1. Avicii's 10 Best Songs: Critics' Picks

    December 27, 2016 7:48 PM EST Avicii may have retired from touring, he may have just announced a break with his long-time manager who helped make him a superstar and he may be one of the most media-shy DJs on the planet Earth, but the 27-year-old Swede is and will always be one of the most recognizable and omnipotent…

  2. 10 Best Pop Hooks in Dance Music: Critic's Picks

    October 19, 2016 7:02 PM EDT These days, dance music and pop are practically inseparable. Unless you're making noise trance or subterraneous house, one producer's ability to cross over to terrestrial radio has never been stronger. More often than not, superstar DJs team with A-list entertainers to concoct…

  3. Adele Shares Her Favorite Breakup Songs (Hint: None of Them Are Her Own)

    June 29, 2016 10:39 AM EDT Reigning queen of breakup songs Adele shared her ultimate breakup songs playlist with People -- and surprisingly, she left her entire discography off the list, adding the likes of blues singer Bonnie Raitt and the inimitable Etta James instead. Adele Set to Dominate U.K. Albums Chart…

  4. B.B. King's Autobiography Co-Author Remembers His Humility and Lasting Legacy: 'He's Among the Most Decent Human Beings' (Exclusive)

    May 22, 2015 11:58 AM EDT The co-author of the blues legend's acclaimed autobiography recounts their first meeting at a spa (seriously!), as he grew to admire the musician's striking graciousness, humility and humor. I n the early 1990s I was working with Etta James on her memoir when she invited me…

  5. Chris Stapleton Shows His Inner Stax Soul Man at Album Release Party In New York: Live Review

    May 06, 2015 1:15 PM EDT In recent years, more professional songwriters have been making the move from studio rooms to stage center. This could be due to coincidence -- a critical mass of musical talent coming of age around the same time -- but it's more likely that a music industry facing tough times chooses…

  6. 'The Voice' Recap: Music's Biggest Producers Shape Top 10

    April 20, 2015 10:40 PM EDT The top ten artists performed live on The Voice tonight, and the four coaches invited top-tier producers to help shape their teams. Christina Aguilera invited Mark Ronson of “Uptown Funk” fame. Blake Shelton brought in Scott Hendricks , and Adam Levine invited Dave Stewart . And OneRepublic…

  7. Grammy-Winning Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Allegedly Denied Entry to Travelodge Because of Race

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Chivalry may be dead, but racism in this country, unfortunately, isn't. Yesterday (Sept. 30), guitarist and composer Leo Nocentelli sued Travelodge Hotels, Inc. for race discrimination. Nocentelli, a member of New Orleans instrumental outfit the Meters who has won a Grammy Lifetime…

  8. Aretha Franklin’s ‘Great Diva Classics’ Due Oct. 21

    September 28, 2014 10:21 PM EDT Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers. Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics will include songs such as Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia,…

  9. 'Rising Star' Recap: Season One Winner Crowned as Voting Proves its Worth

    August 25, 2014 5:35 AM EDT Tonight, a Capitol Records contract was awarded, and not even a West Coast save could have made its recipient anybody but Jesse Kinch . With 10 episodes under its belt, a few disappointed teenager in its wake, and hopefully not too much permanent follicle damage to Kesha’s hair, the Wall made…

  10. Ask Billboard: What Hits Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample?

    April 04, 2014 8:05 PM EDT As Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' equals the Hot 100 peak of the song it interpolates, Elton John's 'Your Song,' what other songs with samples or borrowed lyrics have fared as well as - better - than the originals? As always, submit your questions about Billboard…

  11. Martina McBride Returns With Soulful, Self-Released Covers Set ‘Everlasting’

    January 16, 2014 1:12 AM EST When Martina McBride started looking for material for her next album, she turned to the great soul singers Aretha Franklin and Etta James for inspiration. The country singer, known for her huge soprano voice, is self-releasing "Everlasting" on March 4, an album of classic soul and…

  12. Beyonce to Sing at Obama's Inauguration

    January 09, 2013 9:25 AM EST Kelly Clarkson Also Announced, Will Perform 'My Country 'Tis of Thee' Beyonce will perform the National Anthem at President Barack Obama's second inauguration later this month, a major honor for the singer who four years ago crooned Etta James' "At Last" at…

  13. Watch ZZ Ward Sing Etta James: Candid Covers

    November 21, 2012 12:00 PM EST Ward sings James' "Waiting For Charlie (To Come Home)" in this latest installment of the Women In Music-themed Candid Covers series. The late, great Etta James was known for hits like "At Last," "Trust In Me" and "A Sunday Kind of Love," but singer…

  14. Fashion Week NYC: Paula Abdul Sees Red at Emerson, Lianne La Havas Rocks DKNY

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT The children of rock and pop royalty -- Kelly Osbourne and Madonna's daughter Lourdes -- showed off their style at Zac Posen's NYFW show. As the weekend came to a close, New York Fashion Week continued the trend of dramatic, futuristic collections that had defined runways for the…

  15. 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:…

  16. 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…

  17. Aerosmith 'Still Firing on All Cylinders' as Tour Lifts Off

    June 14, 2012 5:00 PM EDT A erosmith fans can expect an album that "really pays attention to all the different eras of the band" when "Music From Another Dimension!" -- the Boston bad boys' first new release in eight years -- comes out on Aug. 28 according to bassist Tom Hamilton. "It&…

  18. Exclusive: Flo Rida Reveals New Album Title, Release Date

    May 08, 2012 2:15 PM EDT With recent singles "Good Feeling" and "Wild Ones" storming the Top 10 of the Hot 100, Flo Rida has continued a hit parade that started with tracks like "Low," "In The Ayer," "Right Round" and "Club Can't Handle Me." Now, the…

  19. Joan Osborne Circles Back to Blues With 'Bring It On Home'

    April 17, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Joan Osborne's latest disc, "Bring It On Home," has somewhat of a "back to the future" feel for the singer. Part of that might stem from the fact that the album contains many covers from the blues and soul world, but the memories that the songs evoke take her back to…

  20. Apollo to Induct Lionel Richie, Etta James

    March 08, 2012 12:15 PM EST Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's hall of fame in New York City. The ceremony will be held at the historic Harlem theater on June 4. Richie performed with The Commodores at the Apollo in the 1970s. His hits include "…

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