1. Four-Play: Soulja Boy Gets 'Conceited,' Alicia Keys Talks 'Songs in A Minor' & More

    June 09, 2011 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Soulja Boy gets "Conceited," Fabolous documents his first walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, Alicia Keys celebrates the 10th anniversary of "Songs in A Minor," and Far East Movement rock out with Beats by Dr. Dre. Check out four vira ...

  2. Madonna, Beyonce, Usher Highlight Oprah's Final Shows

    May 18, 2011 8:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than 20,000 people packed Chicago's United Center to watch the celebrity-packed live taping of Oprah Winfrey's second and third final shows. Before the show even started, a man proposed to his girlfriend on-stage -- who accepted as th ...

  3. Chris Brown Leads BET Awards Nominations

    May 18, 2011 8:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown performed an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson . It marked the beginning of a comeback for the embattled pop star. This year, Brown is the top contender at the award show with six nominations. Brown is up ...

  4. 'Women Who Rock' Exhibit Opens, Features Lady Gaga's Meat Dress

    May 13, 2011 8:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dubbed "the meat dress," Lady Gaga's provocative ensemble from the 2010 MTV VMAs went down in history almost instantaneously, sparking public discussion over how, exactly, one wears an outfit made of raw meat. Now, in a new exhibit op ...

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, 'Glee' Cast, Aretha Franklin

    May 12, 2011 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 ALL ABOUT ADELE: As Adele spends a seventh week atop the Billboard 200 with her sophomore set "21," the album's lead single, "Rolling in the Deep," becomes the singer/songwriter's first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 . (As for ...

  6. EMI, Rico Love, 'Need You Now' Win Big at 2011 SESAC Awards -- Check Out Photos

    May 12, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Winning Smiles: President COO of SESAC Pat Collins, Award Winners Bryan-Michael Cox, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Rico Love and Swizz Beatz at the 2011 SESAC Awards (Photo: Johnny Nunez) NEW YORK - EMI Foray Music and songwriters Rico Love an ...

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Beastie Boys, NKOTBSB

    April 14, 2011 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 POP AND HIP 'HOP': Astute Chart Beat reader Jonathan Gregas from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sent the following e-mail earlier this week: "Dear Gary, Over the weekend, Katy Perry 's 'E.T.,' featuring Kanye West , was a ...

  8. Alicia Keys Celebrates 10th Anniversary of 'songs in A minor'

    April 12, 2011 7:38 PM EDT Time indeed flies: 10 years have passed since the release of Alicia Keys' multi-platinum debut album, "songs in A minor." To celebrate that milestone, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer is releasing Deluxe and Colle ...

  9. Alicia Keys to Toast 'Songs in A Minor' Anniversary with Deluxe Release, Concert

    April 12, 2011 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Time indeed flies: 10 years have passed since the release of Alicia Keys' multi-platinum debut album, "Songs in A Minor." To celebrate that milestone, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer will release deluxe and collect ...

  10. Jessie J Aims for Stadium Status with 'Who You Are'

    April 12, 2011 10:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's not often that one's music career becomes a matter of life and death. But for burgeoning U.K. singer/songwriter Jessie J , the limelight has bordered on harrowing. "We finished a tour stop in Bristol [England] last night and ther ...

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Shaw

    March 31, 2011 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 ALL FOUR ONE: Thanks to a space-age love song, Katy Perry blasts into rarified chart air, as her "Teenage Dream" album becomes only the ninth set to generate four No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history. The collection' ...

  12. Drake to be Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    March 24, 2011 12:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Drake will be presented with the Hal David Starlight Award at the 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thurs., June 16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. "Drake shines as a talented songwriter with a unique vision,&qu ...

  13. Sneak Peek of Beyoncé and Alicia Keys 'Love Song' Video

    March 10, 2011 11:32 AM EST 0 0 0 A 43 second-long teaser for Alicia Keys and Beyoncé 's "Put it in a Love Song" video finally hit the net. The full clip was allegedly shot almost a year ago in Brazil, but for some unknown reason, it was shelved until now. The full ve ...

  14. Billboard Bits: Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records, MTV Denies Banning Kanye's 'Monster' Video

    March 07, 2011 6:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records Following her performance in "Country Strong" and guest appearances on "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow is in ta ...

  15. The Power Of Love: Analyzing The Hot 100's 1,000 No. 1s

    February 23, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 How did I spend my long weekend, plus a(n unhealthy) portion of yesterday? Analyzing the subject matter of all 1,000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, of course! I wondered if by dissecting the content of each leading song since the Hot 100's launch Au ...

  16. Did The Charts Predict This Year's Grammy Award Winners?

    February 15, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 From such surprise honorees as Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding to Lady Gaga 's egg-shell-ent adventure, the 53rd Grammy Awards offered a host of highlights . Did the victors' Billboard chart performances, however, foretell their fortune ...

