In typical peculiar fashion, Prince’s mug takes the cover of the latest issue of Billboard. The artist will also perform and receive the “Icon Award” during the Billboard Music Awards on May 19.
Playing with fire could get you in hot water. But for Alicia Keys, it puts her on the cover of Billboard‘s next issue. Pretty hot and tempting.
Guess who’s back. Billboard released their annual “Maximum Exposure” issue this week and under the R&B/Hip-Hop sidebar, the Double R was selected as the only domain that counts out here. You want to be in the public? Screw ya budget. It’s just us!
The Olympians aren’t the only ones breaking records. With 2 Chainz’ “No Lie” landing this week at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts, Drake’s assistance earned him a total of 10 #1s passing Jay-Z’s 9.
Drake is also the current record holder for most #1s on Billboard’s Rap charts. In February, “Make Me Proud” earned him his 11th passing Puff. How’s that for a new Drake record?
A family earns together—even covers of magazines. And for Billboard’s Urban Power List, Ronald “Slim” Williams and brother Bryan “Birdman” Williams are this year’s featured stars. The new issue is on stands now or you can order here.
Defining power and who possesses it is an ever-changing equation. It’s a challenge that Billboard editors revisit each year with the Power Players series, which includes Women in Music, Latin Power Players, this year’s inaugural Power 100 and the upcoming 40 Under 40. To that roster, add this issue’s inaugural Urban Power List, profiling the 25 biggest players in the industry. The unranked tally targets executives whose concentration is urban, not executives who have oversight of urban music but also substantial responsibilities with other genres.