1. De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 03, 2014 10:20 AM EST Twenty-five years ago today (March 3), De La Soul's seminal debut LP, "3 Feet High and Rising," was released. Widely-regarded as one of the best records of its era, and now almost universally praised, it's among the finest pr ...

  2. Queen Latifah Performing 'America the Beautiful' at Super Bowl Pregame

    January 27, 2014 7:52 PM EST 0 0 0 Queen Latifah will sing "America the Beautiful" during the Super Bowl XLVIII pregame festivities. The singer-actress -- fresh off marrying 33 couples at Sunday night's GRAMMY Awards -- will perform the song Sunday at MetLife Stadium i ...

  3. Jamaica’s Rebel Salute and Jazz & Blues Festivals Thrive Despite Dwindling Corporate Sponsorship

    February 14, 2013 12:31 PM EST Although fundamentally different in their concepts, two recently concluded music festivals, held in Jamaica just five days apart, drew sizable crowds despite waning corporate sponsorship. Rebel Salute is the Caribbean's largest showcase of ro ...

  4. Backbeat: Mary J. Blige Receives Top Honors At Vibe Media's 20th Anniversary Event

    February 09, 2013 2:09 PM EST With more than two decades in the business, and over 50 million records sold, Mary J. Blige has more than earned her crown as the queen of hip-hop soul. Adding another item to her list of accolades, Blige was honored by Vibe magazine at their ...

  5. Philly Fourth Of July Jam Partners With VH1 on Nat'l Broadcast, Live Streaming

    January 09, 2013 2:32 PM EST America's largest free concert is coming to your house to help you party it down The annual Philly Fourth of July Jam announced today it is partnering with VH1 for exclusive broadcast, digital and live streaming rights. The concert will be av ...

  6. Ten Brands to Watch in 2013

    December 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST Marketers spent close to $1.2 billion on music sponsorship alone in 2012, and that's not even counting the hundreds of millions that went into commercials featuring current songs that helped many artists impact the Billboard charts. As artist ...

  7. Public Enemy's Chuck D: Rap Belongs in the Rock Hall

    December 11, 2012 3:45 PM EST 0 0 0 "I've thought since day one that we should be recognized as much as anybody in rock," he tells Billboard As far as Chuck D is concerned, Public Enemy 's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame resonates deeper than ...

  8. Top 7 British Female Rappers Making Noise

    September 10, 2012 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Since its birth in the 1970s, hip-hop has been dominated mostly by men. Along the way, though, we have been blessed with some strong females who like to rock the mic too, and even best their male counterparts. From Roxanne Shanté to Nicki Minaj , ea ...

  9. 'American Idol' Judges: 10 Picks to Replace Steven & Jennifer

    July 14, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The news that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez were both leaving their "American Idol" posts rocked the reality-TV set to its core this week, forcing fans to speculate about who might replace the two popular judges. Considering "Idol&# ...

  10. Upfront Latin: En Breve

    May 23, 2012 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 Online Band Battle at MTV Tr3s Latin acts hoping to be discovered can now audition online for the MTV Tr3s "Dame Un Break" (Give Me a Break) competition, part of a battle of the bands campaign at Ourstage.com. Viewers can vote at Tr3s' ...

  11. Exclusive: Whitney Houston To Be Honored in Next 'VH1 Divas' Tribute

    May 08, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Whitney Houston (right) and Mary J. Blige performing at the "VH1 Divas" concert in 1999. VH1 will pay tribute to Whitney Houston for its next installment of "VH1 Divas," Billboard has learned. The network will tape the performa ...

  12. Backbeat: Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant, Laura Story Win Big At Dove Music Awards

    April 20, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Artist and male vocalist of the year winner Jason Crabb backstage with Gospel Music Channel founder/CEO Charlie Humbard. (Photo: Celeste Winstead) Jason Crabb cemented his status as a solo phenomenon by winning male vocalist and artist of the year ...

