1. Smokey Robinson Returns to the Apollo Theater in Fine Form: Live Review

    August 18, 2015 1:56 PM EDT Although he’s a member of the soul canon, Smokey Robinson is often treated as a a light counterweight to Marvin Gaye , Stevie Wonder , or James Brown . But that’s hard to understand after hearing him sing at New York's legendary Apollo Theater, where he performed Monday night as part of…

  2. Billboard Cover: 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Questlove and Black Thought on the Runaway Broadway Hit, Its Political Relevance and Super-Fan Barack Obama

    July 30, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Six years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda was invited to perform during an evening of song and poetry at the White House. The writer, composer and performer was fresh off of a Tony Award win for  In the Heights , his debut hip-hop- and salsa-inflected coming-of-age musical about life in the…

  3. Royal Southern Brotherhood Get Funky With 'They Don't Make 'Em Like You': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 19, 2015 11:40 AM EDT Losing two high-profile guitarists would torpedo most bands. But Cyril Neville feels his Royal Southern Brotherhood is, if anything, even stronger with the new tandem attack of Bart Walker and Tyrone Vaughan (Jimmie's son and Stevie Ray's nephew) in place for founding members Mike…

  4. 'The Voice' Recap: Final Four Perform

    May 18, 2015 11:25 PM EDT After months of intense performances, the final four contestants of season eight went head-to-head on The Voice tonight. Koryn Hawthorne and Sawyer Fredericks from Team Pharrell , Joshua Davis from Adam Levine’s team, and Meghan Linsey from Blake Shelton’s  team competed in the finale,…

  5. James Brown Lawsuit: Judge Orders Release of Emails About Widow's Diary

    January 20, 2015 6:07 PM EST A judge says South Carolina officials must release emails about the diary of James Brown 's widow and other documents related to the nearly decade-long fight over the late soul singer's estate. James Brown's Daughter Details Domestic Abuse, Son Alleges Murder in Dueling New…

  6. 'SNL' Slams Justin Bieber's Calvin Klein Ads in Kevin Hart-Hosted Episode

    January 18, 2015 10:23 AM EST Hart got to play the Godfather of Soul and performed a stand-up routine about the dangers of mountain lions. Kevin Hart hosted Saturday Night Live for the second time this weekend, as he played an insecure James Brown , a dog-walker in Brooklyn and a castle-dwelling guy who hates singing.…

  7. Oscar Bid Reveals Unique Sound Editing Process for James Brown Film

    January 13, 2015 9:16 AM EST Should Universal's   James Brown biopic Get On Up earn an Oscar nomination in sound editing Thursday, it would shine a light on a unique sound editing and mixing experience. As confirmed by AMPAS, nominees for sound editing would include the film's supervising sound editor  Gregg…

  8. Mick Jagger Talks James Brown, Elvis & Making Movies

    October 23, 2014 10:53 PM EDT Song credits won't be the latest place to feature Mick Jagger's name. Instead, look to upcoming films and TV shows. The Rolling Stones frontman has been busy producing projects, from this year's James Brown biopic "Get on Up" to a not-yet-titled HBO series directed…

  9. Prince Talks Tech, Talent & His Own Slice of Musical 'Heaven'

    September 30, 2014 12:13 AM EDT Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park. There are few lights on in the cavernous compound, and unseen doves (of course there would be doves) are cooing up a racket before twilight fades to darkness. But even their collective noise takes a back seat once Prince -- sitting in the…

  10. Exclusive: Pioneering YouTube Collagist Kutiman, Millions of Views Later, Is Not In It for the Money

    September 17, 2014 10:53 AM EDT In 2009, Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel was looking for YouTube tutorials he could watch to improve his own playing, when he stumbled across a clip of drummer Bernard Purdie (whose credits include session drumming for James Brown and musical direction for Aretha Franklin ) performing the …

  11. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  12. James Brown's Band 'Get On Up' for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert: The Inside Story

    August 05, 2014 12:10 AM EDT To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up , executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to…

  13. 'Get On Up' Gets James Brown's Manager Wrong

    August 03, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Warning: Spoilers ahead for the new Brown biopic. In a poignant scene in Get On Up , James Brown is shown shoveling dirt on his manager Ben Bart 's coffin. It’s a touching, rare moment in which Brown is shown caring for someone other than himself. Unfortunately, according to Bart’s son…

  14. Hundreds See James Brown Film Premiere In Augusta

    July 26, 2014 11:12 AM EDT Filmmakers and stars of the new James Brown movie have given the soul singer's hometown a first look at their finished work. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic The Augusta Chronicle reports the director and stars of the…

  15. 'Get On Up' Star Chadwick Boseman Initially 'Didn't Want to Try' Playing James Brown

    July 22, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The "42" star took on the daunting task of playing the Godfather of Soul by working hard and taking things "one step at a time," his co-stars and director Tate Taylor told THR at the Universal biopic's debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater. To play James Brown, the…

  16. Mick Jagger Opens Up About L'Wren Scott Death, Saying It's Been a 'Very Hard Year’

    July 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Apart from releasing a statement shortly after the death of his longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger has remained mostly silent about her suicide in March. Mick Jagger Sings Bob Dylan's 'Just Like a Woman' at L'Wren Scott Memorial (Updated)…

  17. Bonnaroo: 10 Most Legendary Moments

    June 11, 2014 12:01 PM EDT From Beck's puppetry to D'Angelo's comeback to Macca's epic set, these are the 10 most unforgettable moments from the Tennessee fest. The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival , another weekend of heat, porta-potties and hopefully great rock moments out in a field in…

  18. Latest James Brown Biopic Trailer Arrives Online (Watch)

    May 29, 2014 5:20 AM EDT "42" star Chadwick Boseman sings and dances in the latest look at Universal's upcoming biopic. The latest trailer for Universal's upcoming James Brown film "Get on Up" takes a straightforward biographical approach. The clip begins with the following voiceover…

  19. Jackie Robinson Actor's Next Role? James Brown

    August 27, 2013 2:40 PM EDT After bringing Jackie Robinson to the big screen, Chadwick Boseman is going to try another icon: James Brown. Boseman has been cast to play the Godfather of Soul in a planned biopic by "The Help" director Tate Taylor. The film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment is…

  20. Metallica to Rock the Apollo Theater

    August 22, 2013 4:54 AM EDT There will be a different type of Sandman featured at the Apollo next month. Metallica is set to rock the legendary Harlem venue on Sept. 21. They will promote their 3D concert-action film "Metallica Through the Never," released in IMAX on Sept. 27 and other theaters a week later.…

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