1. 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:…

  2. 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…

  3. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    July 08, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Mary J. Blige had the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the palm of her hand on Saturday night (July 7) at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. The legendary singer took all in attendance through a roller coaster of highs and lows, with a set of overflowing emotion. Veteran to the…

  4. American Idols Live! Tour Kicks Off with High-Energy Detroit Show

    July 07, 2012 12:50 PM EDT The "American Idol" finalists reward after a grueling season of competition? A summer "vacation" spending 11 weeks on the road together. But at least there are no longer judges or mentors, no caustic comments, no fan votes. And Ryan Seacrest exists solely in video form.…

  5. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    July 07, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Charlie Wilson dominates, D'Angelo dissapoints at New Orleans event Don't underestimate the power of soul. While Friday's lineup at the 2012 Essence Music Festival was filled with an assortment of Hulkshare-generation singers and '90s R&B icons, it was the soul and…

  6. Frank Ocean Opens Up About Sexuality

    July 04, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Early this morning (July 4), Frank Ocean took to his Tumblr to post a personal statement in which he opens up about his sexuality. In the piece, which he intended to "fill the thank you's section" in the credits of his upcoming album, "Channel Orange," Ocean shares…

  7. Kelly Rowland, Lil Wayne 'Ice' Collabo Leaks: Listen

    July 03, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Sounds like Kelly Rowland has got another hit under her garter belt with "Ice." Kelly Rowland Live Q&A The singer's first single off her upcoming fourth studio album leaked today (July 3), days after teasing the lyrics via Twitter. The slow winding song features both Ms.…

  8. 2012 BET Awards: Best Beyonce, Jay-Z, & Kanye West Emoments

    July 02, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Last night's 2012 BET Awards show undoubtedly belonged to the Carters ( Beyoncé and Jay-Z ) as well as Jay's Throne buddy Kanye West . Aside from the countless nominations and wins between all three -- Best Female R&B Artist, Best Group, Video Director of the Year, Video of the…

  9. Listen: Three Songs Off Ayo Olatunji's 'Isolation' Mixtape

    June 27, 2012 2:25 PM EDT Exactly a year after releasing his first mixtape, "8 Bit Love" (June, 2011), Ayo Olatunji returns with his progressive R&B mixtape, "Isolation," on July 24. Yesterday (June 26), the independent singer-songwriter and producer gave fans a taste of the 11-songs set when…

  10. Chris Brown's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    June 27, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Chart Article   « Previous 20-11 10-1 Back » 10 No BS Chris Brown R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Peak Position: 3 Breezy pulled a good move when he re-released the lewd, "No BS," originally recorded and featured on his mixtape, "In My Zone" (2010). The single, which hit No. 3 on…

  11. R. Kelly, 'Write Me Back': Track-By-Track Review

    June 26, 2012 12:40 PM EDT R. Kelly is a man of many skills -- all of which he stretches on his 11th studio album, "Write Me Back." R. Kelly, who wrote and produced all but two songs, colors in his 12-track set with influences from nostalgic old-school soundscapes. Kellz' signature impelling vocals sheen…

  12. 50 Cent 'Fine' After Mack Truck Accident: Report

    June 26, 2012 9:50 AM EDT Cent was hospitalized and released early this morning (June 26) after injured in a car accident. 50 was taken to a nearby hospital in Queens after a Mack track rear-ended his SUV, according to Thisis50.com . Both parties were driving along the Long Island Expressway in NYC around 3 a.m.…

  13. R. Kelly: 11 Love Lessons

    June 25, 2012 3:20 PM EDT If "I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)" (1996) Love lesson : Sleep deprived? Trouble breating? Yes, you're sick. Love sick! Lyric : "I can't sleep babe/ I can't think babe/ I can't live babe/ Without you in my life." "I Believe I Can Fly" (1996)…

  14. Kid Ink, DJ Ill Will Talk 'Up & Away' Album & Chart Success

    June 22, 2012 3:50 PM EDT When Kid Ink first met his manager, DJ Ill Will, CEO of Tha Alumni Music Group, in June 2010, the Los Angeles producer/artist was simply "dabbling" in rapping. At the time, neither one had any idea that Ink's first album would make a splash on the Billboard charts. This week,…

  15. First Listen: Frank Ocean Previews 'Channel Orange' Album in NYC

    June 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT "I need a convertible, a lot of channel orange is convertible music. like a saab convertible," Frank Ocean tweeted on June 20, a day before previewing his debut album, "Channel Orange," at KMA Studios in New York on Thursday night (June 21). Ocean has a point -- "…

  16. G.O.O.D. Music To Release 'Cruel Summer' Album in August

    June 21, 2012 12:15 PM EDT G.O.O.D. Music's "Cruel Summer" is undeniably one of the most anticipated albums of the summer. That being said, its a good thing we won't have to wait much longer for it. "Cruel Summer" is set to debut on August 7. While stopping by Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex…

  17. Chris Brown, Drake Not To Blame For Bar Brawl, Meek Mill Says

    June 19, 2012 2:25 PM EDT 'I never seen Chris Brown or Drake throw a bottle, and I was there,' Mill told XXL. The Chris Brown - Drake saga continues. This time, Meek Mill is slamming claims made by musician Kenneth " K-Mac " McCray that Drake instigated the fight by throwing a bottle at Brown at…

  18. Watch: The Making of Big K.R.I.T.'s 'Live From the Underground' Album

    June 14, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Last Tuesday (June 5) was the day Big K.R.I.T. has been anticipating. The rapper/producer released his debut album, "Live From the Underground" after intricately lacing the debut album for two years. On the exclusive documentary above, directed by Steve-Ography and edited by Slick…

  19. Love Doctor: 2 Chainz Talks S&M, His 'Duffle Bag Kama Sutra' Book & More

    June 13, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Chainz , aka "the hair weave killer," doesn't shy away from kitty cat chat. And why should he? It's the rapper's charisma, countless number of memorable verses, laced with NSFW quoateables, that keep him at the top of the charts and at the tip of stadium screams.…

  20. Ludacris Talks Justin Bieber Collabo, New Single & 'Fast & Furious' Sequel

    June 11, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 'He's growing into manhood stage and his songs are reflecting that,' Ludacris says of Justin Bieber. As Ludacris gears up for the release of his eighth studio album, "Ludaversal," the rapper set out to perform a few classics at the Bonnaroo Music Arts Festival on…

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