1. Parliament Funkadelic Legend Bernie Worrell Diagnosed With Two Forms of Cancer

    January 05, 2016 5:57 PM EST Bernie Worrell, one of the greatest and most influential keyboard players of the past 40-plus years and a pillar of the legendary Parliament Funkadelic , has been diagnosed with two types of cancer. His wife Judie Worrell revealed on her Facebook page and confirmed to the Asbury Park Press…

  2. How to Navigate SXSW Like a Know-It-All: The Insiders' Guide

    March 13, 2015 3:28 PM EDT Best Bar For Clandestine Networking: The Cloak Room If the bars at the W Austin or Four Seasons are too highfalutin for you, make like generations of Austin ­legislators and head toward the ­capitol for this hard-to-find ­basement bar. No-nonsense bartender Beverly Pruitt -- who doesn'…

  3. Kali Uchis Talks 'Por Vida,' Working With Snoop & Tyler, The Creator & Twitter Stalking Bootsy Collins

    February 03, 2015 1:10 PM EST Kali Uchis operates like a one-woman chorus. She loves the immaculately plotted backing vocals that were popular in the '60s and '70s, and she reproduces them all by herself -- sometimes putting together a whole song in less than ten minutes. Tyler, The Creator , Kaytranada , and…

  4. James Brown's Band 'Get On Up' for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert: The Inside Story

    August 05, 2014 12:10 AM EDT To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up , executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to…

  5. Experience Hendrix Tour Returns in 2014 With Zakk Wylde, Buddy Guy, More

    November 18, 2013 7:56 PM EST The Experience Hendrix Tour, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix that's been an on-again, off-again presence in the music world since its inception in 1995, will return in 2014, Radio.com reports . The tribute tour will feature a score of players in the rock world, including Buddy Guy, Bootsy…

  6. Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston, Donna Summer At 'VH1 Divas': Watch

    December 17, 2012 11:50 AM EST VH1 DIVAS Best Photos From the Show It was a confluence of glitz and glamour, spikes and suits and all manner of bare-chested male dancers. In other words, Adam Lambert 's Sunday night… And VH1 Divas 2012, which featured the American Idol season eight runner-up as host to a lineup that…

  7. Demi Lovato & L.A. Reid Video Q&A: 'X Factor' Judges Talk Simon, TV and Shunning the 'Sexy Route'

    October 30, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Demi Lovato didn't pull any punches when the "desert island question" was popped at last week's Billboard Film & TV Music Conference in L.A., choosing Britney Spears over fellow "X Factor" judge Simon Cowell. "Simon would be the biggest diva on the…

  8. Soul Train Awards 2011: Jill Scott & Cee Lo Green Win Big

    November 18, 2011 2:30 PM EST R&B, Hip-Hop and Soul legends attended the 40th anniversary taping of the 2011 Soul Train Awards in Atlanta on Thursday (Nov. 17) to celebrate "peace, love and soul." Slideshow: Soul Train Awards See Pics From the Show! Host Cedric the Entertainer opened the show at the historic…

  9. Drake, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & More at 2011 BMI Urban Awards: Watch

    August 27, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Hollywood's grand Pantages Theater, a former home of the Academy Awards, was the backdrop for BMI's annual Urban Awards (Aug. 26). As tourists and lookie-loos shouted from the sidewalks or while cruising down Hollywood Boulevard, artists, songwriters, producers and industry execs…

  10. Brian Wilson, The Roots, Chaka Khan Get Jazzy For Inaugural Blue Note Fest

    June 08, 2011 8:00 AM EDT With an already fantastic start featuring performances from Bobby McFerrin , George Porter Jr . and more, the first annual Blue Note Jazz Festival will continue with its wide-ranging lineup at NYC clubs through June 30. In addition to collaborating with an array of venues to showcase acts…

  11. Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa to Shoot 'Comedy Stoner Movie' in May

    March 21, 2011 11:19 AM EDT Rap icon Snoop Dogg and upstart Wiz Khalifa are teaming for a new film, "High School," which the former calls "a comedy stoner movie, a little something for the stoners." Snoop told Billboard.com that the duo -- who also joined forces for the song "This Weed is Mine…

  12. Snoop Dogg Previews Kanye, Willie Nelson Collabs at 'Doggumentary' Album Listening

    February 20, 2011 12:25 PM EST "I'm just trying to keep this Snoop thing popping," declared Snoop Dogg while previewing his 11th studio album, "Doggumentary" (Priority/Capitol, March 29), at Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood. The rapper played 21 tracks, featuring guest turns by Kanye West , Wiz…

  13. Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup Led by Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne

    February 15, 2011 11:43 AM EST The Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is in, and rap superstars Eminem and Lil Wayne , album of the year Grammy winner Arcade Fire , and veteran rock acts Buffalo Springfield and Dr. John and the Original Meters have been tapped to play the summer music festival in its tenth year. Buffalo Springfield'…

  14. Musiq Soulchild Finishes New Album, 'MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ'

    February 11, 2011 1:45 PM EST M usiq Soulchild is putting the finishing touches on his next album, "MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ," with a planned release date of May 3. "It's recorded. It's done," the singer tells Billboard.com. "We just need to take the actual songs and mix those and put the project…

  15. Bootsy Collins Taps Snoop Dogg, George Clinton for First Album in Five Years

    January 11, 2011 5:28 AM EST A desire to memorialize his heroes -- including James Brown , Jimi Hendrix , Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist Garry Shider and jazz legends such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis -- drove Bootsy Collins to make "Tha Funk Capitol of the World," his first new album in five years. …

  16. Jimi Hendrix's Family Talks 'Anthology,' 'Day in the Life' Documentary

    November 17, 2010 3:17 PM EST After a prolific 2010 that continues with the "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology" box set out this week, the family-run Experience Hendrix label has a more modest, but no less impactful blueprint for the next couple of years. "This year has been very special…

  17. Ask Billboard: Eminem's Multi-Chart Domination

    August 27, 2010 5:30 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, 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. LOTS OF '…

  18. Bootsy Collins Suits Up For 'Prizefighter' Theme

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bootsy Collins produced an exclusive, original theme song that sets the mood for 2K Sports' "Don King Presents: Prizefighter" videogame, due in stores June 10. Bootsy Collins produced an exclusive, original theme song that sets the mood for 2K Sports' "Don King…

  19. Bootsy Collins Spearheading James Brown Tribute

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bootsy Collins is spearheading a star-studded tour dubbed "A Tribute to James Brown" featuring alumni from Brown’s own legendary J.B.’s that is slated for the fall. Bootsy Collins is spearheading a star-studded tour dubbed "A Tribute to James Brown" featuring alumni from…

  20. Hip-O Revisits Gaye's Divorce Album

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Marvin Gaye's maligned 1978 album "Here, My Dear," which chronicled his divorce from Anna Gordy, will be reissued in expanded form Jan. 15 via Hip-OSelect.com/Motown. Marvin Gaye's maligned 1978 album "Here, My Dear," which chronicled his divorce from Anna Gordy,…

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