1. Bilal, 'West Side Girl': Exclusive Song Premiere

    February 05, 2013 12:50 PM EST Bilal's forthcoming album, 'A Love Surreal,' came together so organically and swift that it surprised the singer, himself. "It was just so easy that the music started to flow, before we knew it, it was [like], 'oh wow we got an album!' Usually it takes me 2-3…

  2. Erykah Badu Pushes 'New Amerykah' To March

    January 21, 2010 6:17 PM EST Originally due Feb. 23 , Erykah Badu 's fifth studio album, "New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh," has now been pushed to March 30, the singer/songwriter announced via Twitter today (Jan. 21). "Return of the Ankh," which will be released through Universal Motown…

  3. Shafiq Husayn, "Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka"

    October 30, 2009 2:10 PM EDT Most hip-hop artists shout out major U.S. cities on their albums, but Shafiq Husayn convers far more extensive territory. "Senegal, Portugal, let's go! Mexico and Japan, Kosovo and Sudan, U.S. and Pakistan!," he sings on the song "U.N. Plan." As one-third of the…

  4. Bilal To Release Electro-Jazz Rock Album In 2010

    October 08, 2009 9:00 AM EDT B ilal hasn't put out an official album since 2001's "1st Born Second," but fans can rest assured that new solo material is on the way. The R&B singer is almost done recording his next album, he tells Billboard.com, and it's slated for release in the first quarter…

  5. Twice The Badu

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST In her decade-plus career, Erykah Badu hasn't been afraid to wait long periods between projects. But now Badu is making up for lost time. In her decade-plus career, Erykah Badu hasn't been afraid to wait long periods between projects. But now Badu is making up for lost time. Five…

  6. Qawwali Vocalist Khan Continues Uncle's Tradition

    March 15, 2001 12:00 AM EST Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's first U.S. recording -- an eponymous American/Legacy set released March 13 -- was recorded in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1997. It was the same year that his uncle and Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's first U.S. recording -- an eponymous American/Legacy set…

  7. Qawwali Vocalist Khan Continues Uncle's Tradition

    March 15, 2001 12:00 AM EST Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's first U.S. recording -- an eponymous American/Legacy set released March 13 -- was recorded in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1997. It was the same year that his uncle and <I>qa Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's first U.S. recording -- an eponymous American…