1. Chris Brown, Chrisette Michele, Pharrell, Nas Join BET's Haiti Telethon

    February 05, 2010 2:31 PM EST 0 0 0 C hris Brown , Chrisette Michele , Nas and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams are the latest celebrities added to the roster for BET's "SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti" telethon taking place at the American Airlines Arena in Mi ...

  2. Robin Thicke Joins Alicia Keys on 'Freedom Tour'

    February 05, 2010 12:40 PM EST 0 0 0 R obin Thicke is set to join Alicia Keys on her nationwide tour beginning March 3rd and making stops in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles before wrapping up on April 10th. "I am excited and honored to be going on tour with Alicia. She� ...

  3. Video: Keri Hilson Talks Grammy Noms, Performs "Knock You Down"

    January 20, 2010 1:15 PM EST may be almost a month old now, but singer/songwriter Keri Hilson is still aglow thinking about what an incredible year 2009 was -- she's got two Grammy nominations as a constant reminder. She told Billboard all about it in a recent video i ...

  4. Billboard Bits: T.I., The Jam, Whitney Houston, Beck, Kandi Burruss And More

    January 19, 2010 5:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Atlanta raper T.I ., who was released to a halfway house less than a month ago after serving seven months in prison on a gun charge, is back in the studio ...

  5. Nicki Minaj: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 2:56 PM EST 0 0 0 Until Lil Wayne discovered Nicki Minaj on the DVD series "The Come Up" two years ago, nearly a decade had passed since a female rapper created much buzz in the music industry. Minaj, born Onika Maraj, has appeared on albums by Gucci Mane , ...

  6. Toni Braxton "Pulse" Album Preview

    January 15, 2010 1:12 PM EST 0 0 0 Toni Braxton, "Pulse" (Atlantic) Release Date: March 2010 After suffering from a heart disease-related illness in 2008, R&B singer Toni Braxton says she "didn't think I'd ever be able to do music again." But a conve ...

  7. Game Works With Pharrell, Feuds with 50 Cent

    January 05, 2010 5:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Once upon a time, gangster rapper Game had preconceived notions about eccentric rapper/producer Pharrell Williams -and vice versa. But the two have since put aside their differences; Williams is the executive producer of Game's fourth studio al ...

  8. Ke$ha Bumps Jay-Z, Clocks First Hot 100 No. 1

    December 23, 2009 1:37 PM EST 0 0 0 Newcomer Ke$ha takes her first solo chart single "TiK ToK" to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 (2-1), set to be released on Billboard.com Thursday (Dec. 24). Ke$ha is the first female vocalist to rise to No. 1 with her debut single since L ...

  9. Susan Boyle Blocks Alicia Keys From No. 1 On Billboard 200

    December 23, 2009 10:55 AM EST 0 0 0 There's just no stopping Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream." The album continues to lock up the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth week in a row, selling 661,000 copies (up 14%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. " ...

  10. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Stevie Wonder, Slum Village, Queen Emily

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST --Stevie Wonder will host the Jonas Brothers, Robin Thicke, Charlie Wilson and Mary Mary at his 14th annual House Full of Toys benefit concert. The concert takes place Dec. 12 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Wonder is a Grammy Award nominee i ...

  11. Beyoncé, Maxwell, Keri Hilson Lead Nominations For Soul Train Awards Return

    October 23, 2009 11:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 With four nominations each, Beyoncé , Keri Hilson and Maxwell head the list of nominees for the return of the Soul Train Awards. The awards ceremony, hosted by actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will be the first special aired on BET' ...

  12. Producer Danja Talks Working With Whitney Houston

    September 24, 2009 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Whitney Houston 's comeback album "I Look To You" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , Billboard caught up with producer Danja to talk about his work on two of the album's songs: "For The Lovers" and "Nothin& ...

  13. Robin Thicke Readies New Album For 2009

    March 17, 2009 9:42 AM EDT 0 0 0 Robin Thicke has made enough progress on his next album to predict a first single this summer with a full-length release in the fall. "I've got about 15 new (songs)," Thicke told reporters during a Monday conference call to promote hi ...

  14. Jennifer Hudson To Get 'Intimate And Personal' On Tour

    March 17, 2009 8:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jennifer Hudson is buzzing at the prospect of the first-full scale concert tour of her career. "I'm excited to get out and meet the people and sing for the people," Hudson, who hits the road March 31 in Albany, N.Y. with Robin Thicke, ...

