1. Kelela Talks Saint Heron, R&B's Racial Politics & Working with Arca, Hudson Mohawke

    November 19, 2013 1:45 PM EST Less than a year ago, Kelela Mizanekristos — the Los Angeles-based, Ethiopia-descended R&B and electro pop singer — was working as a telemarketer, trying to make ends meet as an artist in a city inundated with them. She finally quit her day j ...

  2. Ask Billboard: They Are Women, Hear Them 'Roar'

    November 10, 2013 9:05 AM EST A look at eras in which female vocals have dominated the Hot 100, plus Drake's latest achievement and Kelly Clarkson's career sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@bill ...

  3. Chart Moves: Passenger Goes For A Ride; Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Returns; Korn Collects First Mainstream Rock No. 1

    November 08, 2013 10:04 AM EST As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week and Eminem and Rihanna blast in at No. 3 with "The Monster." Who else makes regal moves on song charts this week? -- Passenger: The s ...

  4. Gail Mitchell's R&B/Hip Hop Briefs: Kashif Royalty Auction, Talib Kweli Launches Station, Jennifer Holliday Returns

    November 08, 2013 5:13 AM EST --- The Royalty Exchange will be conducting an auction of royalties from the catalog of noted singer/songwriter/producer Kashif . The week-long auction opens tomorrow (Nov. 8) at noon ET and concludes Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. ET. The sale will feature ...

  5. Rihanna Scores 25th Hot 100 Top 10

    November 07, 2013 11:15 AM EST The singer ties Elvis Presley for eighth place for the most top 10s in the chart's history. She also bests Madonna to become the woman to reach 25 top 10s the fastest Perhaps lost in yesterday's bevy of chart feats by Eminem, who thi ...

  6. Noted Industry Publicist Patti Webster Dies

    September 13, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Patti Webster, the founder and CEO of the well-known and highly respected public relations agency W&W Public Relations, Inc., died today (Sept. 13) after a prolonged illness. Webster launched Middlesex, New Jersey-based W&W in 1991. Over ...

  7. Norman Winter, Music Publicist for Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre and MCA/Universal Records, Dies

    August 22, 2013 9:16 PM EDT Norman Winter, who in his long Hollywood career as a music publicist represented Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan,  Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Paul Anka and many  others, died Thursday in Las Vegas due to complications from Lewy Body disease, accord ...

  8. Imagem Music U.K. Sign Cathy Dennis to Global Deal

    August 09, 2013 2:23 AM EDT Hitmaking British songwriter Cathy Dennis has signed a worldwide, multi-year publishing deal with Imagem Music U.K. Dennis has played a huge part in contemporary pop culture over the past 15 years, and is recognized as one of the most successful ...

  9. Live Nation, Lushington Form Touring Joint Venture For Singapore, Hong Kong

    May 20, 2013 2:48 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment is stepping-up its activities in Asia through a joint venture with Lushington Entertainments. The new Live Nation Lushington JV will promote live concerts in Hong Kong and Singapore, two of the most established touring ...

  10. Janet Jackson Talks 'janet.' 20th Anniversary: Exclusive

    May 18, 2013 11:05 AM EDT 6.015 k 394 0 0 'I am working on a new project now. We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music. ' - Janet Jackson Janet Jackson's "janet." celebrates its 20th anniversary today, May 18. Her groundbreaking fifth ...

  11. Janet Jackson, 'janet.': Classic Track-By-Track Review

    May 18, 2013 9:12 AM EDT Which of 'janet.''s 28 tracks (there's a lot of interludes) has endured the most? Read on for our classic track-by-track review. "Control" may have been her breakout, and "Rhythm Nation 1814" her breakthroug ...

  12. A History Of Hit Piano Ballads On The Hot 100

    April 10, 2013 3:09 PM EDT Amid a boom of hi-NRG EDM club anthems, stomp-and-clap folk/rock sing-alongs and rapped odes to bargain-hunting, a simple piano ballad, Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man," crowns this week's Billboard Hot 100. The melancholy ...

