1. In Their Own Words: Frank Filipetti on Phil Ramone (Video)

    July 02, 2013 1:11 PM EDT At last week’s R ecording Academy Honors New York Chapter event , between foot-stomping performances by Trey Songz and Ne-Yo, Melissa Etheridge with Joan Osbourne and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson along ...

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  3. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided t ...

  4. 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� ...

  5. Ne-Yo, Bob Seger, Bette Midler, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks Light Up Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony

    June 15, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Ne-Yo poses with Swizz Beatz after accepting his Hal David Starlight Award. (Photo: Getty/Larry Busacca) Now, incredibly, in its 43rd year, the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is roughly the publishing world's equivalent of the Grammys, but ...

  6. Aretha Franklin Honors Whitney Houston at Radio City Concert

    February 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Aretha Franklin was thankful to be alive and was thinking about lost friends, among them Whitney Houston . Hours after she canceled an appearance at Houston's funeral because of spasms in her legs, the "Queen of Soul" (the "undis ...

  7. Photos: Clive Davis, Alicia Keys, Diddy Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 10:11 AM EST Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel . He said the late-Whtiney Houston "wo ...

  8. Grammy Producer Talks Adele, McCartney & (Lack of) Boycotts

    January 31, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 'We Are in Discussions With Adele' to Appear, Says Ken Ehrlich in New Interview The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday shou ...

  9. Grammy's Ken Ehrlich on Adele Appearance, Paul Simon Snub, Paul McCartney's Performance

    January 31, 2012 8:30 AM EST The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters, and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday should yield a "major interesting" announcement. Ehrlich tells Billboard.biz that ...

  10. Stegosaurus

    January 14, 2012 1:49 PM EST Brainless Herbivore This is a test of the system. Testing everything out right now . ANDY GENSLER IS A SCIENTOLOGIST! Rapper Ja Rule is set to serve two years in prison stemming from a July 2007 gun bust, when both he and rapper Lil Wayne were arr ...

  11. Losticle

    January 14, 2012 11:41 AM EST Losticles This is a test of the system. Testing everything out right now Rapper Ja Rule is set to serve two years in prison stemming from a July 2007 gun bust, when both he and rapper Lil Wayne were arrested following a concert performance. Accord ...

  12. Triceratops

    January 12, 2012 2:15 PM EST Why so many horns? This is a test of the system. Testing everything out right now . ANDY GENSLER IS A SCIENTOLOGIST! Rapper Ja Rule is set to serve two years in prison stemming from a July 2007 gun bust, when both he and rapper Lil Wayne were arre ...

  13. Losticles, Part Deux

    January 12, 2012 1:32 PM EST Lostices This is a test of the system. Testing everything out right now . ANDY GENSLER IS A SCIENTOLOGIST! Rapper Ja Rule is set to serve two years in prison stemming from a July 2007 gun bust, when both he and rapper Lil Wayne were arrested follo ...

  14. Velociraptor

    January 11, 2012 1:39 PM EST Evil Killing Machine This is a test of the system. Testing everything out right now . ANDY GENSLER IS A SCIENTOLOGIST! Rapper Ja Rule is set to serve two years in prison stemming from a July 2007 gun bust, when both he and rapper Lil Wayne were ar ...

  15. Bilbo

    January 11, 2012 11:42 AM EST Baggins This is a test of the system. Testing everything out right now Rapper Ja Rule is set to serve two years in prison stemming from a July 2007 gun bust, when both he and rapper Lil Wayne were arrested following a concert performance. Accordin ...

  16. Gallimimus

    January 08, 2012 1:50 PM EST Ostrich-type Dinosaur This is a test of the system. Testing everything out right now . ANDY GENSLER IS A SCIENTOLOGIST! Rapper Ja Rule is set to serve two years in prison stemming from a July 2007 gun bust, when both he and rapper Lil Wayne were a ...

  17. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  18. Gaga & Bruno Among Grammy Concert (Fashion) Winners

    December 01, 2011 2:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Although it was merely an hour-long concert for the Grammy nominations, there were plenty of fashion winners that arose at the The Grammy Nominations Concert Live . From Lady Gaga's zombified look to Katy Perry's sweet pink lace creation, ...

  19. Usher to Join Valerie Simpson, Mike Stoller in Songwriters Tribute at Grammy Nominations Concert

    November 22, 2011 1:37 PM EST Valerie Simpson (of the hit songwriting/performing duo Ashford and Simpson) and Mike Stoller (of the legendary songwriting team Leiber & Stoller) both lost their longtime songwriting partners ( Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber, respectively) in t ...

