1. Watch Common Pour His Heart Out in 'Black America Again' Video

    September 22, 2016 3:25 PM EDT The Stevie Wonder-featuring single gets a stunng and timely visual. Common released the video for his single "Black America Again," featuring legendary singer Stevie Wonder , on Thursday (Sept. 22). The striking visual opens with footage of Alton Sterling's death, which took…

  2. Watch President Obama Celebrate International Jazz Day With an All-Star Concert April 30 on ABC

    April 30, 2016 8:40 AM EDT "Not a bad venue, right?" asks UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, chairman of International Jazz Day, and living jazz legend Herbie Hancock jokingly, after mention of what’s sure to be the genre’s biggest event of the year: an all-star jazz concert, broadcast from the South Lawn of the…

  3. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Loretta Lynn Earns Her Highest Charting Album Ever With 'Full Circle'

    March 18, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Plus: Violent Femmes return to chart after more than 20 years On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 26), Kendrick Lamar ’s surprise new release Untitled Unmastered swooped in for a No. 1 debut. It bowed with 178,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March…

  4. Esperanza Spalding on Her Alter Ego and Being Inspired 'By Stuff People in Suits Don't Give a Shit About'

    January 28, 2016 6:07 PM EST "I just want to say, if you're going crazy, take a break," says Esperanza Spalding . The Oregon-based jazz singer-bassist sits at Beverly Hills' Avalon Hotel, lit from behind by a window that opens onto a small courtyard. Her hair teased out to her shoulders, she's…

  5. Queen Latifah, Smokey Robinson to Help Obamas Celebrate the Arts

    October 12, 2015 5:26 AM EDT Queen Latifah , Smokey Robinson and Trombone Shorty are among the performing artists who will help celebrate the arts at the White House on Wednesday. They will be joined by Usher , James Taylor , Audra McDonald and others for a PBS special hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife,…

  6. Celebrate Brooklyn! Announces Summer Season With Chaka Khan, Lucinda Williams, Esperanza Spalding

    April 29, 2015 3:54 PM EDT Esperanza Spalding , Lucinda Williams , The New Pornographers and Third World are among the diverse headliners announced today for the Celebrate Brooklyn! performing arts series , one of the nation’s longest-running free summer festivals, which will open June 3 with a performance by Chaka…

  7. How Do You Get Nominated for a Grammy? Behind the ‘Mysterious’ Voting Process

    October 17, 2014 11:47 AM EDT The Grammy vote begins with its 21,000-strong membership (industry personnel, singers, musicians, producers, engineers, conductors, songwriters, arrangers, art directors, music video artists and technicians) of whom only 12,000 are eligible to cast ballots because they meet the criteria of…

  8. Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME

    August 14, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has new representation. Billboard  and The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the singer-bassist has signed with WME . Spalding joins a jazzed-up roster at WME that also includes Diana Krall , Natalie Cole , Chris Botti and Preservation…

  9. Otis Brown III & Bilal, 'The Thought Of You Part I': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 22, 2014 12:42 PM EDT After working with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano and more, Otis Brown III is taking on the spotlight. On September 23, Brown will release his debut album "The Thought of You," under a new partnership between Revive Music and Blue Note Records. Below check out an…

  10. Esperanza Spalding Has 'Big Project' In Mind to Follow Grammy-Winning 'Radio'

    November 13, 2013 1:45 PM EST Esperanza Spalding says she has "a big project in mind" for her follow-up to 2012's Grammy Award-winning "Radio Music Society." But don't hold your breath waiting for it. "It's evolving outside of any timeline, free of any timeline," Spalding --…

  11. Janelle Monáe Named Billboard's Rising Star

    October 24, 2013 8:54 AM EDT Janelle Monáe's glowing-hot young career will be recognized with Billboard’s Rising Star Award. The artist will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event, to be held in New York City on Dec. 10. Monáe will be joined on the night with P!nk, who will be feted with…

  12. Janelle Monae Talks 'Electric Lady' Origins & Prince Collaboration

    September 09, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Janelle Monáe says a series of paintings she made on tour gave birth to the concept for her forthcoming second studio album, "The Electric Lady." "I would paint and I would sing at the same time, and every night I painted this female silhouette... for like three, four months…

  13. Janelle Monae Releases Miguel-Assisted 'PrimeTime'; Announces 'The Electric Lady' Tour

    August 19, 2013 6:47 PM EDT Janelle Monae gearing up to embark on a North American headline tour. The singer announced "The Electric Lady" tour in support of her forthcoming album of the same name that will begin on October 10 with dates running until November. Monae has also released “PrimeTime,” the third…

  14. Janelle Monae Reveals 'The Electric Lady' Album Cover & Tracklist

    August 09, 2013 1:54 PM EDT Janelle Monáe naming her second studio album, "The Electric Lady," is no joke. The songstress unveiled the cover artwork for the album, which features her dressed in futuristic attire as if she came from the latest “Star Trek” movie. Monáe also revealed the official track listing…

  15. Black Keys, Drake, Gotye Among Grammys Pre-Telecast Winners

    February 10, 2013 7:57 PM EST The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach had three Grammys in his possession before the 55th annual Grammy Awards telecast began Sunday night. Auerbach was named producer of the year, non-classical, and the Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" was named best rock song and "El Camino"…

  16. Justin Bieber's Grammy Snub: Why Did 'Believe' Get Overlooked?

    December 06, 2012 2:10 PM EST An Analysis of the teen superstar's lack of nominations. No Bieber, no Grammys. It's a simple statement that became an obvious Twitter hashtag the instant that the 55th annual Grammy Award nominations were announced on Wednesday night (Dec. 5) and 18-year-old pop superstar Justin…

  17. Austin City Limits Lineup: Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Black Keys Headlining

    May 22, 2012 1:05 AM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers will top a loaded bill at October's Austin City Limits. The 130-band lineup will include Neil Young and Crazy Horse , the Black Keys , Jack White , Florence + the Machine and the Avett Brothers atop the bill. The annual Texas festival will span Oct. 12-14 in Zilker…

  18. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 26, 2012 11:50 PM EST Ludovic Bource's Music for 'The Artist' Takes Best Original Score The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original song trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards…

  19. Four-Play: 2 Chainz, Bow Wow, Brianna Perry, & Esperanza Spalding

    February 03, 2012 3:30 PM EST Chainz puts on for ATL, Bow Wow returns as a rock star, Esperanza Spalding soulfully uplifts the NYC streets, and newcomer Brianna Perry pays tribute to Marilyn Monroe, Miami style. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring 2 Chainz , Bow Wow, Esperanza Spalding, and…

  20. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Charles , Georgia; and, the Beach Boys ,…

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