1. The Beat: Chris Brown Rules, Justin Bieber Sued

    July 16, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Welcome to the premiere episode of "The Beat," Billboard.com's brand new daily music-news video show, hosted by Jonathan Brooks. The new series tackles the day's biggest stories, hits the red carpet at the most buzzed-about events and features exclusive interviews and…

  2. D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 13, 2012 12:45 PM EDT On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo , stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies, sly two-steps and his signature falsetto.…

  3. 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:…

  4. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    July 07, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Charlie Wilson dominates, D'Angelo dissapoints at New Orleans event Don't underestimate the power of soul. While Friday's lineup at the 2012 Essence Music Festival was filled with an assortment of Hulkshare-generation singers and '90s R&B icons, it was the soul and…

  5. Madonna Rules Billboard.com's 2012 Mid-Year Music Awards

    July 02, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Madonna proved to be 2012's ultimate pop star in Billboard.com's Mid-Year Music Awards poll, which let fans weigh in on their favorite artists, songs, albums and performances of the first half of this year. After voting ended on Friday (June 29) and the hundreds of thousands of…

  6. 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…

  7. First Listen: Frank Ocean Previews 'Channel Orange' Album in NYC

    June 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT "I need a convertible, a lot of channel orange is convertible music. like a saab convertible," Frank Ocean tweeted on June 20, a day before previewing his debut album, "Channel Orange," at KMA Studios in New York on Thursday night (June 21). Ocean has a point -- "…

  8. D'Angelo Making TV Return at 2012 BET Awards

    June 21, 2012 8:27 PM EDT D'Angelo will make his first televised performance appearance in 12 years at the BET Awards, the network announced on Thursday. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on July 1. D'Angelo Back at Work on Long-Awaited Album The long-absent R&B star has returned to the music world this…

  9. Bonnaroo Sunday: 10 Things Seen & Heard

    June 11, 2012 10:05 AM EDT The overcast weather on the final day of the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival felt like a giant natural hangover. Music fans, weary from three days of full-throttle listening experiences and a night of jamming to the Red Hot Chili Peppers , D'Angelo andpicked up the upstart artist…

  10. Summer Music Central 2012

    June 10, 2012 10:41 AM EDT _ _ Chart Article _ _ Katy Perry Rocks L.A. With 'Summer Beats' Gig Perry kicked off Billboard/Pepsi's live series with a show for her new movie. _ Songs of the Summer Chart Returns The Pepsi-sponsored chart tracks the catchiest songs of the summer season. _ 40 Hot Summer…

  11. Bonnaroo Saturday: 10 Things Seen & Heard

    June 10, 2012 9:00 AM EDT At 2:00 AM, Ahmir " Questlove " Thompson slowly stepped away from his drum kit and turned his back to the crowd. He lingered for a few seconds, pushed his gaze slightly upward, and took a long, deep exhale before walking off the platform. For Questlove, the Bonnaroo Music & Arts…

  12. D'Angelo Performs Surprise Set at Bonnaroo

    June 10, 2012 6:40 AM EDT R&B Great Takes Part in Questlove's Superjam The "Superjam" at this year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was billed as Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and his "very special guests," and boy, was that marquee ever accurate. Along with members of…

  13. Pearl Jam to Headline Jay-Z's Made in America Festival

    May 21, 2012 8:16 PM EDT Pearl Jam will be joining Jay-Z at the Made in America Music Festival. The rockers will headline one night of the Philadelphia event, set for Sept. 1 and 2 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Fairmount Park. Pearl Jam Itching to 'Finish an Album This Year' Jay-Z is curating the…

  14. Op-Ed: Brian McKnight & the Fear of His Explicit Slow Jam

    May 17, 2012 11:55 AM EDT "Will he break my heart a little more by performing THAT song?" was my first, and focal, thought when attending Brian McKnight 's first night of a three-night concert series at New York City's Blue Note jazz club on Wednesday (May 16). It seemed far from a coincidence that…

  15. D'Angelo to Perform First U.S. Show in 10 Years at Essence Fest

    May 03, 2012 10:25 AM EDT D'Angelo is making his comeback: The reclusive singer will give his first U.S. performance in 10 years at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. D'Angelo will perform during the festival's opening night. It runs from July 6 to July 8 in New Orleans and also features Trey Songz ,…

  16. Watch: Odd Future's Adult Swim 'Loiter Squad' Trailer

    February 27, 2012 6:10 PM EST Things never seem to stop for Odd Future . After several teasers, and much anticipation, the rap collective release the full-length trailer for their Adult Swim show, "Loiter Squad." Check it out above. "Loiter Squad," which features Odd Future honcho, Tyler, the Creator ,…

  17. Fiona Apple Announces March Tour Dates

    February 21, 2012 10:45 AM EST It's been a good few months for long-awaited live comebacks: first Neutral Milk Hotel 's Jeff Mangum comes out of hiding for an extended tour, then D'Angelo returns with a few overseas tour dates, and now Fiona Apple has announced a proper trek next month, following a few…

  18. 'American Idol' Keeps Portland Weird at Auditions

    February 02, 2012 10:55 AM EST There's a popular phrase in Portland -- evidenced by a number of signs found across the city -- bearing the saying "Keep Portland Weird." Wednesday night's "Idol" auditions, for the most part, did that motto proud. It was certainly the season's most eclectic…

  19. D'Angelo Returns, Performs New Single 'Sugar Daddy': Watch

    January 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST Eleven years after he left us mesmerized with "(Untitled) How Does It Feels," D'Angelo returns with a new single and physique. The neo-soul singer kicked off his intimate European tour yesterday (Jan. 26) in Stockholm, Sweden. Fans were treated with a mixutre of classics and…

  20. D'Angelo Covers Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun:' Listen

    January 03, 2012 1:05 PM EST Update: According to ?uestlove , D'Angelo's cover of "Black Hole Sun" was recorded close to eight years ago and it will not be on his upcoming album. Oh! And, Questlove didn't leak it. "@Spencer_Murphy my statement on Black Hole Sun: its a demo from like 8 trs…

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