1. Mario Trumps Snoop For Hot 100 No. 1

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mario is the new king of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Let Me Love You." The track moves 2-1 to end the three-week reign of Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell, which slips to No. 2. " Mario is the new king of Billboard's Hot 100…

  2. Levert Switches Labels, Expands Themes

    November 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Given such song titles as "Baby Hold on to Me," "Can You Handle It," "The G Spot" and "U Got That Love," the general theme of Gerald Levert's music is easy to divine. His brand of sensuous R&B has Given such song titles as "Baby Hold on to…

  3. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week - Nov. 8-13

    November 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Nov. 8-13, 2004). A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY: The don't call it "country music's biggest night" for nuthin'... On Tuesday, just about anyone who is anyone in country music right now will be seen in Nashville and on CBS…

  4. Baker Gives 'Everything' She's Got

    August 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com It started with an itch. It ended with Anita Baker's first studio album in 10 years. "My Everything," due Sept. 7 from Blue Note Records, shattered Baker's creative block. "There are times when that creative door is just…

  5. Elliott Moves Ahead With UPN Reality Show

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Elliott will star in and serve as the co-executive producer of the show, to find what creators call "the next big hip-hop star." Missy Elliott's reality show probably won't debut on UPN until sometime next year, but viewers can expect the program to be a candid glimpse…

  6. Funk Legend Rick James Found Dead

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Funk legend Rick James was found dead at 9:45 a.m. PT this morning (Aug. 6) at his Los Angeles home by a caretaker, according to a police spokesperson. He was 56. The cause of death was believed to be Funk legend Rick James was found dead at 9:45 a.m. PT this morning (Aug. 6) at his Los…

  7. Artists Set For L.A. 'Divas' Benefit

    October 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, "American Idol" finalist Trenyce, disco-era hitmaker Linda Clifford, singer/actress Jenifer Lewis and actresses Loretta Devine and Victoria Rowell will headline the b Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, "American Idol" finalist Trenyce,…

  8. Life Force Radio

    June 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Good, old-fashioned hip-hop gets a shot in the arm with Afu-Ra's sophomore set, Life Force Radio. Good, old-fashioned hip-hop gets a shot in the arm with Afu-Ra's sophomore set, Life Force Radio. For those familiar with Afu's 2000 debut, Body of the Life Force, the New York…

  9. Both Sides

    April 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT After two albums with Windham Hill, the Braxton Brothers—bassist Nelson and saxophonist Wayne—are staples on the smooth jazz/new adult contemporary front. After two albums with Windham Hill, the Braxton Brothers—bassist Nelson and saxophonist Wayne—are staples on the smooth jazz/new adult…

  10. Return Of Essence Music Festival At Risk

    July 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT As the Essence Music Festival enters the last year of its commitment to the city of New Orleans, there is some doubt that it will return there in future years. A bold mix of seasoned stars and emerging artists stirs up this year's Essence Music Festival , whose "Party With a Purpose…

  11. Hot Product for Monday, March 5, 2001

    March 05, 2001 12:00 AM EST Previewing albums from Aerosmith, Eve, Delbert McClinton, Pam Tillis, Blake Babies, Amy Ray. 'Push' Harder Aerosmith's "Just Push Play" (Columbia) is the first self-produced album of the band's career. And if the success of first single "Jaded" (in its…

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