1. Alicia Keys to Sing at Ruby Dee Memorial in NYC

    September 04, 2014 3:52 PM EDT A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald , reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez , and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte . The Terrie Williams Agency said Thursday that the celebration of Lee's…

  2. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  3. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  4. From Dusseldorf to Denver: Spotify Map Shows Moments of Musical Serendipity

    August 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT While you're in Anywheresville, listening to Magic 's "Rude" for the umpteenth time on Spotify, there's a possibility someone else in the whole wide world is jamming to the same chart-topping song at the same exact time... down to a fraction of a second. With over 40…

  5. Read Ferguson Native Michael McDonald's Take On Violence, Race & Michael Brown

    August 19, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Before his time with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald learned music growing up in Ferguson, Mo., where he spent 14 years of his childhood. With the nation now watching his hometown in horror and disbelief, McDonald penned an insightful op-ed on Michael Brown's death…

  6. Radio One, REVOLT, Motown Execs Among Living Legends Foundation Honorees

    August 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Radio One/TV One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, REVOLT Media & TV CEO Keith Clinkscales and Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, are among those named to be receive honors at this year's Living Legends Foundation Awards Celebration. The show will be held on Oct. 3 at…

  7. 'Girls' Star Allison Williams Playing 'Peter Pan' in NBC's Live Production

    July 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The network's "Sound of Music" follow-up will be broadcast live Dec. 4. NBC has found its Peter Pan: Allison Williams.  The Girls actress will star in the title role of the live The Sound of Music follow-up, which NBC will broadcast on Dec. 4, NBC announced Wednesday morning…

  8. Audra McDonald Helps 'Lady Day' Turn a Profit

    July 29, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability. Producers of the play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill said Tuesday that they have recouped their $2.6 million initial investment. Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts at Once In the show, McDonald portrays…

  9. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  10. Apple to Buy Pandora-Like Radio App Swell: Report

    July 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Apple is set to purchase Swell , an algorithm-based iOS app for talk radio, for about $30 million, according to tech news site Re/code . Launched in June 2013, Swell touts itself as a Pandora-like experience for news and information podcasts that "learns as you listen" and delivers…

  11. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: A discounted Eminem charges back onto the chart, 'Now 50' crosses the half-million mark and the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack takes a bow. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop…

  12. Nelson Mandela: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

    July 18, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela's legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals…

  13. Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

    July 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Elaine Stritch, the tough and salty broad whose throaty singing voice and torrid Broadway performances made a New York legend, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.,…

  14. New James Blake Song Debuted by The xx's Jamie xx: Listen

    July 17, 2014 10:30 AM EDT James Blake has a lot of new music on the way. His third studio album is nearing completion and at Bonnaroo last month, he told Billboard he's been collaborating with Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. More on James Blake: Governors Ball 2014: James Blake Entrances the Crowd…

  15. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Jay Z, No Doubt To Headline

    July 09, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Carrie Underwood, fun. and more will also be heading to Central Park's Great Lawn in September. The third annual Global Citizen Festival will feature performances from Jay Z, No Doubt and more big names when it returns to the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on Saturday, Sept.…

  16. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  17. G-Eazy, Linkin Park To Perform At MTV Fan Fest, mtvU Fandom Awards During Comic-Con (Exclusive)

    July 01, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Rising rapper G-Eazy, the 25-year-old self-proclaimed “Young Elvis” , will perform at MTV’s mtvU Fandom Awards and MTV Fan Fest during Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 24 from San Diego’s Petco Park. G-Eazy joins a bill that also includes Linkin Park, with highlights to air during…

  18. Aretha Franklin Talks Working With Andre 3000, Covering 'Rolling In The Deep'

    June 25, 2014 3:59 PM EDT The legendary singer says of her new covers album, "We're going to give you exactly what you're expecting and what you're not expecting." Aretha Franklin is "more than happy" with the progress of her upcoming divas covers album, but she acknowledges that…

  19. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKinsey, with FIFA set take in $1.4 billion from…

  20. 'Frozen' Character Gains Popularity as Baby Name

    June 19, 2014 3:40 AM EDT "Frozen" is a big hit—in the maternity ward. Elsa, the ice queen played by Idina Menzel in the Disney animated hit, is gaining popularity as a name for newborns, according to parenting website Babycentre.co.uk . The character name has broken into their top 100 name list for the…

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