1. Exclusive: Isaac Hayes Family Pushes Legacy Into the Future With 'Unvaulted' Project

    August 18, 2014 1:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 This week marks six years since the untimely passing of music legend Isaac Hayes , but it should also be noted as new beginning of sorts. His family has united to form the Isaac Hayes Enterprises in Atlanta, a project which honors his legacy. Though ...

  2. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited ...

  3. Virgin Showcases ID4GiRLS

    January 31, 2014 2:11 AM EST Destiny’s Child for the 21st century? That was one of the remarks heard after a gathering of industry executives, songwriters, producers and tastemakers listened to the vibrant three-part harmony belted out by new female trio ID4GiRLS. Signed to ...

  4. Bryan-Michael Cox, SESAC Celebrate 10th Annual Brunch During Grammy Week

    January 27, 2014 6:55 PM EST “He’s the guy you want when you go into the studio, because he knows how to make a hit record,” SESAC senior VP of writer/publisher relations Trevor Gale said when introducing songwriter/producer Bryan-Michael Cox on Sunday (Jan. 26) during the 10 ...

  5. Mariah Carey Recruits The-Dream, Hit-Boy For New Album: Exclusive

    March 01, 2013 1:29 PM EST The singer says her new album will have a 'lot more raw ballads than people might expect.' "It's a lot to juggle, but I'm handling it," Mariah Carey says while driving to an evening studio session in Las Vegas for h ...

  6. Backbeat: Jermaine Dupri Brings Out Jay-Z, Usher & More at So So Def Anniversary Concert

    February 26, 2013 6:53 PM EST "I do more than run So So Def," Jermaine Dupri said before a full house at Atlanta's Fox Theater on Saturday night (February 23), "I've produced so many hits for people outside of So So Def." In case there was any do ...

  7. Why Mariah Carey Released Three Versions of 'Triumphant' Single

    August 10, 2012 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Most people probably don't understand this, but you always play to what's best for the song," Randy Jackson says. With latest single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," Mariah Carey is offering something for everyone. During ...

  8. Mariah Carey Releases Three Versions Of First Single

    August 09, 2012 6:50 PM EDT With latest single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," Mariah Carey is offering something for everyone. During a Def Jam conference call with media on Aug. 2, the singer debuted a hip-hop version of the track featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill, ...

  9. Inside Warner/Chappell's Urban Renewal

    May 31, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's ­renewed thrust into R&B and hip-hop is gaining momentum. During most of 2012's first four months, its songwriters had a share in five of the strongest tracks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char ...

  10. Tributes For Donna Summer: Questlove, Nile Rodgers, Sheila E., George Clinton, More React

    May 17, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Donna Summer died this morning after a battle with cancer at the age of 63. Her fantastic success as the 'Queen of Disco' saw her hit the Billboard Hot 100 32 times, including 14 No. 1 hits. Tributes have been coming in from the music co ...

  11. Photos: Usher Honors Rico Love; Melanie Fiona Raises the Roof; Jacob Luttrell, EMI Win Big at SESAC Awards

    May 11, 2012 5:08 PM EDT The winners: From left: SESAC song of the year winner for "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" sung by Enrique Iglesias Jacob Luttrell; inspiration award winner Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; songwriter of he year Rico Love. (Photo: Shawn Ehl ...

  12. Backbeat: Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri Help Promote New Epic Artist, Former American Idol Contestant Leah Labelle

    May 11, 2012 1:00 PM EDT (L-R): Pharrell, Leah Labelle, Billboard magazine editor Joe Levy and Jermaine Dupri at the Billboard offices. (Photo: Billboard) Pharrell Williams and Jermaine Dupri have joined forces to introduce and sonically guide Epic Records' newly sig ...

  13. Monica, 'New Life': Track-By-Track Review

    April 10, 2012 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's true that loyal fans ride a singer's roller coaster of a career, going along with the highs and lows, the twists and turns. But it's those lows and twists that not only make for the best stories to tell once the ride ends, but sh ...

  14. Photos: EMI's Jon Platt Honored @ SESAC's Pre-Grammy Brunch

    February 15, 2012 2:54 PM EST (L-R): SESAC's Senior Vice President Trevor Gale, EMI Publishing's President Jon Platt and Bryan-Michael Cox. (Photo: Johnny Nunez) Jon Platt, president, North America Creative at EMI Publishing and a member of Billboard's Power 100 ...

