1. Mary J. Blige Owns NYC With 'My Life' Concert

    November 25, 2011 10:00 AM EST Two days after the release of her latest album "My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1)" (Nov. 23), Mary J. Blige invoked the emotional depth of its 1994 companion "My Life" at NYC's Terminal 5, performing her sophomore album in its entirety with the addition of…

  2. R&B Singer Vesta Williams Found Dead at 53

    September 23, 2011 4:23 PM EDT Big-voiced R&B diva Vesta Williams, perhaps best-known for her 1980s hits "Don't Blow A Good Thing" and "Congratulations," has been found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room, coroner's investigators said Friday. She was 53.…

  3. Cash Money Goes Pop with Signing of Savvy

    September 03, 2011 8:00 AM EDT There's no doubt that Cash Money Records has solidified its status as one of hip-hop's most successful labels. With such acts as the Hot Boys , Juvenile and Birdman laying the foundation, Cash Money has since powered up a franchise that includes hot upstarts Drake and Nicki Minaj…

  4. Teena Marie Honored by Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah at Memorial Service

    January 11, 2011 7:29 AM EST Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Shanice Wilson and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. are among the luminaries who honored singer Teena Marie at a private memorial service. Gordy and Wonder spoke and Robinson and Wilson sang as they celebrated Marie's life Monday at Forest…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Skillz, Teena Marie, Michael Jackson

    January 06, 2011 5:55 PM EST (W)RAPPING 2010: While DJ Earworm lays down the beat on the past year's top 25 Billboard Hot 100 hits on "United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop the Pop)," another artist known for his yearly musical recaps bows on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Skillz , born Shaquan Lewis, scores…

  6. Teena Marie Cause of Death Unclear Following Autopsy

    December 30, 2010 4:30 PM EST Investigators say an autopsy on R&B singer Teena Marie revealed no signs of trauma, but it likely will be weeks before a cause of death will be determined. Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Wednesday that toxicology tests that could determine Marie's cause of…

  7. Watch: One of Teena Marie's Last Interviews

    December 29, 2010 12:49 PM EST Most knew Teena Marie for her hits throughout the 1980s, but Lady T recorded music up until the end of her life, including her successful 2009 album, "Congo Square." In one of Teena Marie's final interviews, which was filmed in October 2010, the legendary songstress discussed…

  8. Marsha Ambrosius Covers Teena Marie's 'Yes Indeed'

    December 29, 2010 11:43 AM EST R&B singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius held an intimate performance at the North London venue Dingwalls, and performed a cover of Teena Marie 's "Yes Indeed." Video: Marsha Ambrosius covers "Yes Indeed," by Teena Marie "Yes Indeed" is from Marie's…

  9. Lenny Kravitz: Teena Marie 'Took Me In' As a Teenager

    December 28, 2010 9:45 AM EST While many artists have reacted online to the death of Teena Marie on Sunday (Dec. 26), Lenny Kravitz details the special bond that he and the R&B singer shared in a new video that hit the web a day later. Speaking to the camera, Kravitz describes how Marie took him into her home when he…

  10. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 12/27/10

    December 27, 2010 12:04 PM EST Billboard.com is dedicating this week's Top 20 Tweets Of The Week to the late, great Teena Marie. Rest in peace. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us .) @maryjblige : Tina Mari inspired me vocally as a child. Her songs I sang…

  11. R&B Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54

    December 26, 2010 11:14 PM EST Teena Marie , the "Ivory Queen of Soul" who developed a lasting legacy with her silky soul pipes and hits like "Lovergirl," "Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James , has died. She was 54. The confirmation came from a publicist,…

  12. Al B. Sure Comes Home With 'Honey'

    July 15, 2009 4:32 PM EDT It's been 17 years since Al B. Sure recorded a studio album. But with the June 23 release of "Honey I'm Home" (Hidden Beach Recordings), the singer/songwriter joined a current wave of R&B vets—including Ginuwine, Teena Marie and Charlie Wilson—notching strong comebacks…

  13. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 4:07 PM EDT Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." The crowd remained on their…

  14. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 9:36 AM EDT Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." The crowd remained on their…

  15. Chart Beat: The Black Eyed Peas, Lynda Carter, Paulina Rubio

    June 18, 2009 1:14 PM EDT THE B.E.G.I.N.N.I.N.G.: Once they wondered, where is the love? This week, all the Black Eyed Peas need to do to answer that question is peruse a host of Billboard charts, where evidence of adoration for the quartet is abundant. The Peas' fifth studio album, "The E.N.D.,"…

  16. Essence Festival Adds Maxwell, Al Green, Ne-Yo

    January 29, 2009 12:01 AM EST Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo and En Vogue will join previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival. The event will be held July 3-5 at the New Orleans Superdome. Rounding out the bill are Sierra Leone Refugee…

  17. Teene Marie Polishes 'Sapphire'

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Soul singer Teena Marie will on May 9 release her second Cash Money Classics/Universal album, "Sapphire." Soul singer Teena Marie will on May 9 release her second Cash Money Classics/Universal album, "Sapphire." The set features appearances from legendary crooner/former…

  18. Aretha, Alicia, More Set For Essence Fest

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child and Kanye West are part of the all-star lineup confirmed to play the 2005 Essence Music Festival. Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child and Kanye West are part of the all-star lineup confirmed to play the 2005 Essence Music…

  19. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Jan. 3-9, 2005).

    January 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Jan. 3-9, 2005). A WHOLE NEW YEAR: No matter what happened in 2004, you can forget it now. It's 2005! It's a whole new year and you get a fresh start, a clean slate, a chance to start anew! OK, so really it's just a simple…

  20. U.S. Cities Host Big New Year's Eve Shows

    December 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Although what is arguably the most well-known New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square consists of little more than confetti and a sparkling ball, live music is playing a part in many cel Although what is arguably the most well-known New Year's Eve celebration in…

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