1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Essence Festival 2013: Trey Songz, Charlie Wilson, New Edition Liven Up The Superdome

    July 07, 2013 12:57 PM EDT Essence was in full swing Saturday (July 6), as attendance thickened and Friday’s rain took a day off to allow a full day of non-stop singing and dancing. Daytime highlights included McDonald’s Black 365 Awards, which were filmed for their first TV airing on BET later this month. The show…

  4. D'Angelo and Questlove Bring Soul to Philadelphia

    July 06, 2013 2:23 PM EDT The intimate show, billed “Brothers at Arms,” had all the feelings of a homecoming, or maybe a time machine “It’s been a long-time coming,” Questlove told the sold-out crowd at Philadeliphia’s Theater of the Living Arts late Wednesday night, a few songs into his two-man show with D’Angelo.…

  5. Essence Festival 2013: Brandy, Jill Scott, Maxwell Set The Mood

    July 06, 2013 12:51 PM EDT Brandy, LL Cool J, Jill Scott and Maxwell were among the big names who kicked off the Essence Music Festival Friday night (July 5) at the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But even before the first performance started around 7p.m. CDT, the 19th annual event had already achieved…

  6. Demi Lovato Nixes Philadelphia Fourth of July Gig

    July 03, 2013 9:50 PM EDT The singer has canceled her holiday appearance due to strep throat. Demi Lovato is a no-go for Philadelphia's Fourth of July show. City officials say Lovato has canceled her appearance at Thursday's annual free concert because of strep throat. She's being replaced on the bill…

  7. U.K. Jewish Museum Explores the Intimate Side of Amy Winehouse

    July 03, 2013 12:18 AM EDT Amy Winehouse seemed to live in public, but her fans never knew the private person. An exhibition at London's Jewish Museum aims to reveal an intimate side to a troubled star who was also, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a…

  8. Demi Lovato Preps 'Made In The USA' Single

    June 24, 2013 10:28 AM EDT "Heart Attack" follow-up will be worked to radio beginning later this week. With Demi Lovato's hit single "Heart Attack" beginning to ever-so-slightly dip on the Hot 100 chart -- the track tumbled from No. 20 to 26 on last week's chart, after downgrading from…

  9. John Mayer, Demi Lovato, Jill Scott Top Philly 4th of July Jam Lineup

    May 09, 2013 10:53 AM EDT The Roots tapped as house band for third annual July 4 extravaganza. The Philly 4th of July Jam will bring fireworks and a slew of high-profile performers to Philadelphia this Independence Day, with John Mayer, Jill Scott and Demi Lovato among the top talent at this year's ceremony.…

  10. Richie Sambora Won't Tour With Bon Jovi on Current Leg

    April 03, 2013 8:12 AM EDT Guitarist Richie Sambora will not be performing with Bon Jovi during the current leg of the band's Because We Can tour. The band, on its website , cited "personal issues." The band says all shows will go on as scheduled. No other information was given. Bon Jovi Video: A…

  11. Soundgarden, BMG Chrysalis U.S. Sign Administration Pact

    April 02, 2013 6:42 AM EDT Soundgarden has struck a worldwide administration deal with BMG Chrysalis U.S. The new deal covers Soundgarden’s entire catalog, including the big hits “Spoonman,” “Black Hole Sun” and “Blow Up The Outside World.” “Soundgarden have earned their place in music history as innovators of the…

  12. Pop Shop Picks: Pistol Annies, Krewella, Betty Who & More

    March 29, 2013 6:15 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! PISTOL ANNIES "Hush…

  13. Eif Rivera Talks Working With Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent & Fat Joe's Reconciliation & 'We Up' Video

    March 26, 2013 4:23 PM EDT Only in the video production world since 2011, Eif Rivera, video director, editor, and 3D graphic artist, has earned the respect of many rap heavy-weights. (He's "the new Hype Williams," according to Busta Rhymes.) But boy wonder isn’t a boy at all. Rivera has crafted…

  14. Justin Bieber Apologizes to London Fans for Show Delay, Citing 'Technical Issues'

    March 05, 2013 9:56 AM EST Singer claims he was only 40 minutes late -- not 2 hours as parents claim -- but says, "There is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset" Justin Bieber apologized Tuesday to his young fans - and their outraged, overtired parents - after they accused him of taking the…

  15. Adele, Nicki Minaj & Robbie Williams Take Comic Turn

    February 14, 2013 4:33 AM EST Not content with owning the biggest selling album of the century and collecting a swag of Grammy Awards, Adele is set to become a comic book character. And she's not alone among pop stars. The British singer, along with Nicki Minaj and Robbie Williams, will all appear in a series of…

  16. Beyonce to Headline Essence Festival 2013

    February 11, 2013 6:12 PM EST Beyoncé has added another performance to her anticipated Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The singer will headline one night of the 19th annual Essence Festival. The three-day festival will take place on July 4-7 in New Orleans, LA. “We are incredibly excited to welcome Beyoncé back to the 2013…

  17. Remembering Whitney Houston: Dave Grohl, Miguel and More Laud 'Amazing' Voice

    February 10, 2013 1:41 PM EST The red carpet was buzzing with artists and executives at the Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala which celebrated the nominees, remembered Whitney Houston and honored Antonio "L.A." Reid. Those who walked the red carpet shared their fondest memories of Houston who died Feb. 11 of…

  18. Grammys 2013 Preview: Record of the Year

    February 06, 2013 7:02 PM EST A closer look at the six songs that earned Record of the Year nominations for the 2013 Grammy awards. These six songs are all vying for Record of the Year at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (February 10). Jump To: Album of the Year | Song of the Year | Best New Artist Grammys…

  19. Maxwell: 'Summers'' Album Preview

    January 25, 2013 8:00 PM EST Maxwell Title: "SUMMERS'" | Release Date: TBD Following an eight-year hiatus between albums, R&B lothario Maxwell released his fourth studio LP "BLACKsummers'night" in 2009, opening atop the Billboard 200 chart . The 39-year-old previously said that the…

  20. 'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Returns, Outshines Nicki-Mariah Tussle

    January 24, 2013 11:32 AM EST The highly-publicized fight between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey came and went Wednesday night -- and, honestly, with little bang.   After months of "when will it happen?" tension, Minaj walked out on the judges panel following a disagreement stemming from a singer's choice of…

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