Rhythm and blues

  1. Marva Whitney, Soul Sister No. 1 in James Brown Revue, Dead at 68

    December 24, 2012 7:36 AM EST Marva Whitney , a fiery voiced funk singer who toured and collaborated with James Brown -- along the way earning the nickname "Soul Sister #1" -- died on Saturday at age 68, according to a Facebook page dedicated to her. "She left u ...

  2. Chart Moves: Tamar Braxton Feels the 'Love' on Hot 100; Taylor Swift's 'Trouble' Increases; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Advance

    December 13, 2012 7:52 PM EST Hot 100 As previously reported, Bruno Mars bounds to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 , as "Locked Out of Heaven" rises 2-1 in its 10th week on the chart. And Mariah Carey's 1994 classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" e ...

  3. Ethiopia Habtemariam

    November 28, 2012 3:49 PM EST Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Relaunching An Icon After a year of rebuilding, Ethiopia Habtemariam is excited to "get the ball rolling" on the revamped Motown, where she hol ...

  4. Mathew Knowles Talks Sync, Deals, and Why Gospel Doesn't Get Its Fair Share

    November 14, 2012 2:22 PM EST Mathew Knowles is best known as manager of Destiny's Child and, of course the father of Beyonce and Solange. Over the past two decades, his Houston-based label and management company Music World Entertainment has overseen the careers of those ...

  5. Dallas Austin Named Senior VP of A&R at Island Records

    October 15, 2012 3:20 PM EDT In the latest announcement of an established hitmaker scoring a top A&R role at a major label , the Island Def Jam Music Group announced today that veteran songwriter/producer Dallas Austin will be joining the company as a Senior Vice Presiden ...

  6. Hitmaker The-Dream Named Executive VP of A&R at Def Jam

    October 08, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Writer and producer the-Dream (real name: Terius Nash), who has worked with Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Justin Bieber, among other hit artists, has been appointed executive VP of A&R at Def Jam. According to a statement i ...

  7. 'Motown: The Musical' to Open on Broadway in April

    August 27, 2012 10:20 PM EDT The Motown story is coming to Broadway next spring, with Brandon Victor Dixon playing the role of the trailblazing Detroit record label's founder Berry Gordy. Gordy and fellow producers Kevin McCollum and Doug Morris announced Monday that &qu ...

  8. 40 Under 40: Ethiopia Habtemarian

    August 02, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Ethiopia Habtemarian EVP/Head of Urban Music, Universal Music Publishing Group; SVP, Motown Records Website: UMusicPub.com , Motown.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Team Leader, On Double Duty With two high-profile jobs, Ethiopia Habtemariam, 32, might ...

  9. Keyshia Cole Returns With New Album, Radio Deal

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Following the lukewarm reception to 2010's "Calling All Hearts," Keyshia Cole is charging out of the gate ahead of her upcoming fifth album, "Woman to Woman." The offering's lead single, "Enough of No Love," ...

  10. Motown, Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt Dead at 74

    July 16, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Prominent Motown studio musician and Funk Brothers member Bob Babbitt, whose bass playing pounded through the Temptations hit "Ball of Confusion" and Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," has died. He was 74. Babbi ...

  11. R&B Favorite D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo, stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies ...

  12. Joss Stone to Release 'Soul Sessions Volume 2' Next Month

    June 04, 2012 3:29 PM EDT Joss Stone is returning to her roots with "The Soul Sessions Volume 2," a sequel to her 2003 breakthrough album that will also see her reuniting with original label S-Curve Records. Due out July 31 through a partnership with Stone's ...

  13. Donald 'Duck' Dunn Remembered During Memphis' Beale Street Funeral March

    May 24, 2012 7:30 AM EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The late bass player Donald "Duck" Dunn was honored Wednesday in the city where he performed on some of R&B's best-known hits, with musicians leading a lively funeral march down Memphis' Beale Street. ...

