Where Do Veteran Pop Stars Go? (To the Lower Regions of the Hot 100... If They're Lucky)

Calling it a comeback was tempting: Almost three years after her most recent album, 2015's Unbreakable, Janet Jackson released a joyous new single and colorful new video. “Made for Now” arrived earlier this month with a slew of promo, marking a complete turnaround from the press-shunning of Jackson’s Unbreakable …

Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Hits the US Top 10 for the First Time Ever

The universe works in funny ways. One day, you’re (foolishly) swearing off the title of the Queen of Christmas; another, your 23-year-old Christmas song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is entering the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time. If Mariah won’t claim her throne, can she actually enjoy…

Look at These People Falling All Over Themselves to Say Nice Things About Chris Brown

Today in longreads comes Danielle Bacher’s “Chris Brown’s Downward Spiral: Insiders Open Up About His Struggles With Addiction and Anger,” an almost 5,000-word piece for Billboard. In it, its struggling R&B star subject comes across as a tortured man who can’t (and/or won’t) get a handle on his addiction and mental…

Watch Kesha's Standing Ovation at the Billboard Awards

After a seemingly contentious back-and-forth as to whether Kesha would be allowed by Dr. Luke and Kemosabe Records to perform at the Billboard Awards, she got there after all—doing the song she said she’d perform all along, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” with Ben Folds. And she got a standing ovation for…

Kesha's Mom Speaks In New Billboard Interview: 'She Was a Prisoner'

In a new Billboard piece detailing Kesha’s lawsuit against Dr. Luke, Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert has spoken, and the details are as gruesome as ever. Sebert describes her daughter as “a prisoner” of Dr. Luke, and says that in the current situation, even if Kesha works with another producer as her contract allows, “Luke…

Billboard Is Polling Music Executives on Whether or Not They Believe Kesha's Abuse Allegations

A confidential survey recently sent by Billboard to top music executives asks participants to weigh in on a variety of gossipy issues, like what artists are secretly the biggest assholes, what Justin Bieber’s career will be like in a few years, and—most questionably—whether or not they believe that Kesha was sexually…

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