1. Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' Revisited By Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis: Track-by-Track Review

    September 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT 10.885 k 134 0 0 If Janet Jackson 's third album, 1986's Control , was a declaration of independence, the follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 , was a constitution -- a blueprint for the kind of country that this confident, sexy and newly independent 2 ...

  2. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hil ...

  3. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hilto ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Backbeat: Grammy Museum Honors Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson

    November 13, 2013 2:01 PM EST Motown legends Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson were the inaugural honorees of the Grammy Museum’s first annual Architects of Sound Awards gala (Nov. 11). Held at the museum and Club Nokia at the L.A. Live complex, the dinner/concert event raised ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Usher, 2 Chainz, Noah "40" Shebib, Sony/ATV Top Winners At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 28, 2013 11:31 AM EDT 2 Chainz and producer Noah "40" Shebib shared songwriter of the year honors and Sony/ATV was named publisher of the year at ASCAP¹s 26th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony, held last evening (June 27) at the Beverly Hi ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Kelly Rowland Reveals 'Talk A Good Game' Features With Beyonce, Wiz Khalifa: Exclusive

    April 05, 2013 5:26 PM EDT Only a dozen songs will appear on Kelly Rowland’s fourth album “Talk A Good Game,” due June 4 on Universal’s Republic Records, but she’ll happily tell you about dozens of others that have been recorded since 2011’s “Here I Am.” “I think I recorded ...

  10. Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis Sign With Universal Publishing

    January 30, 2013 3:11 PM EST The long-running songwriting and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group, the company announced today. The deal will encompass all ...

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  12. Neil Portnow Honored By Clive Davis, Randy Philips, Martin Bandier, Kevin Lyman, Others

    December 10, 2012 9:10 AM EST The following video interview with Neil Portnow, CEO and president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is from the latest edition of Billboard magazine. In addition to a special feature package on Portnow, who is celebrating ...

  13. Backbeat: Grammy Nominations Pre-Concert Reception With Scott Borchetta, LL Cool J, Taylor Swift

    December 06, 2012 4:23 PM EST From left: Crissy Haslam, Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, Big Machine Records' Scott Borchetta and Sandy Borchetta at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live pre-show reception at Nashville's Brid ...

  14. Three Songwriter Organizations Oppose Internet Radio Fairness Act

    December 03, 2012 2:14 PM EST In the last three weeks, three coalitions of songwriter organizations have written letters to congress opposing the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA) while asserting that songwriters royalty rates paid by services like Pandora are too low and nee ...

  15. Radio Broadcasters Get an Earful at Internet Radio Fairness Hearing

    November 28, 2012 4:52 PM EST In a Congressional hearing that was supposed to be about Internet radio royalties , lawmakers and speakers instead spent a good portion of their time taking aim at the National Broadcasters Association for not having to pay performance royalties t ...

  16. Internet Royalties Showdown in Washington Wednesday: What to Expect

    November 27, 2012 6:01 PM EST Major stakeholders are expected to make their case on Wednesday in a Congressional hearing that will set the stage for what is likely to be a long battle over Internet radio royalty rates. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid ...

  17. 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' ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Recording Academy Launches Digital Liner Notes Campaign

    August 24, 2012 7:45 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- As liner notes get scarce in the digital age, the Recording Academy wants fans to still be able to find out who the people are behind their favorite hit. So the Academy announced Thursday that it will launch the "Give Fans th ...

  20. Backbeat: Jimmy Iovine Honored by Dr. Dre, Stevie Nicks, Mary J. Blige, Many More at Grammy P&E Event

    February 09, 2012 9:15 AM EST From left: Producer Jimmy Jam, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, and Jimmy Iovine attend the 5th annual Producers & Engineers Wing Event honoring Iovine at The Village Recording Studios in L.A. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage) Th ...

  21. Rap At the Grammys: An Overall Winner, But Major Category Loser

    January 23, 2012 9:08 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Since its beginnings in the 1970s, rap music has transformed from an underground, street-based sound to a definitive part of pop culture, transcending race and becoming one of the strongest - and most prolific - voices of today ...