  17. Mumford and Sons, Tinie Tempah Lead Brit Award Nominations

    February 15, 2011 8:32 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Tinie Tempah, soul singer Plan B and folk-rockers Mumford and Sons lead homegrown talent in the race for the Brit Awards, Britain's equivalent of the Grammys. The 22-year-old Tempah, who released his first album last year, has four nomin ...

  18. Greyson Chance Is In An 'Empire State Of Mind'

    February 14, 2011 11:31 AM EST 0 0 0 Welcome to the second season of Mashup Mondays, the weekly video series where we have an artist of one genre cover a totally unexpected song from another genre. Last year, we had a lot of fun with the likes of Sara Bareilles taking on Beyonce and Ma ...

  19. Grammys 2011: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 14, 2011 1:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Not all of the excitement at the 2011 Grammy Awards happened on the stage. Here's 15 memorable moments that you didn't see on TV. 1. Arcade Fire was in quite the celebratory mood over its Album of the Year win for "The Suburbs." ...

  20. Grammys 2011 Predictions: How Did We Do?

    February 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 chartArticle_ignore It's always tough to predict the winners of music's biggest night, but this year's Grammy Awards featured especially jaw-dropping outcomes in the major categories. With more obscure artists like Arcade Fire and Esp ...

  21. Grammys 2011 Winners List

    February 13, 2011 7:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Check here for winners in the major categories of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards: Grammys 2011 Main Page RECORD OF THE YEAR WINNER: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum "Nothin' On You," B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars "Love The W ...

  22. 29 Black Music Milestones: Lauryn Hill Wins Five Grammys, Alicia Keys Follows

    February 13, 2011 6:28 PM EST 0 0 0 At the 41st Grammy Awards, Lauryn Hill set a new record for female artists, winning five Grammy Awards out of the ten she was nominated for her 1998 album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." It was the first time a rap artist had ever won ...

  23. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Drake Vs. Drake and Bob Marley's Debut

    February 10, 2011 3:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Without a song of his own on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Drake is in a heated battle for No. 1… Against himself! Jamie Foxx 's "Fall For Your Type," on which Drake is featured, holds onto the top spot with 34.9 million listener impressions ...

  24. The Squeeze: Q&A With Video Director Melina Matsoukas

    February 03, 2011 6:39 PM EST 0 0 0 In her short career, video director Melina Matsoukas has worked with some of music's heavyweights, including Beyonce, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg and Rihanna. The latter recently snagged Matsoukas to helm the controversial clip for her latest ...

  25. POTW: Janelle Monae, B.o.B, Big Boi, Nicki Minaj, Britney

    January 29, 2011 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 B.o.B , Janelle Monae and Big Boi showed their sparkly whites, Nicki Minaj toned down the costume-like outfits, Britney Spears smugged the media, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys were all smiles, Diddy was underdressed, Prince Michael Jackson I and uncle ...

  26. Billboard Bits: T-Pain's Facebook Tattoo, Alicia Keys' Birthday Bash

    January 28, 2011 5:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. T-Pain Gets Facebook Tattoo on Arm In an effort to outdo Gucci Mane's ice cream cone face tattoo, T-Pain has posted a photo on Twitter of his latest body art, an arm ...

  27. Mary J. Blige: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 2:34 PM EST 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige Title TBD Spring Blige is still working on a yet-untitled set, which boasts an intriguing lineup of producers and writers, including Stargate, Salaam Remi, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Lil Wayne, Ester Dean and Swizz Beatz. Back To Best Bets ...

  28. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson, Trey Songz

    January 20, 2011 4:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj continues her winning streak as "Pink Friday" picks up a second week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Despite dropping 17% to 32,000 copies, Minaj fends off Rihanna 's "Loud" which steps 3-2 in its ninth week. Kanye ...

  29. Jennifer Hudson to Drop 'Remember Me' Album Mar. 22

    January 20, 2011 12:57 PM EST 0 0 0 J ennifer Hudson will released her long-awaited sophomore album, "I Remember Me," Mar. 22 through Arista Records, the singer and actress announced Thursday (Jan. 20). The album's first single "Where You At," written and prod ...

  30. Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum Added as Grammys Performers

    January 20, 2011 11:10 AM EST 0 0 0 A new batch of performers has been added to the 53rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony, with nominees Justin Bieber , Bruno Mars and Lady Antebellum all slated to take the stage on Feb. 13. Bieber, who is nominated for best new artist, is set to perform ...

  31. 'American Idol' Premiere: Top 5 Auditions, from Yoji 'Pop' to Devyn Rush

    January 20, 2011 2:03 AM EST 0 0 0 If you missed last night's "American Idol" season 10 premiere or just want to relive the highlights again, we're here to help. Watch the five most memorable auditions of the night below -- don't forget to tell us which one w ...

  32. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Kanye West & Jay-Z

    January 13, 2011 4:11 PM EST 0 0 0 In its seventh week on the chart, Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" skips 3-1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums marking the longest climb to No. 1 since Jamie Foxx 's "Intuition" took eight weeks to reach the summit in 2009. "P ...

