1. Willow Smith's Disappearing Act, And Why 'Whip My Hair' Wasn't A Fluke

    April 29, 2013 1:05 PM EDT Why is the 12-year-old artist singing "Inject my soul with darkness"? Pop Shop takes a closer look. Last February, one week after Willow Smith dropped out of the starring role of Marcy Media (which is run by Jay-Z) and Overbrook Ente ...

  2. Willow Smith Samples Radiohead on Dark New Song: Listen

    January 08, 2013 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The 12-year-old asks to "inject my soul with darkness" on "Sugar and Spice." Willow Smith is moving farther away from the vibrant energy of "Whip My Hair" with every new song: her latest offering, "Sugar And Spice, ...

  3. Jac Vanek Q&A: Miley Cyrus, All Time Low Designer Launches Grunge Line

    December 20, 2012 2:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Designer Jac Vanek began working in the music industry as a teenager, and now designs bracelets for pop punk bands like All Time Low and Cobra Starship . From the age of 15, Vanek fell in love with music and abandoned everything in her life -- inclu ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Backbeat: Magnum Party With Natasha Bedingfield Kicks Off Billboard Awards Weekend at Body English

    May 19, 2012 5:11 PM EDT As Billboard's second annual Battle of the Bands wound down last night (May 18), Magnum Ice Cream kept the Billboard Music Awards energy revved up with its private party-featuring Natasha Bedingfield-at Hard Rock Hotel club Body English. The ...

  6. Teyana Taylor Signs to G.O.O.D. Music

    May 14, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Teyana Taylor, better known to most music fans as the voice behind some of the hooks on Kanye West's Grammy-winning album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy , will again be linking up with Mr. West after signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, ...

  7. Rita Ora Visits Radio With Jay-Z, Scores Hit With 'How We Do (Party)'

    March 05, 2012 4:15 PM EST 0 0 0 When newly signed Roc Nation artist Rita Ora visited Clear Channel with label boss Jay-Z on Feb. 23, it was simply to present music and videos from her untitled debut. But in a rare move for rotation-based radio, executives were so moved by what the ...

  8. Whitney Houston Remembered at Cash Money Pre-Grammy Party

    February 12, 2012 10:14 AM EST 0 0 0 As artists gathered in Los Angeles for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, all thoughts were centered on the sudden passing of R&B icon Whitney Houston. The tone of Pre-Grammy events around the city changed from one of celebration to mourning and rem ...

  9. Backbeat: Grammy Glam Kicks Off Celebrations, Neil Portnow Discusses Protests

    February 08, 2012 1:36 PM EST Grammy-winning artists Erykah Badu and DJ Spinderella took turns as DJs at the Grammy Glam party Tuesday (Feb. 7) in celebration of the Grammy Awards taking place on Sunday. Grammy Glam was presented by CoverGirl , Olay , and Venus . Spinderella s ...

  10. Jay-Z, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga Rank on Billboard Power 100 List

    January 27, 2012 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell Also Impact List You may not know Irving Azoff by face, or even by name, but rest assured that the chairman of Live Nation ­-- the world's largest promoter, ticketing company and artist manage ...

  11. Billboard Power 100: Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter and Beyonce Knowles

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 13 Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter & Beyoncé Knowles Artists, Founders Roc Nation; House of Dereon Twitter: @S_C and @beyonce The Power of Love... Want to talk power? Less than a week after her birth, Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter, Blue ...

  12. Billboard Power 100: Jay Brown

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 48 Jay Brown Co-Founder/President Roc Nation Twitter: @rocnation [Roc] Nation Builder... As president and one of four founders of Roc Nation, the joint venture between Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (see No. 13) and Live Nation (John Meneilly ...

  13. Jay-Z and Beyonce Join the History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 12:17 PM EST Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole, Miley Cyrus, Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Kelly Osbourne, Lisa ...

