1. Chuck Brown, 'Godfather of Go-Go,' Dies at 75

    May 16, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Chuck Brown, an icon of Washington, D.C.'s funk music scene, died at the age of 75 on Wednesday (May 16). The Washington Post reports that Brown's manager has confirmed the death of the singer/guitarist, which followed a battle with pneumonia. Brown is widely credited with creating…

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: Zac Brown Band, 'Glee,' Lady Gaga

    September 30, 2010 6:55 PM EDT GOT COUNTRY?: For the first time in its 54-year history, two country bands have led the Billboard 200 in the same year. That's the same amount of the genre's groups that topped the tally from its launch in 1956 through last year. Zac Brown Band becomes the second country band to…

  3. Thievery Corporation To Work On New Album In 2010

    October 15, 2009 3:34 PM EDT As it winds down the cycle of its latest album, 2008's Grammy-nominated "Radio Retaliation," Thievery Corporation is planning to start the new year in the recording studio. "We're going to start recording in January," Rob Garza, who formed and leads the…

  4. Thievery Corporation Plots 'Retaliation'

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Thievery Corporation's fifth album, "Radio Retaliation," will emerge Sept. 23 on CD via the duo's own ESL Music, with a digital release scheduled for two weeks earlier. Thievery Corporation's fifth album, "Radio Retaliation," will emerge Sept. 23 on CD via…

  5. This Day in Music

    June 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The Fellowship, which comes with a $20,000 prize, 2005 - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National…

  6. Chart Beat

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Big & Rich and more and more! THE LONG RUN: There aren't a lot of songwriters who can claim a 54-year span of No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts. In fact, I can only think of one team that has accomplished this,…

  7. This Day in Music

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The Fellowship, which comes with a $20,000 prize, 2005 - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National…

  8. Chart Beat

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, Neil Sedaka and more! THE 'WONDER' YEAR: Maroon 5 will never forget 2007, the year the group achieved its first No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100. Nor will the members of the band ever forget how they achieved their first chart-topper: by breaking the…

  9. Lavigne Remains No. 1 As Joe Debuts High

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second week straight, despite a 58% drop in sales. The RCA effort sold 122,000 copies in the United States, according to Niel Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" remains atop The…

  10. Chuck Brown Gets Back To 'Business'

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The untimely death of Eva Cassidy struck a deep chord with Chuck Brown. Washington, D.C.'s godfather of go-go had teamed with the pop/jazz singer on the 1995 release "The Other Side." "After we lost h The untimely death of Eva Cassidy struck a deep chord with Chuck Brown.…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Lee Ann Womack sings the national anthem, and a massive fireworks display lights up the Nashville sky in opening ceremonies for Country Music Fan Fair 2001.<br clear="none"/><br clear="n 2005 - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go,"…

  12. Go-Go Godfather Brown Gets Heritage Fellowship

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chuck Brown, the still-active "Godfather of Go-Go," was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship yesterday (June 14), the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Chuck Brown, the still-active "Godfather of Go-Go," was awarded a National Heritage…

  13. Amerie Reaches With 'Touch'

    May 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Last December, Amerie and co-manager Lenny Nicholson decided to leak her new song "1 Thing." Some four months later, the pair's gamble is paying off. "[The label] had had the record since last spring," recalls Amerie …

  14. 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…

  15. R&B Luminaries Sign On For Essence Festival

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nelly, P. Diddy, Maze, Nappy Roots, Smokey Robinson, Jaheim, and Anita Baker lead the lineup for the fifth edition of the Essence Music Festival, set for July 3-5 at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Nelly, P. Diddy, Maze, Nappy Roots, Smokey Robinson, Jaheim, and Anita Baker lead the lineup…

  16. New Film Chronicles DC 'Go-Go' Scene

    September 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A new independent film is shining the spotlight on Washington, D.C.'s go-go music movement via interviews and live footage from the scene's past and present, including go-go legend Chuck Brown, the Ba A new independent film is shining the spotlight on Washington, D.C.'s go-go…