  15. Plant/Krauss, Lil Wayne Win Big At 51st Grammys

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the big winners at the 51st annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center, tallying five trophies, including album of the year for the Rounder project "Raising Sand" and record of the year for ...

  16. Diamond, Wonder, M.I.A. Added To Grammys

    February 05, 2009 1:14 PM EST 0 0 0 Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, M.I.A., Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke, Allen Toussaint and Terence Blanchard have joined the performance lineup for Sunday's Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center. In addition, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John ...

  17. Diamond, Wonder, M.I.A. Added To Grammys

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, M.I.A., Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke, Allen Toussaint and Terence Blanchard have joined the performance lineup for Sunday's Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center. In addition, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jo ...

  18. Essence Festival Adds Maxwell, Al Green, Ne-Yo

    January 29, 2009 12:01 AM EST 0 0 0 Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo and En Vogue will join previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival. The event will be held July 3-5 at the New Orleans Superdome. Roun ...

  19. Essence Festival Adds Maxwell, Al Green, Ne-Yo

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo and En Vogue will join previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival. The event will be held July 3-5 at the New Orleans Superdome. Ro ...

  20. Usher, Etheridge, Death Cab Rock Inaugural CD/DVD

    January 13, 2009 6:24 PM EST 0 0 0 "Change Is Now" Features Top Artists, Obama Speeches. Stevie Wonder, will.i.am, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Hudson, Death Cab For Cutie and Usher are among the artists featured on "Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise," ...

  21. Morris Receives City Of Hope Award

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a presentation that was both moving and jubilant, Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Doug Morris received the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award Wednesday night (Oct. 14) at a benefit dinner that raised a record $10 million for the Duarte, Calif ...

  22. T.I. Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200, Hot 100

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T.I. earns his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "Paper Trail" debuts at the top this week. The rapper earns his biggest sales week ever with the Grand Hustle/Atlantic set, which moved 568, T.I. earns his third straight No. 1 on ...

  23. T.I. Debuts Big Atop Billboard 200, Hot 100

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. earns his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 as "Paper Trail" debuts at the top this week. The rapper earns his biggest sales week ever with the Grand Hustle/Atlantic set, which moved 568,000 copies in the U.S., according to ...

  24. T.I.'s 'Paper Trail' Leads To No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. notches his third straight No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his "Paper Trail" debuts atop the list with 568,000. That figure not only marks the rapper's best sales week ever, but the third-biggest of the year and Atlantic Re ...

  25. T.I.'s 'Trail' On Track For No. 1 Debut

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T.I.'s "Paper Trail" (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) is on course to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week. The rapper's sixth studio set leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released today (Oct. T.I.'s "Paper ...

  26. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    September 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T.I. transcends his legal woes on his new album, Jennifer Hudson makes her long-awaited debut, Robin Thicke tries to build on his sophomore success and Faith Hill gets serious about a Christmas album Holiday albums from Bela Fleck and Flecktones (&q ...

  27. Jennifer Hudson: The Triple Threat

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jennifer Hudson doesn't drink coffee. Doesn't like it, she says. Doesn't need it, counters her manager, Miguel Melendez. Jennifer Hudson doesn't drink coffee. Doesn't like it, she says. Doesn't need it, counters her man ...

  28. Robin Thicke: White Like Me

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On the eve of the release of his third studio set, "Something Else" (Star Trak/Interscope), Robin Thicke chatted with Billboard and candidly discussed his career path leading up to the album, and how On the eve of the release of his third ...

  29. Robin Thicke: White Like Me

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's an unusually hot and humid summer night in Hollywood. A murmuring line of fans -- mostly women --snakes around the Sunset Boulevard perimeter of the House of Blues. They're waiting for one thing It's an unusually hot and humid su ...

  30. Ask Billboard: Kanye West, 50 Cent and Kenny Chesney, UK artists, Rock Charts

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Keith answers questions Kanye West, 50 Cent and Kenny Chesney, UK artists, rock charts and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and las ...

  31. Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke Team For Tour

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige and Robin Thicke will hit the road together in North America this fall, beginning Sept. 13 in Charleston, S.C. The R&B stars have dates on tap through Oct. 19 in Los Angeles. Mary J. Blige and Robin Thicke will hit the road togethe ...

  32. Lil Wayne

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After a late night in an Atlanta recording studio, the croak in Lil Wayne's voice is especially noticeable. A little more than two weeks ago, the self-proclaimed and highly co-signed "best rapper aliv After a late night in an Atlanta recor ...

