1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. '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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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&# ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. '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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and co ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Billboard Bits: Jamie Foxx Announces New Album, Christina Aguilera's New Guy Takes Time Off from Band

    December 03, 2010 7:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jamie Foxx Announces New Album Jamie Foxx has announced the release of his third studio album, "Best Night of My Life," for Dec. 21. The follow-up to 2008' ...

  24. Grammy Nominations 2011: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    December 02, 2010 1:14 AM EST 0 0 0 You may have watched the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" on CBS, but here's what you didn't see after the show at the Conga Room in Los Angeles, where numerous stars spoke to the press about their nominations. Eminem, Bruno Ma ...

  25. Eminem, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga Lead Grammy Nominations

    December 01, 2010 11:14 PM EST 0 0 0 It looks like Eminem's triumphant 2010 comeback will extend into next year, as the rapper has earned a leading 10 nominations for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards including album of the year (for "Recovery") and record and song of the ye ...

  26. Watch: Stars Go Offline for AIDS, Make 'Last Tweet and Testament' Videos

    December 01, 2010 2:48 PM EST 0 0 0 On behalf of Alicia Keys ' Keep A Child Alive AIDS charity, celebs including Lady Gaga , Justin Timberlake , Usher and Keys herself sacrificed their lives -- their digital lives, that is. Starting today (Dec. 1), World AIDS Day, these stars and ...

  27. Alicia Keys Pushes Social Ban For Charity

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys has organized a number of artists, actors and others to hold off from contributing to all social media until $1 million is raised for her Keep a Child Alive charity. The move, timed to coincide with World Aids Day this coming Wednesday ...

  28. Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga to Sign Off Twitter for Charity

    November 28, 2010 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga take charity work seriously, and they're going offline to prove it. Gaga, Justin Timberlake , Usher and other celebrities have joined a new campaign called Digital Life Sacrifice on behalf of Keys' charity, Keep a ...

  29. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Beatles

    November 24, 2010 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 FOUR-MIDABLE: Having set the record for most No. 1s in the 18-year history of Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, Rihanna continues her winning week, lifting 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Only Girl (In the World)" and debu ...

  30. Justin Bieber Wins AMAs Artist of the Year

    November 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Justin Bieber walked away with the American Music Awards artist of the year trophy, becoming the youngest person in the history of the of the event to win the award. The Canadian heartthrob chose to share the spotlight with his "mentor, best ...

  31. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Black Eyed Peas, Susan Boyle

    November 18, 2010 6:35 PM EST 0 0 0 CLASS RANK: The "Glee" cast accomplishes a feat on the Billboard Hot 100 that it couldn't quite manage at Regionals. While McKinley High School's show choir placed third in its most important singing competition to-date in the &q ...

  32. Exclusive: Alicia Keys Signs With Red Light Management

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys is teaming with Red Light Management (RLM), Billboard has learned exclusively. Keys and her company, AK Worldwide, will oversee her music career in association with RLM founder Coran Capshaw, president Will Botwin and senior artist man ...

  33. Favorite Musicians Of All Time: 28 Stars Sound Off

    November 15, 2010 1:29 PM EST 0 0 0 As 2010 starts to wind down and thoughts turn to what has been the best music of the year, we've set our sights on even bigger things and asked over two dozen stars from every genre -- from B.o.B. and Paramore to Sheryl Crow , Trey Songz , Drak ...

  34. POTW: Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne

    November 12, 2010 2:26 PM EST 0 0 0 Rihanna and Jon Bon Jovi got their rock-n-roll on, Taylor Swift showed off her trophies, Lil Wayne celebrated his release, Ke$ha launched a crowd surf, Drake toasted to the good life, Katy Perry biked around NYC, Alicia Keys showed hubby Swizz Beatz ...

  35. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Lil Wayne, Tech N9ne, Trey Songz

    November 05, 2010 11:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne 's "I Am Not A Human Being" ties Alicia Keys ' "The Element Of Freedom" for the year's third longest run at No. 1 as it picks up a fifth week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Eminem 's "Recovery&quo ...

