1. Afrojack Races Into Future With New Sounds, Talks David Guetta Collabs & Birthday Bash

    July 06, 2017 5:08 PM EDT 0 0 4 While you were sucking down hot dogs and ice-cold brews in the name of American freedom this July 4th, Afrojack was across the Atlantic chasing a different independence. “It's basically the only week of the year I'm not focused on music, a ...

  2. B.o.B Talks Beyonce's Surprise Album & Upcoming Rock EP

    January 14, 2014 12:12 PM EST 0 0 0 B.o.B. has no problem with Beyoncé's surprise album release last month. Just its timing. "It's like, 'Dang, couldn't you have waited for 2014!' " he tells Billboard with a laugh. His third album, "Underground ...

  3. Britney Spears Confirms 'X Factor' Exit

    January 11, 2013 6:53 PM EST Britney Spears' "X Factor" exit is now official.   Responding to "sourced reports and speculation," the pop star's rep confirmed that Spears will not be back for season three. "Britney did decide, and is in fac ...

  4. 2013 Grammy Awards: Pop Solo Performance Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:54 AM EST It's a woman's world in the category this year Best pop solo performance "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)" Adele FROM: Live At The Royal Albert Hall SONGWRITERS: Fraser T. Smith, Adele Adkins PUBLISHERS: Universal Music Publishing/ ...

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  6. Kathy Spanberger

    November 29, 2012 6:32 PM EST President/CEO, peermusic Deal-Making Fireworks For peermusic president/CEO Kathy Spanberger, the last 12 months have involved a lot of deal-making. She and her team signed writer Tyrese Gibson and a co-­publishing deal for the band Dead Sara, and ...

  7. A cappella 'Pitch Perfect' Soundtrack Soars on Charts

    October 19, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Universal Music Enterprises has a hit on its hands as the official soundtrack to Universal Pictures' "Pitch Perfect" rises 16-12 this week on the Billboard 200 with 25,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released Sept. 25, t ...

  8. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  9. Exclusive: Sean Paul Sets 'Tomahawk Technique' U.S. Release Date

    August 13, 2012 1:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 'It is, in certain terms, like a rebirth,' the dancehall star says of the new disc. "Tomahawk Technique," Sean Paul 's fifth studio album, is finally hitting U.S. stores on Sept. 18 through VP/Atlantic, the Jamaican dancehal ...

  10. 40 Under 40: Ethiopia Habtemarian

    August 02, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Ethiopia Habtemarian EVP/Head of Urban Music, Universal Music Publishing Group; SVP, Motown Records Website: UMusicPub.com , Motown.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Team Leader, On Double Duty With two high-profile jobs, Ethiopia Habtemariam, 32, might ...

  11. Brandy: Why Her Past, and Comeback, Are So Important

    July 23, 2012 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 His name was David. And boy, did I like him. He had to have known after the love letter I wrote him in the 7th grade which included lyrics from my favorite 90s R&B songs. The majority of the verses I used were from Brandy 's eponymous 1994 ...

  12. Pitbull, Ester Dean, Benny Blanco Share Writer Honor At BMI Pop Awards

    May 16, 2012 12:24 PM EDT (L-R): Vice President and General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations Los Angeles Barbara Cane, BMI Pop Icon Award recipient Carole King, and BMI President and CEO Del Bryant attend the 60th annual BMI Pop Awards. (Photo: Lester Cohen/Wire Image) ...

  13. Rita Ora Performs, Talks Album Debut, Coldplay Tour, Signing To Jay-Z's Roc Nation at 18 (Video)

    May 01, 2012 4:07 PM EDT It's hard to keep your eyes off Rita Ora. The Kosovo born, London raised singer has an alluring, fresh look -- blonde tresses, signature red lipstick and Jordans -- a carefree, eccentric 'tude and impassioned pipes. Backbeat: Rita Ora� ...

  14. Rita Ora Performs Two Tracks, Talks Upcoming Album & Jay-Z

    May 01, 2012 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's hard to keep your eyes off Rita Ora. The Kosovo born, London raised singer has an alluring, fresh look -- blonde tresses, signature red lipstick and Jordans -- a carefree, eccentric 'tude and impassioned pipes. Behind the Scenes at Ri ...

