1. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Steve Harvey Taking Awards Show to Atlanta; UMGD Launches Black History Month Campaign; and More

    February 10, 2014 8:16 PM EST -- Syndicated morning radio personality/TV talk show host Steve Harvey is taking his annual Ford Neighborhood Awards and Weekend Expo to Atlanta this year. Now in its 12th year, the four-day event will mark its first time in Atlanta when it hits t ...

  2. Melanie Fiona, Newly Indie, Teams with Pepsi, Complex for 'Cold Piece' Music Video

    October 17, 2013 3:01 PM EDT Melanie Fiona had infinite options for ways to release her new single “Cold Piece,” having parted ways with Universal earlier this year after recording two R&B/soul albums for Motown (2009’s “The Bridge” and 2012’s “The MF Life”). So, when P ...

  3. Bubbling Under: Smallpools Make Big Splash; Also, Amba Shepherd, K. Roosevelt, Citizens

    June 07, 2013 1:19 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Smallpools, Amba Shepherd, K. Roosevelt and Citizens. Smallpools Following in the ...

  4. Backbeat: SESAC Pop Music Awards Pop Off With Michelle Williams, Swizz Beatz, Mumford's Ben Lovett; Honor Daniel Glass, Rico Love

    May 14, 2013 6:12 PM EDT SESAC hosted its 17th Annual Pop Awards last night at the New York Public Library. Rico Love captured top honors at the event taking home both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year awards for his hit, "Heart Attack" as recorded b ...

  5. Talib Kweli, 'Prisoner of Conscious': Video Track-By-Track

    May 07, 2013 12:56 PM EDT Two years after "Gutter Rainbows" (2011) peaked at No. 7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Talib Kweli delivers his fifth studio album, "Prisoner of Conscious." "Prisoner of Conscious" went through "different change ...

  6. Whitney Houston Tribute: Melanie Fiona Sings 'One Moment in Time'

    February 13, 2013 12:10 PM EST To remember Whitney Houston on the anniversary of her passing, watch Melanie Fiona sing Whitney's ballad 'One Moment in Time' as part of a week-long tribute that also includes Chrisette Michele and Jessica Sanchez. Remembering Whit ...

  7. Essence Festival 2013: Brandy, Maxwell Heading to New Orleans

    January 08, 2013 9:45 AM EST 3 0 0 Brandy , Jill Scott , Keyshia Cole and Maxwell are among the entertainers set to perform at the 2013 Essence Festival , which returns to New Orleans for four days in July. The 19th annual celebration of black music and culture will be held July 4-7 ...

  8. Publishing Briefs: Reach, Downtown, House of Hassle, BMG Chrysalis, Patrick Joseph, Windish, More

    December 21, 2012 9:33 AM EST Reach Music Links With Zac Brown, Band, Southern Ground Reach Music Publishing has signed a worldwide publishing-administration agreement with Zac Brown, founder of the Zac Brown Band. In addition, Reach Music will administer publishing for artist ...

  9. Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston, Donna Summer At 'VH1 Divas': Watch

    December 17, 2012 11:50 AM EST 0 0 0 VH1 DIVAS Best Photos From the Show It was a confluence of glitz and glamour, spikes and suits and all manner of bare-chested male dancers. In other words, Adam Lambert 's Sunday night… And VH1 Divas 2012, which featured the American Idol seaso ...

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  11. Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull Added to VH1 Divas Lineup

    November 29, 2012 1:50 PM EST 0 0 0 VH1 is expanding its roster of Diva-worthy performers, adding Kelly Clarkson , Pitbull , Melanie Fiona and Metric to the network's annual Divas show. The artists join previously announced performers Ciara , Miley Cyrus , Demi Lovato , Kelly Row ...

  12. J. Cole Announces Sophomore Album, 'Born Sinner'

    November 06, 2012 11:35 AM EST 0 0 0 J. Cole has announced the details of "Born Sinner," the follow-up to his 2011 debut "Cole World: The Sideline Story." The new album is due out Jan. 28, 2013. The North Carolina rapper broke the news on Monday night (Nov. 5) durin ...

  13. Presidential Debate 2012, Round 2: Musicians React on Twitter

    October 17, 2012 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Barack Obama found his pulse during last night's second debate with GOP challenger Mitt Romney, with snap polls from CBS, CNN and Public Policy Polling, among others, declaring the President winner of the town hall-style forum at Long Island� ...

