1. Pearl Jam & Jay-Z Rock Together to Cap Made In America Fest: Photos & More

    September 03, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Pearl Jam's mash-up with Jay-Z, Run-D.M.C.'s reunion, Ron Howard hanging out, and more from the inaugural Philly fest. Pearl Jam' s inspired live mashup with Jay-Z brought his inaugural Made In America festival to an unforgettable close in Philadelphia on Sunday night …

  2. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Skrillex, D'Angelo Kick Off Made In America Festival

    September 02, 2012 10:40 AM EDT The first day of the two-day fest featured performances by Jay-Z and many guests, Skrillex, Maybach Music Group, Passion Pit and more. Jay-Z stood sipping champagne with Kanye West while red, white and blue fireworks lit up the Philadelphia night behind them Saturday (Sept. 1) to close out…

  3. Win Jay-Z's Made in America Festival Tickets

    August 27, 2012 3:05 PM EDT A pair of 2-day passes to see Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Drake, Skrillex, Maybach Music & more could be yours. Jay-Z's 'Budweiser Made in America' festival is the place to be for Labor Day weekend. Jay-Z's gathered some of his favorite artists for his two-day festival in…

  4. Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Relaunch & New Danny! & Young Guru Albums

    August 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru Danny!'s "Payback" is slated to…

  5. Jay-Z Adds Drake, Run DMC to Made in America Lineup

    July 31, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Jay-Z 's Made in America Festival just got exponentially bigger following the Philadelphia weekend's final lineup announcement earlier today. Joining already announced acts like Odd Future , D'Angelo , Rita Ora , and Maybach Music Group ( Rick Ross , Wale , & Meek Mill )…

  6. Michael Buble, Mary J. Blige Join 'The Voice' as Advisors

    July 20, 2012 8:40 AM EDT Mary J. Blige and Michael Buble will find their voices as advisors on NBC's The Voice in the upcoming Fall season. Powerhouse R&B singer Blige has signed on as an advising mentor for Adam Levine 's team, Blige's rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. With nine Grammy…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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:…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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 -- "…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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