  20. Rihanna's New 'Love': U.K. Singles Chart

    October 17, 2011 9:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Late 1990s/early 2000s British hit-making pop quintet Steps burst back on the U.K. album chart at No. 1 Sunday (16) with the new Sony Music compilation "The Ultimate Collection." Rihanna 's "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Universal ...

  21. Obituary: Nick Ashford, 1941-2011

    September 01, 2011 7:44 AM EDT With wife Valerie Simpson, the songwriter/producer/vocalist elevated the art of the duet. As tributes poured in following the Aug. 22 death of singer/songwriter Nick Ashford, the word "legend" was frequently invoked. It's a fittin ...

  22. Nick Ashford's Chart Legacy: From Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye to Method Man and Jessica Simpson

    August 24, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Within hours of the passing of songwriting legend Jerry Leiber, another of the rock era's most successful songwriters, Nickolas Ashford, died in New York City. Known worldwide as the composing partner and husband of Valerie Simpson, Ashford a ...

  23. Motown Legend Nick Ashford Dies at 70

    August 22, 2011 9:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publici ...

  24. Nick Ashford of Legendary Motown Duo Ashford & Simpson Dies At 70

    August 22, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Ashford & Simpson - Solid by trashfan NEW YORK (AP) -- Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Cha ...

  25. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance ind ...

  26. ASCAP Elects Board Of Directors

    March 10, 2011 3:30 PM EST In addition to ASCAP president and chairman of the board Paul Williams, board members who were re-elected in the at-large field are: songwriter Marilyn Bergman; composer Richard Bellis; composer Bruce Broughton; songwriter Hal David; composer Dan ...

  27. Dido, Kate Nash Honored At ASCAP Awards

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored U.K. artists including Dido, Kate Nash and pop-rock band The Kooks at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel tonight (Oct. 15), reco ...

  28. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. s ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Songwriter Valerie Simpson Elected To ASCAP Board

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has elected songwriter and recording artist Valerie Simpson, a director. A songwriter for more than four decades, Simpson and her longtime songwriting part ...

  31. Ask Billboard

    July 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Answers to readers' questions about the Simpson sisters and the Verve Pipe. A PUBLIC 'I CARE' Hi Keith, I was listening to Jessica Simpson's new single "A Public Affair" on her Web site and it sounds like it samples a s ...

  32. Artists Set For L.A. 'Divas' Benefit

    October 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, "American Idol" finalist Trenyce, disco-era hitmaker Linda Clifford, singer/actress Jenifer Lewis and actresses Loretta Devine and Victoria Rowell will headline the b Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, &quo ...

  33. Tunes On TV

    June 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for June 9-15, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 9 "Rock Bodies III," VH1 Featured Artists: Tori Amos, Bret Michaels, Beyonce Knowles. "Intimate Portrait: Chaka Khan," Lifetim ...

  34. Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore: 'Lovers' On & Offstage

    February 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Continuing a time-honored tradition of R&B duos that includes the couplings of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Peaches & Herb, and Rene & Angela, contemporary soul singers Kenny Lattimore a ...

  35. Jackson, Manilow, Sting Inducted Into Songwriter Hall

    June 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Michael Jackson was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York last night (June 13) -- although he didn't show up to pick up his award. Jackson, who wrote hits such as "Don't Stop 'Til You Ge Michael Jackson was honored ...

  36. Wonder, Brooks To Be Honored By Songwriters Hall

    April 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) will present a pair of special awards to Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks at the organization's June 13 induction and awards ceremony. Wonder will receive a lifetime The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) will pre ...

  37. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Chart-based stories on Cher, Ja Rule, Jimmy Buffett, and more. ONLY THE 'LONELY': Cher expands her chart span on Billboard's Hot 100 to 36 years and nine months, thanks to the debut of "Song for the Lonely" (Warner Bros.), t ...

  38. The Very Best of Ashford & Simpson

    February 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 You've no doubt hummed a Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson tune. You've no doubt hummed a Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson tune. That's because the prolific husband-and-wife tunesmiths wrote several enduring Motown classics ...

  39. Celebrities To Fete Jackson's Solo Years

    September 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's hard to find a celebrity who isn't planning to be at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert tonight (Sept. 7) at New York's Madison Square Garden. The first of two heavily hyped concerts (the It's hard to find a cel ...