1. Emeli Sande Trades Medicine for Music; Lands No. 2 U.K. Single, Twitter Praise From Alicia Keys

    September 01, 2011 10:21 AM EDT Slightly more than two years ago Emeli Sandé was nearing the end of an intensive six-year degree program in medicine at Scotland's Glasgow University, specializing in clinical neuroscience. Now the Scottish-born singer is lighting up the U. ...

  2. Jay-Z and Kanye West To Perform at VMAs: Report

    August 28, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 For those looking for another marquee performance to join Lady Gaga , Adele , Lil Wayne and more at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards tonight (Aug. 28), look no further than The Throne. Jay-Z and Kanye West , the co-creators of the nation's No. 1 ...

  3. Motown Legend Nick Ashford Dies at 70

    August 22, 2011 9:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publici ...

  4. Swizz Beatz Talks 'Haute Living' at Billboard Summer Blowout: Video

    August 18, 2011 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper/producer Swizz Beatz pumped up the crowd at Billboard's Summer Blowout concert last Thursday (Aug. 11) by showcasing production highlights like T.I. 's "Bring Em Out," Jay-Z 's "On To the Next One" and DMX & ...

  5. Jay-Z Joins iHeartRadio Music Festival

    August 16, 2011 9:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jay-Z has been added to the lineup of Clear Channel's inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The rapper will perform solo, without Kanye West , his collaborator on their new album, "Watch the Throne." He will c ...

  6. LMFAO Keeps Katy Perry At Bay Atop Hot 100

    August 10, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 LMFAO is loving life atop the Billboard Hot 100 as "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, will continue to blare from the No. 1 slot on the ranking set to be unveiled tomorrow (Aug. 11). On Digital Songs, "Party R ...

  7. Exclusive: Peter Edge and Tom Corson Talk RCA Music Group's Future

    August 10, 2011 8:00 AM EDT With the appointment of veteran A&R executive Peter Edge as CEO of RCA Music Group , Sony Music Entertainment's leadership team under new chairman/CEO Doug Morris is coming into greater focus. Edge, who was previously president of A&R ...

  8. Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz Team Up for 'International Party' Video

    August 02, 2011 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-hop husband and wife duo Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz have teamed up in a laser-filled video for club banger "International Party," filmed for Reebok Classics' 2011 "Reethym of Lite" campaign. Watch below, as the star cou ...

  9. Lady Gaga, Coldplay Help iHeartRadio Fest Sell Out in Under 10 Minutes

    July 18, 2011 3:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 A sold out music festival is a feat in itself; but to sell out in just 10 minutes is a feat the first ever iHeartRadio Music Festival can boast. The two-day concert, taking place in Las Vegas on Sept. 23 and 24, sold out within the first 10 minutes ...

  10. Alicia Keys Celebrates 'Songs in A Minor' 10th Anniversary with NYC Show

    July 01, 2011 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Yesterday (June 30), surrounded by candles, Alicia Keys took seat before her piano at New York's Beacon Theatre for a special performance, "Piano & I: A One Night Only Event with Alicia Keys." Alicia Keys to Toast 'Songs in A ...

  11. Alicia Keys To Help Produce Broadway Play

    June 28, 2011 8:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers. Keys, whose hits include "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth," will help produce Lydia R. Diamond's play "Stick Fly" this fal ...

  12. Alicia Keys To Help Produce Broadway Play

    June 28, 2011 8:12 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers. Keys, whose hits include "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth," will help produce Lydia R. Diamond's play "Stick ...

  13. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 8:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilarious ...

  14. Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Mary Mary Honored at ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    June 27, 2011 7:00 AM EDT This past weekend (June 24), Sean "Diddy" Combs received the prestigious Founders Award and Mary Mary garnered the Golden Note Award at ASCAP's 24th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ...

  15. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance ind ...

  16. Billboard Bits: 'Yakety Yak' Singer Dies, 'Glee' Wants Springsteen

    June 13, 2011 5:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Yakety Yak' Singer of The Coasters Dies Carl Gardner, lead singer of '50s group the Coasters, passed away Sunday (June 12) in Port St. Lucie, Florida afte ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. '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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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' ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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." ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

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