1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side' Returns to Top 20

    December 11, 2014 9:59 PM EST On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1 for a fifth non-consecutive week, while AC/DC’s Rock or Bust debuted at No. 3. One more album arrived in the top 10: Mary J. Blige’s The London Sessions , which ...

  2. Mary J. Blige Earns 10th No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 11, 2014 8:32 PM EST Blige ties Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1s among women. The queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , returns to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her new genre-spanning set The London Sessions . It's her tenth No. 1, tying Blige with ...

  3. Mary J. Blige Earns 10th No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 11, 2014 8:32 PM EST The queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , returns to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her new genre-spanning set The London Sessions . It's her tenth No. 1, tying Blige with Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1 albums among women in ...

  4. The 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:22 PM EST Few genres ranged as widely as R&B in 2014. DJ Mustard was a ubiquitous presence on radio -- and he produced two of Billboard's top ten R&B tracks of the year ( Tinashe , Jeremih ) -- but you didn't need a Mustard beat to ma ...

  5. The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Much has been made of the way women dominated the Hot 100 in 2014, but the genre where women really shined this year was R&B. This may not have been reflected in the charts, but when Billboard staff picked their ten favorite R&B albums of ...

  6. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends Fifth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 10, 2014 11:10 AM EST 72.052 k 3.851 k 151 0 Taylor Swift's 1989 holds steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fifth non-consecutive week. Swift has now spent a cumulative total of 29 weeks at No. 1 with her four chart-topping albums. Among women, only Whi ...

  7. Watch Mary J. Blige's Violent Video for 'Whole Damn Year'

    December 02, 2014 3:44 PM EST Mary J. Blige 's new album, The London Sessions , is notable for its uptempo tracks, which are produced and written with the help of artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith . But one of the album's strongest songs is a classic Blige ballad ...

  8. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Remember When Taylor Swift Was Country … in 2011?

    November 24, 2014 8:05 AM EST Swift's 'Sparks Fly' topped Hot Country Songs just three years ago. Plus, looking back at key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Jay Z & Alicia Keys and the Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more th ...

  9. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Mary J. Blige Reveals 5 Important Life Lessons

    November 20, 2014 6:52 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Mary J. Blige has plenty of reasons to celebrate. She's marking two years of sobriety and set to release her crazily anticipated new album The London Sessions, a thrilling new LP featuring con ...

  10. Mary J. Blige Releases New Ballad 'Not Loving You'

    November 19, 2014 5:10 PM EST On Tuesday, Mary J. Blige released "Not Loving You," the latest song from her upcoming album The London Sessions. Listen below: Blige's project involves a number of young English musicians, including Sam Smith and Disclosure . The a ...

  11. Watch President Obama Join Willie Nelson For An Awkward Sing-Along of ‘On the Road Again’

    November 09, 2014 3:06 PM EST President Obama did his very best to keep up Willie Nelson as the country music legend sang his iconic song “On the Road Again” during a recent concert at the White House. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another ...

  12. Woman Sentenced in Stabbing of Mary J. Blige's Dad

    November 04, 2014 8:24 PM EST A woman accused of stabbing the father of R&B singer Mary J. Blige during a domestic dispute in Michigan has been sentenced to jail. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Cheryl White of Battle Creek was sentenced Monday to a year in jail, ...

  13. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' Begins 12-Week Hot 100 Reign

    November 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 2002, the rap god began his longest chart rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Roxette and the Beach Boys. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart h ...

  14. The Juice Podcast: Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne Delay Albums, Theophilus London Talks Working With Kanye

    October 31, 2014 5:45 PM EDT It was busy on the album news front this week, especially in R&B/hip-hop. Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj pushed back their albums ( Tha Carter V , The Pinkprint ) to December, Mary J. Blige ’s The London Sessions leaked, Theophilus London unleashed ...

  15. Leak Peek: Mary J. Blige's 'The London Sessions'

    October 28, 2014 1:00 PM EDT With more than a month until Mary J. Blige 's thirteenth studio album The London Sessions was slated to hit stores, the 12-track LP has leaked to the Internet. On Sunday, Oct. 26, the project hit the web well ahead of its U.K. Nov. 24 and U.S ...

