1. Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige to Headline 2017 Essence Festival

    December 15, 2016 9:30 AM EST 0 0 3 John Legend, Chaka Khan, Solange and Teyana Taylor are also among the first wave of confirmed performers. Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige are two of the featured headliners who will perform at the 2017 Essence Festival. Celebrating its 23 rd year, the ...

  2. Get Ready to 'Crave' Pharrell's New Track: Listen

    November 16, 2016 5:28 PM EST 0 0 5 Get ready to feel the soul. Pharrell released a new joint Wednesday (Nov. 16) called “Crave," one of eight contributions to the soundtrack for the upcoming film Hidden Figures. The funky, soulful and jazzy track loads up on trumpet blasts and g ...

  3. Maxwell & Mary J. Blige Revive Classic Soul at King & Queen of Hearts Tour Stop in New York

    November 11, 2016 9:18 AM EST 0 0 0 The results of Tuesday's presidential election were disappointing to many, and it didn't take long for Maxwell to allude to the country's new political reality during his show with Mary J. Blige at Madison Square Garden on Thursday ni ...

  4. Mary J. Blige Glows in Shimmery 'Thick of It' Video

    November 07, 2016 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Even through heartache, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige  continues to reign. For the crisp visual for her resilient heartbreak anthem "Thick Of It," MJB slays in a variety of white, black and gold ensembles -- including a New York ...

  5. Mary J. Blige Says She's No Quitter on Triumphant New Single 'Thick of It'

    October 07, 2016 12:43 PM EDT 0 0 4 Mary J. Blige is leaving the bad days behind her on her triumphant new single "Thick of It." The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul proves just how ride-or-die she is by putting her lover on notice. "And I be damned if all these years I let you di ...

  6. Here's the Song Mary J. Blige Sings in Her Hillary Clinton Interview

    September 27, 2016 4:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the new teaser of The 411 With  Mary J. Blige via Apple Music, debuting Sept. 30, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul sits down with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The teaser, which debuted after the first presidential debate with Clinton ...

  7. Taraji P. Henson's Stylist Breaks Down Her Emmy Awards Outfit: Exclusive

    September 18, 2016 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With more than 20 years in the entertainment industry, actress Taraji P. Henson busted through our TV screens as the fiery first lady of Fox’s breakout show Empire in 2014. Billboard exclusively spoke with Henson's go-to stylist Jason Bolden, w ...

  8. Lady Gaga's 'Perfect Illusion' Back to No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks Chart

    September 15, 2016 6:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sia scores the week’s highest debut, Beyonce claims another top 10, plus moves by The Black Eyed Peas & Kings of Leon.   Lady Gaga returns to the throne of the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart as “Perfect Illusion” rebounds 5-1 on the Sept. ...

  9. Black Eyed Peas Reunite for Anti-Gun Violence Song

    August 31, 2016 10:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Black Eyed Peas are reuniting after a five-year hiatus for a new rendition of their song "Where Is The Love?" aimed at ending gun violence. "Where Is The Love?" was originally released in 2003 and reached No. 8 on the Billboard s ...

  10. Mary J. Blige to Appear on 'How To Get Away With Murder'

    August 31, 2016 4:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige is set to join Professor Annalise Keating and company for season three of ABC's hit show  How To Get Away With Murder , a rep confirms to  Billboard . Mary J. Blige Files For Divorce From Husband/Manager After 12 Years of Marriage ...

  11. The 14 Things You Didn't See on TV at the 2016 VMAs

    August 29, 2016 12:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard  had eyes all over the 2016 VMAs at Madison Square Garden tonight--from backstage pre-show to our editors amongst the audience--and we're here to show you exactly what you did not see on TV.  MTV VMA 2016 6:30pm EST :  Rihanna  rehear ...

  12. 10 Songs That Aren't About What You Think They Are

    August 08, 2016 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Once a song is out in the world, its lyrics no longer belong to the person whose brain they sprang from. That’s part of what makes pop music such a unique art form: Two listeners will hear the same seemingly straightforward three-minute pop tune in  ...

  13. Mary J. Blige Files For Divorce From Husband/Manager After 12 Years of Marriage

    July 28, 2016 3:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige 's 12-year marriage to husband and manager Martin "Kendu" Isaacs is coming to an end. According to TMZ , the R&B singer cited irreconcilable differences in court documents for the breakup. She also allegedly is askin ...

  14. Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Prince & More: Essence's Michelle Ebanks Talks Memorable Festival Moments

    July 01, 2016 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 “It’s called delirium at this point,” says Michelle Ebanks with a laugh when recently asked how plans for the 2016 Essence Festival were coming along. “All things considered, this year is smooth sailing,” continues the president of Essence Communica ...

