Esperanza Spalding

  1. Janelle Monáe To Receive Billboard’s Rising Star Award

    October 24, 2013 8:55 AM EDT Janelle Monáe's glowing-hot young career will be recognized with Billboard’s Rising Star Award. The artist will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event, to be held in New York City on Dec. 10. Monáe will be joined on the nigh ...

  2. 2013 Grammy Awards: Indies Continue to Make A Major Impact

    December 21, 2012 11:03 AM EST If Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, Babel (Glassnote Records), takes home the Grammy for album of the year on Feb. 10, it will mark the fifth year in a row an indie act has won the top prize, if you count indies by ownership. The run bega ...

  3. Larry Rosen Reflects on 30th Anniversary of Iconic Label GRP

    October 01, 2012 8:53 PM EDT GRP co-founders Larry Rosen (left) and Dave Grusin. Groundbreaking jazz label GRP Records officially began celebrating its 30th anniversary with the Sept. 25 release of "GRP 30" (Verve Music Group/Universal Music Group). The double-CD re ...

  4. Bruce Springsteen Closes Out First Weekend of New Orleans Jazz Fest

    April 30, 2012 6:04 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen has closed out the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with a 2 1/2-hour show that combined crowd-pleasers such as "Born to Run" with the cover tune of his new CD, Wrecking ...

  5. Q-Tip Signs To Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label

    April 11, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Influential A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip celebrated his 42nd birthday yesterday, and kept the party going through today with the announcement that he had signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, according to XXL . G.O.O.D. Music, w ...

  6. Chart Moves: Carly Rae Jepsen Hits Hot 100 Top 20; Alex Clare Gets a Microsoft Boost

    March 29, 2012 8:05 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae), spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Kelly Clarkson collects her first topper on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and Taylor S ...

  7. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 28, 2012 10:55 AM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since "Michael ...

  8. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

    March 21, 2012 7:14 PM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack is set to debut at No. 1 next week's Billboard 200 chart, so say industry sources. One Direction Makes History With No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart The multi-artist album should sell at leas ...

  9. Herbie Hancock, U.N. Ambassador, Launches International Jazz Day

    March 20, 2012 8:18 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz ...

  10. Hans Zimmer's Oscar Music With Pharrell Williams, Esperanza Spalding Released As Album

    February 29, 2012 8:15 AM EST Hans Zimmer's music for the Oscars on Feb. 26 has been released as a digital album on Apple's iTunes. 'The Artist,' 'Man or Muppet' Win Music Oscars in Music-Snubbing Year "The 84th Academy Awards -- Celebrate th ...

  11. 'The Artist,' 'Man or Muppet' Win Music Oscars in Music-Snubbing Year

    February 27, 2012 12:37 AM EST In a year in which the Academy Awards appeared to not give a hoot about film music -- no musical performance during the show, just two nominees for Best Song -- they proceeded to reward a film in which the only dominant sound WAS music. Just two n ...

  12. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 27, 2012 12:03 AM EST The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original song trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Su ...

  13. Hugh Masekela: How the Listen 2 Africa Label Is Hooking Up a 73-Year Old Jazz & World Music Heritage Artist

    February 17, 2012 4:30 PM EST The 73-year old Hugh Masekela whose new album Jabulani is just out on Dave Love's Listen 2 Africa label. Soccer fans remember ESPN's coverage of the FIFA World Cup in 2010. The obnoxious vuvuzela horns that prompted some TV watchers to t ...

  14. Indie Labels Win 34 Grammys, Says A2IM

    February 14, 2012 7:30 AM EST Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, whose sophomore self-titled album on the Jagjaguwar label, biting one of his two 2012 Grammy awards won for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album. (Getty) Led by Bon Iver's two Grammy wins, the American Ass ...

  15. Updated: Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives, Including Beyonce, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dozens More

    February 12, 2012 2:47 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death rapidly spread around the globe, Twitter, the Internet and our inboxes filled with tributes, and Billboard.biz has spoken with dozens of people at many pre-Grammy events. Any attempt at a definitive list of ...

  16. Backbeat: Esperanza Spalding, Anthony Hamilton Perform @ Grammy in the Schools Live!

    February 09, 2012 5:33 PM EST Left to right: Senior director of education at the Grammy Foundation David Sears; Ford Motor Company fund director Pamela Alexander; Grammy Foundation and MusiCares senior VP Kristen Madsen; Anthony Hamilton; president/CEO of the Grammy Foundation ...

