1. 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…

  2. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  3. Essence Festival 2013: Trey Songz, Charlie Wilson, New Edition Liven Up The Superdome

    July 07, 2013 12:57 PM EDT Essence was in full swing Saturday (July 6), as attendance thickened and Friday’s rain took a day off to allow a full day of non-stop singing and dancing. Daytime highlights included McDonald’s Black 365 Awards, which were filmed for their first TV airing on BET later this month. The show…

  4. Prince Gets Royal Treatment at Carnegie Hall: D'Angelo, Elvis Costello, Bettye Lavette Light Up All-Star Tribute Concert

    March 08, 2013 11:05 AM EST Tribute concerts are a tricky proposition under the best of circumstances. Not only do you need to match the right performer with the right song, you've got to learn an entire repertoire – which, if the tributee deserves an entire concert, is usually challenging on many levels -- in…

  5. Elvis Costello, Roots, Waterboys Play All-Star Prince Tribute

    March 08, 2013 3:02 AM EST They partied like it was 1999 — the audience and the musicians — at a Prince tribute concert at Carnegie Hall. More than 20 performers including Elvis Costello, The Roots and the Waterboys paid tribute to the pop icon in a two-hour-plus concert Thursday night. They all joined together…

  6. Bilal, 'West Side Girl': Exclusive Song Premiere

    February 05, 2013 12:50 PM EST Bilal's forthcoming album, 'A Love Surreal,' came together so organically and swift that it surprised the singer, himself. "It was just so easy that the music started to flow, before we knew it, it was [like], 'oh wow we got an album!' Usually it takes me 2-3…

  7. Lupe Fiasco, 'Food & Liquor II': Track-by-Track Review

    September 25, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Lupe Fiasco has always had a lot to say -- so much so, in fact, that it rarely all fits on record. The Chicago native is a deft MC that makes the very most out of his couplets, but it's the things he says out of the studio that has traditionally had more traction than much of what he&…

  8. Jay-Z Enters New Musical Heights at Carnegie Hall

    February 07, 2012 9:50 AM EST Many notable artists have performed at Carnegie Hall, but last night (Mon. Feb 6), the stage belonged to Jay-Z . Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, is the second hip-hop act to perform at Carnegie Hall. Wyclef Jean did so in 2001, acoompanied by Stevie Wonder , Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston . Jay-Z…

  9. Chris Brown Leads Soul Train Awards Nominations

    October 21, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Days after winning the most awards at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Chris Brown leads the nominations for the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Brown is nominated for five nods across 11 categories, one being Best Dance Performance in which he's up against ex-beau Rihanna . Breezy is nominated for …

  10. Kindred the Family Soul Return with Uplifting New Album on New Label

    July 26, 2011 6:45 PM EDT When you catch the eye of Grammy-winning songstress Jill Scott , you must be doing something right. After Kindred the Family Soul caught the attention of Jill Scott when performing at the Black Lily club, Scott promptly brought the R&B duo to her label at the time, Hidden Beach Recordings…

  11. Bilal Rocks 'Tainted Love'

    May 23, 2011 10:30 AM EDT What do you get when you mix a jazzy soul rocker with a new wave classic? In this week's Mashup Monday, Philly's Bilal and his band turns Soft Cell 's early 80s hit "Tainted Love" into a fully rock-and-R&B jam complete with epic guitar solo. Photos: Bilal's…

  12. Four-Play: Juice's Viral Playlist

    April 23, 2011 5:00 PM EDT ATLiens Big Boi and Janelle Monáe take a stroll, Gucci Mane gives Jackie Chan a ring, Bilal takes action through a tribute, and Lloyd brings Murder to New York City. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime. From "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty," the Fat Cats…

  13. Erykah Badu Announces Tour

    April 19, 2010 6:33 PM EDT Named after the closing track of her latest "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh," Erykah Badu has announced the dates for her 2010 North American tour, "Out My Mind, Just In Time." The trek will make stops at amphitheaters and concert halls beginning May 22 at Pier…

  14. Erykah Badu To Leak Viral Video Today

    January 29, 2010 2:18 PM EST On the eve of the release of her upcoming album, "New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh," Erykah Badu has announced she will be leaking a promotional viral video on her official site, erykahbadu.com . Badu's personal publicist has confirmed. "At 3:33 pm Tomorrow .…

  15. Erykah Badu Pushes 'New Amerykah' To March

    January 21, 2010 6:17 PM EST Originally due Feb. 23 , Erykah Badu 's fifth studio album, "New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh," has now been pushed to March 30, the singer/songwriter announced via Twitter today (Jan. 21). "Return of the Ankh," which will be released through Universal Motown…

  16. Bilal To Release Electro-Jazz Rock Album In 2010

    October 08, 2009 9:00 AM EDT B ilal hasn't put out an official album since 2001's "1st Born Second," but fans can rest assured that new solo material is on the way. The R&B singer is almost done recording his next album, he tells Billboard.com, and it's slated for release in the first quarter…

  17. Robert Glasper, "Double Booked"

    August 25, 2009 2:45 PM EDT Is it bop or hip-hop? Although it doesn't answer that question, Robert Glasper 's third album for Blue Note Records, "Double Booked," sheds light on different sides of his prodigious talent. The title of the new set refers to Glasper's double duties as leader of his…

  18. Terence Blanchard Group, "Choices"

    August 11, 2009 4:15 PM EDT In the wake of Terence Blanchard 's 2008 Grammy Award-winning album "A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina)," the New Orleans-based trumpeter/composer embarks on a new, dramatic song cycle that plumbs the depths of personal and societal decision-making. In addition…

  19. Solange Steps Out On Sophomore Solo Disc

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's no twist of fate that the opener on Solange's sophomore album, "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams" (Aug. 26, Music World/Geffen), is a track titled "God Given Name," on which the 22-year-old ar It's no twist of fate that the opener on Solange's…

  20. Cole, DeVaughn Set For Heineken Red Star Tour

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The third annual Heineken Red Star Soul concert series will kick off Aug. 6 at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Ashanti and Goapele. The third annual Heineken Red Star Soul concert series will kick off Aug. 6 at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Ashanti…

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