  15. Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Young Thug & More Set to Take Their Talents to BET Experience Africa

    December 09, 2015 11:47 AM EST 0 0 0 BET has set its sights overseas for its forthcoming lifestyle festival BET Experience Africa. A slew of big-name headliners like Maxwell , Mary J. Blige , Young Thug and Raphael Saadiq will storm the stage alongside native acts like AKA, Flavour (Ni ...

  16. Busta Rhymes Reunites With High-Profile Pals For Hot For The Holidays Show: Live Review

    December 07, 2015 2:21 PM EST 0 0 0 With nine albums and 10 million copies sold on his resume,  Busta Rhymes is one of hip-hop’s elder statesmen. To celebrate 25 years in the game, he lit up New Jersey’s Prudential Center on Saturday night (Dec. 5) for Hot 97’s Hot for the Holidays co ...

  17. Mary J. Blige Performing Soon!

    Mary J. Blige Performing Soon!

    December 02, 2015 2:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Multi-Grammy award winning R&B superstar Mary J. Blige will be performing at the BET Experience Africa in Johannesburg on December 12th. Blige, who last performed in South Africa in 2007, will join M wochit entertainment , bet experience africa ...

  18. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Nirvana Ruled Alternative

    November 23, 2015 8:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Twenty-four years ago, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' crowned Alternative Songs. Plus, remembering chart feats by Taylor Swift, Jay Z, Alicia Keys & the Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven deca ...

  19. Watch Preview for 'The Wiz Live' Featuring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Common & More

    November 17, 2015 11:33 AM EST 0 0 0 NBC is presenting The Wiz Live! a three-hour production of the musical that made waves in 1974 featuring an all-star cast with Michael Jackson , Diana Ross , and Lena Horne, among others. This year’s live broadcast, in the tradition of last year ...

  20. Babyface Remembers 'Waiting to Exhale' Soundtrack 20 Years Later: Exclusive Q&A

    November 14, 2015 3:33 PM EST 0 0 0 The songwriter and producer chronicles his hit soundtrack, 20 years after its Nov. 14, 1995 debut. In 1995, Whitney Houston , tackling her first project since The Bodyguard elevated her to global superstardom, deviated from the planned script. Inste ...

  21. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1989, Roxette's 'Listen' Was Heard at No. 1

    November 02, 2015 8:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Twenty-six years ago, the Swedish pop duo scored its second Hot 100 topper – and made history. Plus, remembering chart feats by Mary J. Blige, the Beach Boys & Meat Loaf. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven ...

  22. 2015 MTV EMAs: Tori Kelly Mashes Up 'Should've Been Us' With 'No Scrubs' and More

    2015 MTV EMAs: Tori Kelly Mashes Up 'Should've Been Us' With 'No Scrubs' and More

    October 25, 2015 9:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 The singer goes old school with a '90s flashback mashing up her hit with TLC, Mary J. Blige and Fugees classics. Videos Mary J. Blige ...

  23. The Year in Soundtracks: From 'Furious 7' to 'Empire,' the Strongest Contenders for a Grammy Nod

    October 16, 2015 2:17 PM EDT In the playlist era, movie and TV soundtracks resonate deeply: They’re compilations with built-in narratives. That might be why four hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2015, the most in six years -- and all are strong contenders for a nomination ...

  24. Guest Playlist: Listen to Lee Foss' 5 Songs to Fall in Love To

    September 29, 2015 4:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Hot Creations co-founder shares five of his favorite love songs ahead of his appearance at Dirtybird Campout. If there’s one timeless topic across house music, it’s love. Call it trite, but it definitely doesn’t sound that way when it’s channele ...

  25. Mary J. Blige & Queen Latifah to Star in NBC's 'The Wiz'

    July 28, 2015 7:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 The live musical will air Dec. 3 & is the network's follow-up to "Peter Pan" and "Sound of Music." NBC's live  The Wiz  has enlisted some musical heavy-hitters. Queen Latifah   and  Mary J. Blige   have joined the c ...

  26. Glastonbury 2015: The Who Rocks the Crowd, Kanye West Goes Solo, and More Highlights From This Year's Festival

    June 29, 2015 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Less a festival, more a pop-up city set over 900 acres, in a time when hundreds of British festivals are competing with one another, Glastonbury remains king. The site is so vast and potentially disorientating that guided tours are now offered for o ...

  27. Janet Jackson, Miguel & Lauryn Hill: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Episode 55

    June 26, 2015 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show Real-Time Rewind, which recaps the past week's notable trends on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. This ...