  22. 'There's A Lot Of Songs About Sex,' Solange Says of New Album

    January 11, 2012 2:30 PM EST 0 0 0 "There's a lot of songs about sex,"'s V75 music issue, which Justin Bieber graces the cover of, Solange shares details of her upcoming album, which "she funded and managed herself." Justin Bieber Goes High Fashion: Phot ...

  23. Urban Power List Hall of Fame: Clarence Avant

    January 07, 2012 8:06 PM EST Clarence Avant President, Avant Garde and Interior Music The Godfather He's the perennial godfather of our business. "Everyone in this business has been by Clarence's desk--if they're smart." That insightful comment from l ...

  24. 1000 No. 1s: Watch Jimmy Jam Talk Janet's 'When I Think of You'

    December 04, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 chartArticle_ignore 1000 No. 1s Video Series Day 4: Jimmy Jam Talks Janet's 'When I Think of You' 2011 was the year that Billboard celebrated the 1000th No. 1 song on the Hot 100. As we look back on this year in music, we're cele ...

  25. 1000 No.1s: Jimmy Jam

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    December 03, 2011 12:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Writer/Producer Jimmy Jim discusses his work on Janet Jackson's No.1 Hit "When I Think Of You". Janet Jackson , Jimmy Jam , interview , 1000 No.1s , Interview , Janet Jackson , Jimmy Jam Videos Interview Janet Jackson Jimmy Jam ...

  26. 1000 No. 1s: Watch B.o.B Chat About Topping The Hot 100

    December 03, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 chartArticle_ignore 1000 No. 1s Video Series Day 3: B.o.B Talks About Topping the Hot 100 2011 was the year that Billboard celebrated the 1000th No. 1 song on the Hot 100. As we look back on this year in music, we're celebrating that milestone ...

  27. The Time 'Condensate' to Original 7ven on October Album

    September 28, 2011 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's time -- and perhaps over-time -- for some new music from The Time . It's coming in October, but the group will no longer be using that name. "Condensate," which drops Oct. 18 on Time Life's SRR Records imprint and is th ...

  28. Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Drake, Chaka Khan Light Up Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 12:40 PM EDT Garth Brooks (left) and Billy Joel teamed up for "Shameless" at the annual Songwriter Hall of Fame ceremony (Photo: Getty) NEW YORK -- The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony always makes for a remarkable evening. It's an unusu ...

  29. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance ind ...

  30. Recap: Grammy Press Conference About Category Restructuring

    April 06, 2011 7:43 PM EDT The Recording Academy took to the Internet on Wednesday afternoon to explain its decision to reduce the number of categories to 78 for the 54th annual Grammy Awards. The producer Jimmy Jam traced the decision back to the end of the 50th anniversar ...

  31. Grammys Announce Broad Overhaul of Award Categories

    April 06, 2011 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the broadest reorganization of the Grammy Awards' 53-year history, the Recording Academy has consolidated dozens of awards categories, altered eligibility requirements and rewritten the rule on how members may vote. The impact will be immedi ...

  32. Exclusive: Neil Portnow Discusses Grammys' Award Consolidation

    April 06, 2011 12:20 PM EDT In the broadest reorganization of the Grammy Awards' 53-year history, the Recording Academy has consolidated dozens of awards categories, altered eligibility requirements and rewritten the rule on how members may vote. The impact will be imme ...

  33. Jimmy Jam - Westwood One's Backstage at the Grammys Interview

    Jimmy Jam - Westwood One's Backstage at the Grammys Interview

    February 13, 2011 12:51 PM EST 0 0 0 Jimmy Jam - Pre-Grammy Interview Videos Jimmy Jam ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. El DeBarge Gets Ready to Take His 'Second Chance'

    August 28, 2010 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The last time El DeBarge released an album, it was 1994. The Internet was starting to come into its own. Nielsen SoundScan was just 3 years old. YouTube, iTunes, Facebook and Twitter weren't even blips on anyone's radar. Not to mention tha ...