  15. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 09, 2010 4:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Usher and his creative team began tossing around ideas for his next album, they had one goal in mind: to get his swagger back. "I had checked out," the singer acknowledges. "I went all the way into being super husband and super dad, t ...

  16. Billboard Bits: T.I., The Jam, Whitney Houston, Beck, Kandi Burruss And More

    January 19, 2010 5:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Atlanta raper T.I ., who was released to a halfway house less than a month ago after serving seven months in prison on a gun charge, is back in the studio ...

  17. Mary J. Blige: The Billboard Cover Story and Video

    December 04, 2009 2:41 PM EST 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige Returns With Her Ninth Studio Album And Branches Out Into Movies, Branding And Charity Work On the chorus of her latest single, "I Am," Mary J. Blige sings in her riveting voice: "Ain't nobody gonna touch you better ...

  18. Trey Songz 'Ready' To Grow Up On Third Album

    July 31, 2009 3:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Looking dapper as he took the stage at the upscale Joe's Pub in New York, Trey Songz wanted to make it clear that he was ready to shed the baggy jeans of his youth and embrace a more adult style. The 24-year-old Virginia native, born Treymaine ...

  19. Keyshia Cole: Screen Siren

    December 08, 2008 6:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Keyshia Cole knows what she wants -- and what the dynamic diva wants right now is a turkey sandwich on wheat bread with nothing on it but mayo and mustard. But the waitstaff at the restaurant adjacent to the Affinia Dumont Hotel in Manhattan can ...

  20. Keyshia Cole Shows A New Side Of 'Me'

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After chronicling her own gritty rise to fame on 2005's "The Way It Is" and 2007's "Just Like You," Keyshia Cole moves in a new direction on "A Different Me," due Dec. 16 via Imani/Geffen/Interscope. After chr ...

  21. Back Around The Block

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Led by the single "Summertime," which has sold more than 484,000 digital copies despite topping out at No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 ... Led by the single "Summertime," which has sold more than 484,000 digital copies despite to ...

  22. Cole, DeVaughn Set For Heineken Red Star Tour

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The third annual Heineken Red Star Soul concert series will kick off Aug. 6 at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Ashanti and Goapele. The third annual Heineken Red Star Soul concert series will kick off Aug. 6 at Boulevard3 in Los ...

  23. Heineken Mounts Third Red Star Soul Tour

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The third annual Heineken Red Star Soul concert series will kick off Aug. 6 at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Ashanti and Goapele. From there the tour will make stops in eight other major markets with a lineup that includes K ...

  24. No 'Pains,' No Gains

    December 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Bringing out a new Mary J. Blige album is a big challenge. That's because Blige, anointed "the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" in 1992, is on a 15-year multi-platinum run as one of the most electric performers Bringing out a new Mary J. Blige ...

  25. No 'Pains,' No Gains: Mary J. Blige

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Bringing out a new Mary J. Blige album is a big challenge. Bringing out a new Mary J. Blige album is a big challenge. That's because Blige, anointed "the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" in 1992, is on a 15-year multiplatinum run as one of the ...

  26. Brown's 'Exclusive' Return

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Right in time, after his single "Kiss Kiss" featuring T-Pain overtook Soulja Boy's "Crank That" on top of the Hot 100 last week, Chris Brown returns with his sophomore set, "Exclusive" (Jive). Right in time, after ...

  27. Blige Feeling 'Fine' On New Single, Album

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige has unveiled "Just Fine," the first single from her upcoming Geffen album, "Growing Pains." Produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Jazze Pha, the uptempo track comes ahead of the N Mary J. Blige has ...

  28. Ask Billboard

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Keith answers readers' questions on Tina Turner, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . WHERE'S MIMI? Hi Keith! I al ...

  29. Leak Building Buzz For New Chris Brown Album

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jive Records was none too thrilled when a new Chris Brown song, "Wall to Wall," leaked in May to New York radio station WQHT (Hot 97), more than four months before the artist's sophomore album, "Exclu Jive Records was none too th ...

  30. Warner/Chappell, Cox, Hills Top SESAC Winners

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's WBM Music was named publisher of the year at SESAC's annual music awards last night in New York City. For the first time, two songwriters shared the songwriter of the year award, songwriters/producers Bryan-Michae ...

  31. Mya 'Liberated' On New Album With Storch, Cox

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the last four years, R&B singer Mya replaced her entire management team, made a label switch and broke up with her boyfriend. So it's no wonder the Washington, D.C. native titled her upcoming M In the last four years, R&B singer Mya ...

