pharrell, 'G I R L': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 7:46 PM EST It’s hard not to feel happy for Pharrell Williams. The eternally boyish producer, 40, is currently enjoying a career renaissance on the level of Mariah Carey in 2005 or Bryan Cranston in 2008, emerging after a presumed definitive career arc to st ...

  39. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST 6.687 k 383 59 No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. ...

  40. The Beatles Celebrated in 'The Night That Changed America': Review

    February 08, 2014 8:46 PM EST The Beatles' arrival 50 years ago -- Feb. 9, 1964 -- in black and white is celebrated in musical hues of tangerine, yellow and green on "The Night That Changed America" special that airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. History weaves ...

  41. The Beatles Celebrated on 'Night That Changed America' 50 Years After Ed Sullivan: TV Review

    February 08, 2014 5:57 PM EST 1 1.037 k 30 3 The Beatles' arrival 50 years ago Feb. 9 in black and white is celebrated in musical hues of tangerine, yellow and green on "The Night That Changed America" special that airs Sunday on CBS. History weaves in and around materi ...

  42. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Reunite for Beatles TV Special

    January 28, 2014 4:40 AM EST No one plays a Beatles song quite like a Beatle. That lesson was learned Monday night when a reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr concluded a tribute to the Beatles that CBS will air on Feb. 9, the 50th anniversary of their first appearance o ...

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