1. This Week In Billboard Chart History: New Kids On The Block 'Step' To No. 1

    June 30, 2014 8:05 AM EDT 1.331 k 280 0 This week in 1990, the boy band completed its five-step program to the summit. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and Phil Collins Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decad ...

  2. Robin Thicke Reaches Out For 'Paula': Album Review

    June 27, 2014 2:58 PM EDT The begging begins about 55 seconds into "You're My Fantasy," the opening track on "Paula." Over gentle salsa strums, Robin Thicke pleads "please" seven times in a row to a woman whose absence feels ghostlike (& ...

  3. Marc Anthony Latin Conf. Q&A: On Salsa, Stage Fright & Motown (Video)

    April 24, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Marc Anthony was halfway through a Q&A session during Wednesday’s session of the 25th Billboard Latin Music Conference (April 23) when a fire alarm alerted hundreds of music executives, aspiring musicians, and photographers gathered inside a 19 ...

  4. Latin Conference: Marc Anthony Talks Salsa, Stage Fright & His Love Of Motown

    April 24, 2014 3:17 AM EDT Marc Anthony couldn’t help it. He was born to sing. But he dabbled in a few different genres before he found the niche he created with a whole brand of salsa. And he may sort of owe it to Mexican balladeer Juan Gabriel. Anthony says he had been da ...

  5. Dance Show 'Soul Train' May Boogie Onto Broadway

    April 15, 2014 5:31 PM EDT The groundbreaking song-and-dance show "Soul Train" is chugging toward Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday ...

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

    February 21, 2014 4:47 PM EST 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. It did so by tappi ...

  7. Chart Moves: Cole Swindell Tops Hot Country Songs; Tegan And Sara Make 'Awesome' Hot 100 Debut; Romeo Santos Soars On Hot Latin Songs

    February 21, 2014 10:23 AM EST As previously reported, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, fending off Pharrell Williams' "Happy," which holds at No. 2. Who else makes notable moves ...

  8. Franz Ferdinand Frontman Accuses Pharrell of 'Borrowing' 'Take Me Out' Riff

    January 31, 2014 9:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Alex Kapranos notes similarities in Paloma Faith's "Can't Rely on You" Pharrell Williams was involved in his share of lawsuits last year -- from a spat with will.i.am over his i am OTHER brand to his part in a suit from Marvin Ga ...

  9. Anna Gordy Gaye, Motown Songwriter and Ex-Wife of Marvin Gaye, Dead at 92

    January 31, 2014 4:45 PM EST Anna Gordy Gaye, the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy and former wife of the late Marvin Gaye, with whom she co-wrote songs for his "What's Going On" album, died at her home in Los Angeles early Friday morning. She was 92. An of ...

  10. Anna Gordy Gaye, Motown Songwriter and Ex-Wife of Marvin Gaye, Dead at 92

    January 31, 2014 4:13 PM EST Anna Gordy Gaye, the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy and former wife of the late Marvin Gaye, with whom she co-wrote songs for his "What's Going On" album, died at her home in Los Angeles early Friday morning. She was 92. An of ...

  11. Carnival Records Founder Joe Evans Dies

    January 23, 2014 3:07 AM EST Joe Evans, well-respected musician and founder of Carnival Records, died on Jan. 17 in Richmond, Virginia of undisclosed causes. He was 97 years old.  Evans established Carnival in 1961. Affiliated with more than 30 solo artists and groups, the la ...

  12. 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit: Sony/ATV Settles With Marvin Gaye's Family

    January 13, 2014 7:03 PM EST The heavyweight copyright lawsuit over "Blurred Lines" isn't over, but thanks to a settlement among some of the parties, the case will no longer put one music giant in an uncomfortable position. Robin Thicke was the first to bring l ...

  13. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  14. Robin Thicke, Fair Use, Jackson v. AEG: Entertainment's Top Legal Disputes of 2013

    December 27, 2013 2:56 PM EST Harvey Weinstein, Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise made the list. But none of the three was No. 1. It's hard to top the final season of AMC's Breaking Bad for edge-of-your-seat thrills, but overall, there's a good argument to be made ...

  15. Def Leppard Denies It'll Take Legal Action Against One Direction for Similar-Sounding Song

    December 19, 2013 7:30 PM EST Mirror UK originally reported potential legal action for similarities between "Midnight Memories" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" The boys of One Direction may have a sticky situation on their hands over the chorus of the group' ...

  16. Morning Fix: Billboard Wins Two Folio Awards; Mandela's Impact on Music, Concerts, More; Spotify Readies Free Mobile Streaming; John Mayer and Michael McDonald Part Ways

    December 06, 2013 8:51 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BILLBOARD'S 2013 YEAR-END SURVEY Welcome to the second annual Billboard.Biz Year-End Readers' Survey. Unlike other traditional polls based on voting, we want your opinions and wisdom on fo ...

  17. Who In Their Right Mind Sues Marvin Gaye or the Beastie Boys? (Guest Post)

    December 05, 2013 5:13 PM EST Howell O’Rear is a founding partner of the Nashville, Tennessee law firm McInteer & O’Rear PLC. His practice focuses on litigating business, contract, and intellectual property disputes, including copyright infringement actions.  In two rece ...