  15. Nicki Minaj Guests on Ester Dean's 'Gimme Money': Listen

    February 22, 2012 9:52 PM EST 0 0 0 The last time Ester Dean and Nicki Minaj teamed up, the result was 2011 mega-hit "Super Bass." The pair are at it again on "Gimme Money," Dean's latest single. The upbeat R&B track features only a few verses from Minaj, ...

  16. Jay-Z, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga Rank on Billboard Power 100 List

    January 27, 2012 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell Also Impact List You may not know Irving Azoff by face, or even by name, but rest assured that the chairman of Live Nation ­-- the world's largest promoter, ticketing company and artist manage ...

  17. Billboard Power 100: Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter and Beyonce Knowles

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 13 Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter & Beyoncé Knowles Artists, Founders Roc Nation; House of Dereon Twitter: @S_C and @beyonce The Power of Love... Want to talk power? Less than a week after her birth, Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter, Blue ...

  18. Billboard Power 100: Jay Brown

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 48 Jay Brown Co-Founder/President Roc Nation Twitter: @rocnation [Roc] Nation Builder... As president and one of four founders of Roc Nation, the joint venture between Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (see No. 13) and Live Nation (John Meneilly ...

  19. Urban Power List: Ethiopia Habtemariam

    January 14, 2012 5:05 PM EST Ethiopia Habtemariam Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Website: MotownRecords.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Wonder Woman Without a doubt, one of this year's hottest unfolding stories is ...

  20. Kelly Clarkson Drops 'Mr. Know It All' Video

    September 26, 2011 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 With her fifth studio album, "Stronger," due next month, platinum-selling singer Kelly Clarkson has debuted the music video for lead single, "Mr. Know It All," directed by Justin Francis. The original "American Idol" ch ...

  21. Kelly Clarkson's 'Mr. Know It All' Single: What Do You Think?

    August 31, 2011 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 We all know Kelly Clarkson "Does Not Hook Up," but in her new single, "Mr. Know It All," she's warning suitors with a different but equally empowered message: "Baby, you don't know a thing about me." Listen be ...

  22. 'Idol' Favorite Pia Toscano Debuts 'This Time' Video: Watch

    August 10, 2011 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" Season 10 favorite Pia Toscano has premiered the video for her "This Time" single, which she first debuted at an American Idols Live! tour stop last month . 'Idol's' Pia Toscano Debuts First Single ...

  23. Kelly Rowland Talks Destiny's Child Reunion, Working With Lil Wayne & David Guetta

    July 25, 2011 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kelly Rowland discussed Destiny's Child , the leak of her new album, and working with Lil Wayne and David Guetta when she stopped by Billboard.com for a Live Q&A Monday (July 25) -- the day before her third solo album, "Here I Am," ...

  24. 'Idol's' Pia Toscano Debuts First Single 'This Time': Listen

    July 11, 2011 1:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 After performing her first single, "This Time," during an American Idols Live! tour stop last week (July 6) , "Idol" favorite Pia Toscano reunited with Ryan Seacrest today (July 11) to give the studio version a proper premiere. L ...

  25. 'Idol' Contestant Pia Toscano Performs First Single Live

    July 08, 2011 2:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol" Season 10 favorite Pia Toscano debuted her first single, titled "This Time," Wednesday (July 6) night. The single is not scheduled for release until next week, but the singer performed the song at the "Americ ...

  26. 'Idol's' Pia Toscano Signs with Interscope Records

    July 05, 2011 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol's" Pia Toscano has officially signed a recording contract with Interscope Records, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She will release her debut single, "This Time," on July 12 and perform the song as part ...

  27. Kelly Rowland Recruits Big Sean for Second Single, 'Lay It on Me': Listen

    June 14, 2011 3:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Following the success of yet another week atop of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with Lil Wayne assisted smash "Motivation," Kelly Rowland changes tempos and rappers on her second single, "Lay It on Me." Chart Juice: Kelly Rowla ...

  28. Billboard Bits: Xtina & Adam Levine Duet, Chris Colfer to Pen Young Adult Novels

    June 09, 2011 6:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera & Adam Levine Bring 'Voices' Together for Duet In her upcoming Us Weekly cover story, Christina Aguilera reveals that she and fellow &quo ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Ester Dean: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 1:52 PM EST 0 0 0 If Ester Dean doesn't become a household name, it won't be for lack of trying. She has already written or co-written songs for Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Ciara and the Pussycat Dolls. Her most recent credits include Mary J. Blige 's l ...