1. Jill Scott Still 'Blown Away' by Scoring First No. 1 Album

    July 19, 2011 4:28 PM EDT Four weeks later, Jill Scott says she's still overwhelmed by the No. 1 Billboard 200 debut of her latest album, "The Light of the Sun." "Wow, I haven't even been able to wrap my mind around it yet," Scott tells Billboard.com. "I'm blown away. I really…

  2. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her new album, "The Light of the Sun."…

  3. Jill Scott Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 22, 2011 5:33 PM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott looks like she's on the verge of earning her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as her just-released "The Light of the Sun" is headed for the top next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell as many as 125,000 copies by week's…

  4. Jill Scott Sets 'Summer Block Party' Tour Dates

    June 02, 2011 11:30 AM EDT J ill Scott will bring her forthcoming fourth album, "The Light of the Sun," on the road this summer with the Jill Scott Summer Block Party, which kicks off July 28 in New York. The Budweiser Superfest-sponsored trek will also feature soul singer Anthony Hamilton and R&B…

  5. 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…

  6. Jill Scott Reps for Philadelphia in New 'Shame' Video

    April 15, 2011 11:44 AM EDT Philadelphia's own, Jill Scott , pays homage to her hometown in the visuals for her track "Shame," off her fourth album, "The Light of the Sun." The Devin Hampton-directed video was shot in the Cecil B. Moore Recreaton Center, where Scott spent most of her summers as…

  7. Chrisette Michele Finds New Voice on 'Freedom' Album

    December 01, 2010 5:00 PM EST There's more confidence in Chrisette Michele 's voice these days, but it has nothing to do with her vocal ability. The Grammy-winning singer, who debuted with the jazz-soul CD "I Am" in 2007, is speaking her minding on her third disc, "Let Freedom Reign," out…

  8. Billboard Bits: Gwyneth Paltrow to Sing 'F--k You' on 'Glee,' Bret Michaels Denies Tish Cyrus Affair

    November 03, 2010 5:40 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow to Perform Cee-lo's 'F--k You' on 'Glee' The Nov. 16 episode of " Glee " will feature an appearance from Gwyneth Paltrow, playing a substitute teacher who Mr.…

  9. Legendary Producer Willie Mitchell Dead At 81

    January 06, 2010 10:07 AM EST W illie Mitchell , a record producer, label head and musician who worked with Al Green and other stars, died Tuesday. He was 81. Mitchell died at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis at 7:25 a.m., more than two weeks after he suffered cardiac arrest Dec. 19, said his son, Lawrence…

  10. Janellle Monae, Mary J. Blige To Be Honored At Black Girls Rock

    October 16, 2009 3:40 PM EDT J anelle Monáe , Mary J. Blige , Salt-N-Pepa's Spinderella and -- oddly enough -- Anthony Hamilton are among the honorees for the fourth annual Black Girls Rock! Awards, which take place Saturday (Oct. 17) in New York and recognize women of color making strides in arts and entertainment.…

  11. Anthony Hamilton Promises Fast Follow-up To 'Point'

    June 02, 2009 1:09 PM EDT Anthony Hamilton made fans wait three years for his latest album, 2008's "The Point of it All." But he promises that won't be the case for his next effort. "I may put out another one before the end of this year, or the top of (2010)," the North Carolina-born R…

  12. Taylor Swift Trumps Big Debuts To Stay No. 1

    December 24, 2008 11:04 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Big Machine) begins a third non-consecutive week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week, selling 330,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Fearless" trumps big debuts from Keyshia Cole and Jamie Foxx, which open…

  13. Anthony Hamilton's Heights

    December 19, 2008 11:45 AM EST Anthony Hamilton is best-known for chronicling heartbreak on songs like "Charlene" and "Can't Let Go." But on "The Point of It All," arriving Dec. 16 from Jive, the artist says it's time to rejoice. Embodying the message is the first single "Cool…

  14. Ask Billboard: Alice In Chains, Anthony Hamilton, Jay-Z

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers questions about Alice In Chains, Anthony Hamilton, Jay-Z and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside…

  15. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, so it's…

  16. Kanye, UGK Head BET Awards Winners' Circle

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New school and old school hip-hop both shared the wealth as Kanye West and UGK earned two awards each at the BET Awards last night (June 24) at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. New school and old school hip-hop both shared the wealth as Kanye West and UGK earned two awards each at the BET…

  17. Aretha, Mint Condition Salute Black Music Month

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An essay from Aretha Franklin, an Earth Wind & Fire tribute from Mint Condition and blog posts from rapper YoYo are among the featured elements of BlackVoices.com's Black Music Month celebration. An essay from Aretha Franklin, an Earth Wind & Fire tribute from Mint Condition and…

  18. 'Down' Is The New Up

    May 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The friendly collision of new and old sensibilities on "Lay It Down" (Blue Note) is as vintage-sounding as anything Al Green released during his Hi Records heyday of the '70s. The friendly collision of new and old sensibilities on "Lay It Down" (Blue Note) is as…

  19. Chart Beat

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action on Mariah Carey/Madonna/Elvis Presley, James Brown, Fantasia and more! 'BODY' WORKS; 'MINUTES' ADDS UP: Elvis Presley has had a lot of great chart weeks over the last 52 years, but this wasn't one of them. Mariah Carey surpasses the King…

  20. Green, ?uestlove 'Lay It Down' On New Album

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Al Green's long-in-the-works album co-produced by the Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and keyboardist James Poyser finally has a release date. "Lay It Down" is due May 27 via Blue Note and features Al Green's long-in-the-works album co-produced by the…

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