1. Whitney Houston Earns 40th Top 40 Hit on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'Celebrate'

    August 24, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although bittersweet, the late great Whitney Houston achieves her 40th top 40 hit on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as "Celebrate," her duet with Jordin Sparks , rises 49-39. The song -- from 2012 film, 'Sparkle,' -- is diva ...

  2. Virile Videos Rely On Music For Hits

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Films' music-focused promotional clips are proving just as powerful online as they were on MTV decades ago. After years of lackluster efforts in using music to generate lines at the box office, film studios are starting to wake up again to th ...

  3. 'Sparkle' Has $12 Million Opening Weekend

    August 19, 2012 8:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Sparkle," Whitney Houston 's final movie, grossed $12 million at the box office, according to estimates provided by the film's distributor TriStar/Sony. The tally was on the low end of expectations. 'Sparkle' Features ...

  4. The Beat 8/17: Jordin on “Sparkle," Cee Lo Does NFL Song

    The Beat 8/17: Jordin on “Sparkle," Cee Lo Does NFL Song

    August 17, 2012 4:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Beat 8/17: Jordin Sparks on “Sparkle, Cee Lo Tapped for NFL Song jonathan brooks , featuredVideo2 , 2 chainz , jordin sparks , nfl , Billboard , sparkle , celebration , cee lo green , Whitney Houston Videos 2 Chainz Billboard Cee Lo Green Celebr ...

  5. Op-Ed: Why 'Sparkle' Will Shine for Young Women

    August 17, 2012 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I sing. I sing because I'm happy. I sing because I'm free. I'm free," Whitney Houston , playing the role of Emma Anderson, belts out during one of the final scenes of the 2012 remake of the 1976 film "Sparkle." An ...

  6. Jordin Sparks On 'Sparkle' & Whitney Houston: Video

    August 16, 2012 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sparks calls Houston an "amazing supernova diva... yet you would feel like she was your best friend." Jordin Sparks calls the experience of her acting debut in the new film "Sparkle" co-starring alongside the late Whitney Houston ...

  7. Jordin Sparks Q&A: 'Sparkle' & Whitney Houston

    Jordin Sparks Q&A: 'Sparkle' & Whitney Houston

    August 16, 2012 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jordin Sparks discusses the lessons and inspirations of working with the late Whitney Houston on the film "Sparkle." jordin sparks , featuredVideo1 , interview , sparkle , Whitney Houston , Whitney Houston , Jordin Sparks Videos Whitney Ho ...

  8. 'Something He Can Feel': 4 Takes on the 'Sparkle' R&B Classic

    August 14, 2012 3:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Did Aretha, En Vogue or one of the 'Sparkle' casts do it best? It takes confidence, poise and vocal prowess to belt out "Something He Can Feel," the slow-burning Curtis-Mayfield-penned ballad that serves as the centerpiece of the ...

  9. The Beat 8/10: KimYe's VMAs Promo, Jordin's Next Movie, Beck On Sheet Music

    August 10, 2012 3:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome to the Friday, August 10 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In toda ...

  10. Jordin Sparks at Work on Third Album as 'Sparkle' Approaches

    August 09, 2012 10:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 On Promoting 'Sparkle' Without Whitney: "This was supposed to be her moment, you know" With her first film -- "Sparkle," co-starring alongside the late Whitney Houston -- opening on Aug. 17, Jordin Sparks is already har ...

  11. Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' Becomes Best-Selling Single by an American Idol

    July 05, 2012 12:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Carrie Underwood may have recorded "Independence Day," but it is Kelly Clarkson who made American Idol history on Wednesday (July 4), as the latest sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan confirm her current hit, "Stronger (What Doesn� ...

  12. Kelly Clarkson Passes Carrie Underwood for All-Time Best-Selling Single by an American Idol

    July 05, 2012 8:09 AM EDT Carrie Underwood may have recorded "Independence Day," but it is Kelly Clarkson who made American Idol history yesterday, July 4, as the latest sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan confirm her current hit, "Stronger (What Doesn' ...

