1. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R…

  2. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O & 'Frozen' Fight for Academy Awards Gold

    February 21, 2014 2:00 PM EST Pharrell has a No. 2 hit, the "Frozen" soundtrack reached No. 1, Karen O is the indie ‘It’ girl and U2 is... just cool. The Academy’s sleepy little Best Original Song category turns shockingly competitive and surprisingly commercial as the nominees open up about what they…

  3. Charlie Wilson Talks New Uptempo Album & Recording With Kanye West

    February 19, 2014 1:33 PM EST The singer says he's been working with Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and Wiz Khalifa. Charlie Wilson isn't stopping anytime soon. If anything, the legendary singer/songwriter is hustling harder. On the heels of his guest feature on Kanye West's "Bound…

  4. Jill Scott Talks 'The Voice,' James Brown Biopic and New Album

    February 18, 2014 9:30 AM EST Tapped as guest mentor for Team Usher on the sixth season of NBC's "The Voice" -- which kicks off Feb. 24 -- Jill Scott has also been busy juggling two other major projects: a co-starring role in the James Brown biopic "Get On Up" and a new album for Atlantic. Given…

  5. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  6. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  7. Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige & Erykah Badu Added to Essence Festival Bill

    January 09, 2014 4:36 AM EST   Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu join the lineup for the Essence Festival, which will roll-out over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans. They trio of hitmakers join previously announced headliner Prince for the event’s 20th anniversary edition.  Prince to Headline Essence…

  8. Susan Boyle Says Asperger's Diagnosis Was A Relief

    December 08, 2013 11:49 AM EST 'Asperger's doesn't define me.' Singer Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism — and feels relief at finally having the right label for her condition. Boyle told the Observer newspaper that she saw a specialist a year ago,…

  9. Toni Braxton, Babyface Top Adult R&B Chart

    December 03, 2013 1:05 PM EST The pair's duet 'Hurt You' marks the stars' first No. 1 on the tally since 2000 and 1997, respectively Format stars Toni Braxton and Babyface each end lengthy absences from the top of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult R&B radio airplay chart, as their duet "…

  10. Prince to Headline Essence Festival 2014

    December 03, 2013 9:53 AM EST Prince has been tapped to headline the 20th anniversary Essence Festival , scheduled to rock New Orleans over the Fourth of July weekend. Booking the "Purple Rain" icon for milestone events has become something of a tradition for Essence, which featured the artist at its 10th…

  11. Latin Grammys 2013: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 22, 2013 1:30 AM EST The Latin Grammy green carpet was canceled, but there was plenty of action behind the scenes. We were inside the Mandalay Bay Center (Nov. 21) with a front row to the stars, the music and all the things that did not make the live broadcast. More Latin Grammys Carlos Vives, Sergio George and…

  12. TLC's 'CrazySexyCool' Biopic to Premiere on VH1

    October 21, 2013 2:33 AM EDT For Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, there were several uncomfortable moments watching actresses portray them in a new TLC biopic. But it was especially strange to watch Lil Mama, who played the role of the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes - the…

  13. Luscious Jackson Rekindle the 'Magic' After 14 Years Away

    October 16, 2013 10:03 AM EDT Alt-rock trio is back with a fan-funded album in November; "I get why we did this," says Jill Cunniff. "I get why we were a band, and I get why this was so much fun" Following the release of 1999's "Electric Honey" on Capitol, New York alt-rock…

  14. Britney Spears' 'Work Bitch': The 10 Best Things About The New Single

    September 16, 2013 2:34 PM EDT On Sunday (Sept. 15), Britney Spears returned with "Work Bitch," a strange, British-inflected, ultimately great new single, presumably from her forthcoming eighth studio album. Having trouble getting on the "Work Bitch" train? Here are 10 reasons why you should…

  15. Michelle Williams To Star In New Broadway Version of 'Cabaret'

    September 05, 2013 12:18 AM EDT Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut next year in a role best known by Liza Minnelli - fishnet-and-bowler hat wearing chanteuse Sally Bowles in "Cabaret." The Roundabout Theatre Company confirmed Wednesday that the former "Dawson's Creek" and "…

  16. Jay Z's 'Made In America' Doc Heading to Showtime

    August 30, 2013 12:50 PM EDT Showtime is in the Jay Z business. In keeping with its documentary push, the premium cable network has acquired Made in America, the star-studded documentary that chronicled Jay Z’s two-day music festival of the same name. The doc, which is directed by Ron Howard and executive produced by…

  17. 615 Spotlight: Petrella Celebrates 25 Years as the 'First Lady of Country Soul'

    August 21, 2013 6:47 PM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a career that has ran the gamut during her 25 years in the business. Petrella, dubbed The First Lady of Country Soul, is out with a new album entitled "Shine On Me." "I'm really excited about it," the singer tells…

  18. Pop Shop Picks: Lady Gaga, Romeo Santos, Banks & More

    August 16, 2013 6:26 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! LADY GAGA "Applause…

  19. George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin’s Murder, Musicians React on Twitter

    July 13, 2013 10:58 PM EDT George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, was found not guilty in a Florida court today (July 13). The jury of six women deliberated for 16 hours and 20 minutes before arriving at their verdict. Zimmerman was also found not guilty of the…

  20. Essence Festival 2013: Beyonce, Tamia, Janelle Monae Take Over The Superdome

    July 08, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The last day of the 19th annual Essence Music Festival started around 8 a.m. CDT at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, with an all-star gospel tribute to Donnie McClurkin and Tramaine Hawkins, and finished around 1 a.m. Monday morning (July 8) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when…

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