  32. Chris Brown Offering 'Exclusive' In September

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Teen R&B star Chris Brown is eyeing a September release for his sophomore Jive album, "Exclusive." Brown, who has also written several songs this time around, says recording has been like "a famil Teen R&B star Chris Brown is ...

  33. Isley Brothers Writing New Tunes On Tour

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Isley Brothers are getting ready to make some more music -- baby-making and otherwise. Ronald Isley tells Billboard.com that even as he and younger brother Ernie are touring to promote last year's The Isley Brothers are getting ready to mak ...

  34. Houston Drafts Yung Joc, Shawnna For Third CD

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With his third solo album, "Veteran," R&B crooner Marques Houston continues to prove he's all grown up. With his third solo album, "Veteran," R&B crooner Marques Houston continues to prove he's all grown up. Due ...

  35. The Golden Age

    December 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 R&B vocalist Omarion will this week release his sophomore album, "21," via Epic. The set features production from Pharrell Williams, the Underdogs, Eric Hudson and Bryan-Michael Cox. R&B vocalist Omarion will this week release his ...

  36. Studdard Returns To R&B On New Album

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Second season "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard will release his third effort, "The Return," Sept. 26 via J Records. The album is the follow-up to 2004's gospel-leaning "I Need an Angel." Second season "Am ...

  37. Foxx Out Front Of Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Finalists

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jamie Foxx tops the list of finalists for this year's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The artist, who took home a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray," is a contender in eight Jamie Foxx tops the list of finali ...

  38. 2006 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Finalists

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Finalists for the 2006 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be handed out Sept. 8 in Atlanta. Finalists for the 2006 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be handed out Sept. 8 in Atlanta. This year's finalists and winners reflect the performanc ...

  39. Pop At Any Age

    November 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Sixteen-year-old Chris Brown steps onto the podium as teen artist of the moment this week with the release of his self-titled Jive debut. Already, the Scott Storch-produced first single "Run It!" is i Sixteen-year-old Chris Brown steps ont ...

  40. Billboard Bits: Luckett, DKs, 'Rings'

    September 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stories on LeToya Luckett, the Dead Kennedys, and 'The Lord of the Rings.' Longtime fans of Destiny's Child can look forward to a February 2006 release from LeToya Luckett on Capitol Records. The long-anticipated album by Luckett, who ...

  41. Teairra Mari Off To 'Good' Start

    August 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "This is just the beginning." Singer Teairra Mari closes the liner-note thank-you list on her Def Jam Recordings debut, "Roc-a-Fella Records Presents Teairra Mari" (released Aug. 2) ...

  42. Austin Takes The Mic On So So Def Debut

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mariah Carey's current hit, "We Belong Together," is just one example of co-author Johnta Austin's songwriting prowess. Mariah Carey's current hit, "We Belong Together," is just one example of co-author Johnta Aust ...

  43. Evans Puts Herself 'First'

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. At one point, Faith Evans' weekly routine in Atlanta consisted of "driving to Target, picking up the kids from school and working out." That is no longer the case. Now based here in Los A ...

  44. Ask Billboard

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Anastacia, Brad Cotter, Monica and Missy Elliott. "Ask Billboard" is on a brief hiatus. New columns will return to this space soon. MISSING ANASTACIA Keith, I recently heard that Anasta ...

  45. Hard

    October 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The last time out, this soulful quartet hooked up with Nelly and nabbed a hit with the uptempo anthem "Where the Party At." Back for its fourth album—and first without the So So Def moniker &#x The last time out, this soulful quartet h ...

  46. 'Beware': Bow Wow Is Back

    December 14, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In between receiving BET and Nickelodeon awards, headlining a national tour, and receiving the key to the city of Camden, N.J., Lil' Bow Wow (aka Shad Moss) managed to record the follow-up to his debu In between receiving BET and Nickelodeon aw ...

  47. Jermaine Dupri 'Instructs' By Example

    September 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 If anybody is drafting a blueprint for industry longevity and success, it's Jermaine Dupri. The 27-year-old producer/songwriter/artist/entrepreneur drops his sophomore solo album, "Instructions," Oct. If anybody is drafting a blueprin ...

  48. Jagged Edge Embarks On 'Thrill' Ride

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Still riding the momentum of its popular 2000 sophomore release "J.E. Heartbreak" -- which spawned three hit R&B singles, including "Let's Get Married" -- the Jagged Edge is excited about this wee Jagged Edge is definite ...