1. Jackie Robinson Actor's Next Role? James Brown

    August 27, 2013 2:40 PM EDT After bringing Jackie Robinson to the big screen, Chadwick Boseman is going to try another icon: James Brown. Boseman has been cast to play the Godfather of Soul in a planned biopic by "The Help" director Tate Taylor. The film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment is…

  2. Smokey Robinson Pays Tribute to Motown's Chief of Charm

    August 26, 2013 9:11 PM EDT The musician will honor Maxine Powell at the Motown Historical Museum and calls her contributions essential. A chief architect of "the Motown sound" is paying tribute to another pioneer responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of the legendary Detroit label's…

  3. K. Michelle Talks 'Rebellious Soul' Success & Upcoming Solo VH1 Show

    August 23, 2013 2:12 PM EDT The R&B singer's 'Rebellious Soul' debuts at No. 2 thanks to new exposure through reality TV. K. Michelle has endured personal and professional woes in her career, but this week the singer hits the Billboard 200 at No. 2 with her major-label debut, "…

  4. Aretha Franklin's Health Improving, Planning Work on a New Album

    August 21, 2013 2:08 AM EDT Aretha Franklin won't say what caused her latest health problems, but says she's had a "miraculous" recovery and is looking forward to performing soon. "My treatments are going very well. My last CAT scan, my doctor at the CAT scan and everyone who sees this says…

  5. Aretha Franklin Not Attending Baseball Luncheon Due to Health Issues

    August 20, 2013 12:44 AM EDT Aretha Franklin will not be attending a baseball luncheon during which she was to receive a "Beacon" award for embodying the spirit of the civil rights movement, The Associated Press has learned. Franklin, 71, has already canceled several concerts recently because of undisclosed…

  6. Reba McEntire Talks Hall of Fame Career, New Museum Exhibit and What's Next

    August 10, 2013 9:30 AM EDT In preparation for the launch of the Country Music Hall of Fame's Reba: All The Women I Am exhibit, Reba McEntire quickly realized one thing. She hadn't thrown a lot of things away from her Hall of Fame career. "I am a pack rat, by nature, so I've been collecting these…

  7. Jazz Keyboardist George Duke Dead at 67

    August 06, 2013 6:14 PM EDT George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67. A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night in Los Angeles. Duke was being treated for…

  8. 'Sapphires' U.S. DVD Art Could be Scrapped After Racism Complaints

    August 06, 2013 12:09 AM EDT The U.S. distributor of the Australian feel-good film "The Sapphires" is apologizing for the DVD cover, which has had complaints of sexism and racism levelled against it. Anchor Bay Entertainment said in a statement Monday that it "regrets any unintentional upset"…

  9. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  10. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  11. MLB To Fete Aretha Franklin at ‘Beacon Awards’

    July 25, 2013 11:53 PM EDT Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson will be honored at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon next month. Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Franklin and Jackson will receive awards on Aug. 24 at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile before the annual Civil Rights Game. The White Sox…

  12. Van Dyke Parks Takes Artful Approach on First Solo Album in Decades

    July 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT On "Songs Cycled," acclaimed composer enlists artists Art Spiegelman, Klaus Voorman and others The artwork inside the booklet for Van Dyke Parks' first solo album in 20 years is as important as the music itself, the songwriter-composer arranger says. With contributions from…

  13. Toni Braxton, Babyface Reunite For Duet Album

    July 11, 2013 3:44 PM EDT News of Toni Braxton retiring from music may have come prematurely. The singer-songwriter has announced that she will team up with legendary singer-songwriter, producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds for a duet album slated for the fall.  The Grammy Award-winning musicians are no…

  14. Iron Maiden's Beer To Be Sold At U.K.'s House of Commons Bar

    July 07, 2013 11:56 PM EDT Legendary British rock band Iron Maiden is serving up its own Trooper Ale at the bar in the House of Commons to members of Parliament. The beer, billed as the band's special cask ale, features the band's mascot Eddie the Head and is packaged with a similar logo to their 1983…

  15. Randy Jackson to Produce Smokey Robinson Duets Album

    July 02, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Randy Jackson has lined up his first gig since leaving "American Idol." The former TV judge is teaming up with Motown icon Smokey Robinson for a duets album due out in the fall. Jackson will produce the collection, which will be released by Verve Records. The track list is…

  16. Gimme Five: Matthew Morrison's Favorite 'Glee' Performances (Video)

    June 28, 2013 4:10 PM EDT During a stop at the Billboard studios last month to promote his new album "Where It All Began," Matthew Morrison -- the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated star best known for playing Will Schuester on Fox's "Glee" -- broke down his love of Broadway, collaborating…

  17. Electric Daisy Carnival Upstages Its Lineup

    June 24, 2013 10:17 PM EDT The festival's best year yet was all about the owl, not the talent. The blue owl’s head bobs, gently but unmistakably -- which taking into account its massive size is already a bit of a wonder. Up and down, side to side it goes, its plasma retinas brightening or narrowing in…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Now With An AC Top 10, Rihanna Appears Here To 'Stay'

    June 16, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Having set records on Pop Songs, Rihanna reaches a key career milestone, as her former No. 1 on the ranking 'Stay' becomes her first Adult Contemporary top 10 Madonna did it. And, Cyndi Lauper. So did fellow pop/dance divas more recently like Fergie, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.…

  19. Former Jesus Lizard David Yow Casts Lewd, Clanging Solo Album Debut

    June 15, 2013 6:30 PM EDT David Yow is best-known as the menacing, howling frontman of '80s and '90s noise-punk bands Scratch Acid and the Jesus Lizard, two of the most revered acts on the roster of indie label Touch and Go. The Jesus Lizard was briefly signed to Capitol Records, during which time it spent…

  20. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss…

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