1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  2. Erykah Badu Reunites with Dave Chappelle at Radio City: Live Review

    June 28, 2014 5:21 PM EDT How many nights could Dave Chappelle have sold out Radio City Music Hall? In his first big-theater New York gig since his much-analyzed exit from The Chappelle Show in 2005, tickets for the first five nights went so quickly he added four more, this time with a different musical star sharing…

  3. The Juice Podcast: Charlie Murphy Talks Chappelle, Prince & Michael Jackson's Impact & Beyoncé Jokes

    June 27, 2014 4:23 PM EDT For this week's episode of The Juice podcast, we celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Prince's "Purple Rain" album and the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's passing (June 25). VIBE's deputy editor Clover Hope and writer Keith Murphy (VIBE, Myspace,…

  4. Dave Chappelle Brings Out Janelle Monae, Busta Rhymes at Radio City Music Hall

    June 26, 2014 4:52 PM EDT DJ Premier also performed -- with a 45-piece orchestra! -- at Chappelle's latest show. On Wednesday night (June 25), Dave Chappelle continued his tour de force music/comedy residency at New York's Radio City Music Hall by bringing out Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, DJ Premier and a…

  5. Beyonce & Jay Z's Street-Fab 'On the Run' Tour Opens in Miami: Review

    June 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Erotica, glamour, swagger, street cred, and finally, a peek at marriage and family bliss all came together during Beyonce and Jay Z’s “On the Run” tour, which opened in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium last night (June 25). It was over two hours of tightly choreographed showmanship that was timed…

  6. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 25, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The minute Dave Chappelle walked out on stage at Radio City Music Hall, the sold-out audience smiled, cheered loudly, and laughed. These are the reactions to feelings we have when we’re reunited with a long lost friend, and to many, that is who Chappelle is to us: A friend we have missed…

  7. Dave Chappelle & Nas Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 24, 2014 5:10 PM EDT Dave Chappelle's hiatus has been evidently too long. So, him currently taking on a week-long stint at New York City's Radio City Music Hall — as a headliner for a series of stand-up sets and as an opener for a host of top-tier musicians — is a huge deal. Last night (June 24), the…

  8. Kanye West Plays Surprise Set at Dave Chappelle's Radio City Show

    June 21, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Kanye West seems to be feeling a lot better after a complicated Bonnaroo set and burying the hatchet with his wedding photographer: the rapper surprised fans at Dave Chappelle's show last night (Friday) at Radio City Music Hall, where the comedian is performing a nine-date run. Complex…

  9. Shooting Involving ScHoolboy Q Likely Not Random, Authorities Say

    June 21, 2014 1:55 PM EDT A shooting involving rapper ScHoolboy Q after a concert at the historic Red Rocks amphitheater west of Denver was likely not a random act of violence, authorities said Saturday. "This is not just a coincidence. We think there is probably more to it than that," said Jacki Kelley, a…

  10. ScHoolboy Q May Have Been Target of Red Rocks Shooting

    June 20, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Rapper ScHoolboy Q was in a vehicle that was fired on after a concert at the popular Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater in Colorado, but he was not injured, investigators said Friday. Three other people were hurt in the shooting late Thursday in the parking lot at Red Rocks, but their injuries…

  11. Nico & Vinz Goes Top 10: Norwegian Duo On The Making of 'Am I Wrong'

    June 17, 2014 2:44 PM EDT "We always knews it was possible to reach outside of Norway with our music," says Nico Sereba. Nico & Vinz's pop smash is called "Am I Wrong," but so far the song can only do right. The Norwegian duo's debut chart entry leapfrogged into the top 10 of the…

  12. Jennifer Lopez, 'A.K.A.': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 17, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has long been a jack-of-all-trades, excelling in acting rolls, as an on-stage entertainer and in her assorted business ventures.  “A.K.A.” marks the eighth studio album for the songstress, and first with Capitol Records.  An eclectic mix of sounds ring throughout the set as she…

  13. Jennifer Lopez Works Her Ass Off on 'A.K.A.' Album, Powerhouse Brand (Cover Story)

    June 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has a lot of titles on her business card these days. At this point in a career stretching back more than two decades, she's less a musician or actress than a walking lifestyle brand, and a hyper-productive one at that. On today's schedule: an interview and photo shoot…

  14. 50 Cent Nabs Fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    June 12, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Nick Minaj's 'Pills N Potions' hits top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Big Smo Debuts 50 Cent debuts atop Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his first album in five years, "Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win," which opens with 47,000 copies sold in the week…

  15. Dear Daddy Playlist: 25 Songs for Father's Day

    June 12, 2014 3:05 PM EDT With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to think of the man that stood tall in your life from day one. Of course, not all us us are so lucky to have had ones. So from Jay Z and Stevie Wonder showing love to their newborn daughters to Tupac Shakur giving his pops the…

  16. Chuck D Wants to 'Change the Face of Urban Radio' in Wake of Hot 97 'Fiasco'

    June 08, 2014 9:32 PM EDT "That shit is over," Chuck says of the liberal use of the n-word at Hot 97's Summer Jam. "If there was a festival and it was filled with anti-Semitic slurs... or racial slurs at anyone but black people, what do you think would happen?" Chuck D wants Urban radio to…

  17. Hot 97 Co-Hosts Respond to Chuck D’s Harsh Criticism of Summer Jam

    June 06, 2014 9:16 PM EDT In a wide-ranging stream of tweets that began by calling Hot 97’s Summer Jam a “sloppy fiasco” on June 2 and has continued as recently as Thursday evening, Chuck D’s timeline has been scattered with the remnants of a conversation about hip-hop, social activism and radio business. Hot 97 on…

  18. Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & More at Summer Jam 2014: Live Blog

    June 01, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Summer Jam – New York radio station Hot 97's annual celebration of hip-hop and R&B – is just getting under way at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The concert series, historically never short on big surprises, will be live-blogged here, so keep checking back for…

  19. Blink-182's 'Enema of the State' at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 30, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Five years after Green Day's "Dookie," punk purists had another platinum-selling trio to yell "Sellout!" at. But for everyone not taking themselves so seriously, there was another reason to rock out to teenaged angst (real or remembered), with three dudes in…

  20. Nas Invests In Higher Education

    May 28, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Rapper partners with educational firm Koru to provide scholarships, real-world coaching for college grads. Rapper and entrepreneur Nas adds another business venture to his portfolio. He is partnering with educational company Koru to assist top graduates in making successful college-to…

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