  33. I Declare

    June 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As its title suggests, Ashanti's new "The Declaration" is in many ways about womanhood and empowerment, which led the Long Island, N.Y., native to work with new producers. As its title suggests, Ashanti's new "The Declaratio ...

  34. Debut Jennifer Hudson Album Due In September

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Academy Award-winning actress/former "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson will release her debut album, a self-titled affair, in September via Arista Records. The first single, "Spotlight," will Academy Award-winning actres ...

  35. Thicke Sharpens His Soul On 'Something Else'

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Robin Thicke ratchets up the soul on his third solo album, "Something Else," due July 1 via Star Trak/Interscope. Robin Thicke ratchets up the soul on his third solo album, "Something Else," due July 1 via Star Trak/Interscope. T ...

  36. Thicke Sharpens His Soul On 'Something Else'

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Robin Thicke ratchets up the soul on his third solo album, "Something Else," due July 1 via Star Trak/Interscope. Thicke previewed the project for media last night (April 14) in Los Angeles. "Something Else" is led by the uptem ...

  37. Ashanti Drafts Pharrell, Dupri For New Disc

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As its title suggests, Ashanti's new "The Declaration" is in many ways about womanhood and empowerment, which led the Long Island, N.Y., native to work with new producers. As its title suggests, Ashanti's new "The Declaratio ...

  38. Ashanti To Return With 'The Declaration'

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ashanti's third album, "The Declaration" is set for a June 3 release via The Inc./Universal Motown. Robin Thicke, Jermaine Dupri, LT Hutton, Babyface, and Pharrell Williams are among the album's producers. Her first single &quo ...

  39. Keith Sweat Works Up New Album

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 R&B veteran Keith Sweat returns May 6 with new album, "Just Me." His first new studio album since 2002's "Rebirth," the Keia/Atco/Rhino release features cameos by Keyshia Cole ("Love Your Better") R&B veter ...

  40. Chart Beat

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Usher's "Love in This Club," American 'Idols,' Janet Jackson and more! 'CLUB' PLAY: Adding sales to airplay can be like adding Mentos to Diet Coke. The resulting explosion has carried "Love in T ...

  41. Chart Beat

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Brad Paisley, Mariah Carey and more! KING OF POP (CATALOG): In its original run, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was on The Billboard 200 for 122 weeks, 37 of which were spent at No. 1. With the re-entry o ...

  42. Chart Beat

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys and more! 'STARTIN'' ALL OVER AGAIN: After an absence from the Hot 100 of four years, one month and one week, Michael Jackson returns with "Wanna Be Startin' Someth ...

  43. The Year In Charts 2007: An Early Peek

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Daughtry, Fergie and Akon are among the 2007 chart leaders in the 387 tallies that comprise Billboard's Year in Music & Touring issue, which will be on newsstands tomorrow (Dec. 14) and online at Daughtry, Fergie and Akon are among the 2007 ...

  44. Year-End Wrap: R&B/Hip-Hop Solid Across Charts

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST There was no major-league comeback to rival Mary J. Blige's 2006 breakthrough or Mariah Carey's 2005 emancipation. And hip-hop sales overall weren't anything to write home about. But R&B/hip-hop in 2007 still managed to chime in ...

  45. Where's The Love?

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 One Billboard staffer laments the lack of sultry R&B, plus thoughts on Chris Brown, Robin Thicke and more! One Billboard staffer laments the lack of sultry R&B, plus thoughts on Chris Brown, Robin Thicke and more! News Robin Thicke ...

  46. Where's The Love?

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 As I thought of my list, I began to ponder Chris Brown's sophomore set, "Exclusive," which sparked this notion: there seems to be a lack of ardent, passionate R&B music these days. Recently, Billboard's editorial staff was as ...

  47. 50 Cent, Kanye West Continue Rivalry On 106 & Park

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cent and Kanye West appeared on BET's 106 & Park yesterday, further promoting their retail battle -- their new albums, "Curtis"(Aftermath/Interscope) and "Graduation" (Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam) respectively, hit ...

  48. Rap Wars

    September 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Since Kanye West ("Graduation," Def Jam) and 50 Cent ("Curtis," G-Unit/Interscope) both confirmed a Sept. 11 release date for their new albums, retailers, rap fans and bloggers have whipped themselves Since Kanye West ("Grad ...

  49. Kingston Has No. 1 Song, Top Debut On Hot 100

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A week after soaring 23-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" begins a second week in the top spot on the chart. The newcomer's self-titled debut album opened yesterday at No. A week after soaring 23-1 on ...

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