1. Lester Chambers Attacked After Dedicating Song to Trayvon Martin: Family

    July 15, 2013 1:10 PM EDT Lester Chambers, a key member of soul-rock group The Chambers Brothers, was attacked on stage in Hayward, California on Saturday night after apparently dedicating a song to Trayvon Martin. The 73-year-old Chambers was performing at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival when a woman,…

  2. Sony Worldwide Signs Multi-Market Deal for Justin Timberlake's Neil Bogart Biopic

    May 15, 2013 5:30 AM EDT On the eve of the Cannes Film Market, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has struck a multi-territory deal for Foresight Unlimited’s Neil Bogart biopic "Spinning Gold," headlining Justin Timberlake as the infamous record executive who was closely aligned with the rise of disco.…

  3. Sandy Concert Rocks NYC With Stones, McCartney and a Reunited Nirvana

    December 13, 2012 2:30 AM EST Gotta give it up for the locals. Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF • Stones, The Who, Joel,…

  4. Trey Songz, 'Chapter V': Track-By-Track Review

    August 21, 2012 5:55 PM EDT It's no secret that R&B has been slightly askew since the emergence of electronica music into the mainstream. Chris Brown , Ne-Yo and even Usher took advantage of the EDM wave and pushed aside the genre that made them stars. Trey Songz , on the other hand, has stayed true to his R…

  5. Bruce Springsteen Shakes, Rattles, Surfs in Los Angeles

    April 27, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Tracking set lists is a popular pastime of Bruce Springsteen aficionados and the current tour has provided sufficient fodder in that department: In the 18 shows since he started the tour on March 18 in Atlanta, Springsteen has performed 65 different songs, only a dozen of which have made it…

  6. Listen: Kanye West's Five Best GOOD Friday Songs

    April 06, 2012 1:00 PM EDT On Friday (Apr. 6) -- the actual Good Friday holiday -- Kanye West revived his GOOD Friday release series , which features a new single posted online every Friday as a free giveaway to the rapper's rabid fans, with "Mercy," a new track featuring 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Pusha T.…

  7. Bruce Springsteen's SXSW Keynote: 'Stay Hard, Stay Hungry'

    March 15, 2012 5:30 PM EDT The Boss Was in a Giving Mood, Offering Wisdom & Recounting His Own Musical Journey Declaring that "every important musician in this town is asleep -- or they will be by the time I finished this thing," Bruce Springsteen spent nearly 50 minutes early Thursday afternoon…

  8. Kanye West, Jay-Z Sued Over Uncleared 'Throne' Sample

    October 18, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Syl Johnson , a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo's latest album, "Watch the Throne." In a complaint filed…

  9. Long Live the Queen: Aretha Franklin Thrills in Live Return

    August 26, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Eight months after rumors spread that the Queen was dying, Aretha Franklin -- the Queen of Soul -- proved to a hometown crowd that she's very much alive and well. The 69-year-old Franklin was in robust voice and ebullient good humor throughout her hour-and-50-minute concert on Thursday …

  10. 'Watch the Throne' Production Credits Leak, LMFAO and Seal Lend Vocals: Report

    July 19, 2011 1:15 PM EDT In just two weeks 'Watch the Throne' will be in the hands of many. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's highly anticipatated collaborative album is slated to debut digitally on August 1st and hit shelves August 5th, according to USA Today . 'Watch The Throne': Inside Jay-Z's…

  11. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' Deluxe Tracklisting Revealed

    July 12, 2011 9:05 PM EDT Days after Jay-Z gathered an elite group of journalists and hip-hop fanatics to preview "Watch the Throne," the rap mogul reveals the tracklisting for the deluxe version of his and Kanye West 's highly anticipated collaborative album. Peep below. 'Watch The Throne':…

  12. Random Axe: 5 Things You Should Know About the Rap Supergroup

    June 22, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Random Axe, the hip-hop supergroup featuring Sean Price , Black Milk and Guilty Simpson , released their long-awaited self-titled debut album last Tuesday (June 14) on Duck Down Music. The 15-track album arrives after the trio first started mulling a collaborative effort in 2008, with Detroit…

  13. Raheem DeVaughn Plots 'Loveland' Album Release in 2011

    November 30, 2010 8:55 AM EST R aheem DeVaughn's third album, "The Love & War MasterPeace," has only been out nine months, but the R&B singer is already giving birth to it successor. DeVaughn tells Billboard.com that he'll "definitely be putting out a project some time in 2011," with…

  14. Anita Baker Calls Upcoming Snoop Duet 'Beautiful and Poetic'

    August 23, 2010 4:00 PM EDT A nita Baker says the working title for her next album, "21st Century Love," reflects both the music and lyrical tone of her first new release in six years. "The title came out of the recording process," Baker, who worked at studios in Los Angeles and Nashville for the Nov…

  15. Breaking & Entering: Mayer Hawthorne

    October 23, 2009 12:37 PM EDT When Mayer Hawthorne was growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he frequently confiscated his parents' record collection -- which included music by jazz and soul greats like Smokey Robinson , Curtis Mayfield and Leroy Hutson -- to play on his Fisher Price record player. But when Hawthorne,…

  16. Anita Baker Hits Studio With Snoop Dogg, Plots 2010 Release

    July 24, 2009 2:53 PM EDT Anita Baker is considering a live video and/or album for her next release, possibly in 2010. And she's not ruling out the possibility of some new music next year, either. The Grammy Award-winning songstress filmed shows during the past year at the DTE Energy Music Theatre near her…

  17. March 15, 2009

    March 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Bob Seger, George Harrison, Jackson Browne, Prince, the Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 1999 – Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney and the Staple Singers are inducted into the Rock …

  18. This Day in Music

    December 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Curtis Mayfield, a pioneer of American soul music who penned some of the most lasting songs of the 1960s and '70s, dies at a hospital in Roswell, Ga. He is 57 years old. 1999 - Curtis Mayfield, a pioneer of American soul music who penned some of the most lasting songs of the 1960s…

  19. This Day in Music

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - As Andy Griggs waits to open a show for Reba McEntire at the Milwaukee State Fair, he gets quite a surprise. A local radio DJ asks the crowd to serenade Griggs in observance of his 27th birthda 2000 - As Andy Griggs waits to open a show for Reba McEntire at the Milwaukee State Fair, he…

  20. Erykah Badu w/ The Roots / May 30, 2008 / Chicago, Il (The Chicago Theatre)

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Like many a pop eccentric before her, from Prince to Bjork to Nina Simone, Erykah Badu isn't half as crazy as she sometimes seems. Like many a pop eccentric before her, from Prince to Bjork to Nina Simone, Erykah Badu isn't half as crazy as she sometimes seems. Yes, she spent a lot…

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