1. Wendy Rene, Soul Singer Sampled by Wu-Tang Clan & Alicia Keys, Dies at 67

    December 18, 2014 4:12 PM EST Wendy Rene, the budding Stax Records singing and songwriting talent who quit music after the death of Otis Redding in 1967 and saw her music revived through samples decades later, died Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., following a stroke. She was 67. Born Mary Frierson in Memphis, Rene was given…

  2. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  3. Why Queen Latifah’s Reign in Syndication Is Ending

    November 22, 2014 12:00 AM EST Her show wasn’t growing -- which made it impossible to justify the cost. Queen Latifah is the latest victim of the tough economics and harsh realities of making a show work in national television syndication. It is expensive to launch a new syndicated show, hard to make inroads against…

  4. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  5. Prince's Paisley Archives: 10 Items From the Warner's Vault We'd Love to See Released

    April 18, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Warner Bros. archive represents the most significant catalog of unreleased material of the past 40 years At 9 a.m. ET on Good Friday morning, a press release sallied forth announcing a new partnership between Prince and Warner Bros. – a newsflash that actually almost lives up to the drama…

  6. Miley Cyrus Leads Time's Person of the Year Voting

    November 28, 2013 7:52 AM EST UPDATED: The pop star's triumph over President Obama, the Boston bombers and several Hollywood heavyweights may be due to the work of a couple of hackers. Time magazine is holding an online vote for whom readers think should be its 2013 Person of the Year. The winner so far: Miley Cyrus,…

  7. August Alsina Feels the 'Luv' on R&B Charts With Debut Single

    October 28, 2013 12:30 PM EDT "Raw honesty." That's what convinced Island Def Jam executive VP/head of A&R Karen Kwak to sign New Orleans native August Alsina. Now the 21-year-old singer/songwriter's unflinching style is attracting national attention. Alsina recently earned his first Billboard…

  8. Marianas Trench, Drake Lead 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2013 6:45 PM EDT Vancouver's pop-rock band Marianas Trench -- now a headlining arena act in Canada after a dozen years of hard work, and whose frontman Josh Ramsay co-wrote Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe" -- leads the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards with six nominations,…

  9. Prince Gets Royal Treatment at Carnegie Hall: D'Angelo, Elvis Costello, Bettye Lavette Light Up All-Star Tribute Concert

    March 08, 2013 11:05 AM EST Tribute concerts are a tricky proposition under the best of circumstances. Not only do you need to match the right performer with the right song, you've got to learn an entire repertoire – which, if the tributee deserves an entire concert, is usually challenging on many levels -- in…

  10. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj, Wilson Phillips, 'Titanic'

    April 13, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Minaj roars in atop the Billboard 200 - but which side of the rapper/singer do consumers and radio programmers like best? Fans have clearly gone gaga over 'DEDICATED' FANS: Wilson Phillips - Carnie Wilson, sister Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips - enters the Billboard 200 at No. 29…

  11. Slash, AC/DC, Rolling Stones Win At Classic Rock Awards

    November 11, 2010 11:40 AM EST Classic Rock magazine held its annual awards ceremony at London's Roundhouse, with the big winners including AC/DC , the Rolling Stones , Cheap Trick and Led Zeppelin . The Nov. 10 Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour event kicked off with a performance from Florida's Alter Bridge ,…

  12. 'Idol,' 'SNL' Join 'Glee' with Emmy Nominatons

    July 08, 2010 3:04 PM EDT While Fox's " Glee" led the Emmy nominations for primetime series on Thursday morning with 19, music from "Lost" and "Saturday Night Live" also earned nods, while "American Idol" and "The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert…

  13. Ronnie James Dio Remembered by Fans, Friends

    May 31, 2010 10:45 AM EDT The mammoth service for fiery frontman Ronnie James Dio was more akin to a spirited rock concert than a dreary funeral. With chants of "Dio, Dio, Dio," headbangers were loud and proud Sunday as they paid tribute to the late metal legend, who died from stomach cancer May 16 at age 67…

  14. Metal Community Pays Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

    May 17, 2010 5:10 PM EDT The hard rock community was in a state of mourning as artists rushed to pay tribute to iconic elder statesman Ronnie James Dio, who died on Sunday at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. Tony Iommi, who worked with Dio in Black Sabbath and its latest incarnation, Heaven and Hell, was among…

  15. Ronnie James Dio, Metal Legend, Dead at 67

    May 16, 2010 5:37 PM EDT Seminal heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio -- the voice for Elf, Blackmore's Rainbow , Black Sabbath , his own band Dio and, most recently, Heaven & Hell -- has lost his battle with stomach cancer, passing away Sunday at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Dio was 67 years old and…

  16. Janelle Monáe Crosses Boundaries With 'ArchAndroid'

    April 26, 2010 12:07 PM EDT J anelle Monáe has no desire to define her sound. "It's genre-less, because it has an energy about it that genres can't really live up to, so I don't want to diminish it by trying to restrict it," the eccentric 24-year-old says about "The ArchAndroid," due…

  17. Kaiser Chiefs Storm BRIT Awards

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kaiser Chiefs took home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards 2006, held tonight (Feb. 15) at London's Earls Court. The alternative rock outfit took home British live act, British group and Briti Kaiser Chiefs took home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards 2006, held tonight …

  18. Billboard Bits: Save The Music/Thomas, Ivy, Tim McGraw

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Save The Music/Thomas, Ivy, Tim McGraw Rob Thomas, Bon Jovi, Joss Stone, Queen Latifah and John Legend will perform at a benefit concert for VH1's Save the Music Foundation on April 11 at New York's Beacon Theatre. The event will broadcast six days later on VH1. Yesterday …

  19. Coleman Saluted On Broadway

    January 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST The ghost of Cy Coleman was back on Broadway this afternoon (Jan. 10). The Tony Award-winning composer/pianist died Nov. 18 at age 75, but he was very much in evidence at the Majestic Theatre during a The ghost of Cy Coleman was back on Broadway this afternoon (Jan. 10). The Tony Award…

  20. Tunes On TV

    January 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 3-9, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JAN. 3 "Today," NBC Featured artist: Sutton Foster (also scheduled: Patricia Arquette). "Las Vegas," NBC Featured artist: Duran Duran. "The Late Show With David Letterman,…

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