1. Billboard Cover: Sam Smith, Mark Ronson and More on Amy Winehouse's Lasting Legacy, Tragic End and Eye-Opening New Documentary

    June 26, 2015 9:00 AM EDT One day in November 2005, Amy Winehouse sat in a car with her friend and co-manager Nick Shymansky, winding through the English countryside toward a rehab center. The singer’s drinking had been getting out of control, Shymansky remembers, and he felt she needed help. When they…

  2. TLC's T-Boz Hosts Charity Concert To Raise Money for Sickle Cell Anemia

    April 26, 2015 10:42 AM EDT Tionne " T-Boz " Watkins hosted a charity concert at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles Sunday (April 26) to raise money and awareness for the Sickle Cell Foundation Support Group. The event -- organized by the TLC member, who herself is diagnosed with sickle…

  3. Meet Leon Bridges, the Throwback Soul Star-to-Be Who Won SXSW

    March 23, 2015 3:55 AM EDT Every now and then, music-biz hype isn't hype -- it's well-deserved praise for real talent. SXSW is perhaps the most concentrated yin-yang whirlpool of musical talent and hype in the world, so you could be almost forgiven for initial skepticism of Leon Bridges' sky-high pre…

  4. High-Profile Managers Join Think Tank to Advise Grammy Creators Alliance

    March 09, 2015 6:00 AM EDT A few dozen high-profile artist managers are lending a hand to recording artists, songwriters and producers advocating for creators on legislation that impacts their community. The Managers Think Tank will advise the newly formed Grammy Creators Alliance, an advocacy group comprised of…

  5. Exclusive: Raphael Saadiq, Lee Fields & More Offer Music History Lesson With E&J's Generations of Soul

    March 04, 2015 9:00 AM EST BJ the Chicago Kid also stars in campaign tied to the brandy's 40th anniversary. Paralleling its long-running heritage with R&B's own storied legacy, E&J Brandy has cast musicians Raphael Saadiq , BJ the Chicago Kid and Lee Fields as the stars of its Generations of Soul…

  6. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

  7. Adrian Marcel, 'Weak After Next': Exclusive Mixtape Stream

    July 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Adrian Marcel first swooned listeners with his 2013 mixtape, "7 Days of Weak," which featured the singer-songwriter overcoming heartbreak. A year after its release, Raphael Saadiq's protégé returns with his sophomore mixtape, "Weak After Next." The follow-up features…

  8. Raphael Saadiq, 'Black Nativity: The Music Behind the Film': Video Exclusive

    November 18, 2013 11:43 AM EST At the core of the holiday drama, "Black Nativity," is the music. Raphael Saadiq was moved by director Kasi Lemmons' interpretation of Langston Hughes' play, and immediately got on board as executive music director. "'Black Nativity' I was familiar with…

  9. The Seed: Ab-Soul, Party Next Door, Adrian Marcel & More

    April 26, 2013 4:05 PM EDT There was a plethora of hip-hop debuts this week. Party Next Door’s “Make a Mil” made a big splash online after being posted on Drake’s October's Very Own site. The Canadian rapper sparked rumors that he has signed the new singer as a replacement for the Weeknd. Sonically, “Make a Mil”…

  10. President Obama's Campaign Playlist: The 5 Biggest Surprises

    February 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST On Thursday morning (Feb. 9), our decidedly modern president took to Twitter and Facebook to trumpet his coolness once more. He and his team compiled an official Obama Campaign 2012 Playlist and shared it with the world via Spotify . Many of 24 songs made total sense: Folks like Arcade Fire…

  11. Freshman Haze: Allen Stone

    October 03, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Buzz is forming around rising soul singer Allen Stone . He's drawn the inevitable comparisons to Stevie Wonder and Justin Timberlake . With his unconventional look -- long, curly hairy and glasses -- and smooth falsetto, he reminds us more of a pre-"Evolution" Robin Thicke .…

  12. 'Voice' Winner Javier Colon to Play Ray Charles on 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 9:18 PM EDT Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming episode of "The Playboy Club," singing …

  13. Little Dragon Issue 'Ritual Union' After Gorillaz, Raphael Saadiq Collabs

    July 29, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Experimental Swedish pop act Little Dragon has long been championed by its peers. The group-vocalist Yukimi Nagano, drummer Erik Bodin, bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin and keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand-appeared on Gorillaz ' 2010 effort, "Plastic Beach," and Nagano has lent her…

  14. D'Angelo Back At Work on Long-Awaited New Album

    July 14, 2011 4:08 PM EDT Reclusive R&B star D'Angelo is apparently back at work on his decade-plus-in-the-making third album. A studio session took place in New York late last night with two longtime D'Angelo collaborators, Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and bassist Pino Palladino,…

  15. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her new album, "The Light of the Sun."…

  16. Billboard Bits: Gaga Fans Harass Black Keys Drummer, Coldplay Denies Plagiarism Charges

    June 07, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Black Keys Drummer Attacked by Lady Gaga Fans on Twitter After the Black Keys ' Patrick Carney offered jokes comparing Lady Gaga to Madonna on two different occasions, Gaga fans turned vitriolic, sending a…

  17. POTW SXSW Edition: Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Strokes, Erykah Badu, B.o.B

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT A SXSW this week, Jay-Z and Kanye West played G.O.O.D. Snoop Dogg grabbed a mic. The Strokes rocked out, Yelawolf crowd surfed, Erykah Badu manned the ones and twos, B.o.B shared the stage with fellow rapper Donnis, Pete Wentz rocked a fuzzy bear hat, Dave Grohl whipped his hair back and…

  18. SXSW: 10 Things Seen & Overheard Wednesday

    March 17, 2011 11:45 AM EDT Whether you enjoy Raphael Saadiq's killer sets or Mischa Barton spottings, there was a ton of fun, wacky experiences to soak in yesterday (Mar. 17) at the 2011 SXSW festival. Check out 10 things that caught our attention in Austin yesterday: SXSW 2011 Main Page 1. The Glassnote Records…

  19. Duran Duran, Raphael Saadiq Rock the Classics at SXSW Stubb's Show

    March 17, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Thanks to Duran Duran and Raphael Saadiq , the field behind Stubb's Bar-B-Q had a way-back machine kind of feel Wednesday night at South By Southwest -- not that any of those in attendance were complaining, however. Kicking off a world tour in support of its new album, the Mark Ronson …

  20. Moby: 'Major Labels Should Just Die'

    March 01, 2011 3:57 PM EST An age-old dilemma between artists and record companies was the focus of the 2011 EMP (Experience Music Project) Pop Conference's Saturday night keynote panel entitled "How Musicians Make Do and Keep their Souls Alive in a Changing Pop World." Held at UCLA and moderated by …

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