  14. Backbeat: Music Unites Launches at LA's House of Rock With Women Music Execs, H.S. Students, BRMC, 30 Fender Strats

    September 25, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Women in Music: From Left: Warner Bros. Records VP of radio promotion Julie Muncy; KIIS LA assistant PD/music director Julie Pilat; WBR artist Helena; ICM music agent, Caroline Yim; What's Trending co-founder/keynote speaker Shira Lazar;, Kin ...

  15. Steve Rifkind Signs Deal To Help Promote New American Basketball League

    September 05, 2012 12:37 PM EDT Steve Rifkind, the label head who founded Loud Records before selling it to Sony and creating SRC Records, has signed a partnership deal with the brand new American Basketball League, the U.S.'s first professional league with international FI ...

  16. Backbeat: Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona Rock Pepsi/Billboard's Summer Beats Show Honoring Michael Jackson's 'Bad'

    August 30, 2012 1:49 PM EDT (L-R): Frank Cooper, chief marketing officer of global consumer engagement at PepsiCo, arrives at the Billboard/Pepsi Summer Beats show last night with Prometheus Global Media CEO Dottie Mattison and Bozoma Saint John, cultural branding marketer a ...

  17. Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona Celebrate Michael Jackson at Pepsi & Billboard Summer Beats

    August 30, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Swizz Beatz Rocks DJ Set at NYC Blowout on MJ's 54th Birthday Some of R&B's biggest stars paid tribute to the King of Pop on Wednesday night. At Billboard and Pepsi's latest Summer Beats concert, Ne-Yo , Melanie Fiona , Swizz Beat ...

  18. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' to Be Honored at Pepsi/Billboard Concert

    August 29, 2012 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, Swizz Beatz and DJ Cassidy will honor the King of Pop with tribute performances Pepsi will continue its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson 's "Bad" tonight (Aug. 29) at New York City ...

  19. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' to Be Honored at Pepsi/Billboard Concert Tonight at 8:45 PM ET

    August 29, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Pepsi will continue its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Bad tonight (Aug. 29) at New York City's Gotham Hall with performances from Ne-Yo and Melanie Fiona (right) and a DJ set from Swizz Beatz, with ad ...

  20. Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, Swizz Beatz To Celebrate Michael Jackson's 'Bad' at Pepsi/Billboard Concert Next Week

    August 21, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Pepsi will continue its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Bad Aug. 29 at New York City's Gotham Hall with performances from Ne-Yo and Melanie Fiona and a DJ set from Swizz Beatz, with additional tunes fro ...

  21. Candid Covers: Melanie Fiona Sings Alanis Morissette

    August 07, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "'Ironic' by Alanis Morissette is just a great song that just really cut through in pop culture when I was a kid," Melanie Fiona said of the song she performed at her Billboard Candid Covers session. "That was a special song ...

  22. Steve Rifkind, Chairman/CEO of SRC Records, Leaving Universal

    July 31, 2012 8:56 AM EDT All great things come to a end. Yes it's true I'm leaving SRC Universal as of Sept 1. Want to thank all the artist 4 a great run - Steve Rifkind (@steverifkind) July 30, 2012 Steve Rifkind, Chairman and CEO of SRC Records, is leaving SRC ...

  23. D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 13, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo , stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies, ...

  24. R&B Favorite D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo, stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies ...

  25. Essence Festival 2012: The 10 Best Performances

    July 09, 2012 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 If there was any ever doubt whether R&B was alive and progressing, the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans debunked each and every doubter. No gimmicks or special affects were needed, as pure vocal prowess and legacy resonated loudly thro ...

  26. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  27. Four Play: 2 Chainz, Melanie Fiona, Kelly Rowland, T.I.

    June 19, 2012 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Melanie Fiona clocks-in, 2 Chainz gets monochromatic, Kelly Rowland embraces summer and T.I. keeps it classy. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring, Melanie Fiona, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chainz, T.I., with a bonus treat from B.o.B. Me ...

  28. M.I.A. Signs With Roc Nation Management

    May 24, 2012 7:24 PM EDT Sri Lankan MC M.I.A. has signed with Roc Nation management, the company announced on its website today. Backbeat: Rihanna, Deadmau5 Play Roc Nation/Three Six Zero Grammy Afterparty; Execs Get Down She joins a potent and growing lineup that include ...