  13. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Tops Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs

    July 02, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Plus, Beloved veteran acts Whitney Houston, the Beach Boys and Cyndi Lauper make chart returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surve ...

  14. Madonna Rules Billboard.com's 2012 Mid-Year Music Awards

    July 02, 2012 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna proved to be 2012's ultimate pop star in Billboard.com's Mid-Year Music Awards poll, which let fans weigh in on their favorite artists, songs, albums and performances of the first half of this year. After voting ended on Friday (Ju ...

  15. Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Quincy Jones took home the ASCAP Founders Award, Pharrell Williams was honored with the Golden Note Award, and EMI Music Publishing again took home the publisher of the year honor at Friday (June 29) night's 25th anniversary ASCAP Rhythm and ...

  16. Publishing Briefs: Downtown Goes Country, pigFACTORY Signs Tesla, BMG Looks Global

    June 29, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Downtown Music Publishing moves into country and musical theatre music publishing with the signing of Dave Berg and the songwriting duo of Joe DiPietro and Dave Bryan, who is also the keyboard player for Bon Jovi. Berg, who has received multiple s ...

  17. Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks' 'Celebrate' Video Arrives: Watch

    June 27, 2012 9:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Whitney Houston 's final music video is a party -- but there's one guest missing. The official video for the upbeat "Celebrate," which the late singer recorded with co-star Jordin Sparks for their film, "Sparkle," showc ...

  18. Single Reviews: The Wanted, Diplo Featuring Nicky Da B, Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT POP THE WANTED Chasing the Sun (3:16) Producer: Alex Smith Writers: A. Smith, E. Gleave Publishers: Metrophonic Music/Puregroove Publishing (ASCAP) Global Talent/Mercury/IDJMG U.K. boy band the Wanted stormed the Billboard Hot 100 with its first U ...

  19. Ten Years of 'American Idol' Chart Dominance: Clarkson, Underwood, Daughtry, Fantasia, More

    June 11, 2012 1:36 PM EDT Some of the American idols from the last decade of "American Idol," which turns ten today (June 11, 2012) Say what you will about "American Idol," the music competition TV series, which turns ten years old today, is an undeniab ...

  20. 'American Idol' Tenth Anniversary: 345 Billboard No. 1s, From Kelly Clarkson to Phillip Phillips

    June 11, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Today, June 11, 2012, marks the tenth anniversary of "American Idol," and in that time the music competition TV program has racked up some jaw-dropping numbers: Many episodes have drawn over 30 million viewers; and a record-setting numbe ...

  21. Chart Juice: Travis Porter, Rebecca Ferguson Enter R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    June 08, 2012 2:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rap trio Travis Porter debuts its first full-length studio album, "From Day 1," on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at No. 2 with 14,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group missed the No. 1 position by 1,000 units as Nicki Mina ...

  22. Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks' 'Celebrate' Makes Chart Debut

    June 05, 2012 11:09 AM EDT Whitney Houston's last creative effort in the form of the movie "Sparkle" isn't due to hit theaters until Aug. 17; but, the motion picture soundtrack's first cut, "Celebrate," a duet with film co-star Jordin Spar ...

  23. Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks 'Celebrate' Chart Debut

    June 05, 2012 10:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Houston's first posthumous single previews her final film role, with Sparks, in 'Sparkle.' W hitney Houston 's last creative effort in the form of the movie "Sparkle" isn't due to hit theaters until Aug. 17, But, t ...

  24. Weekly Chart Notes: Phillip Phillips, Aerosmith, Rihanna

    June 01, 2012 9:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Phillips' 'Home' is the 30th song by an 'American Idol' graduate to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10. As his "Home" debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 , 2012 "American Idol" victor Phillip ...

