1. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  2. Kelela Talks Saint Heron, R&B's Racial Politics & Working with Arca, Hudson Mohawke

    November 19, 2013 1:45 PM EST Less than a year ago, Kelela Mizanekristos — the Los Angeles-based, Ethiopia-descended R&B and electro pop singer — was working as a telemarketer, trying to make ends meet as an artist in a city inundated with them. She finally quit her day job last December after Solange, a fan,…

  3. Tyler, the Creator Talks Directing Movies, Being Rejected by Justin Bieber

    April 01, 2013 11:30 AM EDT 'My advice to him is to continue to search and never become complacent.' - Pharrell Williams Nick and Kayla ditched school early on a Wednesday in Staten Island and caught a bus and then a train to 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. They're high school sweethearts --…

  4. Carla Duren

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Carla has made a living touring as a backing vocalist for such artists as Deborah Cox, Tamia, Amel Larieux, Pink, Kelis and Talib Kweli. Now she has her own album. And be sure to watch for a suprise r Carla has made a living touring as a backing vocalist for such artists as Deborah Cox, Tamia…

  5. Hot Product

    March 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Will Smith Fresh Prince Among Thieves Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in three years. Due this week, the set is Smith's first for Interscope since parting ways with Columbia, which…

  6. Will Smith Drafts Snoop, Mary J. For New Album

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in three years. Rapper-turned-actor Will Smith is joined by Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Timbaland on "Lost and Found," his first new album in…

  7. Shortlist Music Prize 'Longlist' Nominees

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The "longlist" of artists and their latest albums being considered for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize. Ten finalists for the award will be announced in late September; the Prize will be awarded duri Below is the "longlist" of artists, and their latest albums, being…

  8. Red Star Shines On 'Def Jamaica'

    April 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The third album in the Red Star Sounds series, released through the non-profit Heineken Music Initiative in a joint venture with Island Def Jam Music Group, is due in August. The album, to be titled " The third album in the Red Star Sounds series, released through the non-profit Heineken…

  9. 'Barbershop' Remains A Cut Above

    September 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT This weekend's four new wide releases took a little off the sides of MGM's "Barbershop" at the U.S. box office, but the ensemble comedy managed to earn an estimated $13.3 million to hold on at No. 1 f This weekend's four new wide releases took a little off the sides…

  10. Cube, Eve Top Box Office In 'Barbershop'

    September 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The MGM film "Barbershop," which stars rappers-turned-actors Ice Cube and Eve, was clearly a cut above the rest this weekend at the box office in North America. The movie exceeded expectations and deb The MGM film "Barbershop," which stars rappers-turned-actors Ice Cube…

  11. Ice Cube Plays 'De-Fense' For Disney

    August 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube has teamed up with Disney-based Gunn Films to bring the sports-themed comedy "De-Fense" to the big screen. Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube has teamed up with Disney-based Gunn Films to bring the sports-themed comedy "De-Fense" to the big screen.…

  12. Hot Product

    August 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Coldplay, Dixie Chicks, Queens Of The Stone Age, Eve, and more. 'Rush' Hour Coldplay's 2000 debut "Parachutes" earned critical raves for such crossover hits as "Yellow" and "Trouble," but the praise seemed a bit much for…

  13. 'The Barbershop' Boasts Fresh Cuts

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music by Fabolous, P. Diddy, Jagged Edge, Glenn Lewis, and Amel Larrieux will grace the upcoming Epic soundtrack to "The Barbershop." Due Aug. 27, the set is led by the single "Stingy" by Ginuwine, wh Music by Fabolous, P. Diddy, Jagged Edge, Glenn Lewis, and Amel Larrieux…

  14. Female Artists Set For V-Day Benefit

    March 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop artist Eve, R&B singer Amel Larrieux, mezzo soprano Denyce Graves, and inspirational female a capella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock will take part in V-Day Harlem 2002, a benefit for co Hip-hop artist Eve, R&B singer Amel Larrieux, mezzo soprano Denyce Graves, and…

  15. Red Star Sounds Volume One: Soul Searching

    October 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Heineken Foundations' Red Star Records, a collaborative effort with Epic Records, brings together the worlds of R&B, pop, hip-hop, and trip-hop on this shining set. The Heineken Foundations' Red Star Records, a collaborative effort with Epic Records, brings together the…

  16. Terrorist Acts Bring Cities, Music Biz To A Standstill

    September 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. music industry went into a state of near-total paralysis yesterday (Sept. 11) following the deadly terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The U.S. music industry went into a state of near-total paralysis yesterday (Sept. 11)…

  17. Badu, Furtado On 'Red Star' Soul Compilation

    August 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Tracks by Erykah Badu, Nelly Furtado, Macy Gray, India.Arie, Jill Scott, and Amel Larrieux featuring the Roots will be found on the "Red Star Sounds Volume I: Soul Searchin'" compilation, due Oct. 9 f Tracks by Erykah Badu, Nelly Furtado, Macy Gray, India.Arie, Jill Scott, and…

  18. Amel Larrieux Goes Sci-Fi

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Singer Amel Larrieux, whose debut Epic solo album, "Infinite Possibilities," was infused with spacy electronics, futuristic funk, and jazzy rhythms, brings that same soulful consciousness to voicing t Singer Amel Larrieux, whose debut Epic solo album, "Infinite Possibilities,…