1. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST 6.687 k 383 59 No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. ...

  2. K. Michelle Talks 'Rebellious Soul' Success & Upcoming Solo VH1 Show

    August 23, 2013 2:12 PM EDT 1.579 k 143 0 0 The R&B singer's 'Rebellious Soul' debuts at No. 2 thanks to new exposure through reality TV. K. Michelle has endured personal and professional woes in her career, but this week the singer hits the Billboard 200 at No. 2 ...

  3. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  4. Chris Lighty: 1968-2012

    August 30, 2012 7:35 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died the morning of Aug ...

  5. Chris Lighty Remembered By Larry Mestel, Diddy, Rev Run, 50 Cent, Russell Simmons, More

    August 30, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Veteran hip-hop manager and founder of Violator Management Chris Lighty passed away earlier today. One of the most influential managers in hip-hop music, Lighty worked with such luminaries as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Nas, Mobb Deep, Mariah ...

  6. Chris Lighty, Founder of Violator Management and One of Hip-Hop's All Time Great Execs, Has Died

    August 30, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. He was 44. A spokeman for the Ne ...

  7. Elle Varner & Reps Talk 'Perfectly Imperfect' Album

    August 07, 2012 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it... but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potentially ...

  8. Elle Varner Is 'Perfectly' Flawed

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it . . . but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potenti ...

  9. Alicia Keys Parts Ways with Longtime Manager

    July 19, 2010 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 A licia Keys and longtime manager Jeff Robinson have parted ways, ending over a decade-long business partnership that began at the onset of the singer's career. Keys and Robinson announced the news Friday night (July 16) in a joint statement. R ...

  10. Alicia Keys, Longtime Manager Robinson Part Ways

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys and longtime manager Jeff Robinson have parted ways, ending over a decade-long business partnership that began at the onset of the singer's career. Keys and Robinson announced the news Friday (July 16) in a joint statement. Robins ...

  11. Alicia Keys Lands Another Film Role

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys is adding another note to her acting resume. The singer/songwriter has been cast in the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling book, "The Nanny Diaries," according to the artist's spoke Alicia Keys is adding another not ...

  12. Keys Crossing Over Into TV, Film

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Alicia Keys is branching outside of music, with upcoming projects in film and television and a newly formed production company with her longtime manager, Jeff Robinson. Alicia Keys is branching outside of music, with upcoming projects in film and te ...

  13. Newcomer Alicia Keys Chooses 'Songs In A Minor'

    May 31, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On her ambitious debut "Songs in A Minor" (J Records, June 12), Alicia Keys approaches her music with the heart of a classical pianist and the soul of a hip-hop diva. On her ambitious debut "Songs in A Minor" (J Records, June 12) ...