1. Watch Ayla Brown and Heavenly Joy Jerkins Perform at the RNC

    July 22, 2016 1:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 American Idol Season 5 alum Ayla Brown delivered a powerful version of the national anthem Thursday night (July 21) at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Dressed in a red pantsuit, the daughter of former Republican U.S. Senator S ...

  2. Rodney Jerkins' 5-Year-Old Daughter Heavenly Joy Auditions for 'America's Got Talent': Watch

    July 08, 2015 7:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 It looks like producer Rodney Jerkins isn’t the only musical star in the family. Jerkins’ adorable 5-year-old daughter Heavenly Joy auditioned for America’s Got Talent and won over the entire panel -- especially Howard Stern. Watch Rodney Jerkins on ...

  3. Guest Post: Publishing Trade Association Responds to Roger Faxon, Saying 'Pandora Exploits Songwriters'

    April 21, 2015 8:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Like many in the music biz,  David Israelite was surprised to learn of  Roger Faxon' s decision to join the board of directors at Pandora . In this open letter exclusively published by Billboard,  Israelite shares his thoughts on how it might a ...

  4. Rodney Jerkins: The 2015 GRAMMYs Red Carpet

    Rodney Jerkins: The 2015 GRAMMYs Red Carpet

    February 08, 2015 11:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Rodney Jerkins: The 2015 GRAMMYs Red Carpet music , Grammys , interview , 2015 , red carpet , Billboard , Q&A , arrivals , Rodney Jerkins , Awards Videos Rodney Jerkins ...

  5. Ariana Grande Teases New Song 'Love Me Harder'

    August 05, 2014 1:24 PM EDT 1.517 k 140 1 "Bang Bang" may still be in heavy rotation on your iPod, but Ariana Grande is already moving on to her next likely hit. The singer Instagrammed a video that provided a tease of one of the songs off the upcoming  My Everything , &qu ...

  6. Capitol Music Group and Producer Rodney Jerkins Enter Label Partnership

    July 21, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Grammy winner's Evolve Music Group roster includes Diana Ross’ son Evan Ross. Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins have signed a multi-year, worldwide agreement on behalf of the latter’s Evolve ...

  7. Michael Jackson to Unleash World Premiere Experience At Billboard Music Awards

    May 08, 2014 6:00 AM EDT 5 2 0 The Estate of Michael Jackson created the spot, which will present the superstar “like you’ve never seen him before.” Michael Jackson will create another slice of history at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALIS ...

  8. Michael Jackson To Unleash World Premiere Experience At Billboard Music Awards

    May 08, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson will create another slice of history at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! 
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  9. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ...

  10. 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, ...

  11. Publishing Briefs: INgrooves Music Publishing Announce Signings, BMG Chrysalis Signs 3 Winans Brothers, Riptide Music & Pigfactory Merge

    February 24, 2014 11:19 PM EST --- INgrooves Music Publishing , which was launched by digital music distributor INgrooves Music Group in July, has announced a slew of signings, including reggae artist Stephen Marley , folk-rock band Jamestown Revival , U.K. recording artist Nat ...

  12. Virgin Showcases ID4GiRLS

    January 31, 2014 2:11 AM EST Destiny’s Child for the 21st century? That was one of the remarks heard after a gathering of industry executives, songwriters, producers and tastemakers listened to the vibrant three-part harmony belted out by new female trio ID4GiRLS. Signed to ...

  13. Mariah Carey Releases New Song, 'The Art of Letting Go': Listen

    November 11, 2013 12:02 PM EST After much anticipation, Mariah Carey releases her latest single, "The Art of Letting Go." The heartfelt ballad, produced by Rodney Jerkins, finds Mariah showcasing her vocal prowess as she sings of life after heartbreak . "Letti ...

  14. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rap Song, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Anthems and opuses from hip-hop's big guns and breakthrough stars best RAP album Take Care Drake LABEL: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records PRODUCERS: Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Carlo Montagnese, the Weeknd, Jamie "XX" ...

  15. Songwriters Dan Wilson, Greg Kurstin and Others to Discuss Work at Grammy Museum

    October 11, 2012 8:52 PM EDT Songwriters Dan Wilson, Greg Kurstin, Evan Bogart, Tim Pagnotta and Rodney Jerkins will discuss their work with artist such as Adele, Pink, Neon Trees, Justin Bieber and numerous others at the Grammy Museum on Oct. 15. Presented by the Songwriters ...

  16. Ciara Debuts 'Sorry' Video: Watch

    September 13, 2012 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After teasing fans with steamy video stills earlier this week, Ciara finally debuts the video for "Sorry." "It's someone that I really loved," she told ESSENCE of "Sorry." "They'll know who they are when ...

  17. Call Nelly Furtado 'Indestructible'

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT After selling 10 million singles, Nelly Furtado reinvents herself again. In the spring, Interscope picked a release date of June 19 for Nelly Furtado's long-awaited fourth English album, "The Spirit Indestructible". However, with an ...