  14. Chuck Brown, The Godfather of Go-Go, Dead at 75

    May 16, 2012 5:22 PM EDT Chuck Brown, leader of Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, who was widely known as "The Godfather of Go-Go," has died at the age of 75. The gravelly voiced Go-Go music legend may be best remembered for his biggest hit "Bustin Loose ...

  15. Bubbling Under: Cher Lloyd 'Back' for the First Time

    May 11, 2012 1:15 PM EDT The fertile waters of the U.K. reality TV show "X Factor" show have already given the Billboard charts Leona Lewis and, more recently, One Direction. Now the program has sent over 18-year-old Cher Lloyd, who finished fourth in the 2011 s ...

  16. 'The Voice' Winner Crowned in Surprise Finale

    May 08, 2012 11:51 PM EDT The second chapter of "The Voice" came to a shocking close on Tuesday night during a star-studded live event on NBC. Guest performances from Hall & Oates, Lady Antebellum and an young up-and-comer named Justin Bieber only delayed wha ...

  17. Soul-Funk Guitarist and 'Shaft' Wah-Wah Creator Charles 'Skip' Pitts Dies

    May 01, 2012 6:30 PM EDT R&B, soul and funk guitar architect and Bo-Keys member Charles "Skip" Pitts-whose signature riffs are forever immortalized in the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" and the wah-wah on Isaac Hayes' "Theme ...

  18. Lionel Richie Rides CBS Special to Likely No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 16, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Lionel Richie (right) with Kenny Chesney performing together at the "ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert," which aired on CBS this past Friday. Lionel Richie might be "dancing on the ceiling" right now, as his ...

  19. Lionel Richie Honored With NARM Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement

    April 11, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Lionel Richie is enjoying quite a year so far, with his headlining slot at Billboard's SXSW Showcase , new album Tuskegee debuting at no. 2 on the Billboard 200 and no. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart last week, and inductioin into the Apoll ...

  20. Who Besides Lionel Richie Has Topped Billboard's R&B and Country Charts?

    April 09, 2012 11:15 AM EDT An insightful e-mail came in last week (to askbb@billboard.com) from avid chart-watcher Garrett Godbey of Tampa, Fla. Godbey wrote, "With Lionel Richie debuting at No. 1 with Tuskegee on Top Country Albums , he's earned No. 1s on the Top ...

  21. Aretha Franklin Signs With ICM

    April 02, 2012 5:07 PM EDT Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin has signed with International Creative Management (ICM) in all areas. She was previously with William Morris Endeavor . The Queen of Soul, an 18-time Grammy winner, has had 20 No. 1 hits on Billboard's R& ...

  22. Charles Bradley Creating SXSW Fest Buzz Two Years Running

    March 13, 2012 12:19 PM EDT Director Poull Brien was nursing a pint of Guinness in the Driskill Hotel Monday afternoon when an official email came in from SXSW . His film "Charles Bradley: Soul of America" had received such a positive response from its first two sc ...

  23. Backbeat: Estelle Celebrates New Album With John Legend, Jadakiss at Irving Plaza

    March 01, 2012 2:11 PM EST "Sorry, my album came out today and I'm really fucking happy!" Estelle proclaimed Tuesday night at Irving Plaza , the release date of her long-delayed third album All Of Me . The gig was a scheduled stop on the BET Music Matters Tou ...

  24. Christina Milian Signs to Young Money

    February 14, 2012 7:00 AM EST (Getty Images) Christina Milian is joining Lil Wayne's Young Money crew. The R&B singer (and "The Voice" social media correspondent) announced the news on Twitter on Sunday."The answer is....Yes. Let's Get To Work! I H ...

  25. This Week In Billboard History: The Day The Music Died (& The Show Went On); Motown Goes Pat Boone

    February 06, 2012 5:29 PM EST : The Day The Music Died (And The Show Went On) How did Billboard cover the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper")? The headline on the page six story in the Feb. 9, 1959 issue reveals the angle: ...