  17. How The APAP Conference Could Save Your Band's Life

    January 18, 2012 9:01 AM EST A plenary session at APAP|NYC that explored the question: What great acts have happened in our community? (Photo: Jacob Belcher/APAP) "If you want to book us, we're a twelve piece, we like sushi and massages," Steven Bernstein crack ...

  18. Urban Power List: Magic Johnson

    January 11, 2012 4:48 PM EST Magic Johnson Owner, Magic Johnson Enterprises Website: MagicJohnson.com Twitter: @MagicJohnson Business Baller The Los Angeles Lakers and NBA legend is still playing ball: He's part of the Guggenheim Partners-backed group that purchased the ...

  19. Music Industry Responds to Steve Stoute's NYT Ad Critical of Grammys

    February 23, 2011 7:28 AM EST Steve Stoute's open letter attacking the Grammy Awards took five days for him to write but had music industry pundits debating within hours of its publication -- and even several days later. Here, a few reactions to his New York Times missive ...

  20. Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Esperanza Spalding Were Least Likely Grammy Winners, Based On Chart History

    February 15, 2011 1:43 PM EST There's been a lot of talk about the surprises at Sunday's Grammy Awards , from Lady Gaga's egg-cellent adventure to the big wins for the Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding . While the charts obviously can't have foretold much ...

  21. Grammys Confirm Rise of Indies, Despite 11% of All Music Sales

    February 15, 2011 8:01 AM EST Independent labels are reveling in their success after grabbing the spotlight and many of the biggest awards at the Grammys. It marked one of the biggest nights in years for indies, setting the stage for a surge in their online music sales. Meanwh ...

  22. Grammy Sales Spike: Who Will Get It This Year? Arcade Fire? Cee-Lo? Mumford & Sons?

    February 14, 2011 4:17 PM EST While retailers are happy that last night's highly rated Grammy Awards broadcast should fuel sales and agree at least that some of those artists will be beneficiaries of the show's broadcast, they say it is unlikely the show will produce ...

  23. Justin Bieber Jumps On Usher, Esperanza Spalding Talks Best New Artist Win: Backstage At The Grammys

    February 14, 2011 12:37 AM EST The Grammy press room is like the backstage of Madison Square Garden: usually a drab place that will abruptly be lit up by global-level star wattage. Here are some observations from Grammy night, 2011: -- Arcade Fire were in quite the celebratory ...

  24. Esperanza Spalding Beats Bieber, Drake for Best New Artist Grammy

    February 13, 2011 11:28 PM EST In a shocking upset, jazz artist Esperanza Spalding won best new artist at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 13), beating out widely agreed-upon favorites Justin Bieber and Drake as well as Mumford & Sons and Florence & the Machine. ...

  25. Esperanza Spalding, Best New Artist Nominee, Plays Pre-Grammy Show

    February 11, 2011 3:56 PM EST Esperanza rocks the Spaghettini (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage) It was anything but a regulation Thursday night at a popular Seal Beach jazz spot. Standing center stage, speaking quietly to her band members at the Spaghettini Italian Grill & ...

  26. Grammys Central 2011

    February 10, 2011 10:10 AM EST LATEST NEWS FEB. 14, 2011 Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars, Jeff Beck Light Up Warner Grammy After-Party The artists celebrated with label brass Lyor Cohen, Craig Kallman, Julie Greenwald and others. FEB. 10, 2011 Grammy Sales Spike: Who Will Get It This ...

  27. Prince Announces 'Welcome 2 America' Tour

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Prince held a press conference at Harlem's Apollo Theater in New York to announce "Welcome 2 America," a forthcoming tour beginning in December 2010. The pop legend will perform and play master of ceremonies at each show, which will ...

  28. Playboy Stages 31st Annual Jazz Festival

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Whether you like your jazz straight ahead, New Orleans, funky or Latin style, there was something for everyone at the 31st annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 13-14 at the Hollywood Bowl). Comedian Bill Cosby was back again as host of the two-day e ...

  29. Fourplay Picks Up 'Energy' For Heads Up Debut

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jazz quartet Fourplay will make its Heads Up International debut Sept. 23 with "Energy." Special guest on the album is labemate and critically acclaimed upright bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, who joins the foursome on the track &qu ...