  18. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  19. Amy Winehouse, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross Set for Nas' 'Life is Good'

    June 22, 2012 8:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nas will be in good company on his latest album. "Life is Good," due July 17, will feature performances from Rick Ross , Mary J. Blige , Anthony Hamilton and the late Amy Winehouse . The singer will be featured on "Cherry Wine," ...

  20. Justin Bieber: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 11, 2012 3:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 The first time we meet, on the set for his Billboard cover shoot, Justin Bieber accidentally moonwalks, Michael Jackson-style, right back into me. It's a moment of youthful spontaneity that at once confirms he's not kidding around about hi ...

  21. MySpace Relaunch Will Revive Company's Status in Online Music, Sources Say

    June 08, 2012 12:30 PM EDT MySpace has some big plans in store for its forthcoming relaunch. Multiple sources have told Billboard.biz they have been very impressed with the new MySpace platform and say the company wants once again to be music fans' favored place on the ...

  22. The Prince Of Pop

    June 06, 2012 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 The first time we meet, on the set for his Billboard cover shoot, Justin Bieber accidentally moonwalks, Michael Jackson-style, right back into me. It's a moment of youthful spontaneity that at once confirms he's not kidding around about his ...

  23. Inside Warner/Chappell's Urban Renewal

    May 31, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's ­renewed thrust into R&B and hip-hop is gaining momentum. During most of 2012's first four months, its songwriters had a share in five of the strongest tracks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char ...

  24. Backbeat: Backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards With Irving Azoff, Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Others

    May 21, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Interscope's Dennis Dennehy (left) poses with Robin Thicke backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. (Photo: Jem Aswad) It's one thing to be backstage at a show where extremely famous people are bustling in and out a few feet away from yo ...

  25. Backbeat: Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Oh Land Rock Elle's Women in Music Awards With Jason Flom, Scooter Braun, More

    April 13, 2012 3:44 PM EDT Singer Jessie J (center) receives a plaque from LAVA Records President/CEO Jason Flom (right) at ELLE's in Women Music 2012 at event in L.A. for selling over 12 million copies worldwide of her album Who You Are. (Photo: WireImage) At Elle mag ...

  26. Freshman Haze: Lil Playy

    July 12, 2011 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 You may think you don't know Lil Playy but you've actually heard him a thousand times. The up-and-coming songwriter wrote and appeared on the chopped-and-screwed hook of Ludacris ' Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 2 hit, "My C ...

  27. 'Idol's' Pia Toscano Debuts First Single 'This Time': Listen

    July 11, 2011 1:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 After performing her first single, "This Time," during an American Idols Live! tour stop last week (July 6) , "Idol" favorite Pia Toscano reunited with Ryan Seacrest today (July 11) to give the studio version a proper premiere. L ...

  28. 'Idol's' Pia Toscano Signs with Interscope Records

    July 05, 2011 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 "American Idol's" Pia Toscano has officially signed a recording contract with Interscope Records, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She will release her debut single, "This Time," on July 12 and perform the song as part ...

  29. Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina Sign with Mercury Nashville

    June 06, 2011 3:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina have officially gone from "American Idol" country darlings to labelmates. The season 10 champion and runner-up have signed record deals with Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope to release their debu ...

  30. Billboard Bits: Pia Toscano Working on Album, DMX Prison Release Announced

    May 26, 2011 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pia Toscano Working on 'Diva' Album With season 10 coming to a close last night, word is out that Pia Toscano is already hard at work on her debut album and it ...

  31. Exclusive: Kelly Rowland Unveils Album Title

    May 12, 2011 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ascending to No. 3 this week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Motivation" featuring Lil Wayne , Kelly Rowland has revealed the title of her upcoming album to Billboard. Her third solo project and first for Universal Motown will be called ...

  32. Pia Toscano Calls 'American Idol' Elimination 'A Tough Moment'

    April 08, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pia Toscano had a premonition she wouldn't make it to "American Idol's" final eight earlier this week. Following her surprise elimination on Thursday (April 7), Toscano told reporters that after her performance of Tina Turner ...

  33. Kelly Clarkson's Fifth Album Delayed Until September

    March 16, 2011 1:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fans anxiously awaiting Kelly Clarkson 's fifth album will have to wait just a little longer. According to a recent post on the singer's official Facebook page , the currently untitled album's release has been delayed until September ...

  34. 'American Idol' Castoff Ashthon Jones Proud of Accomplishments

    March 11, 2011 4:20 PM EST 0 0 0 During Thursday night's episode of "American Idol," the first contestant from this year's Top 13, Nashville's Ashthon Jones, was sent home. The 25-year-old singer's elimination follows her performance of Diana Ross  ...