  14. Family Affairs: A History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 9:05 AM EST 0 0 0 B.I.C.'s Arrival Lifts the Carters Into Rarified Chart Air Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole , Miley Cyrus , Jakob Dyl ...

  15. Blue Ivy Carter Youngest Person Ever To Appear On A Billboard Chart

    January 11, 2012 3:50 PM EST 0 0 0 If you guessed that Baby Carter would grow up to be a star because of her ubiquitous, famous parents, you were probably right. If you anticipated her first song being released in her tweens, a la Willow Smith , you were dead wrong. Try within hours ...

  16. Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z and Beyonce's Daughter, Becomes Youngest Person Ever to Appear on a Billboard Chart

    January 11, 2012 3:47 PM EST If you guessed that Baby Carter would grow up to be a star because of her ubiquitous, famous parents, Jay-Z and Beyonce, you were probably right. If you anticipated her first song not being released until she was in her tweens, a la Willow Smith, ...

  17. Willow Smith Talks Upcoming Album, Nicki Minaj Collabo & More

    December 09, 2011 3:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Willow Smith is all about kid empowerment. The young singer says she's hoping to inspire listeners with her upcoming album "Knees and Elbows." 21 Under 21: Willow Smith (2011) "It's gonna make them feel like they have contro ...

  18. Rick Ross & Wale: The Billboard Cover Story, Part II

    November 28, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The latest issue of Billboard features an in-depth look at the partnership of Rick Ross and Wale , hip-hop's latest odd couple who joined forces on Maybach Music Group and have created a buzz online, on the radio, and on the Billboard 200 album ...

  19. Willow Smith Returns With 'Fireball' Feat. Nicki Minaj: Listen

    October 05, 2011 6:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Close to seven months after debuting her second single, "21st Century Girl," on the "Oprah" Show, Willow Smith returns with "Fireball," featuring Nicki Minaj . The 10 yr. old premiered her newest song this afternoon (Oc ...

  20. 21 Under 21: Willow Smith (2011)

    September 27, 2011 10:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 No. 14. Willow Smith Birthdate: Oct. 31, 2000 (age 10) Rank Last Year: 7 Why She's Hot: Plenty of youngsters have scored to 40 hits, but how many can say they ruled the charts before their 10th birthday? Willow's "Whip My Hair" w ...

  21. 21 Under 21: Mindless Behavior (2011)

    September 27, 2011 10:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 No. 16. Mindless Behavior Birthdates: Prodigy - Dec. 26, 1996; Ray Ray - Jan. 6, 1997; Princeton -April 21, 1997; Roc Royal - July 23, 1997 (All age 14) Why They're Hot: Some boy bands are only boys in the metaphorical sense. Mindless Behavior ...

  22. Weekly Chart Notes: Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Mumford & Sons

    September 24, 2011 2:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 MOVES LIKE BENNETT: Nevermind that young'un Mick Jagger. Tony Bennett isn't gathering any moss either. As previously reported , while Maroon 5 's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , spends a third week at No. ...

  23. 11 Anticipated Album Updates: Madonna, DMX, Nickelback And More

    July 24, 2011 9:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 A host of huge stars -- ranging from Madonna to Nickelback and Soundgarden -- are planning album releases during the next 18 months. Here's a run-down of where they are in the recording process, and how long we'll have to wait for the musi ...

  24. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 8:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilarious ...

  25. Chris Brown Leads BET Awards Nominations

    May 18, 2011 8:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown performed an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson . It marked the beginning of a comeback for the embattled pop star. This year, Brown is the top contender at the award show with six nominations. Brown is up ...

  26. Billboard Bits: Carlos Santana Slams New Immigration Law, Britney Spears Covers Harper's Bazaar

    May 16, 2011 7:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Carlos Santana Slams Georgia for New Immigration Law Carlos Santana on Sunday used baseball's annual Civil Rights Game as a platform to admonish Georgia and Arizona ...

