1. Rita Moreno Busts a Rhyme at Berklee Commencement Ceremony

    May 07, 2016 7:17 PM EDT Rita Moreno 's got rhymes. The award-winning actress and singer showed off her rapping skills while delivering the commencement address at Boston's Berklee College of Music on Saturday (May 7). President Obama Praises Shonda Rhimes, Beyonce in Howard University Grad Speech The 84…

  2. Brazilian Percussionist Nana Vasconcelos Dies at 71

    March 09, 2016 7:09 PM EST Acclaimed Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos has died at age 71. He worked over the decades with well-known musicians such as Milton Nascimento . Vasconcelos died of lung cancer on Wednesday in the northeastern city of Recife where he was born. Gone But Not Forgotten: In Memoriam 2016…

  3. James Taylor: 'It's So Unlikely That I Should Be Considered a Pillar of Society'

    June 19, 2015 1:55 PM EDT “It's been a while,” James Taylor writes with typical wry humor in the liner notes to Before This World , his first album of new material in 13 years, released by Concord Records on June 16. Rare among his peers, Taylor has never made a stylistic digression; like the 15 releases…

  4. 'Rio 2' Soundtrack Out March 25, Features Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars

    March 04, 2014 9:49 PM EST Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars are among the participants on the soundtrack to "Rio 2," the upcoming sequel to Blue Sky Studios' 2011 animated film, it was revealed today (March 4). The announcement corresponds with the official single release of Monae's musical contribution…

  5. Esperanza Spalding to Record 'Radio Music Society' Album in May

    March 01, 2011 8:15 AM EST Still "as surprised as you can be" by her Best New Artist win at this year's Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding has already scoped out her next two album projects -- even as she tours to promote 2010's "Chamber Music Society." Spalding tells Billboard.com that she…

  6. Esperanza Spalding Nabs Best New Artist Nod from Grammys

    December 02, 2010 12:26 PM EST Last night's Grammy nominations announcement had some asking "Who?" in regards to Best New Artist nominee Esperanza Spalding , but the jazz bassist/vocalist/composer has seen her share of the lime -- err, purple -- light. Besides appearing on the bill for Prince 's…

  7. Simon Shines At Brooklyn Tribute Series

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul Simon brought the second component in a three-part, month-long series of concerts celebrating his vast discography to a close last night (April 13) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, drafting inte Paul Simon brought the second component in a three-part, month-long series of concerts…

  8. Starbucks Brews Up Simon & Garfunkel Live CD

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Simon & Garfunkel live album originally due last September via Columbia/Legacy has been revived as a Starbucks exclusive, beginning March 25. A release to traditional retail is expected in the The Simon & Garfunkel live album originally due last September via Columbia/Legacy has…

  9. Tortoise Tackling Two New Albums, Tour

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chicago instrumental rock act Tortoise tackles material by some unlikely sources on "The Brave and the Bold," a collaborative album with indie rock icon Will Oldham. Chicago instrumental rock act Tortoise tackles material by some unlikely sources on "The Brave and the Bold,…

  10. Merchant Preps DVDs, Machaut Compilation Track

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Although Natalie Merchant isn't presently at work on a new studio album, the artist is preparing several projects in various states of completion. Although Natalie Merchant isn't presently at work on a new studio album, the artist is preparing several projects in various states of…

  11. Producer Tom Capone Killed In Crash

    September 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brazilian music producer Tom Capone, who was nominated for five Latin Grammy awards this year, was killed in a motorcycle crash in Los Angeles early today (Sept. 2), hours after leaving the awards sho Brazilian music producer Tom Capone, who was nominated for five Latin Grammy awards this…

  12. 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Winners

    September 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Winners of the 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, held Sept. 1 in Los Angeles. Below are the winners of the 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, held Sept. 1 in Los Angeles. Record of the year: "No Es Lo Mismo," Alejandro Sanz; Lulo Perez & Alejandro Sanz, producers; Mick Guzauski &…

  13. . . . Till Then

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT This elegant, small-ensemble jazz album is Panamanian keyboardist Danilo Perez's first CD as leader in three years. This elegant, small-ensemble jazz album is Panamanian keyboardist Danilo Perez's first CD as leader in three years. He has chosen to go with a pair of trios—John…

  14. Flora Purim Sings Milton Nascimento

    June 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Iconic singer Flora Purim says this album could have been titled The Two of Us, in honor of her long-lasting friendship and musical relationship with Brazilian singer/songwriter Milton Nascimento. Iconic singer Flora Purim says this album could have been titled The Two of Us, in honor of her…

  15. Gil & Milton

    August 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Moments into opening track "Sebastian," all of the elements of a classic Brazilian album are in place: skipping samba rhythms, string arrangements (by Gil Jardim), an airy, cinematic cast, and the ent Moments into opening track "Sebastian," all of the elements of a classic…