  26. Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Named 2012 Black Women In Music Honorees (Exclusive)

    January 09, 2012 9:50 AM EST Grammy Award nominee Kelly Rowland and music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone will be feted during Grammy week at the third annual Essence Black Women in Music event. Featuring an exclusive performance by Rowland and special guest Eve, the Feb. 8 inv ...

  27. Ashanti Signs Label Services Deal With eOne, First Single Features Busta Rhymes

    December 15, 2011 3:31 PM EST Ashanti returns to the music scene with a new album and home. As the singer preps for her yet-to-be titled fifth studio album, Ashanti and her own label, Written Entertainment, have signed a worldwide distribution and label services deal with eOne ...

  28. Chris Anokute Named Senior VP of A&R at Island Def Jam

    December 08, 2011 2:37 PM EST Chris Anokute, has been appointed Senior Vice President, A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group, according to an announcement by Karen Kwak, Executive Vice President / Head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. Anokute is best known for his A&R ...

  29. Backbeat: Mary J. Blige Previews 'My Life II' at 'American Express Unstaged' Concert

    November 21, 2011 7:41 AM EST Nas and Busta Rhymes, both of whom are featured on Blige's new album, joined her in celebration post-concert. (Photo: Charley Gallay) Blige acknowledged her celebrity guests, including Anthony Anderson (pictured here with a guest), by shoutin ...

  30. Backbeat: Beyonce To Debut One More '4' Video Before DVD Deluxe Release; Just Ask Piers Morgan...

    November 08, 2011 8:00 AM EST Sony publicists Mike Navarra (left) and Winnie Lam (right) greeted guests at the screenings for Beyonce's "Live at Roseland" DVD, Nov. 7 Yesterday (Nov. 7), Sony Music hosted two screenings, just at different times (10 am and 12 am) ...

  31. George 'Tree' Rountree, Four Tops Musical Leader, Dead at 61

    November 02, 2011 8:36 AM EDT LAS VEGAS (AP) - A key behind-the-scenes associate of the famed Motown quartet the Four Tops, George Rountree, has died. He was 61. The Sun reports (http://bit.ly/rCPHOW ) Rountree, who worked as the group's musical director for more than 30 ...

  32. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland Gets Deep at Recording Academy 'Conversation With' Event

    September 30, 2011 12:22 PM EDT Kelly Rowland with MC Lyte at the "A Conversation With" event in Los Angeles Tuesday night (Photo: Maury Phillips, WireImage.com; courtesy of The Recording Academy) "I'm on the highest cloud right now; it surpasses nine," ...

  33. Backbeat: Tyrese Plays New Album 'Open Invitation' At Virgin's NYC Offices

    September 15, 2011 2:10 PM EDT "I'm nervous playing this music, man," Tyrese Gibson confessed Tuesday night, while fidgeting with a stereo system in a conference room at Virgin Records' New York offices. Tyrese, a native of Los Angeles' Watts neighborho ...

  34. Remembering Aaliyah

    September 01, 2011 10:02 AM EDT Ten years ago on Aug. 25, Aaliyah Haughton was killed in a plane crash after filming the video for her hit single "Rock the Boat" in the Bahamas. The R&B singer/dancer/actress was only 22 years old. A month prior to her death, Aali ...

  35. Obituary: Nick Ashford, 1941-2011

    September 01, 2011 7:44 AM EDT With wife Valerie Simpson, the songwriter/producer/vocalist elevated the art of the duet. As tributes poured in following the Aug. 22 death of singer/songwriter Nick Ashford, the word "legend" was frequently invoked. It's a fittin ...

  36. Remembering 'Motown's Mother:' Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Stefan 'Redfoo' Gordy of LMFAO, Others on Esther Gordy Edwards

    August 26, 2011 8:50 AM EDT News of Esther Gordy Edwards' death on Wednesday night quickly spread throughout the Motown family. Several of the label's artists and others associated with the company's famed history shared their memories and thoughts about " ...

  37. Nick Ashford's Chart Legacy: From Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye to Method Man and Jessica Simpson

    August 24, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Within hours of the passing of songwriting legend Jerry Leiber, another of the rock era's most successful songwriters, Nickolas Ashford, died in New York City. Known worldwide as the composing partner and husband of Valerie Simpson, Ashford a ...