  16. Hear Mary J. Blige's Club-Ready 'Nobody But You'

    October 01, 2014 5:49 PM EDT 14.872 k 33 0 0 Mary J. Blige doesn't need to wait for a DJ to remix her latest song; the R&B singer went ahead and remixed it from the start. "Nobody But You" features the yearning, soulful lyrics we're used to from Blige, but thi ...

  17. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban ...

  18. Watch Mary J. Blige Perform New Songs 'Therapy' & 'Right Now'

    September 24, 2014 5:36 PM EDT 20.167 k 47 11 0 Mary J. Blige has released two songs in advance of her upcoming album The London Sessions , due Dec. 3. She performed both on Later...With Jools Holland supported by a lean, efficient four-piece band. "Right Now" is built around ...

  19. Mary J. Blige Releases New Song Co-Written by Sam Smith

    September 22, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Mary J. Blige has made a career out of tough, resilient ballads, songs like "Not Gon' Cry," "No More Drama" and "Be Without You." Lately she's been in the studio with a group of English artists -- notably D ...

  20. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Note: This article was conducted prior to Clear Channel's corporate renaming to iHeartMedia , which was announced earlier today (Sept. 16). It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in L ...

  21. Hear Mary J. Blige's Team-Up With Disclosure & Sam Smith 'Right Now'

    September 05, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Mary J. Blige recently announced a new record called The London Sessions that will feature collaborations with Disclosure and Sam Smith , and on Friday (Sept. 5), she dropped the first taste with the smooth and compelling "Right Now." T ...

  22. HARD Summer 2014: Top 10 Performances

    August 05, 2014 1:12 PM EDT For a certain sect of dance music fans, namely those who favor hip hop influences over pop-leaning EDM, HARD Summer is like Christmas. Over the weekend, the annual music festival drew roughly 40,000 people to Los Angeles for a bill that included ...

  23. Essence Festival Hits Record Attendance for 20th Anniversary

    July 08, 2014 8:43 AM EDT The Essence Festival's 20th anniversary set a record for annual attendance, with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&B music, community and black culture at the New Orleans' convention center and Superdome, orga ...

  24. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from N ...

  25. Maya Angelou Dead: Beyonce, Rihanna, Common Pay Tribute to Iconic Poet

    May 28, 2014 12:22 PM EDT As news broke that author Maya Angelou -- who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page -- died on Wednesday morning at 86 , the music world paid tribute via social media. Mary J. Blige, Ke ...

  26. Mariah Carey Announces 14th Album, 'Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse'

    May 01, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Mariah Carey has unveiled the title, cover, release date and tracklist for her 14th album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” which arrives at digital and physical retail on May 27. Carey, who appears on the cover of this week’s magazine, ...

  27. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' & More: The 20 Biggest Crossover Hits

    April 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Williams' 'Happy' makes history as the first song to top as many as six Billboard radio format charts Call Pharrell Williams the crossover king. The singer/writer/producer's smash "Happy" becomes the first song to cr ...

  28. Frank Ocean's 'Super Rich Kids' Lawsuit a Perfect Example of Sampling's Legal Problems

    February 24, 2014 12:42 PM EST A few seconds on a hit record can add up to a few years in a courtroom. Just ask TuffAmerica, a New York label that on Feb. 7 sued Universal Music Group over a sample used on Frank Ocean’s “Super Rich Kids.” Amazon Sale Price Will Negatively Im ...

  29. Mary J. Blige's Father Stabbed, Critical

    January 24, 2014 1:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige's father is in critical condition at a Michigan hospital after being stabbed this week during a quarrel with his ex-girlfriend. Police say 63-year-old Thomas Blige was attacked early Thursday morning at his apartment in Battle Cre ...