  33. Arcade Fire, Eminem, Mumford & Sons Earn BRIT Award Nominations

    January 13, 2011 2:50 PM EST 0 0 0 British rapper Tinie Tempah led the field on Thursday at the BRIT awards with four nominations, just ahead of singer-songwriter Plan B , folk rock act Mumford & Sons and London's The XX , who each had three nods. In a turnaround from 2010&# ...

  34. Sade, Willow Smith, Kanye Earn NAACP Image Award Nominations

    January 12, 2011 5:23 PM EST 0 0 0 S ade , Usher , Kanye West and newcomer Willow Smith are among the multiple nominees in the recording category for the upcoming NAACP Image Awards. Nominations for the 42nd annual ceremony were announced today (Jan. 12) during a press conference at ...

  35. Drake Performs 'Fireworks' with Florence Welch in London

    January 10, 2011 2:30 PM EST 0 0 0 At his London gig Saturday night (Jan. 8), Drake presented fans with a special surprise: Florence and the Machine front woman Florence Welch. The "Dog Days Are Over" singer met up with the "Over" rapper on stage at the Hammersmit ...

  36. Weekly Chart Notes: Skillz, Teena Marie, Michael Jackson

    January 06, 2011 5:55 PM EST 0 0 0 (W)RAPPING 2010: While DJ Earworm lays down the beat on the past year's top 25 Billboard Hot 100 hits on "United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop the Pop)," another artist known for his yearly musical recaps bows on R&B/Hip-Hop ...

  37. 'American Idol' Hires Ray Chew as New Music Director

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Among the changes for the upcoming tenth season of American Idol (premiering Jan. 19 on Fox) is a new music director to fill the seat Rickey Minor vacated when he left to lead The Tonight Show band at the end of Season 9. The Hollywood Reporter ha ...

  38. Alicia Keys, Eve Team Up For 'Speechless' Track

    December 28, 2010 10:56 AM EST 0 0 0 Alicia Keys and Eve haven't teamed up since 2002's "Gangsta Lovin"... until now. Audio: Alicia Keys and Eve, "Speechless" The two ladies have come together again for "Speechless," a track released as part of S ...

  39. Lenny Kravitz: Teena Marie 'Took Me In' As a Teenager

    December 28, 2010 9:45 AM EST 0 0 0 While many artists have reacted online to the death of Teena Marie on Sunday (Dec. 26), Lenny Kravitz details the special bond that he and the R&B singer shared in a new video that hit the web a day later. Speaking to the camera, Kravitz describ ...

  40. Billboard Bits: System of a Down Announce Reunion, Kelly Osbourne Dresses Up Like Miley Cyrus

    December 23, 2010 4:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. System of a Down Announce 2011 Reunion After being defunct for over three years, hard rockers System of a Down has announced that they will return with new tour dates in ...

  41. Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, 'Michael' Bows at No. 3

    December 22, 2010 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week was seemingly up for grabs a week ago , when industry prognosticators were predicting that it was a race between the then-current topper "The Gift" from Susan Boyle , former No. 1 ...

  42. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 3

    December 21, 2010 5:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," &q ...

  43. Ask Billboard: Ke$ha, Band-Aid, Eddie Murphy

    December 17, 2010 4:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to [email protected] . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and co ...

  44. Photos of the Year: 2010

    December 17, 2010 3:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Lil Wayne went from a Rikers cell to center stage. Justin Bieber got cozy with Kim Kardashian and Rihanna . Britney Spears got her "Glee" on. Nicki Minaj wigged out. Alicia Keys made a beautiful bride. Jay-Z blew upYankee Stadium with Emin ...

  45. Eminem's 'Recovery' Earns the Rapper Top Spot On R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    December 10, 2010 4:38 PM EST 0 0 0 During the past 12 months, the R&B and hip-hop charts have been rife with comebacks, buzz-drawing upstarts and hitmaking assists. Working his way up the comeback trail after the mediocre "Relapse," Eminem hit a peak with the refreshing ...

  46. Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz Adopt South African Village

    December 08, 2010 2:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys ' efforts to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS has lead the couple to adopt an entire village in Soweto, South Africa. Video: Swizz Beatz talks about adopting an African village with wife Alicia Keys Swizz Beatz recen ...

  47. Billboard Bits: Mack Maine Talks 'Carter IV' First Single, Rihanna Announces Fall 2011 UK Tour

    December 07, 2010 6:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Mack Maine: Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' First Single is '6'7"' Rapper Mack Maine has revealed that the first single to Lil Wayne 's mu ...

  48. Alicia Keys, Gaga Revived from 'Dead' After Charity Raises $1 Million

    December 07, 2010 10:36 AM EST 0 0 0 It took longer than many thought -- and comedians had a laugh at their expense -- but singer Alicia Keys and her celebrity friends raised $1 million for an AIDS charity and, with it, lived to tweet again. Keys and her Keep a Child Alive charity co-f ...

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