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. Essence Festival 2012: The 10 Best Performances

    July 09, 2012 5:10 PM EDT If there was any ever doubt whether R&B was alive and progressing, the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans debunked each and every doubter. No gimmicks or special affects were needed, as pure vocal prowess and legacy resonated loudly throughout the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. PHOTOS:…

  3. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen and Heard Sunday

    July 09, 2012 1:00 PM EDT The last day of the 2012 Essence Music festival belonged to the divas of R&B and soul: on Sunday night (July 9), legends not only took the main stage of the Superdome, but paid tribute to other fallen legends, such as Whitney Houston, Etta James and more. PHOTOS: Essence Music Festival…

  4. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided the emotional highlight of Sunday's…

  5. Aretha Franklin Honors Whitney Houston at Radio City Concert

    February 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST Aretha Franklin was thankful to be alive and was thinking about lost friends, among them Whitney Houston . Hours after she canceled an appearance at Houston's funeral because of spasms in her legs, the "Queen of Soul" (the "undisputed" Queen, the capacity audience was…

  6. Grammy Producer Talks Adele, McCartney & (Lack of) Boycotts

    January 31, 2012 11:00 AM EST 'We Are in Discussions With Adele' to Appear, Says Ken Ehrlich in New Interview The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday should yield a "major interesting"…

  7. Long Live the Queen: Aretha Franklin Thrills in Live Return

    August 26, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Eight months after rumors spread that the Queen was dying, Aretha Franklin -- the Queen of Soul -- proved to a hometown crowd that she's very much alive and well. The 69-year-old Franklin was in robust voice and ebullient good humor throughout her hour-and-50-minute concert on Thursday …

  8. Lady Antebellum Billboard Cover: Sneak Peek

    August 25, 2011 6:10 PM EDT You need this now! Lady Antebellum graces the cover of this week's Billboard Magazine and inside you'll learn about the country trio's upcoming follow-up -- and first headlining arena tour -- to one of 2010's best-selling albums ("Need You Now"). Also in the…

  9. Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Exec and Museum Founder, Dies

    August 25, 2011 11:28 AM EDT Esther Gordy Edwards, who founded the Motown Museum to preserve the legacy of the iconic record label her brother Berry founded, has died at age 91. According to her family, Gordy Edwards died of natural causes. Berry Gordy, in a statement released Thursday , praises his sister's work as…

  10. Motown Legend Nick Ashford Dies at 70

    August 22, 2011 9:28 PM EDT Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist said. Ashford, who along with wife…

  11. May 4, 2009

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Reggae producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd dies of a heart attack at his studio in Kingston, Jamaica. He is 72. 2000 – Letters to Cleo play their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month. 1992 – Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu of Johnny Clegg & Savuka dies of a gunshot wound…

  12. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. solo female artists of the rock era. "…

  13. Chart Beat

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Usher's "Love in This Club," American 'Idols,' Janet Jackson and more! 'CLUB' PLAY: Adding sales to airplay can be like adding Mentos to Diet Coke. The resulting explosion has carried "Love in This Club" (LaFace) by Usher featuring…

  14. Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore: 'Lovers' On & Offstage

    February 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Continuing a time-honored tradition of R&B duos that includes the couplings of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Peaches & Herb, and Rene & Angela, contemporary soul singers Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore celebrate love on "…

  15. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST Chart-based stories on Cher, Ja Rule, Jimmy Buffett, and more. ONLY THE 'LONELY': Cher expands her chart span on Billboard's Hot 100 to 36 years and nine months, thanks to the debut of "Song for the Lonely" (Warner Bros.), the lead U.S. single from her new "…

  16. Celebrities To Fete Jackson's Solo Years

    September 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT It's hard to find a celebrity who isn't planning to be at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert tonight (Sept. 7) at New York's Madison Square Garden. The first of two heavily hyped concerts (the It's hard to find a celebrity who isn't planning to be at…