1. Four-Play: 2011 Essence Music Festival

    July 05, 2011 2:45 PM EDT This past weekend, plus Friday (July 1 through July 3), the '2011 Essence Music Festival' brought out a star-studded lineup to New Orleans, LA. Artists from Mary J. Blige , Kanye West , Jill Scott to El Debarge and New Edition awed the Superdome with performances of their oldies and…

  2. The Squeeze: Q&A with Charlie Wilson

    February 17, 2011 1:38 PM EST Charlie Wilson is on his way to Iraq today (Feb. 18) to perform for the troops for the third year in a row. But the former The Gap Band member, who is mostly known to this generation for his collaborations with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Kanye West , among others, made sure to take time out…

  3. El Debarge Checks Into Rehabilitation Center

    February 14, 2011 5:45 PM EST R&B artist El Debarge has put his career comeback on hold by checking himself into a rehabilitation center. A press release states that the 49-year-old singer will use the rehab stint to address years of substance abuse. "I hate to disappoint my fans but it is necessary for me to…

  4. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele, Kanye West

    December 10, 2010 3:43 PM EST Despite a 78% decline, Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" holds onto the No. 1 spot for a second week on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, logging sales of 108,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Nicki Minaj remains at No. 2 with "Pink Friday" (103,000, down 73%…

  5. Soulja Boy, Flo Rida Flop On Billboard Album Chart

    December 08, 2010 3:59 PM EST A couple of notable hip-hop and R&B artists dropped albums this week, but according to Billboard's latest 200 chart, it appears no one went out to buy them. *tear* Susan Boyle Likely to Top Billboard 200 Next Week Jazmine Sullivan dropped her sophomore album "Love Me Back,"…

  6. Billboard Bits: 'Jonas L.A.' May Face Cancellation, Christina Aguilera Has New Beau

    November 08, 2010 6:22 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Disney Channel's 'Jonas L.A.' May Face Cancellation It was bound to happen: All the Disney Channel's teen idols would eventually grow up, and the shows would be no more. Not only is "Hannah…

  7. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Lil Wayne, Tech N9ne, Trey Songz

    November 05, 2010 11:51 AM EDT Lil Wayne 's "I Am Not A Human Being" ties Alicia Keys ' "The Element Of Freedom" for the year's third longest run at No. 1 as it picks up a fifth week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Eminem 's "Recovery" leads the pack with 17 weeks at the…

  8. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several of the hits and collaborations he's…

  9. Mary J. Blige Reps For The Ladies During NYC Show

    October 12, 2010 3:30 PM EDT If you didn't believe the once-troubled Mary J. Blige when she first crooned the words "No More Drama" back in 2002, then you should check out her live show these days. The Queen of Hip-hop/Soul took the stage at New York City's Radio City Music Hall last night (Oct. 11)…

  10. Mary J. Blige Announces Tour with Jazmine Sullivan, El DeBarge, Miguel

    September 01, 2010 2:40 PM EDT Just days after Jazmine Sullivan 's "Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)" remix featuring Mary J. Blige was released, Blige announced Tuesday (Aug. 31) that she will be joining forces with the R&B singer/songwriter once again. The two powerhouses, along with comeback…

  11. El DeBarge Gets Ready to Take His 'Second Chance'

    August 28, 2010 10:00 AM EDT The last time El DeBarge released an album, it was 1994. The Internet was starting to come into its own. Nielsen SoundScan was just 3 years old. YouTube, iTunes, Facebook and Twitter weren't even blips on anyone's radar. Not to mention that R&B and its fan base have changed…

  12. Al B. Sure! Returns With Hidden Beach Debut

    May 18, 2009 4:05 PM EDT Veteran R&B singer/songwriter Al B. Sure! has signed with Hidden Beach Recordings and will release a new album on June 23. "Honey I'm Home" signals the artist's first new studio project in over 15 years. The 13-track CD features the sensual lead single "I Love It …

  13. Chart Beat: Black Eyed Peas, Hello Goodbye, Keith Urban

    April 09, 2009 1:10 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. PEAS POWER…

  14. Motown Collects Every No. 1 On Boxed Set

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Motown will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mammoth boxed set, "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," due Dec. 9. Motown will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mammoth boxed set, "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," due Dec. 9. The 10-disc package features 191…

  15. George Clinton Goes 'Gangster' On New Album

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT George Clinton is getting by with a little help from his friends on his next album -- a list that includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, RZA, System Of A Down bassist Shavo Oda George Clinton is getting by with a little help from his friends on his next album -- a list…