  13. A Day in the Busy Life: Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment Go to Austin

    March 15, 2013 11:29 AM EDT Not just anyone would get a call from Alicia Keys to perform alongside her; so when Kendrick Lamar did, he went with it. The night before hopping on a red-eye to this year's SXSW festival, Kendrick Lamar performed two songs ("Swimming ...

  14. Janet Jackson Confirms Marriage With Wissam Al Mana

    February 25, 2013 3:12 PM EST 0 0 0 'We were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony,' Janet Jackson says. Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana have kept their marriage a secret until now. The couple has told ET News exclusively that they married last year. "The ...

  15. Janet Jackson, Heidi Klum & Kenneth Cole: amfAR Gala 2013

    Janet Jackson, Heidi Klum & Kenneth Cole: amfAR Gala 2013

    February 13, 2013 5:54 PM EST 0 0 0 Cee Lo Green, Michael Strahan and many other celebs talk about honorees Janet Jackson, Heidi Klum and Kenneth Cole on star-studded 2013 amfAR Gala red carpet. Videos Michael Strahan Janet Jackson Kenneth Cole Heidi Klum Brightcove ...

  16. My Super Bowl Moment: Past Performers Discuss Their Halftime Shows

    February 02, 2013 11:00 AM EST The Edge, Carrie Underwood, LMFAO's Redfoo, The Who's Roger Daltrey and More Reflect on Past Performances Each Super Bowl halftime performance is seen by millions of people in dozens of countries -- as one of the largest stages in the wor ...

  17. Will Beyonce Beat Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Record?

    February 02, 2013 8:00 AM EST At this point, we're wondering whether there was actually more upside to Beyonce's recent national-anthem controversy than downside. Not only did she handle the situation with hater-flattening aplomb , her promise of a live performance ...

  18. Super Bowl Halftime Shows: Who Got the Biggest Sales Bumps?

    February 01, 2013 11:28 AM EST Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance 20 years ago, the halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner superstars. In 2013, the most-watched TV event in the world is a magnet for superstar talent eager t ...

  19. CES 2013 Backbeat: Alicia Keys Headlines Monster Products' Star-Studded Party

    January 11, 2013 3:46 PM EST Alicia Keys had a busy Wednesday evening. After performing at the People's Choice Awards , she hopped a plane and headed to Vegas, where she headlined a star-studded party for Monster Products . Check Out All Our CES Coverage Right Here As ...

  20. Janet Jackson Engaged To Billionaire: Report

    December 26, 2012 3:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Janet Jackson has found someone to call her fiancee: the R&B/pop superstar is reportedly engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana. According to Us Weekly , Jackson and her fabulously wealthy beau are planning to trade ...

  21. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 21, 2012 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift broke a longstanding record on Country Songs, as did Lil Wayne on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, new artists continued to break through. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headl ...

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  23. Who Are The Biggest WIN-ners In Hot 100 History?

    December 11, 2012 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Rihanna has averaged almost four weeks at No. 1 with her 12 Hot 100 leaders. How does that stat compare to other superstar acts? (Prepare for an information overload.) Following baseball has become much more complicated in recent years thanks to an ...

  24. Jenni Rivera Billboard Q&A Videos: The Singer Talks Career & Family

    December 10, 2012 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 As Billboard continues to honor singer Jenni Rivera, who tragically died in a plane crash on Sunday (December 9), we bring you five exclusive videos of Rivera's extensive appearance on a panel at the April 2012 Billboard Latin Music Conference, ...

  25. Weekly Chart Notes: Dr. Elmo's 'Grandma' Gets Her Revenge

    December 07, 2012 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 The inimitable Christmas classic tops a Billboard chart for the first time in 27 years. The holiday season brings a gift for Dr. Elmo, whose classic "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" (credited to Elmo & Patsy) returns to the top of ...

