1. 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,…

  2. 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 "…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 "…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.…

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