  29. Kanye West, the Throne, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2012 7:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 BET Awards viewers will be watching the Throne. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaboration has five nominations at this year's ceremony, including Best Group, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Video of the Year ("N***as in Paris&q ...

  30. Photos: Usher Honors Rico Love; Melanie Fiona Raises the Roof; Jacob Luttrell, EMI Win Big at SESAC Awards

    May 11, 2012 5:08 PM EDT The winners: From left: SESAC song of the year winner for "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" sung by Enrique Iglesias Jacob Luttrell; inspiration award winner Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; songwriter of he year Rico Love. (Photo: Shawn Ehl ...

  31. Chart Juice: Fat Joe Returns to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    April 13, 2012 1:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fat Joe nabs his fourth career top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Another Round," featuring Chris Brown , rises to No. 8 from No. 11. The song becomes the Bronx Bomber's first top 10 since "Make It Rain&q ...

  32. Chart Juice: Melanie Fiona Notches First No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    April 06, 2012 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Melanie Fiona earns her first No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her two-week old "The MF Life" (2-1). It's the first album to reach No. 1 without debuting in the top slot since Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" ascended i ...

  33. Adele, Feist, Melanie Fiona, Gary Slaight Honored at Juno Awards Gala Dinner

    March 31, 2012 10:45 PM EDT For the second time in the Juno Awards 41-year history, the annual celebration of Canadian music was held in the nation's capital of Ottawa, beginning with the private gala dinner at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Saturday evening at which t ...

  34. Chart Juice: LoveRance Rises 'Up!' to Top 10

    March 30, 2012 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Just one week after Kirko Bangz earned his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Drank In My Cup" in its 31st week, marking the lengthiest rise to the top tier for a rap song since 2009, newbie LoveRance's ...

  35. Chart Moves: Carly Rae Jepsen Hits Hot 100 Top 20; Alex Clare Gets a Microsoft Boost

    March 29, 2012 8:05 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae), spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Kelly Clarkson collects her first topper on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and Taylor S ...

  36. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 28, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "The Hunger Games" soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since " As for the ...

  37. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 28, 2012 10:55 AM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since "Michael ...

  38. Chart Juice: Kirko Bangz Earns Long-Awaited Top 10 With 'Drank In My Cup'

    March 22, 2012 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Houston-born rapper Kirko Bangz earns his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as his second charted single, "Drank in My Cup," advances 13-10. "Drank in My Cup" enters the top tier in its 31st week, a ra ...

  39. J. Cole Enlists Melanie Fiona For Upcoming Album

    March 22, 2012 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Expect to hear more from J. Cole and Melanie Fiona in the near future as they join forces for Cole's upcoming sophomore album. Melanie Fiona Used 'MF Life' Delay To Bring In Nas, Drake, J. Cole Aside from their collaboration, "Th ...

  40. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

    March 21, 2012 7:14 PM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack is set to debut at No. 1 next week's Billboard 200 chart, so say industry sources. One Direction Makes History With No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart The multi-artist album should sell at leas ...

  41. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

    March 21, 2012 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The Hunger Games" soundtrack is set to debut at No. 1 next week's Billboard 200 chart, so say industry sources. The multi-artist album should sell at least 150,000 to 170,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 25 ...

  42. Chart Juice: Rihanna, Usher Roar Into Top 10

    March 16, 2012 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 R ihanna and Usher both bound into the top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with their equally-young, fast-rising new hits. Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," featuring Chris Brown , earns the chart's Airplay Gainer bad ...

  43. Melanie Fiona Used 'MF Life' Delay To Bring In Nas, Drake, J. Cole

    March 14, 2012 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The MF Life" is coming a little later than Melanie Fiona had planned, but the singer feels its a case of all good things coming to those who wait. "You know, there were a lot of changes, obviously, in the music industry, a lot of mer ...

  44. Chart Juice: Mary J. Blige Notches Record-Extending Top 10 Single

    March 09, 2012 11:25 AM EST 0 0 0 The Queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , along with her guest star Drake , both earn their 23rd top 10s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Mr. Wrong" inches up 11-10. Blige continues to boast the most top 10s among women since the tally began ...

  45. Chart Juice: Beyonce Nabs Sixth No.1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    March 02, 2012 5:05 PM EST 0 0 0 As if nabbing her first No. 1 on Adult R&B last week wasn't enough for Beyoncé , earning the No. 1 spot on the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart is certainly just right. "Love on Top," the song that will always remind us of Bey& ...

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