  13. Chart Moves: 'Newsies' Cast Album Debuts, 'MTV Unplugged' Returns, and a Video Game Soundtrack Sizzles

    April 19, 2012 10:38 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Lionel Richie claimed his third No. 1 album with the rise of "Tuskegee" (129,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, up 35%). He might even stick around for a second week on the list i ...

  14. Dolly Parton Video Q&A: On Live Album, Whitney & Sad Songs

    April 05, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The legendary Dolly Parton sat down with Billboard this week to discuss her new live album, "An Evening With… Dolly," available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. She talked about what makes the marketing arrangement work (&q ...

  15. Exclusive: Front Line's Irving Azoff Talks Fair, Palmese Hires; Insists 'We're Not a Record Label'

    April 03, 2012 3:29 PM EDT Once more, with feeling, from Front Line CEO Irving Azoff: "We're not a record label." The company is, however, more well-stocked with label-executive resources, since it announced on Monday the hiring of producer/exec Ron Fair and ...

  16. Irving Azoff's Front Line Management Hires Ron Fair, Richard Palmese

    April 02, 2012 7:16 PM EDT Front Line Management Group announced it has signed record label executives Ron Fair and Richard Palmese to consultancy jobs. Fair, a music producer, was formerly president of both A&M and Geffen Records chairman, while Palmese was executive V ...

  17. ABC To Air 'Duets' Singing Competition With Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke

    March 08, 2012 9:52 AM EST ABC is diving into the competitive music competition space with its own celebrity-headlined series this summer. Duets will have American Idol season one alum Kelly Clarkson as well as Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke combing the co ...

  18. Heavy D Remembered in 'Be Inspired' Documentary

    February 22, 2012 9:37 PM EST 0 0 0 The story of late rap pioneer Heavy D will be chronicled in a documentary airing Sunday on Centric TV. "Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D" will feature interviews with the Jamaican-born rapper's family and artists such as Will Smith, M ...

  19. Roots Grammy Jam Session Report: No-Shows Scuttled 'On the Fly' Whitney Houston Tribute, ?uestlove Says

    February 12, 2012 2:42 PM EST The Roots curating their annual Grammy Jam at the House of Blues Los Angeles. (Photo: Fred Shavies/3680 Photography) Despite a high-energy jam session that featured surprise guest performers like India Arie, Trombone Shorty, Childish Gambino, Warr ...

  20. Whitney Houston Honored on Twitter by Artists, Executives

    February 11, 2012 9:15 PM EST 0 0 0 As news of Whitney Houston's death spread on Saturday night, Twitter quickly filled with tributes from artists and executives who knew, worked with and admired her. Diddy, Mariah Carey, LA Reid, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Rob Stone were ...

  21. Damian, Stephen Marley, Romain Virgo Celebrate Roots Reggae at Jamaica's Rebel Salute

    February 09, 2012 4:15 PM EST With more than 40 veteran artists, contemporary stars and upcoming acts performing during its 12-hour presentation, Pepsi Rebel Salute, held on Jan. 14 at the Port Kaiser Sports Complex, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, reaffirmed that culturally-themed ro ...

  22. 'Joyful Noise' Soundtrack Could Soar Into Top 10 Next Week

    January 20, 2012 10:29 PM EST The soundtrack to the film "Joyful Noise," which stars Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton , is aiming to make a praiseworthy leap straight into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 next week. On Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart (below), ...

  23. 'Joyful Noise' Soundtrack Could Soar Into Top 10 Next Week

    January 20, 2012 9:57 PM EST 0 0 0 The soundtrack to the film "Joyful Noise," which stars Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton , is aiming to make a praiseworthy leap straight into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 next week. On Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart (below), the ...

  24. Backbeat: Mervyn Warren On Clearing Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Usher Songs For 'Joyful Noise' Sdtk

    January 17, 2012 11:09 AM EST Composer, pianist and singer Mervyn Warren went on a whirlwind promotional tour for the Warner Bros. film "Joyful Noise" last week flying cross-country to appear on "Late Night With David Letterman" with Dolly Parton on Thursda ...

  25. Web Trends: Watch A New Gucci Mane Video

    January 12, 2012 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 1. peoples choice awards : The annual fan favorite awards show went down last night 19. dolly parton : The country star rapped on the "Today" show this morning with Queen Latifah Twitter Music Trends: #FavoriteLyricOfAllTi ...

