1. Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Relaunch & New Danny! & Young Guru Albums

    August 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru Danny!'s "Payback" is slated to…

  2. Jay-Z Adds Drake, Run DMC to Made in America Lineup

    July 31, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Jay-Z 's Made in America Festival just got exponentially bigger following the Philadelphia weekend's final lineup announcement earlier today. Joining already announced acts like Odd Future , D'Angelo , Rita Ora , and Maybach Music Group ( Rick Ross , Wale , & Meek Mill )…

  3. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200 Debuts

    June 27, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Justin Bieber 's "Believe" arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the year and Bieber's highest sales frame. …

  4. Usher Finds Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Rush, Josh Turner, Waka Flocka Flame Among Top 10 Debuts Usher secures his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The pop/R&B star's last full-length studio album, 2010'…

  5. Jill Scott Shares Her Story On 'VH1 Storytellers'

    May 16, 2012 12:20 PM EDT "It's a lie, but it don't even matter cause he supposed to be my man," said Jill Scott , as she began her set for " VH1 Storytellers " ready to share a narrative. ""He was born to be my man," she continued, decked out in ripped jeans and long…

  6. Jay-Z Puts New Music On Hold to 'Hang Out With My Daughter'

    May 14, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Hip-Hop Icon Talks Blue Ivy, Philly Music Festival, Jack White and New Brand Partnerships Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter may be headlining and curating a two-day music festival, "Budweiser Made In America," this Labor Day in Philadelphia -- but don't expect any new music from…

  7. Cher, John Legend Lend Voices to Outrage Over Trayvon Martin's Death

    March 22, 2012 10:00 AM EDT The Feb. 26 fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch captain has sparked a nationwide outrage, due in part because the alleged shooter has not been charged or detained. As of Thursday morning, an online petition on Change.org started by Martin's…

  8. Beyonce, Chris Brown, Adele Up for NAACP Image Awards

    January 19, 2012 7:45 PM EST A number of R&B and hip-hop world royalty are among the nominees for this year's NAACP Image Awards. Anthony Hamilton , Bruno Mars , Cee Lo Green , Chris Brown and Common will vie for the title of Outstanding Male Artist at the 43rd annual ceremony, while the women's category…

  9. Young Jeezy's 'TM103': Track-By-Track Review

    December 20, 2011 1:20 PM EST Three years is not a particularly long period of time, but for a marquee hip-hop artist like Young Jeezy , it's an eternity. The last time Young Jeezy put out an album -- in 2008, when he released "The Recession" -- Barack Obama had yet to be elected, and the actual recession…

  10. VH1 Divas: Florence Welch Leads Amy Winehouse Tribute

    December 20, 2011 10:35 AM EST The stars aligned to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse at the "VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul" concert this week, with Nas, Sharon Jones and Wanda Jackson all lending their voices during the show, culminating with a stirring performance of "Back to Black" by Florence Welch of…

  11. VH1 Divas Highlighted by Winehouse Tribute, 50 Cent & Chaka Khan Pairing

    December 19, 2011 3:30 PM EST VH1 may have honored singing divas at its annual VH1 Divas special, but the night was all about collaboration. 50 Cent was hand-in-hand with Chaka Khan on the red carpet; Mavis Staples screamed her love for Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine and Ledisi gushed over meeting Martha Reeves …

  12. New Orleans Jazz Festival to Host Eagles, Foo Fighters, Florence + the Machine

    December 14, 2011 9:05 AM EST The Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Foo Fighters and John Mayer are among the headliners to perform at next year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It will be the first year the Eagles and Tom Petty play Jazz Fest, the outdoor music event that features hundreds of…

  13. Exclusive: Young Jeezy Talks Album Cameos, New Single 'O.J.,' & More

    December 08, 2011 12:45 PM EST The third installment in Young Jeezy 's "Thug Motivation" album trilogy, "Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition," is laced with the rapper's signature raw verses and notable guest cameos by T.I. , Ne-Yo , Jay-Z , Andre 3000 , and more. There are even spit…

  14. Anthony Hamilton Taps Babyface, Keri Hilson For 'Back To Love' Album

    December 05, 2011 3:30 PM EST "I don't always want to be known as the sad cat," Grammy Award-winning soul singer/songwriter Anthony Hamilton says with a laugh. Hamilton may be best-known for his hit ballads ("Charlene," "Can't Let Go") and powerful albums, typified by his 2003…

  15. Soul Train Awards 2011: Jill Scott & Cee Lo Green Win Big

    November 18, 2011 2:30 PM EST R&B, Hip-Hop and Soul legends attended the 40th anniversary taping of the 2011 Soul Train Awards in Atlanta on Thursday (Nov. 17) to celebrate "peace, love and soul." Slideshow: Soul Train Awards See Pics From the Show! Host Cedric the Entertainer opened the show at the historic…

  16. #RIPHeavyD: Hip-Hop Community Mourns on Twitter

    November 08, 2011 7:00 PM EST As details surrounding Heavy D's passing continue to trickle in, hip-hop stars have turned to Twitter to react the rap legend's untimely death today (Nov. 8). From Usher to Rev Run, new school to old school, Heavy D's pioneering sound and over-the-top persona inspired many…

  17. Top 5 2011 Black Girls Rock Performances: Watch

    November 07, 2011 10:35 AM EST Last night's (Nov. 6) 'Black Girls Rock' 2011 Awards, taped Oct. 15 in NYC, proved performances can make an award show. This year's Black Girls Rock introduced us to newbie songstress Elle Varner and took us down memory lane with a few legends such as Mary J. Blige and…

  18. Soul Train Awards Adds New Roster of Performers

    November 01, 2011 9:20 AM EDT The 2011 Soul Train Awards will have more surprises in store. The awards show, being taped on Thursday (Nov. 17) at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, will treat its audience and viewers to tribute performances to celebrate the achievements of the Legend Award recipients Earth, Wind & Fire and…

  19. Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson to Celebrate Soul For 'VH1 Divas'

    October 27, 2011 8:19 PM EDT VH1 announced a pretty impressive roster of artists for VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul airing Monday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. This year's performers are Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, and Jessie J with The Roots serving as the house band. The…

  20. Chris Brown Leads Soul Train Awards Nominations

    October 21, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Days after winning the most awards at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Chris Brown leads the nominations for the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Brown is nominated for five nods across 11 categories, one being Best Dance Performance in which he's up against ex-beau Rihanna . Breezy is nominated for …

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