  25. Summer Music Preview: New Artists Are Hot In Here

    May 24, 2012 6:50 PM EDT 0 0 Chris Brown Album title: Fortune Label: RCA Management: Tina Davis, TDC/Phase Too Release date: July 3 Chris Brown continues down the comeback road he began paving with 2011's "F.A.M.E." That project's cache of hot singles ("D ...

  26. What You Didn't See On TV: Backstage At The BBMAs

    May 23, 2012 10:35 PM EDT 0 0 The line between backstage and the show itself is getting thinner in the age of digital media. Dedicated fans could see Taylor Swift's dressing room and Carly Rae Jepsen's encounter with Stevie Wonder when both artists tweeted pictures durin ...

  27. Summer Music Preview: Soundtracking Summer Movies

    May 23, 2012 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 When "The Amazing Spider-Man" is released July 3, it will be the first movie in the blockbuster series to arrive without a "songs inspired by" soundtrack. This summer, if you're looking for soundtracks, you'll find them f ...

  28. Ray J Hospitalized for Exhaustion

    May 22, 2012 8:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B singer Ray J has been hospitalized near Las Vegas for exhaustion. Ray J's representative said in a statement Tuesday that the singer went to the hospital Monday and "will remain there for treatment for exhaustion and jet lag." ...

  29. Jordin Sparks Backstage @ Billboard Music Awards 2012

    Jordin Sparks Backstage @ Billboard Music Awards 2012

    May 22, 2012 4:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jordin Sparks Backstage @ Billboard Music Awards 2012 jordin sparks , back stage , interview , BBMA , Jordin Sparks BBMA 2013 Jordin Sparks Brightcove ...

  30. Whitney Houston's Final Recording 'Celebrate' Released (Listen)

    May 22, 2012 7:00 AM EDT On Sunday night (May 20), Jordin Sparks honored her late "Sparkle" co-star, the legendary Whitney Houston, with a heart-wrenching performance of "I Will Always Love You" at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. Less than 24 hours la ...

  31. Backbeat: Billboard Music Awards' Raging Afterparty, With Stevie Wonder, Jordin Sparks, Wiz Khalifa, Far East Movement, More

    May 21, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa hanging out with BBMA co-executive producer Richard Beckman at the Billboard Music Awards after-party. (Photo: Jem Aswad) For many decades, Billboard has been known for its sober and succinct analysis of the music business and its rela ...

  32. Backbeat: Backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards With Irving Azoff, Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Others

    May 21, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Interscope's Dennis Dennehy (left) poses with Robin Thicke backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. (Photo: Jem Aswad) It's one thing to be backstage at a show where extremely famous people are bustling in and out a few feet away from yo ...

  33. Listen To Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks' 'Sparkle' Duet, 'Celebrate'

    May 21, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Sunday night (May 20), Jordin Sparks honored her late "Sparkle" co-star, the legendary Whitney Houston , with a heart-wrenching performance of "I Will Always Love You" at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. Less than 24 hours lat ...

  34. John Legend and Jordin Sparks "Whitney Houston Tribute" LIVE @ Billboard Music Awards 2012

    John Legend and Jordin Sparks "Whitney Houston Tribute" LIVE @ Billboard Music Awards 2012

    May 21, 2012 9:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 John Legend and Jordin Sparks "Whitney Houston Tribute" LIVE @ Billboard Music Awards 2012 featuredVideo2 , jordin sparks , performance , BBMA , John Legend , tribute , Whitney Houston , Jordin Sparks , John Legend , Performance Videos Jor ...

  35. Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo on the Red Carpet @ Billboard Music Awards 2012

    Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo on the Red Carpet @ Billboard Music Awards 2012

    May 21, 2012 6:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo on the Red Carpet @ Billboard Music Awards 2012 interview , BBMA , "Jordin Sparks" , "Jason Derulo" , Jason Derulo , Jordin Sparks BBMA 2013 Jason Derulo Jordin Sparks Brightcove ...