  26. Dolly Parton Raps Over Queen Latifah Beat on 'Today': Watch

    January 12, 2012 3:40 PM EST 0 0 0 We may already have crunk, OutKast and Three 6 Mafia , but Southern rap ain't seen nothin' yet. Appearing on the "Today" show Thursday morning (Jan. 12), country music queen Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah came together to promote ...

  27. Heavy D Funeral Attracts Family, Stars, a Letter From Obama

    November 18, 2011 3:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Hip-hop star Heavy D was remembered through laughter and tears at a funeral service Friday in his home town of Mount Vernon, N.Y. that included anecdotes from longtime friend Diddy and words of encouragement for his young daughter, delivered in a le ...

  28. Daughtry, Gym Class Heroes Added to Lineup at American Music Awards

    November 15, 2011 9:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Rock bands Daughtry and Hot Chelle Rae , as well as Gym Class Heroes , have been added to the lineup for the 29th annual American Music Awards (the latter will play the official pre-show). They join previously announced performers Katy Perry , Maroo ...

  29. Bragging? Not in Tony Bennett's Repertoire at London Concert

    October 04, 2011 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Most artists playing a show in the week of their No. 1 album triumph would shout their achievements from the stage. Some might play it down a little. Surely only Tony Bennett would not mention it at all. The record-breaking octogenarian is not just ...

  30. Ester Dean Talks 'Ice Age 4,' New Album and Missy Elliott

    August 19, 2011 4:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 You watched Ester Dean "Drop it Low" with Chris Brown and recently heard her on Nicki Minaj 's Billboard Hot 100 No. 4, "Super Bass." Now the singer, also one of the industry's busiest songwriters, is moving back into t ...

  31. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga & Cher Collaborate, Public Enemy To Play ATP, Pearl Jam Unveils Scavenger Hunt

    August 17, 2011 6:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga and Cher's 'Greatest Thing' Coming in September Cher revealed on Twitter that "The Greatest Thing," her forthcoming collaboration with ...

  32. Nicki Minaj Rocks 'GMA,' Confirms 'Ice Age 4' Role

    August 05, 2011 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj took the stage in New York's Central Park as part of " Good Morning America's" Summer Concert Series, performing her new hit, "Where Them Girls At," as well as "Moment 4 Life" and "Super Bass, ...

  33. Dolly Parton Talks Worldwide Tour, New Record 'Better Day'

    July 04, 2011 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On July 17, Dolly Parton will embark on a 39-date tour of the United States, Europe and Australia in support of her second studio album for her own Dolly Records, "Better Day," which arrived June 28. Originally from Sevierville, Tenn., Par ...

  34. POTW: Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne

    June 03, 2011 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez got cozy on vacation, Lady Gaga did her flying nun impression, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery went to Disneyland, and Queen Latifah and Lil Wayne hit the NBA finals. It all happened this week and we&# ...

  35. Madonna, Beyonce, Usher, Aretha Among Performers at Oprah's Star-Studded Final Shows

    May 18, 2011 9:32 AM EDT Maria Shriver, Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith among the celebrities who appeared during the four-hour taping Tuesday. More than 20,000 people packed Chicago's United Center to watch the celebrity-packed live taping of Oprah Winf ...

  36. Madonna, Beyonce, Usher Highlight Oprah's Final Shows

    May 18, 2011 8:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than 20,000 people packed Chicago's United Center to watch the celebrity-packed live taping of Oprah Winfrey's second and third final shows. Before the show even started, a man proposed to his girlfriend on-stage -- who accepted as th ...

  37. Dennis Coffey Taps Mayer Hawthorne, Paolo Nutini for Solo Album

    April 30, 2011 8:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 D ennis Coffey , the man who brought wah-wah to Motown (on the Temptations ' "Cloud Nine") and has a Hall of Fame-caliber sessions resume, brings his own music to the fore again this week with the help of some famous friends. Paolo Nu ...