  26. The Beat 12/4: Janet Jackson's PSA, Rihanna's Chart Feat, Junkie XL Q&A

    The Beat 12/4: Janet Jackson's PSA, Rihanna's Chart Feat, Junkie XL Q&A

    December 04, 2012 6:02 PM EST 0 0 0 The Beat has details on Janet Jackson's amFAR PSA & Rihanna's dance chart feat. Plus: Junkie XL Interviewed Turn the Radio Up , Janet Jackson , featuredVideo2 , Elvis , Junkie Xl , A Little Less Conversation , gloria , AMFAR , Billboar ...

  27. Rihanna Ties Janet Jackson For Second-Most Dance Club Songs No. 1s

    December 04, 2012 3:21 PM EST With 'Diamonds' topping the tally, Rihanna and Jackson trail only Madonna for the most No. 1s in the chart's 36-year history. With the rise of Rihanna's "Diamonds" to No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, ...

  28. Rihanna Ties Janet Jackson For Second-Most Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1s

    December 03, 2012 4:15 PM EST 0 0 0 With 'Diamonds' topping the tally, Rihanna and Jackson trail only Madonna for the most No. 1s in the chart's 36-year history. With the rise of Rihanna 's "Diamonds" to No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs cha ...

  29. Janet Jackson Speaks Out for World AIDS Day

    December 01, 2012 3:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Janet Jackson has spoken out in honor of World AIDS Day. The Grammy-winning diva and amfAR ambassador -- along with the AIDS research foundation's founding chair Mathilde Krim -- penned a CNN op-ed today (Dec. 1) to remind people that work stil ...

  30. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 10:02 AM EST As fans worldwidehe 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's landmark album "Thriller," Billboard celebrates the late King of Pop's musical legacy. Chart Beat looks back at the astonishing dominance Jackson enjoyed ...

  31. Kelly Rowland Enlists Jam & Lewis for 'Year of the Woman'

    November 19, 2012 6:35 PM EST 0 0 0 "I think that it's probably the most vulnerable I've been on a record," the R&B star says of her new music Kelly Rowland is not just excited about "Year of the Woman," her upcoming fourth studio solo album, she' ...

  32. Madonna Celebrates 30th Anniversary On Billboard Charts: From 'Everybody' To 'Turn Up The Radio'

    November 06, 2012 1:21 PM EST Who's that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts today? Madonnna Thirty years ago today, on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the Dance Club Songs tally at No. 40 with "Everybody." Si ...

  33. Madonna Celebrates 30th Anniversary On Billboard Charts

    November 06, 2012 11:35 AM EST 0 0 0 Madonna's material has been a force on Billboard rankings dating to her first entry on Nov. 6, 1982. Who's that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts today? Madonna . Thirty years ago today, on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna mad ...

  34. Maroon 5 No. 1, PSY No. 2 On Hot 100 For Sixth Straight Week

    October 31, 2012 12:52 PM EDT For a sixth week, Maroon 5's 'One More Night' and PSY's 'Gangnam Style' place at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Bruno Mars and Chris Brown, meanwhile, enter the top 10. Cross-Over Barometer: Psy galloping with the ladies ...

  35. Maroon 5, PSY Spend a Sixth Week in Hot 100's Top Spots

    October 31, 2012 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Another week, another 1-2 finish for Maroon 5 and PSY on the Billboard Hot 100. For a sixth straight week, Maroon 5's "One More Night," which spends a seventh overall frame at No. 1, fends off the Korean rapper's "Gangnam St ...

  36. Can Beyonce Best Madonna's Super Bowl Record?

    October 19, 2012 1:57 PM EDT Now that Beyonce as been officially announced as the performer at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3, can she top Madonna's record for most-watched U.S. telecast of all time? The Material Girl's performance during this year&# ...

  37. Can Beyonce Top Madonna's Super Bowl Record?

    October 19, 2012 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Now that Beyoncé has been officially announced as the performer at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3, can she top Madonna 's record for most-watched U.S. telecast of all time? The Material Girl's performance during this year' ...