  36. El DeBarge Signs With Geffen For First Album In 16 Years

    July 09, 2010 12:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 One of the more surprising moments during the 2010 BET Awards was El DeBarge performing a medley of '80s hits by former family group DeBarge , including "All This Love," "Time Will Reveal" and the No. 3 pop crossover dance j ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Exclusive Song: Ledisi's "Trippin'"

    July 21, 2009 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 After penning everything herself and solely working with producer Rex Rideout on her 2007, Grammy-nominated Verve Records debut, "Lost And Found," Ledisi has taken a different approach on her follow-up album, "Turn Me Loose." Led ...

  39. Ruben Studdard Hopes New Album Reconnects With 'Idol' Fans

    April 28, 2009 8:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 Second season "American Idol" champ Ruben Studdard isn't calling his new album, "Love IS," a comeback, but he does acknowledge that he hopes the May 19 release will "reconnect me to the 20-some odd million people that v ...

  40. Missy Elliott Goes Back Around The 'Block'

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Missy Elliott is eyeing an August release for her next studio album, "Block Party," on which she's presently putting the finishing touches. The oft-delayed set, which was originally slated for May, fe Missy Elliott is eyeing an August ...

  41. The Time Settles In For Las Vegas Shows

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After reuniting for the first time in 15 years for the 50th Grammy awards in February, R&B/funk group the Time has announced additional concert performances at the Flamingo Las Vegas, beginning Ju After reuniting for the first time in 15 years f ...

  42. The Time Reveal New Concert Dates

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After reuniting for the first time in 15 years for the 50th Grammy Awards in February, R&B/funk group the Time has announced additional concert performances at the Flamingo Las Vegas, beginning June 24 and wrapping Aug. 2. All original members ...

  43. Catching Up With Past "American Idol" Finalists

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ruben Studdard, Sanjaya Malakar and Ace Young were among many former "American Idol" contestants assembled to guest star on "American Idol Extra," the Fox Reality Channel series that airs Thursdays. Ruben Studdard, Sanjaya Malaka ...

  44. Ruben Returns For 'Idol' Farewell Track

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 To paraphrase "The Godfather" -- just when you think you're out on "American Idol," they keep pulling you back in. Indeed, season-two winner Ruben Studdard will perform the "farewell song" used to pla To paraphrase ...

  45. Ruben Returns For 'Idol' Farewell Track

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST To paraphrase "The Godfather" -- just when you think you're out on "American Idol," they keep pulling you back in. Indeed, season-two winner Ruben Studdard will perform the "farewell song" used to play off the lo ...

  46. TL Cross

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 TL Cross comes from a musical background that spans back to when his grandfather hosted his own radio show and further extends to his father, aunts and uncles, most of whom were major-label gospel art TL Cross comes from a musical background that sp ...

  47. Complete Coverage Of The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 From the nominations to the grand event, full coverage of the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which took place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. From the nominations to the grand event, Billboard.com presents full coverage of the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which t ...

  48. Grammy Performances Meld Classic, Contemporary

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The classic met the contemporary at the 50th Grammy Awards Sunday night (Feb. 10) in Los Angeles, with performances from talent that included some of the most beloved songs of the past decades. The classic met the contemporary at the 50th Grammy Awa ...

  49. Kanye, Winehouse, Obama Win Early Grammys

    February 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The 50th anniversary Grammy Awards actually started in the middle of the day today (Feb. 10), with 100 awards handed out in the pre-telecast portion of the event. Kanye West, who leads the field with The 50th anniversary Grammy Awards actually start ...

  50. MusiCares Honors Aretha In Los Angeles

    February 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Some call her the Queen of Soul. Others refer to her as Re Re or Sister Re. Everyone calls her Aretha. And last night (Feb. 8), Aretha Franklin was known as the MusiCares Person of the Year at a benef Some call her the Queen of Soul. Others refer to ...

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