  36. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several ...

  37. Alicia Keys Blogs About Son, Contemplates Song About Him

    October 27, 2010 11:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys became a first-time mother a few weeks back when she birthed her and Swizz Beatz ' son, Egypt. Now the R&B singer has taken to her blog to write about the joys of motherhood. Check out her entry below: "Every moment is beau ...

  38. Is Beyonce Pregnant? Did R&B Diva Trio Make Baby Pact?

    October 20, 2010 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Just days after Alicia Keys gave birth to son Egypt and following long-running rumors of Mariah Carey 's pregnancy, Beyonce is allegedly expecting as well, which begs the questions: did the R&B divas make a baby pact? The 29-year-old singer ...

  39. Kanye West Says He Had Considered Suicide

    October 19, 2010 10:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 K anye Wes t told an audience at a screening of his film, "Runaway," that he thought about killing himself, but now feels a responsibility to make a meaningful contribution to pop culture and art. Describing himself as a pop icon and " ...

  40. Usher, Alicia Keys Get Four Soul Train Nominations

    October 18, 2010 8:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 New mom Alicia Keys has something else to celebrate: She's been nominated for four Soul Train Awards. The nominations were announced on Monday (Oct. 18) - four days after Keys gave birth to her first child, a son named Egypt. Usher also got fou ...

  41. Alicia Keys, Usher Get 4 Soul Train Noms

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New mom Alicia Keys has something else to celebrate: She's been nominated for four Soul Train Awards. The nominations were announced on Monday (Oct. 18) - four days after Keys gave birth to her first child, a son named Egypt. Usher also got f ...

  42. Congratulations Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz On Baby Boy!

    October 15, 2010 10:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz welcomed to the world their baby boy, Egypt Daoud Dean, yesterday (Oct. 14). Here is the official statement from the couple's rep: Swizz "Kaseem Dean" Beatz, 32, and Alicia Keys, 29, joyfully welcomed their ...

  43. Billboard Bits: Ke$ha to Release New Material, Rihanna Explains Katy Perry Diss

    October 13, 2010 5:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Ke$ha to Release 'Partner Album' Titled 'Cannibal' Nov. 22 Ke$ha will release a "partner album," titled "Cannibal," to her multi-p ...

  44. Eminem, Lady Antebellum Lead American Music Award Nominations

    October 12, 2010 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 E minem and Lady Antebellum lead the nomination race for the 2010 American Music Awards, both with five nominations. The nominees were announced today (Oct. 12) in Los Angeles by emcees Taio Cruz and Demi Lovato . Eminem's nominations include A ...

  45. Bristol Palin Foxtrots to Bruno Mars on 'Dancing with the Stars'

    October 05, 2010 12:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last night (Oct. 4) the cast members of "Dancing With The Stars" waltzed, sambaed and foxtrotted their way through the third round of competition. The challenge put before all couples for this round of elimination was to tell a story throu ...

  46. POTW: Drake, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson

    October 01, 2010 4:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rihanna and Drake reunited at a club in New York, Jay-Z and Beyoncé looked daper at the "Keep A Child Alive" Black Ball, A very-pregnant Alicia Keys shared a laugh with Whitney Houston and a svelte Jennifer Hudson , Lea Michele supported P ...

  47. Justin Timberlake and Fallon Give Hip-Hop History Lesson

    September 30, 2010 12:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 With The Roots as his house band, Jimmy Fallon has become known for some pretty fantastic musical segments, but when he throws in Justin Timberlake and some classic hip-hop, things get epic. Video: Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, Hip Hop Timberl ...

  48. Bruno Mars Stays Atop Hot 100, 'Glee' Premieres with Five Tracks

    September 30, 2010 11:04 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bruno Mars likes things just the way they are atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Just The Way You Are" holds at No. 1 on the chart for a second week . The song also returns to the penthouse of Digital Songs (188,000, down 3%, according to Nie ...

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