  38. Drake, Jennifer Lopez & More to Star In Upcoming 'Ice Age' Film

    April 27, 2011 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 D rake is joining the voice cast of the upcoming film, "Ice Age: Continental Drift." Other voice cast members announced yesterday (April 26) are Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lopez , comedian Aziz Ansari, Wanda Sykes and Keke Palmer . The newly ...

  39. Indaba Music Appoints J.J. Rosen CEO

    March 01, 2011 11:38 AM EST Just a week after adding Queen Latifah to its board of directors , online music collaboration site Indaba today announced the appointment of Sony Music vet J.J. Rosen as its CEO . Rosen previously was executive VP of Sony Music's commercial m ...

  40. Queen Latifah Invests In Music Startup Indaba, Joins Board

    February 24, 2011 4:52 PM EST The digital music business just got a fresh jolt of star power: Queen Latifah has invested in New York-based startup Indaba and joined its board of directors. Indaba is an online networking and collaboration tool that allows people to create and s ...

  41. Teena Marie Honored by Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah at Memorial Service

    January 11, 2011 7:29 AM EST 0 0 0 Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Shanice Wilson and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. are among the luminaries who honored singer Teena Marie at a private memorial service. Gordy and Wonder spoke and Robinson and Wilson sang as they celeb ...

  42. Katy Perry, Eminem Win Big at People's Choice Awards

    January 06, 2011 11:35 AM EST 0 0 0 On the same day that his album "Recovery" was named 2010's best-selling LP , Eminem topped the music categories at the 2011 People's Choice Awards, earning four trophies during the ceremony Wednesday night (Jan. 5). While the rap ...

  43. Billboard Bits: Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal Break Up? Gaga Goes 'Grey'

    January 04, 2011 6:37 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Taylor Swift, Jake Gyllenhaal Break Up: Report After a brief, whirlwind romance, Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal have apparently called it quits. The 21-year-old country ...

  44. Female MCs Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa Celebrated in 'My Mic Sounds Nice' Doc

    August 29, 2010 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 M issy Elliott says she was 14 when she did it the first time. Eve was 11. Diamond was 14, while Yo-Yo and Lady of Rage were 15 and 12. Reminiscing about the first time they reeled off rhymes is one of several topics these and other female MCs -- in ...

  45. Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah Team On Film

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dolly Parton is returning to the big screen to duet with Queen Latifah in the feature "Joyful Noise." The film centers around two women who join forces to prevent a small-town gospel choir from shutting down. Todd Graff is writing and di ...

  46. Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah to Make 'Noise'

    August 23, 2010 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 D olly Parton is returning to the big screen to duet with Queen Latifah in the feature "Joyful Noise," which centers around two women who join forces to prevent a small-town gospel choir from shutting down. Latifah will play the mother of ...

  47. Martina McBride, Stevie Wonder Join For Cancer Event

    August 19, 2010 11:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Martina McBride , Natasha Bedingfield , Queen Latifah , Aaron Neville , Dave Stewart and Stevie Wonder are among the many celebrities joining forces for "Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)," the fundraiser aimed at raising money for cancer research ...

  48. Queen Latifah, Ludacris, Others Break Down Nicki Minaj's Success

    August 19, 2010 8:47 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the last year, Nicki Minaj has single-handedly brought female MCs back to the forefront of hip-hop music. In recognition of that, Queen Latifah, Ludacris and others break down the success behind the Harajuku Barbie. Video: Watch the AP's bre ...

  49. Stevie Wonder, Dave Stewart To Perform On Cancer Telecast

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder will join Natasha Bedingfield, Queen Latifah, Martina McBride, Aaron Neville and Dave Stewart for a performance on the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) TV fundraiser at 8pm ET on Sept. 10. The collaboration will be part of an "extraord ...

  50. Alicia Keys Marries Swizz Beatz, T.I. Weds Tiny

    August 02, 2010 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, the buzz is about weddings-- Alicia Keys married Swizz Beatz this weekend on the Mediterranean, and T.I. wed long-time partner Tameka "Tiny" Cottle. Gossip blogs place ...

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