  28. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan Perform Tribute to Nina Simone at NYC's Apollo Theater

    June 02, 2015 12:03 AM EDT The vocalists hit the stage following a screening of the Netflix documentary 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' Netflix, along with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, paid due homage to the legendary High Priestess of Soul,  Nina Simone , ...

  29. 10 British Summer Music Festivals You Need to Know About Now

    May 19, 2015 3:34 PM EDT 1.172 k 95 0 Amid Britain's castles, parks and farms, British fans revel in an endless summer of music. Decades before American music fans flocked to Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, the United Kingdom already boasted a thriving and diverse fest ...

  30. Rico Love Steps Out On His Own With 'Turn The Lights On': Album Review

    May 18, 2015 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 In an interview in January , singer-songwriter/producer/rapper Rico Love identified a turning point in his career: a trio of ballads he wrote several years ago for Melanie Fiona ("4 AM"), Mary J. Blige ("Mr. Wrong"), and Trey Son ...

  31. Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Returns To Essence Festival

    May 05, 2015 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will close out the Essence Festival’s July 3 tribute to the city of New Orleans in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The special tribute also marks the popular R&B group’s return to the Esse ...

  32. Usher, No Doubt, Fall Out Boy Highlight Inaugural Global Citizen Earth Day Concert In DC

    April 18, 2015 10:00 PM EDT 1.652 k 185 88 Two weeks after undergoing foot surgery  that he likened to 70s TV series “The Six Million Dollar Man” , Usher had an important message for Global Poverty Project / Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans. “I might be a little injured, but I wanna ma ...

  33. Usher, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani Among Headliners for Earth Day Rally

    April 18, 2015 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 An all-day Earth Day rally and concert Saturday (April 18) is drawing some big names to the National Mall. Usher , Mary J. Blige , Gwen Stefani , Common and Train are scheduled to perform during the free Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day rally hosted by ...

  34. Mary J. Blige on 'The London Sessions' Documentary: 'I Feel Like I Have a New Confidence'

    April 17, 2015 3:48 PM EDT For her thirteenth studio album The London Sessions , Mary J. Blige made a hard left. Bored with the slog of the recording process and facing creative redundancy, the R&B veteran took a different approach for the LP, spending 10 days in Lond ...

  35. 'The Voice' Recap: Playoffs Continue as Artists Fight for Top 12 Spots

    April 07, 2015 10:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 After excellent performances from Blake Shelton and Pharrell’s teams last night, the Playoffs continued on The Voice tonight, as artists from Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine’s teams took the stage to sing for America’s vote. After a performance f ...

  36. 'Empire' Composer Fil Eisler's Musical Mission? Make the Fox Show 'Sound Like a Movie'

    March 13, 2015 11:53 AM EDT Vanessa Freebairn-Smith is arguably as integral to the sound of Empire as executive music producer Timbaland . The first-chair cellist is the primary soloist on the 15 or so orchestral cues that composer Fil Eisler writes for each episode, some ...

  37. Chart Highlights: 'Loud' & Proud, Ed Sheeran Tops All Three Pop, Adult Airplay Charts

    March 09, 2015 7:00 PM EDT 6.196 k 189 30 His smash ballad is one of just four singles ever to lead Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary simultaneously. Plus, new No. 1s for Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Jason Aldean & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a ...

  38. Mary J. Blige Documentary Gets Spotlight at Tribeca Film Festival

    March 05, 2015 3:52 PM EST A documentary chronicling the recording of Mary J. Blige 's 13th studio album will receive its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 15-26 in New York. Blige will perform at the festival as well. Mary J. Blige--The London Sessi ...

  39. Madeon Makes His Mark on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    February 20, 2015 3:57 PM EST The producer arrives at No. 29, showing off his penchant for mixing dance and rock. Madeon scores the Hot Shot Debut on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Pay No Mind" (No. 29). Featuring vocals from alt-rock band P ...

  40. Chart Highlights: Mana, Shakira Debut at No. 1 on Latin Airplay

    February 16, 2015 4:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Plus, new leaders for Walk the Moon, Modest Mouse, Mary J. Blige, Florida Georgia Line, Ricky Martin & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay ex ...

  41. Grammys 2015: Sam Smith Performs 'Stay With Me' With Mary J. Blige

    February 08, 2015 11:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Newly crowned best new artist   Sam Smith   doesn't exactly need any help in the soul department, but when Mary J. Blige joined Smith onstage for a stirring performance of Smith's huge hit "Stay With Me," there were serious vocal ...

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