1. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  2. Maya Angelou Dead: Beyonce, Rihanna, Common Pay Tribute to Iconic Poet

    May 28, 2014 12:22 PM EDT As news broke that author Maya Angelou -- who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page -- died on Wednesday morning at 86 , the music world paid tribute via social media. Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Common and Ryan Seacrest took…

  3. Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

    May 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Maya Angelou, an American author and poet who documented her life in seven autobiographies and recited her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration, has died at age 86. Angelou's publicist told CNN that the renowned poet died at…

  4. Rubén Blades Q&A: Salsa’s Crossover Pioneer Gets Emotional on 'Tangos'

    May 28, 2014 3:42 AM EDT Rubén Blades takes an emotional turn with “Tangos,” a set of versions of his songs, including “Pedro Navaja,” “Pablo Pueblo” and “Juana Maya,” recorded with Argentine tango musicians. Blades brings tango’s characteristic drama to his classics without going over the top, for an album set to…

  5. ‘SNL’ Season Finale Recap: Jay Z & Solange Fight Mocked, St. Vincent Rocks New Songs

    May 18, 2014 11:11 AM EDT ‘SNL’ Season Finale: Jay Z/Solange Fight Mocked, St. Vincent Rocks “Saturday Night Live” didn’t waste any time in addressing the Met Gala elevator fight between Jay Z and Solange during the show’s season finale on May 14. “SNL” kicked off the last episode of season 39 with Jay Z (Jay Pharoah…

  6. Britney Spears Close to Extending Las Vegas Residency at Planet Hollywood (Report)

    May 11, 2014 2:41 PM EDT Britney Spears is close to extending her Las Vegas residency show, titled “Britney Spears: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Axis theater, according to published reports. Spears has been offered $12 million to extend her two-year residency at Axis, according to New York…

  7. Sean Combs Receives Honorary Degree From Howard University

    May 10, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Add Dr. Combs to the long list of names for Sean Combs. The music mogul, who recently changed his name back to Puff Daddy , received a honorary degree in humanities from Howard University during a commencement ceremony on the morning of May 10. “Ain’t no homecoming like a Howard homecoming…

  8. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  9. The Colourist Exclusive Album Stream: Listen Now

    March 20, 2014 2:47 PM EDT Listen to the first full-length from this rising California quartet, launching at Billboard.com. Orange County pop collective the Colourist will release its heavily anticipated self-titled debut album next Tuesday (Mar. 25) through Republic Records, but fans can hear the sumptuous new…

  10. New Order, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Jam for Tibet

    March 12, 2014 9:50 AM EDT Fans jumped high in their seats. Others raced to the front of the stage. The rest of the audience yelled excitedly. Carnegie Hall is a seated venue, but music lovers watching Iggy Pop and members of New Order on Tuesday night were eager and lost in the music at the 24th Annual Benefit Concert…

  11. Maceo Plex, Dixon, Maya Jane Coles and More Headline DJ-Focused APEX Tour

    March 07, 2014 1:17 PM EST There’s an unspoken irony in America’s EDM explosion: many of the most popular DJs are more popular for their work as producers than their DJing. Launching this April, the 10-city APEX tour from Embrace Presents and the Liaison Artists agency aims to reconnect to the roots of dance music by…

  12. Sasquatch! Music Festival: Outkast, Soundgarden, Robyn Top Separate Lineups

    February 04, 2014 10:36 AM EST Washington state festival now taking place on Memorial Day weekend and Fourth Of July weekend. The Sasquatch! Music Festival, located at the Gorge in Quincy, Wash., is expanding to two patriotic weekends in 2014, with completely unique lineups for its standard Memorial Day weekend and new…

  13. Madonna, Miley Cyrus Team for Country-Themed MTV 'Unplugged' Special

    January 29, 2014 5:37 AM EST Madonna joined Miley Cyrus for a mash-up of "Don't Tell Me" and "We Can't Stop" at Cyrus' barn dance-themed "Unplugged" show that will air on MTV tonight (Jan. 29) at 9 p.m. Cyrus embraced her Nashville roots for the special, giving a…

  14. Funeral Held for Fallen Poet and Activist Amiri Baraka

    January 18, 2014 6:50 PM EST A cacophony of bagpipes, African drums and jazz riffs creatively blended -- much like the elements of an Amiri Baraka poem -- at the Saturday funeral for the activist-writer and a founder of the Black Arts Movement, who died earlier this month . The service, held at Newark Symphony Hall,…

  15. Sasheer Zamata Joins 'Saturday Night Live': Watch Her Beyonce, Rihanna Impressions

    January 06, 2014 6:52 PM EST Comedian is first black female cast member on show since Maya Rudolph "Saturday Night Live" has finally solved its lack-of-black-female-cast-member issue, hiring Upright Citizens Brigade alum Sasheer Zamata as a featured player effective once the sketch comedy show returns later…

  16. Brantley Gilbert Hits New Country Chart Highs

    December 27, 2013 11:10 AM EST The singer is the toast of three tallies with new single "Bottoms Up" Brantley Gilbert makes his highest debuts on three Billboard song charts and posts his first No. 1 and best sales week on Country Digital Songs with "Bottoms Up," the lead single from his upcoming…

  17. Whitney Wolanin Makes 'Run' Up AC Chart With 'Rudolph'

    December 24, 2013 11:15 AM EST The singer bullets at No. 2 for a second week with her cover of a holiday classic Five questions with Whitney Wolanin, who boasts the No. 2 title on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult Contemporary chart for a second week with "Run Run Rudolph." Her version of the song, first…

  18. Yusuf Lateef, Jazz Legend, Dead at 93

    December 23, 2013 9:09 PM EST The multi-instrumentalist was known for a fusion of jazz and Eastern instrumentation Grammy-winning musician and composer Yusef Lateef, one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz, has died. He was 93. Lateef died Monday at his home in Shutesbury in western…

  19. Justin Timberlake Finds Time for Old Characters In Between 'SNL' Performances: Watch

    December 22, 2013 1:19 AM EST Justin Timberlake may have been billed as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" tonight (Dec. 21), but for all intents and purposes, think of him as a backup host of sorts. For the show's final episode before Christmas, the singer and actor appeared alongside host…

  20. Top 50 Game-Changing EDM Tracks of 2013

    December 19, 2013 4:50 PM EST When a track gets the world’s attention, when it changes an artist’s career forever or drives an entire genre forward, when it has staying power or brings a whole new audience to dance music, it’s a gamechanger. These aren’t necessarily the biggest sellers or the critically acclaimed …

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