1. R&B and Hip-Hop in 2014: A Lackluster Year for Some, But Not All

    December 17, 2014 5:01 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at…

  2. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Album Finally Drops: First Listen

    December 14, 2014 11:37 PM EST After 14 years without a full-length album, D’Angelo ’s Black Messiah was released Sunday (Dec. 14) just before midnight. The 12-track set is available here via iTunes.   How can you possibly encounter an album like this? The weight of expectations looms large, and it cuts two ways.…

  3. Inside D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Listening Party: A Look at Its Lyrics & Political Message

    December 14, 2014 11:36 PM EST D'Angelo invited a select audience in New York to hear his long-awaited full-length album Black Messiah Sunday, revealing there that the album would be released finally at midnight that night.  D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Out at Midnight Tonight: Track List Revealed…

  4. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Out at Midnight Tonight: Track List Revealed & Title Explained

    December 14, 2014 6:12 PM EST D'Angelo 's long-awaited full-length album, Black Messiah , will be out Sunday night, according to a Tweet by collaborator Q-Tip. It was confirmed by reps at a listening party Sunday that the LP will be released at midnight. @dangleo  album out 2nite! Black Messiah! — QTip (…

  5. Hear D'Angelo's Funky New Song 'Sugah Daddy'

    December 14, 2014 11:11 AM EST D'Angelo is officially back. Ahead of a planned Sunday night (Dec. 14) listening session for his long-awaited full-length album, Black Messiah , the R&B singer dropped the funky new single “Sugah Daddy.” The song arrived at midnight on Dec. 14 as part of Red Bull's 20Before15…

  6. D'Angelo's 'Sugah Daddy' to Arrive as Free Download From Red Bull

    December 13, 2014 3:05 PM EST The long wait for new D'Angelo music is finally over. Red Bull has announced that it will premiere the studio version of D'Angelo’s song “Sugah Daddy,” which the singer debuted live in early 2012. Is D'Angelo Finally Releasing a new Album? Singer Announces Listening…

  7. Is D'Angelo Finally Releasing a new Album? Singer Announces Listening Session for 'Black Messiah'

    December 12, 2014 6:53 PM EST If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: the new  D'Angelo album is coming. In January of 2000, the mysterious singer released Voodoo , which is often regarded as one of the finest modern additions to the soul canon. But ever since that album came out, it&…

  8. Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

    November 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity. Groups often solidify as they get older: they settle in and focus. In an…

  9. Drake & Frank Sinatra, Kanye West & Nina Simone and More Dream Duets

    November 03, 2014 3:05 PM EST Barry Manilow 's new album, titled Dream Duets , is built around an interesting and possibly creepy premise: the singer duets with famous dead singers. This type of thing has happened before -- sort of. Justin Timberlake 's duet with Michael Jackson , "Love Never Felt So Good…

  10. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

  11. Tory Lanez Channels the Classics in First NYC Headlining Show

    October 16, 2014 5:37 PM EDT "I believe in keeping sh-- classic" announced Tory Lanez during the middle his show at Webster Hall on Wednesday night -- his first headlining show in New York City. Lanez, who hails from Toronto, wasn't lying: He sang Bell Biv DeVoe during the performance; his Chixtape II…

  12. Party Supplies, Action Bronson & Black Atlass, 'The Light In the Addict': Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 09, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Party Supplies and Action Bronson follow up their collaboration on the acclaimed Blue Chips mixtapes, with their new song, "The Light In the Addict." Their labelmate Black Atlass joins to contribute the smoothest of hooks. Check out "The Light In the Addict" below,…

  13. 5 Roles Perfect for Nick Jonas and His Abs

    October 03, 2014 6:49 PM EDT After seeing Nick Jonas ' recent provocative photo shoot for  Flaunt  magazine, it got us thinking: After pulling a Marky Mark (see above), who else do we want the clearly now-adult pop star and his -- errrr, ummm -- hot bod to imitate? There are plenty of options, but here's a…

  14. Talib Kweli to Lauryn Hill Critics: 'Get Over Yourself'

    September 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Talib Kweli has some advice for people expressing negative feelings about Lauryn Hill : "If you have a negative experience at her concert, go home, put on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and the next time she does come through your town, don’t go to her concert. Problem solved."…

  15. 'The Simpsons' Set to Take Over the Hollywood Bowl

    September 11, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Conan O'Brien, 'Weird Al' Yankovic & more will bring Springfield to Hollywood. "Weird Al" Yankovic , Conan O'Brien and Beverly D'Angelo are among the voices of Simpsons characters who will perform songs they sang on the long-running animated series at…

  16. Get Ready for a Simpsons Music Marathon

    September 10, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Not even two weeks after FXX wrapped its record-breaking Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, the fledging network is heading back to Springfield's well with a music-themed Simpsons marathon. No, they're not spotlighting the series' diverse music guest roster -- although if you'…

  17. Naked Ambition: 20 Bare-It-All Music Videos (NSFW)

    June 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's no secret that pop stars like to bare their bodies, whether it's on stage, on the red carpet, or in a music video. Big pop names like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Gotye left little to the imagination in their video hits, and we've also seen nudity (and controversy) pop…

  18. D'Angelo's Album Will Be Out in 2014, Touring in October, Manager Insists

    June 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT It's been so long, with so many false alarms, you start to lose track. D'Angelo 's long-awaited follow-up to his classic 2000 album "Voodoo" was supposed to come out in 2007. Then 2009. Then 2010. Then he started touring, for the first time in 10 years, in 2011 and…

  19. Bonnaroo: 10 Most Legendary Moments

    June 11, 2014 12:01 PM EDT From Beck's puppetry to D'Angelo's comeback to Macca's epic set, these are the 10 most unforgettable moments from the Tennessee fest. The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival , another weekend of heat, porta-potties and hopefully great rock moments out in a field in…

  20. BIGBANG's Taeyang Brings Adult-R&B Sound for New Solo Single 'Eyes, Nose, Lips': Watch

    June 02, 2014 10:59 PM EDT The K-pop star also incorporates dance, hip-hop, gospel and more on his second full-length album 'Rise' At the 2014 GRAMMYs earlier this year, John Legend earned one of the night's standout moments thanks to a stripped-down rendition of his heartfelt piano ballad "All of…

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