  18. Marvin Gaye’s Family Sues EMI for ‘Blurred Lines’ Profits, Gaye Catalog Rights and Conflict of Interests with Robin Thicke

    October 30, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Marvin Gaye's family is responding in a major way to Robin Thicke's lawsuit claiming that "Blurred Lines" wasn't stolen from Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." On Wednesday, the family went nuclear with counte ...

  19. Backbeat: City Of Hope Honors CAA’s Rob Light

    September 20, 2013 11:24 AM EDT “A giant cocktail party.” That’s how some folks described the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Gala honoring Creative Artists Agency’s head of music and managing partner Rob Light. (L-R) TV personality Randy Jackson, attorney Lee Phillips, and musi ...

  20. Pharrell Denies 'Blurred Lines' Copies Marvin Gaye: 'It's Completely Different'

    September 13, 2013 9:05 AM EDT Even though Pharrell is engaged in a battle with Marvin Gaye's estate over Robin Thicke's megahit "Blurred Lines," he wants to make one thing clear — he has incredible respect for the late soul legend. "I'm a huge fan ...

  21. Marvin Gaye's Family Rejected Robin Thicke's Six-Figure Offer

    August 23, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Billboard has learned that Robin Thicke’s team offered a six-figure sum to members of Marvin Gaye family in order to preempt a copyright infringement showdown, but the family turned it down. From This Week's Billboard For a detailed legal ana ...

  22. Marvin Gaye's Family Rejected Robin Thicke's Six-Figure Offer (Exclusive)

    August 23, 2013 8:27 AM EDT Billboard has learned that Robin Thicke’s team offered a six-figure sum to members of Marvin Gaye family in order to preempt a copyright infringement showdown, but the family turned it down. According to sources knowledgeable with the lawsu ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Robin Thicke Sues to Protect 'Blurred Lines' From Marvin Gaye's Family

    August 16, 2013 3:20 PM EDT In order to shield "Blurred Lines," the hottest hit of the summer, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. are going to court. A lawsuit was filed Thursday in California federal court by the trio against Marvin Gaye' ...

  25. Robin Thicke Sues to Protect 'Blurred Lines' from Marvin Gaye's Family

    August 15, 2013 9:50 PM EDT 5 2.698 k 173 0 0 In order to shield "Blurred Lines," the hottest hit of the summer, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. are going to court. A lawsuit was filed Thursday in California federal court by the trio against Marvin ...

  26. 615 Spotlight: Parmalee Thriving Two Years After Near-Tragedy

    December 12, 2012 6:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Stoney Creek recording artists Parmalee, who hit the Top 40 on the Country Airplay chart with their debut single "Musta Had A Good Time," is something that is a little more rare these days than it used to be - a family band. Comprised of b ...

  27. Jessie Ware Plays U.S. Debut In New York, Talks Meeting Katy Perry

    December 12, 2012 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Jessie Ware , a 28-year-old U.K. soul singer, may be popping up all over critics' year-end lists for 2012, but her debut U.S. gig at New York's The Box Monday night (Dec. 10) gave a glimpse into why the rest of America will be raving about ...

  28. The Beat 11/29: Adele Sells 10 Million, Rihanna Rules the Charts

    November 29, 2012 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Welcome to the Thursday, November 29 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 ...

  29. What's Going On: Lenny Kravitz to Play Marvin Gaye

    November 27, 2012 6:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Lenny Kravitz has signed on for his first leading film role, playing singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic that will be shot next year. The rocker's publicist Carleen Donovan confirmed the news Tuesday. Kravitz has played supporting roles in the past, ...

  30. K-Pop Hot 100: Lee Hi, 16, Scores First No. 1 + This Week's Must-See Videos

    November 11, 2012 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Young, talented and snazzy, Lee Hi, 16, clinched the No. 1 spot this week with her new boppy, retro-soul track, "1,2,3,4," making her the first female debut act to capture Billboard's K-Pop Hot 100 top spot this year. The perky perfor ...

  31. Kid Rock Heading 'Home' for Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show

    November 09, 2012 12:56 PM EST 0 0 0 Football fans will be getting another kick out of Kid Rock on Thanksgiving Day. Three days after he releases his new album, "Rebel Soul," Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band will perform the new track "Detroit, Michigan" duri ...

  32. World Series Showdown: Music of Detroit vs San Francisco

    October 24, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Which World Series city has the richer musical history? Vote now! On Wednesday night (Oct. 24), the 2012 World Series kicks off in San Francisco, when the upstart Giants take on the star-studded Detroit Tigers. As baseball junkies mull the lineups a ...

  33. Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown: The Musical' Comes to Broadway

    October 11, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Motown is coming to Broadway. ' Motown: The Musical ,' opening on April 14, is bringing the legacy of Motown founder Berry Gordy to New York City's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Berry Gordy Starts Motown The musical will showcase interweavin ...