  27. Lady Gaga, Kanye, Willow Win Big At MTV O Awards

    April 29, 2011 10:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 L ady Gaga emerged as the clear winner of MTV's inaugural O Awards, an awards show designed to fete all things digital music related. The event was streamed online Thursday (April 28) night from Las Vegas. Lady Gaga won the prize for Most Innov ...

  28. Kanye West, Willow Smith, Lady Gaga Takes Home Key Wins from MTV's O Awards

    April 28, 2011 7:05 PM EDT Lady Gaga emerged as the clear winner of MTV's inaugural O Awards, an awards show designed to fete all things digital music related. The event was streamed online Thursday (April 28) night from Las Vegas. Lady Gaga won the prize for Most Inno ...

  29. Locks That Rock Music Hairstyle Contest

    April 22, 2011 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Article From Gwen Stefani's styled blonde cut to Adam Lambert's severe black 'do to precocious Willow Smith's "Whip"-ready tresses -- a musician's hair can become just as famous as they are. We asked stylists ...

  30. POTW: Rihanna and Jennifer Nettles, Willow Smith, Charlie Sheen, Pregnant Mariah

    April 08, 2011 3:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rihanna and Jennifer Nettles made an unlikely pair, Mariah Carey posed nude on a magazine cover, Miley Cyrus prtended to have a grill, Snoop got slimed, Willow Smith flew through the air and Charlie Sheen's musical adventure proved disastrous. ...

  31. Billboard Bits: Gwen Stefani Covers Elle's Women in Music Issue, Beastie Boys Release New Single

    April 06, 2011 7:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwen Stefani Covers ELLE's Women in Music Issue In ELLE's Women in Music issue hitting newsstands April 12, Gwen Stefani appears on the cover and in a portfolio ...

  32. Lady Gaga Leads MTV's O Music Award Nominations

    April 05, 2011 8:12 AM EDT 0 0 0 L ady Gaga and Odd Future rapper Tyler, the Creator lead MTV's newly inaugurated O Music Awards with three nominations each. MTV announced Tuesday the categories and nominees for its new web-based awards show, a celebration of digital music. Ca ...

  33. Billboard Bits: New Beyonce Album Coming in June?

    April 04, 2011 6:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce To Release New Album In June? Only a few days after Beyoncé 's professional split from her father as her manager, a source at Sony Music Australia has reveal ...

  34. POTW: Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift

    March 25, 2011 4:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Janet Jackson promoted her new self-help book, Chris Brown got some advice from Russell Simmons , Justin Bieber rocked a wig, Taylor Swift shopped at an antique shop, Britney Spears rocked an eclectic outfit, Willow Smith whipped her braids back and ...

  35. Billboard Bits: Gaga to Release New Version of 'Born This Way,' Radiohead to Distribute 'Universal Sigh' Newspaper

    March 24, 2011 6:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga to Release 'Country Road Version' of 'Born This Way' Friday The Mother Monster took to her Twitter account Thursday morning (Mar. 24) to ann ...

  36. Britney Spears' 'World' Spins Onto Hot 100

    March 10, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With Lady Gaga locked in at No. 1 for a fourth week and only one song entering the top 10, Britney Spears makes the Billboard Hot 100's splashiest headlines, debuting at No. 20 with "Till the World Ends." Although she snaps a string o ...

  37. Billboard Bits: Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records, MTV Denies Banning Kanye's 'Monster' Video

    March 07, 2011 6:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records Following her performance in "Country Strong" and guest appearances on "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow is in ta ...

  38. Watch: Willow Smith's '21st Century Girl' Video Premieres

    March 07, 2011 11:28 AM EST 0 0 0 Willow Smith's second single, "21st Century Girl," hit the net a couple of days ago. Now the accompanying video has premiered. The clip finds Willow and her dancing friends making a city out of a desert, among other "girl power&q ...