  30. Whitney Wolanin Makes 'Run' Up AC Chart With 'Rudolph'

    December 24, 2013 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 The singer bullets at No. 2 for a second week with her cover of a holiday classic Five questions with Whitney Wolanin, who boasts the No. 2 title on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult Contemporary chart for a second week with "Run Run Rud ...

  31. Beyonce Still Set for Second Week at No. 1, Garth Brooks for No. 2

    December 20, 2013 7:06 PM EST 0 0 0 The album could sell 260,000 copies -- or more -- in its second week Beyonce is still on track to score a second week atop the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast her self-titled album to sell around 260,000 -- if not more -- in the track ...

  32. Chart Moves: Nearly One-Third of Albums Chart is Christmas Music, Zac Brown Band's Indie EP Debuts

    December 20, 2013 3:36 AM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, it was all about Beyonce, as the diva debuted at No. 1 with her new self-titled album, selling 617,000 copies after only three days on sale (according to Nielsen SoundScan). It was one of three new arri ...

  33. Beyonce Scores Fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 19, 2013 6:23 PM EST 0 0 0 Beyoncé's self-titled surprise album opens at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums marking her fifth leader on the list. The iTunes exclusive (through Dec. 18) set sold 617,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, her best sales w ...

  34. Emeli Sandé Being Honored at Essence Black Women in Music Event

    December 18, 2013 11:25 AM EST Singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé will be the honoree at Essence magazine's fifth annual Black Women in Music celebration. The invitation-only, Grammy Awards week reception will take place on January 22, featuring an exclusive performance by Sand ...

  35. Beyonce Trending Toward No. 1 on Billboard 200, Childish Gambino Top 10

    December 13, 2013 6:48 PM EST As previously reported , Beyonce's self-titled fifth solo studio set is likely headed towards a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 when the chart's top 10 is revealed on Dec. 18. The release has suddenly thrown off what was expected to be ...

  36. Chart Highlights: Rihanna Breaks Record For Most Pop Songs No. 1s

    December 09, 2013 6:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Eminem's 'The Monster,' on which she's featured, becomes her 11th leader, pushing her past Katy Perry (10) for the list's top total. Plus, new No. 1s for Icona Pop, Parmalee, tobyMac and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak ...

  37. Britney Spears, Jake Owen, 'Sound of Music' Set for Top 20 on Billboard 200

    December 06, 2013 7:48 PM EST Britney Spears' new album, "Britney Jean," is the biggest new release of the week and it's heading for a high debut on Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast the album to sell between 115,000 and 120,000 copies by the e ...

  38. Billboard's Holiday Songs & Albums Charts Return

    December 05, 2013 11:06 AM EST 'Tis the season for us to rank the 100 hottest holiday songs and the 50 best-selling Yuletide albums each week It's already looking a lot like Christmas on Billboard.com and Billboard.biz, as the Holiday 100 and Holiday Albums charts ret ...

  39. One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Enjoys Huge Opening Week in U.K.

    December 02, 2013 1:09 AM EST One Direction have achieved the U.K.’s fastest-selling artist album of 2013 to date, and of their career, with an opening 237,000 sales for their third set “Midnight Memories” (Syco Music/Sony). Calvin Harris debuted atop the singles chart with “ ...

  40. Yo Gotti Debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 29, 2013 6:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Yo Gotti's "I Am" debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 47,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, his biggest weekly sales figure to date. His previous best came on Jan. 28, 2012, when "Live From the Kitche ...

  41. Chart Moves: Mary J. Blige 'Holiday' Sales Sizzle, AWOLNATION's 'Symphony' Sees Big Gain

    November 28, 2013 11:19 AM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" returned to No. 1 , spending a second week in the top slot. The album sold 120,000 copies last week (down 43%). Last week's No. 1, Lady Gaga' ...

  42. Raphael Saadiq, 'Black Nativity: The Music Behind the Film': Video Exclusive

    November 18, 2013 11:43 AM EST At the core of the holiday drama, "Black Nativity," is the music. Raphael Saadiq was moved by director Kasi Lemmons' interpretation of Langston Hughes' play, and immediately got on board as executive music director. "' ...

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