  35. Britney Spears Reveals 'Femme Fatale' Album Title, Cover Art

    February 02, 2011 11:33 AM EST 0 0 0 B ritney Spears' new album finally has a name: "Femme Fatale." The pop star announced the title of her seventh studio set via Twitter and posted the cover art, which, much like the artwork for her "Hold It Against Me Single," ...

  36. Britney Spears Album Confirmed for Mar. 15 Release

    January 28, 2011 5:01 PM EST 0 0 0 B ritney Spears' new album is slated for a Mar. 15 release, according to a leaked one-sheet created by her label Jive Records that outlines the marketing campaign for the set. Jive confirmed to MTV News that the date listed on the sheet is accu ...

  37. 'American Idol': Behind the Scenes of TV's Big Gamble

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST There's a saying in the music business that you're only as good as your last hit. If that were true of television, then American Idol might have been dropped after last season. With falling ratings, to the tune of 9 percent, lack of star ...

  38. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Dodges Assault Charges, Ricky Martin to Release Bilingual Album

    December 14, 2010 5:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Will Not Face Charges in Assault Case This past October, Justin Bieber was accused of punching a 12-year-old boy in the face during a laser-tag battle in which the ...

  39. JYJ Performs Live in Our Studio

    November 26, 2010 12:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Korean pop trio JYJ is nothing short of a sensation in Asia, and the international fervor found its way to U.S. shores when we debuted the group's debut album, "The Beginning," in October. Given the overwhelming feedback we received, ...

  40. JYJ: Release Of The Week

    October 20, 2010 5:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Article As former members of the South Korean boy band TVXQ, the trio of Kim JaeJoong, Park YuChun and Kim JunSu are no strangers to pop stardom. Formed in 2003, TVXQ became hitmakers at home and in K-pop-crazy Japan (where it was known as Toh ...

  41. Jerkins, Blazetrak Team For Talent Search

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Producer Rodney Jerkins is teaming up with Blazetrak.com for a talent search which will yield a 3-4 year publishing deal to a budding producer. Through the month of August, Jerkins will accept submissions through Blazetrak.com at a price of $100. ...

  42. Three 6 Mafia "Laws Of Power" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Three 6 Mafia "Laws of Power" (Hypnotize Minds/Columbia/Sony) Release Date: March 30, 2010 The Academy Award-winning duo of DJ Paul and Juicy J takes the law into its own hands on their March release "Laws of Power." Each song ti ...

  43. Mary J. Blige: The Billboard Cover Story and Video

    December 04, 2009 2:41 PM EST 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige Returns With Her Ninth Studio Album And Branches Out Into Movies, Branding And Charity Work On the chorus of her latest single, "I Am," Mary J. Blige sings in her riveting voice: "Ain't nobody gonna touch you better ...

  44. Janet Jackson To Release 'Number Ones' Album, Book

    October 14, 2009 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 A new Janet Jackson greatest hits album titled "Number Ones" is due out Nov. 17 in the U.S. on A&M/UMe. Outside of America, it will be titled "Janet Jackson: The Best," and street on Nov. 23. The 34 track collection includes ...

  45. Rodney Jerkins Becomes 'Starmaker'

    April 15, 2009 7:27 AM EDT 0 0 0 In addition to working on upcoming albums by Sean "Diddy" Combs, Mary J. Blige and Toni Braxton, songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins will appear as mentor/head judge on MTV's new reality series "Starmaker." Created by Combs a ...

  46. Rodney Jerkins Becomes ‘Starmaker’

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In addition to working on upcoming albums by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige and Toni Braxton, songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins will appear as mentor/head judge on MTV’s new reality series “Starmaker.” Created by Combs and reality show guru Ma ...

  47. Extreme Music Inks Deal With Rodney Jerkins

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Extreme Music, the worldwide production music library unit of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has signed songwriter/producer/musician Rodney Jerkins to be an executive producer of nine albums within an 18-month period. The initial three albums are plan ...

  48. Diddy Makes A Date For 'Paris' Trip

    February 19, 2009 3:04 PM EST 0 0 0 Sean "Diddy" Combs has set a Sept. 22 release date for his new artist album, "Last Train To Paris." The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, the Neptunes, Marion Winans, T-Pain, Rodney Jerkins and the Souldiggaz are among the producers on the ...

  49. Diddy Makes A Date For 'Paris' Trip

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sean "Diddy" Combs has set a Sept. 22 release date for his new artist album, "Last Train To Paris." The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, the Neptunes, Marion Winans, T-Pain, Rodney Jerkins and the Souldiggaz are among the producers on th ...

  50. Brandy: People Are People

    December 18, 2008 11:35 AM EST 0 0 0 You can't blame Brandy for being a little nervous stepping back into the recording studio. Four years have elapsed since the release of her fourth album, "Afrodisiac." And it has been just two years since her headline-making car accid ...

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