  38. Nick Ashford of Legendary Motown Duo Ashford & Simpson Dies At 70

    August 22, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Ashford & Simpson - Solid by trashfan NEW YORK (AP) -- Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Cha ...

  39. Legendary Songwriter, Producer Jerry Ragovoy Remembered by Al Kooper

    July 15, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Jerry Ragovoy (left) with Steely Dan's Donald Fagen in 2010. (Songwriter Jerry Ragovoy, who died Wednesday, is remembered here by his longtime friend, songwriter/producer/musician Al Kooper.) Jerry Ragovoy, composer of "Time Is On My Sid ...

  40. Chris Brown's 'Today' Show Record-Breaking Crowd Surprised Even His Team

    July 15, 2011 4:21 PM EDT When Chris Brown took the stage this morning for the "Today" show's Summer Concert Series , few expected that his performance would trigger a record turnout of a reported 18,000-plus fans-not even his team. The singer/songwriter ...

  41. Sean 'Diddy' Combs to Receive Founders Award At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 25, 2011 9:28 AM EDT Sean "Diddy" Combs will receive ASCAP's Founders Award during the performing rights organization's 24th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only ceremony will take place Friday, June 24, at the Beverly Hilton ...

  42. Alicia Keys Celebrates 10th Anniversary of 'songs in A minor'

    April 12, 2011 7:38 PM EDT Time indeed flies: 10 years have passed since the release of Alicia Keys' multi-platinum debut album, "songs in A minor." To celebrate that milestone, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer is releasing Deluxe and Colle ...

  43. Hidden Beach Slates New Jill Scott Album For Late Spring

    April 05, 2011 5:32 PM EDT After a long hiatus, fans are being treated to a double dose of new music from Jill Scott . "The Light of the Sun" -- the singer/songwriter's first album under her recently announced distribution deal with Warner Bros. -- is due in ...

  44. Beyonce's Father, Mathew Knowles, Is No Longer Her Manager

    March 28, 2011 10:12 PM EDT Beyonce will no longer be managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, her publicist said Monday. The Grammy-winning singer and her father have parted ways "on a business level," the publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press in ...

  45. Exclusive: Sam Cooke Biopic Moving Forward -- Screenwriters Complete Script

    March 14, 2011 7:19 PM EDT Start singing "Ain't That Good News": A Sam Cooke biopic has taken a significant step toward becoming a reality. The screenwriters behind the all-Beatles musical "Across the Universe" have finished their adaptation of Pete ...

  46. Chris Brown Headed for Another No.1 R&B/Hip-Hop Song with 'No BS'

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Chris Brown is headed for another No. 1. "No BS," which claimed Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors last week, steps up 5-4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- an 11% gain with 29.9 million listener impressions. If "No ...

  47. R&B Singer Teena Marie, Dead at 54

    December 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST A publicist says singer Teena Marie, who made history as Motown's first white act, has died at age 54. The confirmation came Sunday from publicist Jasmine Vega, who worked with Teena Marie on her last album. Her manager, Mike Gardner, also co ...

  48. Lauryn Hill Announces 'Intimate' Winter Shows

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lauryn Hill will embark on an intimate North American tour, it was announced on Wednesday (Dec. 22). Kicking off at New York City's Highline Ballroom on Dec. 27 -- one of six local shows at multiple venues including legendary jazz club The Bl ...

  49. Aretha Franklin: 'I Feel Great'

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Soul legend Aretha Franklin says she feels "great" and is "piddling around the house" as she follows doctors orders to rest at home after surgery two weeks ago. "I feel great," Franklin told JET magazine in her first ...

  50. Jazmine Sullivan to Receive Billboard's Rising Star Award for Women in Music

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Following the success of her breakthrough album "Fearless" and impressive start to her forthcoming sophomore set "Love Me Back," Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter Jazmine Sullivan will receive the Rising Star Award at ...

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