  34. Frank Wilson's Chart Legacy: From the Supremes and Marvin Gaye to the Miracles & Stevie Wonder (Videos)

    October 01, 2012 2:24 PM EDT Motown producer/songwriter/artist Frank Wilson, who died on Sept. 27 after a long battle with prostate cancer, is one of the label's unsung heroes, having produced hits for almost every major Motown artist, including Diana Ross & the Supr ...

  35. Rickie Lee Jones Finds Softer Side of Stones, Neil Young for 'Devil You Know'

    September 18, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 A dozen years after Rickie Lee Jones brought together songs from the likes of Gershwin the Beatles and Marvin Gaye for "It's Like This," the singer has honed her focus for a second set of songs she did not write. "The Devil You K ...

  36. Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra Nominated For American Pop Music Hall of Fame

    September 17, 2012 2:05 PM EDT CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The American Pop Music Hall of Fame won't be open until next summer, but the first round of nominees to be inducted into the western Pennsylvania-based hall have been announced. The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Frank Sin ...

  37. Michael Kiwanuka, 'I'm Getting Ready': Live Backstage at Lollapalooza

    August 10, 2012 9:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lollapalooza 2012 • Five Awesome Lolla 2012 Moments • Photos: Lolla Live • Photos: Backstage & Portraits • 15 Things Seen & Heard Sunday • 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday • 15 Things Seen & Heard Friday • Heavy Storms Shake Up Lollap ...

  38. Album Reviews: Michael Kiwanuka, Love and Theft, Frank Ocean

    July 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT MICHAEL KIWANUKA Home Again Producer: Paul Butler Cherrytree/Interscope Release Date: July 17 Nearly six years after Amy Winehouse's "Rehab," young English retro-soul singers continue to emerge so regularly that it feels hard to be ...

  39. Berry Gordy Launches Search for Actor to Play Michael Jackson in 'Motown: The Musical'

    July 17, 2012 4:50 PM EDT No stranger to discovering raw musical talent, Berry Gordy has launched a nationwide video search for an African-American performer, aged 8-11, to play the multiple roles of the young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Gordy himself in the upcomin ...

  40. Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt Dies at 74

    July 17, 2012 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Prominent Motown studio musician and Funk Brothers member Bob Babbitt has died. He was 74. Motown Museum chief curator Lina Stephens says the bassist died Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Babbitt's son Joe Kreinar tells The Detroit News his father ha ...

  41. Motown, Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt Dead at 74

    July 16, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Prominent Motown studio musician and Funk Brothers member Bob Babbitt, whose bass playing pounded through the Temptations hit "Ball of Confusion" and Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," has died. He was 74. Babbi ...

  42. Grooveshark Wins DMCA Argument in Universal Dispute

    July 11, 2012 12:52 PM EDT It's not a secret that Universal Music isn't much of a fan of Grooveshark, the music discovery service that streams over a billion songs every month. The record giant has been pursuing several court actions against the company, including ...

  43. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    July 07, 2012 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Charlie Wilson dominates, D'Angelo dissapoints at New Orleans event Don't underestimate the power of soul. While Friday's lineup at the 2012 Essence Music Festival was filled with an assortment of Hulkshare-generation singers and  ...

  44. Nas Opens Up About Personal Moments On 'Life Is Good' Album

    June 29, 2012 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 "'Life Is Good' represents the most beautiful, dramatic and heavy moments in my life," Nas says. Nearly a decade ago, celebrated hip-hop lyricist Nasir " Nas " Jones discovered Marvin Gaye 's divorce masterpiece, & ...

  45. Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown' Musical to Hit Broadway Next Year

    June 26, 2012 6:28 PM EDT A musical based on the life of legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is set to open on Broadway next year. Producers said Tuesday that "Motown," with 81-year-old Gordy writing his own book, will open in the spring of 2013 at a Ned ...

  46. R. Kelly, 'Write Me Back': Track-By-Track Review

    June 26, 2012 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 R. Kelly is a man of many skills -- all of which he stretches on his 11th studio album, "Write Me Back." R. Kelly, who wrote and produced all but two songs, colors in his 12-track set with influences from nostalgic old-school soundscapes. ...

  47. First Listen: Frank Ocean Previews 'Channel Orange' Album in NYC

    June 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 "I need a convertible, a lot of channel orange is convertible music. like a saab convertible," Frank Ocean tweeted on June 20, a day before previewing his debut album, "Channel Orange," at KMA Studios in New York on Thursday nigh ...

  48. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 07, 2012 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 The R&B Superstar Aims to Blend Genres on 'Looking 4 Myself' While Keeping Core Audience Kale salad. Steamed spinach. Lean protein-organic, no hormones or antibiotics. No sugar. No carbs. It may sound like the latest celebrity torture ...

  49. The Miracles Grateful of Effort to Get Them Into Rock Hall of Fame

    April 13, 2012 10:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I didn't think it would happen in my lifetime," Claudette Robinson tells Billboard Smokey Robinson got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Now the rest of his Motown group, the Miracles, are happy to be joining him at this y ...

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