1. These Sci-Fi Headphones Don't Need a Phone, Know What You Want to Hear

    July 30, 2014 1:58 PM EDT They use cellular or wi-fi, they know what you're nodding at, and they're aiming at Beats. Carl Thomas came up with the idea for web-connected "smart headphones" after a couple of unfortunate workouts at the gym. "I was constantly getting tangled in the wires, so I…

  2. D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 13, 2012 12:45 PM EDT On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo , stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies, sly two-steps and his signature falsetto.…

  3. Essence Festival 2012: The 10 Best Performances

    July 09, 2012 5:10 PM EDT If there was any ever doubt whether R&B was alive and progressing, the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans debunked each and every doubter. No gimmicks or special affects were needed, as pure vocal prowess and legacy resonated loudly throughout the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. PHOTOS:…

  4. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen and Heard Sunday

    July 09, 2012 1:00 PM EDT The last day of the 2012 Essence Music festival belonged to the divas of R&B and soul: on Sunday night (July 9), legends not only took the main stage of the Superdome, but paid tribute to other fallen legends, such as Whitney Houston, Etta James and more. PHOTOS: Essence Music Festival…

  5. Op-Ed: Brian McKnight & the Fear of His Explicit Slow Jam

    May 17, 2012 11:55 AM EDT "Will he break my heart a little more by performing THAT song?" was my first, and focal, thought when attending Brian McKnight 's first night of a three-night concert series at New York City's Blue Note jazz club on Wednesday (May 16). It seemed far from a coincidence that…

  6. Jagged Edge, Carl Thomas, Dru Hill Spread Love at MSG

    February 11, 2011 12:29 PM EST Carl Thomas , Donell Jones , Dru Hill , Jagged Edge and Keith Sweat filled the Theater at Madison Square Garden with love last night (Feb. 10) as the R&B acts sang some of their heartfelt hits for the "Ladies Night Out: Valentine's Day Edition" concert. Carl Thomas, looking…

  7. TL Cross

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST TL Cross comes from a musical background that spans back to when his grandfather hosted his own radio show and further extends to his father, aunts and uncles, most of whom were major-label gospel art TL Cross comes from a musical background that spans back to when his grandfather hosted his…

  8. Rihanna's 'Umbrella' Reigns Again Atop Hot 100

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna begins a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Umbrella," which is the chart's greatest gainer at radio. The Def Jam album from which it is drawn, "Good Girl Gone Bad," debuted ye Rihanna begins a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with …

  9. T-Pain Soars To No. 1 Ahead Of Rihanna, McCartney

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain's sophomore album "Epiphany" enters on top of The Billboard 200 in a week where six of the top 10 albums are new releases. With sales fueled by the MC's high-powered single "Buy U a Drank (Shaw T-Pain's sophomore album "Epiphany" enters on top of…

  10. Banner Rebounds From 'Worst Year' With New Album

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Although rapper David Banner has been quiet for a while, it's not because he hasn't been busy. Rather, he's been doing some soul searching. "2006 was the worst year of my life," Banner tells Billboard Although rapper David Banner has been quiet for a while, it's…

  11. Tupac Lives Again With Snoop, Luda, T.I.

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT More prolific in death than he was during his lifetime, rapper Tupac Shakur will be heard anew on yet another posthumous album, "Pac's Life." Due Nov. 21 via Amaru/Interscope, the album sports contrib More prolific in death than he was during his lifetime, rapper Tupac Shakur…

  12. Billboard Bits: Rhymefest, Guster/LaMontagne, Bang On A Can

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Rhymefest, Guster/LaMontagne, Bang On A Can Chicago rapper Rhymefest has set July 11 as the new release date for his major-label debut, "Blue Collar," originally due April 18. The disc will be distributed via producer Mark Ronson's Allido/J imprint, and features…

  13. Rhymefest Rolls With Kanye On J Debut

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Chicago rapper Rhymefest, previously best known for co-writing Kanye West's hit single "Jesus Walks," will on April 18 release his major-label debut, "Blue Collar." Chicago rapper Rhymefest, previously best known for co-writing Kanye West's hit single "Jesus…

  14. McKnight, LL Visit 'Family Reunion' Soundtrack

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to the upcoming Tyler Perry film "Madea's Family Reunion" will be issued Feb. 21 through Motown. The soundtrack to the upcoming Tyler Perry film "Madea's Family Reunion" will be issued Feb. 21 through Motown. The 10-track set features new songs…

  15. I Speak Life

    October 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With four consecutive chart-topping releases and an almost limitless musical range, Donald Lawrence's "I Speak Life" showcases his softer, gentler side this time around. With four consecutive chart-topping releases and an almost limitless musical range, Donald Lawrence's …

  16. Cee-Lo, Tweet Drink Up Seagrams Tour

    September 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Modern soul artist Cee-Lo has been tapped to lead this year's Seagrams Gin Live tour. Modern soul artist Cee-Lo has been tapped to lead this year's Seagrams Gin Live tour. The run will kick off Sept. 17 in San Jose, Calif., and close Oct. 23 in Miami Beach, Fla. Tweet and Teedra…

  17. De La Soul Signs With Sanctuary

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rap trio De La Soul has signed a new deal with Sanctuary Urban Records Group, which will on Sept. 28 release its next album, "The Grind Date," in conjunction with the group's own AOI Records. Veteran rap trio De La Soul has signed a new deal with Sanctuary Urban Records…

  18. Thomas Returns To 'Talk' With New Album

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Carl Thomas will return early next year with his sophomore album, "Let's Talk About It." Due Feb. 10 via Bad Boy Records, the single "She Is" featuring LL Cool J leads the collection. The track debuts Carl Thomas will return early next year with his sophomore album, …

  19. Essence Fest Plans Vandross Tribute

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In place of his planned appearance at the 2003 Essence Music Festival, soul balladeer Luther Vandross will be celebrated during the three-day event. Patti LaBelle, Gerald Levert, Faith Evans, Ashanti, In place of his planned appearance at the 2003 Essence Music Festival, soul balladeer Luther…

  20. R&B Heavyweights Join Essence Fest Lineup

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Babyface are among the latest additions to the Essence Music Festival bill. Set for July 3-5 in New Orleans, the event has also added Yolanda Adams, Musiq, and Kindred Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Babyface are among the latest additions to the Essence Music…

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