1. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 9: 'Unto the Breach'

    March 05, 2015 1:45 PM EST The ninth episode of Empire proved the Lyons family can achieve a lot, such as take down a common enemy, if they stick together. The brood has rallied around each other against a foe they can all agree on, Billy Beretti. But like the refrain on "You're So Beautiful" goes, the…

  2. Janelle Monae To Play Free Concert at Education Rally

    March 04, 2015 8:04 AM EST Janelle Monae will take the stage in Albany, New York on March 4 for an education-awareness rally. The event, hosted by Families for Excellent Schools's Don't Steal Possible, will take place at the State Capitol in front of 9,000 students, teachers and parents. "It's…

  3. 'Empire': Watch Jamal Stand Up to Lucious

    March 03, 2015 4:27 PM EST 'I don't want them at my company, and neither should you,' Jamal says to Lucious in this week's episode. Empire 's hip-hop mogul and Lyon patriarch Lucious (Terrence Howard) has not been quiet about his disapproval of son Jamal's (Jussie Smollett) homosexuality,…

  4. Estelle Talks 'Empire' & New 'Conqueror' Duet with Jussie Smollett: Watch

    March 03, 2015 2:25 AM EST Gladys Knight . Anthony Hamilton . Courtney Love . Jim Beanz . Those are just a few of the acclaimed musical guest stars that Fox's Empire has boasted in its first season. That list will growing this week when Grammy winner Estelle visits Lee Daniels and Danny Strong's hip-hop soap…

  5. 10 Essential Kanye West Collaborations

    January 01, 2015 11:00 AM EST Loving Kanye's new track with Paul McCartney? Trace his collaborative history with these 10 stunners. How's that for a New Year's celebration? Before the ball dropped and 2015 began, Kanye West returned with a surprise new single, "Only One," that features Paul…

  6. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  7. Idris Elba Working on 'Luther'-Inspired Album

    November 24, 2014 9:41 PM EST There's just no stopping the multi-talented Idris Elba at the moment. Radio Times reports that Elba is planning an album inspired by John Luther , the conflicted police detective he plays in the darkly absorbing BBC crime drama. Luther has just been confirmed to return in a two-part…

  8. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  9. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  10. The Man Behind Jay-Z and Mariah Carey's New Beverages: Going to 'Disrupt the Consumer Package Goods Market'

    June 22, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Jay-Z and Mariah Carey-brand drinks are coming to a Walgreens and Duane Reade store near you.  Carey's "Butterfly" pink lemonade and Jay-Z's "40/40" Arnold Palmer-like drink are hoping the "disrupt the consumer package goods market" says Kevin Liles of…

  11. KimYe's Wedding Playlist: Kanye West's 10 Most Romantic Songs

    May 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Toast the impending nuptials with these 10 Kanye songs and features that will tug your heartstrings. If you haven't heard -- and how could you not hear, since we're all shouting it from the rooftops! -- Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are rumored to be getting married this weekend…

  12. DJ Cassidy, 'Calling All Hearts' Remix ft. Robin Thicke & Jessie J: Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 08, 2014 10:50 AM EDT In anticipation of his forthcoming album, "Paradise Royale," DJ Cassidy drops a dance remix to the album's lead single, "Calling All Hearts." Check out a stream of the Robin Thicke and Jessie J-assisted song below, exclusively premiered here on The Juice: "…

  13. Tony Awards: 5 Fun Facts and Fascinating Stats About the Nominations

    April 29, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and  The Hollywood Reporter 's awards analyst dug through the Tony record books to see how this year's nominees stack up against the nominees of yesteryear. The results are fascinating. Idina Menzel,…

  14. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  15. Estelle Returns With Explicit Sex Jam 'Make Her Say (Beat It Up)': Listen

    February 19, 2014 10:21 AM EST Estelle, the U.K. singer best known for her Kanye West collaboration "American Boy," is taking us on a different kind of trip with her new song "Make Her Say (Beat It Up)." Released online on Tuesday (Feb. 18), the track is steamy and salacious, with the "Her" in…

  16. Bombay Bicycle Club Rides To U.K. Chart Summit

    February 10, 2014 6:01 AM EST London four-piece Bombay Bicycle Club landed their first U.K. No. 1 album with their fourth set “So Long, See You Tomorrow” (Universal Island) as the weekly sales figures were published by the Official Charts Company Sunday (Feb. 9). Clean Bandit, featuring Jess Glynne, started a third week…

  17. Meet Pawws, A Former Backing Musician Making Gorgeous Pop Music On Her Own

    January 27, 2014 4:17 PM EST The classically trained flute player has impressed the blogosphere with affable pop tunes. Last July, Lucy Taylor -- the U.K. singer-songwriter who plays under the name Pawws -- played a show at Birthdays, a 250-capacity venue in east London that opened in May 2012. At that point, Taylor had…

  18. DJ Cassidy's 'Paradise Royale' Album Unites R&B Dance Legends With Newer Stars

    January 16, 2014 11:00 AM EST The ambitious passion project brings voices of Robin Thicke, R. Kelly and Kelly Rowland together with members of Chic, Earth, Wind & Fire and Kool & the Gang... Album due this spring on Columbia... First single "Calling All Hearts" out February DJ Cassidy has made some…

  19. Britney Spears, 'Britney Jean': Track-By-Track Review

    November 26, 2013 3:21 PM EST BRITNEY SPEARS Britney Jean Producers: Will.i.am, William Orbit, David Guetta Label: RCA Release Date: Dec. 3 On the eve of her 32nd birthday, Britney Spears is at a pleasant point in her career, and has little left to prove in the recording studio, or anywhere else. 2011's "…

  20. Estelle Launches New London Records, Preps New Album

    August 12, 2013 4:21 PM EDT Estelle has announced the launch of New London Records, an independent label in partnership with BMG, with whom she's worked as a writer since 2003. Estelle will release the second ("Vol. 2 Waiting to Exhale," August) and third volumes ("Vol. 3 How Stella Got Her Groove…

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