  38. Can Beyonce Top Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Record?

    October 16, 2012 6:53 PM EDT Now that Beyonce has been officially announced as the performer at the 2013 Super Bowl on Feb. 3, can she top Madonna's record for most-watched U.S. telecast of all time? The Material Girl's performance during this year's Super Bowl ...

  39. Mariah Carey Scores Sweet 16th No. 1 On Dance/Club Play Songs

    October 12, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The diva is 'Triumphant' atop the tally once again. Mariah Carey 's "Triumphant (Get 'Em)" is aptly-titled, as the song becomes her 16th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club/Play Songs chart. The new "American Idol ...

  40. Weekly Chart Notes: Brenda Russell Talks Flo Rida's 'I Cry'

    October 07, 2012 6:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 What does the smooth R&B singer think of the Sunshine State rapper's reworking of her 1988 hit ballad 'Piano in the Dark'? SWIFT STARTS: Taylor Swift pads her lead for the most top 10 debuts in the Hot 100's 54-year history, ...

  41. Analysis: How Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And Rihanna Came To Dominate Top 40 Radio

    October 02, 2012 9:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 A pure pop boom coincides with the Pop Songs radio airplay chart's two-decade anniversary. Happy birthday, Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs chart! Two decades in, the ranking continues to track the trends at, and reveal the realitie ...

  42. Mindless Behavior Sophomore Album, Soulja Boy Collaboration Set for January

    September 19, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mindless Behavior will release its sophomore album in January 2013, Billboard.com has learned. Mindless Behavior: 21 Under 21 (2012) The as-yet-untitled set, the follow-up to 2011 debut "#1 Girl," will include several collaborations, inclu ...

  43. Madonna Notches 43rd No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart With 'Turn Up The Radio'

    August 27, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Madonna earns her record-extending 43rd No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "Turn Up the Radio" lifts 2-1. (The ranking will refresh on Billboard.biz Thursday, Aug. 30.) "Radio" is Madonna's third Dance Cl ...

  44. Madonna Notches 43rd No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs

    August 27, 2012 10:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Queen of Pop reigns again with 'Turn Up the Radio,' extending her mark for the most leaders in the chart's archives. She also closes in on even bigger Billboard chart history. Madonna earns her record-extending 43rd No. 1 on Billb ...

  45. Melissa Victor Gets VP Stripes at Island Def Jam

    August 20, 2012 6:29 PM EDT Melissa Victor, Justin Bieber's longtime press representative, has been promoted to vice president, media and artist relations at Island Def Jam Music Group. Department head and EVP Laura Swanson made the announcement, praising Victor, who al ...

  46. Listen To New How To Dress Well, Flying Lotus Tracks

    August 16, 2012 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 HTDW Covers Janet Jackson, while FlyLo Collaborates with Erykah Badu A pair of experimental, R&B-leaning projects are coming out over the next two months, and neither is to be slept on. How To Dress Well, the stage name of producer/songwriter To ...

  47. Elvis Presley & Madonna: The Day the Music Died, and Was Born

    August 16, 2012 12:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Today, Aug. 16, marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop (happy 54th birthday!) and lost the King of Rock & Roll. Today marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop and lost the King of Rock & Roll. Madonna was born Aug. 16, 1958 ...

  48. New Whitney Houston Hits Album Due This Fall

    August 09, 2012 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 The first authoritative greatest hits album from the late singer Whitney Houston is due out this fall in the U.S. on RCA Records. While a tracklist, title and release date has not been announced, sources have suggested it will be the first compilati ...

  49. New Whitney Houston Hits Album Due This Fall

    August 09, 2012 2:00 PM EDT The first authoritative greatest hits album from the late singer Whitney Houston is due out this fall in the U.S. on RCA Records. While a tracklist, title and release date has not been announced, sources have suggested it will be the first compila ...

  50. Happy Birthday, Billboard Hot 100!

    August 04, 2012 12:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fifty-four years ago today, the U.S. songs chart of record premiered. Today (Aug. 4) marks the 54th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 's 1958 launch. (Please feel free to join us for a festive, if off-key, rendition of "Happy birthday.& ...

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