1. Exclusive: Robert Glasper's Next Experiment Is a Return to Jazz

    February 24, 2015 9:00 AM EST Pianist covers songs by Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead & more on upcoming album 'Covered.' Pianist Robert Glasper , whose last two albums have resulted in Grammy wins, returns to performing jazz with his acoustic trio on his next Blue Note album Covered. It will be released June 16.…

  2. Kendrick Lamar to Make Essence Festival Debut

    February 18, 2015 4:36 PM EST Mary J. Blige, Common, Kevin Hart & Erykah Badu are also part of the 2015 lineup. Kendrick Lamar , Mary J. Blige , Common , Erykah Badu and Kevin Hart are among the first round of announced performers for the 2015 Essence Festival. Lamar will be making his debut at the annual festival,…

  3. Terrace Martin on Kendrick Lamar's 'The Blacker the Berry' & Delivering a Message

    February 12, 2015 2:58 PM EST 'We don't give a f--- about record sales, first-week numbers [or] who's hot or not. We just want to touch somebody's soul.' An entire episode of Unsung could be dedicated to Terrace Martin . The producer/rapper/multi-instrumentalist has been key in strengthening his…

  4. Capitol Chairman Steve Barnett Congratulates Staff on Record-Breaking Grammy Night

    February 09, 2015 2:22 PM EST Label group head Steve Barnett ( No. 16 on this year's Power 100 ) sent a congratulatory letter to his staff at Capitol Music Group in the wake of the company's 12 awards, which include Sam Smith 's career-making run of four (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop…

  5. Grammys 2015: 51 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 09, 2015 12:27 AM EST You saw Sam Smith accept four awards and dozens of performers hit the stage on Sunday's Grammy Awards telecast, but that was only part of the story. To see when Taylor Swift had to get up and dance -- and read about her surprise lovefest with Kanye West -- Billboard is here to help.…

  6. Grammys 2015: And the Winners Are ...

    February 08, 2015 11:12 PM EST See the full list of winners from the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sam Smith was the big winner at the 2015 Grammys , taking home four awards for best new artist, best pop vocal album, record of the year and song of the year. In an upset, Beck took home album of the year for Morning Phase …

  7. Grammys 2015: The Awards You Didn't See

    February 08, 2015 6:40 PM EST Not all of the 2015 Grammys were given away on camera. Here are the prizes awarded before the ceremony hit TV. Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier, The Legacy Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta Grammys…

  8. Grammy Week Dispatch: Don Was' Star Turn with Al Pacino; Us The Duo on A&R; Midem at Soho House

    February 07, 2015 12:17 PM EST Grammy Week in Los Angeles would seem to resemble nothing so much as a fancier middle-aged SXSW. While there are dozens of worthy music events and hundreds of powerful music execs, it is only but a fraction the size of Austin's annual confab and of course far more spread out. Grammys…

  9. Hyundai's Grammy Amplifier Initiative Launches With Mark Ronson, Band Perry

    January 27, 2015 7:00 AM EST Hyundai and The Recording Academy have teamed up again for the third annual Grammy Amplifier, an online-driven initiative to unite aspiring musicians with some of the biggest names in music. Three-time Grammy winner Mark Ronson has signed on as Amplifier Ambassador alongside program…

  10. Malcolm-Jamal Warner on His Grammy Nom, Next Album & 'Love-Hate Relationship With Hip-Hop'

    January 21, 2015 5:31 PM EST He may remain best known for playing Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show , but Malcolm-Jamal Warner is hardly living in the past. Grammy Awards 2015: All Our Coverage Fresh off a Grammy nomination for his spoken-word contribution to Robert Glasper 's Black Radio 2, Warner spoke with…

  11. Malcolm-Jamal Warner on Bill Cosby: 'It's Painful to Watch My Mentor Go Through This'

    January 21, 2015 12:45 PM EST With his first Grammy nomination and a new album of his jazz and R&B-inflected spoken word on the horizon, 2015 is looking very bright for Malcolm-Jamal Warner . But as anyone who's been paying attention to the news knows, 2015 is shaping up much differently for his…

  12. Musicians Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Social Media

    January 19, 2015 3:11 PM EST Music celebrities across all genres celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 19) by sharing their tributes on social media. MTV Will Air in Black and White on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day "True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice," Beyonce…

  13. Exclusive: Sharon Jones Premieres 'Little Boys With Shiny Toys' & Talks First Grammy Nom

    January 07, 2015 11:50 AM EST In the last decade, America has a made a habit out of importing soul music from England: think of Duffy , Amy Winehouse , Adele , and Sam Smith . These singers have enjoyed immense success repackaging motifs from late '60s, early '70s black pop -- when studios like Motown and…

  14. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST UPDATE: See the Full List of Grammys Winners Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x …

  15. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  16. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  17. Maxwell Recruits Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Robert Glasper & More for 2015 Cruise

    August 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Singer's inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas Caribbean cruise commences May 2015. Erykah Badu , Anthony Hamilton , Ledisi , Robert Glasper , Chrisette Michele , Eric Roberson and Boney James are among the headliners who will join Maxwell on the singer's inaugural Maxwell + the 7 Seas…

  18. Otis Brown III & Bilal, 'The Thought Of You Part I': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 22, 2014 12:42 PM EDT After working with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano and more, Otis Brown III is taking on the spotlight. On September 23, Brown will release his debut album "The Thought of You," under a new partnership between Revive Music and Blue Note Records. Below check out an…

  19. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  20. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

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