  36. Jordin Sparks, Scooter Braun, Cherry Tree's Martin Kierszenbaum: Ten Things You Didn't See at the Billboard Music Awards

    May 21, 2012 12:10 AM EDT Nearly everyone backstage stops what they're doing when Jordin Sparks sings "I Will Always Love You" as part of the Whitney Houston tribute (Ethan Miller/Billboards2012/Getty Images for ABC) 1) Before the show started, Katy Perry an ...

  37. Adele Tops Billboard Music Awards, Hot Performances By Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Stevie Wonder, More

    May 20, 2012 11:05 PM EDT Pat Houston (left) with Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina who accepted the Billboard Millennium award for her mother following an emotional tribute by Jordin Sparks. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Billboards2012/Getty Images for ABC) Adele ha ...

  38. Jason Derulo Talks Performing Post Neck Injury, New 'American Idol' and Coke Promotion at Billboard Music Awards

    May 20, 2012 10:36 PM EDT On performing again after his neck injury: This Tuesday (May 22) is my first performance back since my neck injury on the season finale of "American Idol." It's special in a few ways, teamed up with Idol and Coke on Perfect Harmony ...

  39. 2012 Billboard Music Awards Weekend Diary: Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Diplo & More

    May 20, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Billboard Battle of the Bands winners Patent Pending. (Photo: Adrian Van Anz) Speaking just for myself, the past 48 hours in Vegas have had more action than two weeks back home. The 2012 Billboard Music Awards red carpet opens in (gulp) a few hour ...

  40. Shazam To Offer Free, Exclusive Download of Usher's 'Climax' During Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Shazam is getting in on this Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards in a big way: fans who use Shazam during the ABC telecast (8:00 p.m EDT) will be able to download an exclusive and free Diplo remix of Usher's chart-topping single " ...

  41. Whitney Houston to be Honored at Billboard Music Awards With Tribute by Jordin Sparks & John Legend

    May 15, 2012 1:03 PM EDT Whitney Houston will be honored with the Billboard Millennium Award in a tribute performed by Jordin Sparks and John Legend at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (May 20), it was announced Tuesday. Houston's daughter, Bobb ...

  42. Jordin Sparks - Giving Feels Good | Billboard.com

    Jordin Sparks - Giving Feels Good | Billboard.com

    April 24, 2012 12:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jordin Sparks speaks about the pleasure of philanthropy. Bilboard.com presented by Magnum Ice Cream Magnum , jordin sparks , interview , charity , Jordin Sparks , Interview , Magnum Videos Jordin Sparks Interview Magnum ...

  43. Jason Derulo Teams With Coca-Cola For Crowd-Sourced Song, Plots Comeback After Neck Fracture

    March 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Coca-Cola is teaming up with Jason Derulo for the second installment of Perfect Harmony, a crowd-sourced songwriting project that lets fans participate in the creation of an original song. The partnership will be announced on tonight's episod ...

  44. Whitney Houston Funeral: Family, Friends, Fans Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:49 PM EST Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Sa ...

  45. Whitney Houston Funeral: Broken Hearts Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Satu ...

  46. Inside Whitney Houston's Last Recording Session, Days Before Her Death

    February 15, 2012 11:00 PM EST Five days before her untimely death (cause as yet unknown, but a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol is suspected), Whitney Houston was in the recording studio working on new music. The song, "Celebrate," was written by R. Kelly and ...

  47. Exclusive: Whitney Houston's Last Songs to Be Featured in 'Sparkle' Film

    February 11, 2012 11:10 PM EST 0 0 0 The last songs Whitney Houston recorded will be heard in the film "Sparkle," one on camera and the other during the closing credits. Remembering Whitney SLIDESHOW: Her Life in Photos • Artists, Execs React on Twitter • Whitney Houston Dead ...

  48. Exclusive: Whitney Houston's Last Songs to Be Featured in 'Sparkle' Film

    February 11, 2012 10:50 PM EST Whitney Houston with Jordin Sparks in "Sparkle" The last songs Whitney Houston recorded will be heard in the film "Sparkle," one on camera and the other during the closing credits. Houston sings the gospel classic "Eyes on ...

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