1. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  2. Jill Scott Wows at 'The Light of the Sun' Private Live Session in L.A.

    April 20, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Clad in a curve-hugging black dress, Jill Scott - backed by a five-piece band and three female singers - wowed a jam-packed Playhouse in Hollywood (April 18) as she performed several tracks from the summer-slated set. In attendance were singers Lalah Hathaway , Macy Gray and Rahsaan Patterson…

  3. Soulja Boy Fends Off Chris Brown Atop Hot 100

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" makes it a lucky seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but new competition comes from Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss," which soars 22-2 after selling 159,000 Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" makes it…

  4. Billboard Bits: Fantasia, 311, NFL Kickoff

    August 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Fantasia, 311, NFL Kickoff Although she's still on tour supporting her J Records debut, "Free Yourself," Fantasia has begun mulling plans for its follow-up. "I will be going back into the studio sooner or later," the artist tells Billboard. "I'd like…

  5. Kem's Back In A Major Way

    May 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The tag line for Kem's upcoming 20-city concert tour is "Find Your Way." In the last two years, the Detroit-based artist has done just that. Once homeless, Kem (last name Owens) later supported himself and his family by waiting…

  6. Hot Product

    July 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Macy Gray 'Being' There Raspy voiced R&B artist Macy Gray returns this week with her third Epic studio album, "The Trouble With Being Myself." It's the follow-up to Gray's 2001 set "The Id," which debuted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 and has sold…

  7. Diverse Artists On Board AIDS Benefit Bill

    October 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Cassandra Wilson, Stephanie Mills, and Rahsaan Patterson are among the artists who will participate in You Rock My Soul, a benefit concert for the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC). Cassandra Wilson, Stephanie Mills, and Rahsaan Patterson are among the artists who will participate in You…

  8. Brown Sugar

    October 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT For those in the music business, a love For those in the music business, a love of music is often as strong as any other loves in their lives. Actors Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan explore that dichotomy in the new Fox Searchlight film Brown Sugar. Like the film, the accompanying soundtrack…

  9. 'Brown Sugar' Soundtrack Packed Tight

    August 06, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Magic Johnson Records/MCA soundtrack to the forthcoming Fox Searchlight film "Brown Sugar" is packed with sweet contributions from hip-hop/R&B luminaries, including Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Commo The Magic Johnson Records/MCA soundtrack to the forthcoming Fox Searchlight film …

  10. Sign of Things to Come

    June 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Recording projects fronted by celebrities sometimes come off as vanity affairs, with only a passing nod to the music. Recording projects fronted by celebrities sometimes come off as vanity affairs, with only a passing nod to the music. In this first of a three-record production deal with MCA,…

  11. Artists Step Up To Aid Victims Of Tragedies

    September 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT While many artists cancelled concerts last week after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., several that soldiered on used the events to raise mo While many artists cancelled concerts last week after terrorists attacked the World Trade…

  12. Soul Power

    April 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Framed by the U.K.'s unwavering reverence for all things soulful, this 16-track compilation is a contemporary treat that showcases both U.S. and U.K. Framed by the U.K.'s unwavering reverence for all things soulful, this 16-track compilation is a contemporary treat that showcases…