  39. Willow Smith Introduces 'Oprah' Viewers to New Single '21st Century Girl'

    March 02, 2011 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Oprah Winfrey proved herself to be a trendsetter once again, hosting the debut performance of Willow Smith's new single, "21st Century Girl." Tuesday's "Oprah" episode marked the first televised performance of the song. ...

  40. Willow Smith Debuts New Single, '21st Century Girl'

    February 28, 2011 10:59 AM EST 0 0 0 After teaching the world how to whip its hair, 10-year-old pop prodigy Willow Smith has returned with her follow-up single, "21st Century Girl." The bubbly dance track premiered this morning (Feb. 28) on the syndicated "On-Air with Ry ...

  41. Spotlight On Alyssa Rubino

    January 30, 2011 10:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Chart Article At the age of 12, Canadian singer Alyssa Rubino is primed to become the next tween pop star to invade mainstream radio. With the support of a team of accomplished producers-including her father, producer/songwriter Danny Rubino-the you ...

  42. Billboard Bits: Willow Smith Previews New '21st Century Girl' Song, Baby Spice Gets Engaged

    January 24, 2011 6:28 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Willow Debuts New Song Clip, Previews Video Shoot Willow Smith is set to follow up her hit single "Whip My Hair" with "21st Century Girl," a pulsating ...

  43. Best Bets 2011: The Year In Music Ahead

    January 21, 2011 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The burning questions for 2011: who'll win the battle of the blondes, Gaga or Britney? Can the Strokes and Foos revive rock? Will Brad Paisley keep country's reign alive? And how stoked is Willow Smith's chiropractor? It's the to ...

  44. Willow Smith: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 3:23 PM EST 0 0 0 Willow Smith Title TBD Date TBD The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith hit the scene last year when her single, "Whip My Hair," crashed the Web. So far, it's been reported that Willow is in the studio with singer/songwriter ...

  45. Lil Jon Plays Charades With Donald Trump on 'Jimmy Fallon'

    January 14, 2011 12:03 PM EST 0 0 0 W e already suspected that rapper Lil Jon was among the contestants on the upcoming season of "The Celebrity Apprentice," but he announced it in a memorable way last night (Jan. 13) on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon": by playing C ...

  46. Watch: 4 Remakes of Wiz Khalifa's 'Black & Yellow'

    January 13, 2011 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Not only is Wiz Khalifa 's Steelers anthem "Black and Yellow" climbing Billboard's Hot 100 chart with a ranking at No. 7 this week , but the song is also getting a lot of viral attention through remakes. Wiz Khalifa: 'Black ...

  47. Sade, Willow Smith, Kanye Earn NAACP Image Award Nominations

    January 12, 2011 5:23 PM EST 0 0 0 S ade , Usher , Kanye West and newcomer Willow Smith are among the multiple nominees in the recording category for the upcoming NAACP Image Awards. Nominations for the 42nd annual ceremony were announced today (Jan. 12) during a press conference at ...

  48. Sade, Willow Smith, Kanye West Earn Multiple NAACP Image Award Nods

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sade, Usher, Kanye West and newcomer Willow Smith are among the multiple nominees in the recording category for the upcoming NAACP Image Awards . Nominations for the 42nd annual ceremony were announced today (Jan. 12) during a press conference at ...

  49. Willow Smith Songwriter Disses Soulja Boy For Writing Claims

    January 06, 2011 2:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Ronald "Jukebox" Jackson, one of the writers of Willow Smith's hit song "Whip My Hair," has released a track addressing Soulja Boy's claims that he wrote the track for the 10-year-old Roc Nation signee. "YES ITS TR ...

  50. How 'Jimmy Fallon' Whips Its Late-Night Music Competition

    January 03, 2011 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 When Bruce Springsteen decided to crash late night and whip his hair in November, it was as sure a sign as any that "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" has emerged as a highly coveted platform for musical guests. 5 Best Musical Performances on ...

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