1. Jay-Z Scores U2, Kanye West for 'NBA 2K13' Soundtrack

    July 31, 2012 8:13 PM EDT U2 will be rocking arenas in a whole new way this fall. The band's "Elevate" will make an appearance in "NBA 2k13," the latest installment of the popular basketball gaming franchise -- as part of a soundtrack curated by the game's executive producer, Jay-Z . …

  2. Erykah Badu, Rick Ross Perform at Tupac Birthday Show in Atlanta

    June 17, 2011 11:10 AM EDT Even though rapper Rick Ross lacked a father figure growing up, he found guidance through many of Tupac Shakur 's songs that taught him how to approach life as a young man. So when Ross was asked to perform at Shakur's 40th birthday concert celebration Thursday night (June 16), he…

  3. Billboard Bits: Bon Iver Gives Lyrical Taste, Blondie to Release New Album

    May 19, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bon Iver Gives Lyrical Taste Of Upcoming Album First came "Calgary," the first single off Bon Iver's upcoming album, and now Justin Vernon fans can get a taste of the sophomore set through its lyrics…

  4. Remembering Guru, One Year After His Death

    April 19, 2011 2:09 PM EDT One year ago today (Apr. 19), Keith Elam, better known as the rapper Guru , lost his battle with cancer at the age of 43. As one half of East Coast duo Gang Starr , Guru spearheaded an influential hip-hop sound that combined effortless rapping with elements of jazz and funk. In addition to…

  5. Aretha Franklin Performs at 69th Birthday Party

    March 26, 2011 10:58 AM EDT Aretha Franklin proved her voice is still divine at 69 as she gave a brief but rousing performance at a swank birthday party in her honor. Tony Bennett , Smokey Robinson , music mogul Clive Davis, Bette Midler and Gayle King were among the celebrities on hand to pay tribute to the Queen of…

  6. Dwele Expands Soul Vision On 'W.W.W.'

    June 21, 2010 3:49 AM EDT Soul stylist Dwele has no problem with the "baby-making music I've been giving people" since he started releasing albums nationally in 2003. But he had a more ambitious vision for his new "W.ants. W.orld. W.omen. (W.W.W.)," which is due out on June 29. "I felt…

  7. Guru of Gang Starr Dies at 43

    April 20, 2010 8:25 AM EDT Rapper Guru has died at the age of 43 after a long battle with cancer, according to a statement released by his friend and producer Solar. The New York MC - whose real name was Keith Elam - suffered cardiac arrest on March 2 and had been in a coma. Gang Starr's Guru in Coma After Heart…

  8. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Capital Jazz Fest, Slaughterhouse

    May 29, 2009 12:20 PM EDT -- Chaka Khan is stepping in for Natalie Cole at the 17th annual Capital Jazz Fest (June 5-7) at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Cole is recuperating from recent kidney transplant surgery. Khan joins a lineup that includes Lalah Hathaway, Roy Ayers, Will Downing and the…

  9. Sheryl Crow, Modest Mouse, Katy Perry Set For Bumbershoot

    April 01, 2009 9:00 PM EDT Sheryl Crow, Modest Mouse, Katy Perry, Michael Franti & Spearhead, De La Soul, and Raphael Saadiq are among the first acts confirmed for the 2009 Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival. The event will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7, at Seattle's City Center. Also set…

  10. Roots Ink With Def Jam Left, Prep Compilations

    November 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop outfit the Roots have split with Geffen and signed to Def Jam Left. The group's new album, "Game Theory," is expected for release sometime next year. As first tipped here this summer, hip-hop outfit the Roots have split with Geffen and signed to Def Jam Left. The group&…

  11. Motown Classics Get Modern Updates

    March 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 15-track set will be augmented on the same day by "Motown Unmixed," featuring the original versions of the source material for the remix project. As first revealed here in January, a host of Motown classics have been remixed for the aptly named "Motown Remixed"…

  12. Motown Favorites Eyed For Remixes

    January 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Remix pioneer Tom Moulton has been busy revisiting nuggets from the Motown vaults. Remix pioneer Tom Moulton has been busy revisiting nuggets from the Motown vaults. One or two of these may find their way onto "Motown Remixed," a collection the label is releasing March 29. Thus far,…

  13. Keys Calls For African AIDS Action

    November 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST With World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) approaching, singer/songwriter Alicia Keys is calling upon her peers in the music industry to raise their voices to help millions suffering from AIDS in Africa. "The disea With World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) approaching, singer/songwriter Alicia Keys is calling upon…

  14. Montreux Packs Schedule For 37th Jazz Fest

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The jazz of Diane Schuur and George Benson, the pop of Craig David and Jamiroquai, the modern rock of Radiohead and the Flaming Lips, and the classic rock of Van Morrison and Jethro Tull will be on di The jazz of Diane Schuur and George Benson, the pop of Craig David and Jamiroquai, the…

  15. The G Spot

    September 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT R&B crooner Gerald Levert has always been able to push female fans' buttons. R&B crooner Gerald Levert has always been able to push female fans' buttons. His newest album—with its double-entendre title—will no doubt do the same. Levert set up shop for The G Spot in…

  16. Music Inspired By Baadddasssss Cinema: the Sounds of Blaxploitation

    August 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Rappers talk the talk, and some may even try to walk the walk, but to get a true understanding of what it means to be a real badass, look no further than this sterling compilation. Rappers talk the talk, and some may even try to walk the walk, but to get a true understanding of what it means…

  17. Evolution

    February 23, 2002 12:00 AM EST In the right hands, a saxophone can switch from sultry to soothing to funky. In the right hands, a saxophone can switch from sultry to soothing to funky. Those moods and more punctuate Pamela Williams' third outing, which finds her adding her seldom-heard vocals to the mix. This follow…

  18. Your Woman

    April 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Everybody loves the sunshine, said jazzer Roy Ayers, and 25 years later, that sentiment rings true with Soulife/Atlantic's debut act, Sunshine Anderson. Everybody loves the sunshine, said jazzer Roy Ayers, and 25 years later, that sentiment rings true with Soulife/Atlantic's debut…

  19. Under the Nightlight

    April 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter/producer Gary Taylor has come a long way since his first solo turn in 1983, the A&M album G.T. With a still-strong U.K. Songwriter/producer Gary Taylor has come a long way since his first solo turn in 1983, the A&M album G.T. With a still-strong U.K. following, such titles…