1. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  2. Blue Note to Open New Club Subrosa With Cuban Focus In NYC's Meatpacking District

    November 07, 2014 2:25 PM EST Blue Note Entertainment Group is opening a speakeasy-like space in New York City’s Meatpacking District that will put a spotlight on Cuban bands and other “eclectic, creative music” artists. Subrosa will be located in a former basement parking garage at 63 Gansevoort St., adjacent to…

  3. Maya Angelou’s Posthumous Album, ‘Caged Bird Songs,’ Debuts

    November 04, 2014 2:17 PM EST New album blends poet’s prose with hip-hop; Oprah Winfrey is co-producing a music video for the project Before her death at age 86 on May 28, Dr. Maya Angelou had signed off on a unique music project she had been actively involved with over the last seven years. Today (Nov. 4) marks the…

  4. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  5. Wynton Marsalis To Christen St. Louis Jazz Center

    September 27, 2014 6:13 PM EDT ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will help christen a new St. Louis jazz center that organizers hope will serve as a venue worthy of the genre's top acts while inspiring the next generation of jazz greats from an area that has produced Miles Davis, Clark Terry and David…

  6. Ruby Dee to Be Memorialized By Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte & Others at Memorial

    September 20, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ruby Dee will be remembered in poetry and song this weekend as the actress and civil rights activist is memorialized by admirers including Alicia Keys , Audra McDonald , Harry Belafonte and Angela Bassett. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91 The celebration of Dee's life will be…

  7. Alicia Keys to Sing at Ruby Dee Memorial in NYC

    September 04, 2014 3:52 PM EDT A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald , reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez , and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte . The Terrie Williams Agency said Thursday that the celebration of Lee's…

  8. Newport Jazz Fest Founder Looks to the Future on 60th Anniversary

    July 27, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals. That's why the 88-year-old Wein is celebrating the milestone by adding a third day of music…

  9. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and counting - of Billboard's hallmark…

  10. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  11. Rubén Blades Q&A: Salsa’s Crossover Pioneer Gets Emotional on 'Tangos'

    May 28, 2014 3:42 AM EDT Rubén Blades takes an emotional turn with “Tangos,” a set of versions of his songs, including “Pedro Navaja,” “Pablo Pueblo” and “Juana Maya,” recorded with Argentine tango musicians. Blades brings tango’s characteristic drama to his classics without going over the top, for an album set to…

  12. Fantasia Returning to Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    March 20, 2014 8:25 PM EDT After helping to fuel rave reviews when the show opened last November, Fantasia Barrino will be back on Broadway for a second stint as guest star of "After Midnight," the sultry song-and-dance tribute to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s. Evoking the wild nights of…

  13. K.D. Lang On Her Broadway Debut: It’s a ‘Dream Come True’

    March 13, 2014 12:16 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter k.d. lang says making her Broadway debut was "a dream come true" and its effects on her music will be "profound." Lang took over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in "After Midnight," a musical celebrating…

  14. NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce, John Legend Win Top Music Honors

    February 23, 2014 8:19 AM EST "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards, which honor the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The historical epic's four…

  15. NBA All-Star Weekend Preview: Inside The New Orleans Musical Programming

    February 15, 2014 1:36 PM EST An NBA exec explains why Pharrell Williams is a global superstar, and how Trombone Shorty helped organize the halftime show over GRAMMY weekend. Each year, NBA All-Star Weekend boasts an impressive lineup of musical stars delivering stylized performances in between various basketball…

  16. David Crosby Amazed He Pulled Off 'Croz,' First Solo Album in 20 Years

    January 27, 2014 4:22 PM EST Guests on the album include Mark Knopfler, Wynton Marsalis and son James Raymond… Meanwhile, Crosby, Stills and Nash are "working on" new music after a planned covers album fell through "All kinds of wonderful chemistries" helped David Crosby make his first solo album in…

  17. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  18. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  19. k.d. lang To Hit Broadway for 'After Midnight'

    September 12, 2013 11:17 PM EDT Grammy Award-winning singer k.d. lang has sung everything from country songs to folk and torch songs. Now she's about to unleash her jazz side - on Broadway. The Canadian singer-songwriter will take over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in "After Midnight," a…

  20. ‘Psych’ Star Dule Hill to join Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    July 25, 2013 12:29 AM EDT Dule Hill will be tapping into his dancing roots when he joins Broadway's "After Midnight," a musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. Producers said Wednesday the actor and trained tap dancer best known for starring in…

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