1. 'The Voice's' Beverly McClellan Added 'A Shot of Fire' To New Album

    December 06, 2011 10:50 AM EST Beverly McClellan wasn't about to let the fame-making brush of her run on "The Voice" change the music she made on her sixth album, "Fear Nothing." "I would say everything on here is exactly what I want to be currently representing Beverly McClellan," the…

  2. Rihanna Remains Atop Hot 100, Flo Rida Reaches Top 10

    November 09, 2011 4:05 PM EST Rihanna logs a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris), which scores Airplay Gainer honors for a second consecutive week. Rapper Flo Rida concurrently bounds into the chart's top 10 (with the songwriting assistance of an R…

  3. Simon Cowell: Don't Sing These 5 Songs

    September 14, 2011 2:25 PM EDT Drum Roll Please: The five songs Simon Cowell never (EVER) wants to hear again at an audition are as follows: - R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" - Etta James' "At Last" ("I'm allergic to it," he says.) - The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained…

  4. Ledisi Scores Her First Top 10 Single

    June 13, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Ledisi's catalog of studio albums could double as the chapter titles of a compelling biography. There are her independent releases, 2000's "Soulsinger: The Revival" and 2002's "Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue." Next are the singer/songwriter's first…

  5. Etta James Hospitalized with Serious Infection

    May 13, 2011 10:44 AM EDT Blues singer Etta James is in a Southern California hospital with a potentially deadly infection. Her son, Sametto James, tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise that his mother was admitted to an undisclosed hospital earlier this week for treatment of sepsis caused by a urinary tract infection.…

  6. 'American Idol' Top 5 Hollywood Week #1 Performances, from Brett Loewenstern to Jacee Badaeux

    February 11, 2011 1:15 AM EST With the wave of cross-country auditions finally behind them, Steven Tyler , Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson headed to Hollywood to test out the initial group of singers who made it through their first test. There were a few surprises, but for the most part the episode confirmed what we…

  7. Etta James Ailing, Husband Seeking Control of Money

    January 13, 2011 12:22 PM EST Ailing R&B singer Etta James is gravely ill and her husband of 41 years is seeking a California court order to control more than $1 million of her money. The 72-year-old singer is best known for the 1961 hit "At Last." Court documents show she lives in the Woodcrest area of…

  8. Christina Aguilera and Cher Shine on 'Burlesque' Soundtrack

    November 19, 2010 1:20 PM EST Director Steven Antin's new movie musical "Burlesque"-- in which Christina Aguilera stars as a young Hollywood hopeful looking to impress a nightclub impresario played by Cher -- arrives in theaters Nov. 24. But RCA Music Group senior VP of marketing and artist development…

  9. Tricky Stewart Talks Jessica Simpson, 'Burlesque' Production

    November 12, 2010 5:30 PM EST C. "Tricky" Stewart can count his share of firsts when it comes to chart-topping records. But the songwriter/producer has been focusing on different kinds of firsts lately. In addition to producing two songs ("Stay," "Keep Your Head Up") on Michael Jackson '…

  10. Christina Aguilera Shines in New 'Burlesque' Clip

    September 30, 2010 2:30 PM EDT Anticipation started building for "Burlesque" the moment the cast list was announced -- Christina Aguilera , Julianne Hough , Stanley Tucci and, of course, Cher . Impatience set in when Cher showed up at the VMAs to promote the film, still able to rock her old black leather get-up…

  11. Phillip Walker, Blues Guitarist, Dies at 73

    July 23, 2010 10:36 AM EDT Blues guitarist and singer Phillip Walker , who backed such stars as Etta James and Lowell Fulson , has died. He was 73. Marc Lipkin, publicity director for Alligator Records, says Walker died Thursday of heart failure in Palm Springs. Walker performed for more than 50 years, recording many…

  12. Doo-wop star, Motown Executive Harvey Fuqua Dies

    July 07, 2010 7:33 AM EDT Harvey Fuqua , a former doo-wop star with the Moonglows who went on to launch Marvin Gaye 's career as well as his comeback, died in Detroit on Tuesday (July 6), the Motown Alumni Association said. He was 80. He succumbed to what an association official called "coronary problems…

  13. Miley Cyrus And Her Famous Friends Gallery

    June 18, 2010 3:18 PM EDT At the tender age of 17, teen starlet Miley Cyrus already has her fair share of celebrity acquaintances to "say cheese" with. From her Disney days as "Hannah Montana" to Cyrus' more recent promotion of her film, "The Last Song," the internationally adored…

  14. Gabourey Sidibe's Mother Sings on 'America's Got Talent'

    June 16, 2010 4:30 PM EDT "Precious" star Gabourey Sidibe's mother, Alice Tan Ridley, has been singing on the subway platforms of NYC for years, but on Tuesday's epsiode of "America's Got Talent," the proud Mom finally got her moment in the spotlight. The 58-year-old Tanley wowed the…

  15. 'American Idol' Premieres, Victoria Beckham Faces Off With Simon Cowell

    January 12, 2010 11:01 PM EST The ninth season of "American Idol" premiered Tuesday night (Jan. 12) on Fox amidst widespread chatter about Simon Cowell, who announced Monday he was leaving "Idol" to bring "The X Factor" to the U.S. in 2011. "Idol" kicked off its audition rounds in…

  16. Christina Aguilera Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 4:49 PM EST Christina Aguilera, Title TBD (RCA) Release Date: April 2010 Recorded in her home studio, Christina Aguilera 's as-yet-untitled fourth studio album shows her dabbling in rap and dance and boasts an intriguing array of collaborators: Linda Perry , Sia Furler & Sam Dixon, Chris "…

  17. Barry Beckett, Famed Producer And Keyboard Player, Dies At 66

    June 12, 2009 6:49 PM EDT Producer and keyboard player Barry Beckett, who recorded and accompanied singers Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Paul Simon and numerous country music stars, has died, his family said on Friday. Beckett, 66, died at his Hendersonville, Tennessee, home on Wednesday, his family said. He…

  18. Eagles, Weezer, Aguilera To Launch 24-Hour Online Radio Shows

    June 12, 2009 12:14 AM EDT Clear Channel Radio and Front Line Management are creating artist personal experience (a.p.e.) radio, a stand-alone company that will allow musicians to produce their own online radio shows, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The channels will run 24 hours a day and play songs chosen by the…

  19. Newport Jazz, Folk Fests Returning To Roots

    April 21, 2009 11:55 AM EDT Lineups for the Newport folk and jazz festivals indicate both are returning to their roots. Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, who played the first Newport festival in 1959 and remain vital figures in the folk genre, are scheduled to perform again this year. Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie also are on…

  20. New Orleans Bluesman Eddie Bo Dies

    March 24, 2009 10:28 AM EDT New Orleans blues singer-pianist Eddie Bo, who worked with musicians such as Irma Thomas and Art Neville, has died of a heart attack. He was 79. His death was confirmed Friday by his close friend and booking agent, Karen Hamilton. Hamilton said Eddie Bo, whose real name was Edwin Joseph…

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