Rhythm and blues

  1. Web Trends: Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen and more

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (As of 4PM): 8. Shannon Tavarez Tavarez, who was diagnosed with leukemia during her run as Young Nala in the Broadway production of "The Lion King" and garnered the attention of Rihanna and Alicia Keys due to her fight with ...

  2. Chris Brown Scores No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chris Brown returns to the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the first time since 2006 as "Deuces" jumps from No. 2 to No. 1 this week. Hitting the top in just its ninth week on the list, it ties for the year's fastest clim ...

  3. Katy Perry, Fantasia Looking To Top Billboard 200

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" will likely relinquish the No. 1 position on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart to Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," which was released yesterday (Aug. 24). "Recovery" has spent seve ...

  4. Erykah Badu Gets Fine, Probation For Dallas Strip

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A city spokesman says singer Erykah Badu has paid a $500 fine and will serve six months of probation for stripping during a music video shoot at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot in 1963. Badu performed a wal ...

  5. Gap Band Bassist Robert Wilson Dies

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robert Wilson, the bassist for the funk and R&B group the Gap Band, has died. He was 53. His death was confirmed by Karen Lee, publicist for his brother and Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson. Robert Wilson had been touring over the past few weeks ...

  6. Doo-wop star, Motown Executive Harvey Fuqua Dies

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Harvey Fuqua , a former doo-wop star with the Moonglows who went on to launch Marvin Gaye 's career as well as his comeback, died in Detroit on Tuesday (July 6), the Motown Alumni Association said. He was 80. He succumbed to what an associati ...

  7. Schure Media Opens Shop

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yvette Noel-Schure, formerly senior VP of Media at Columbia Records/Sony Music, has established her own publicity firm, Schure Media. Based in New York City and northern New Jersey, the firm has signed Music World/Columbia artist Beyoncé as its fi ...

  8. Jill Scott Files Cross-Complaint Against Label

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott is hitting back at Hidden Beach Records, claiming the indie label caused her millions of dollars in damages for mismanagement of her career, according to legal papers filed in Los Angeles Supreme Court. Scott's cross ...

  9. Erykah Badu Charged With Disorderly Conduct Over Nude Video

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Erykah Badu was charged with disorderly conduct over her nude video shoot for her latest single, "Window Seat," according to TMZ.com. Badu will be mailed a citation and faces up to a $500 fine. According to the site, a Texas woman filed ...

  10. Singer Johnny Maestro Dies Aged 70

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer Johnny Maestro, who performed the 1958 doo-wop hit "16 Candles" with The Crests and enjoyed a decades-long career with the Brooklyn Bridge, has died of cancer. He was 70. Les Cauchi, a friend and original Brooklyn Bridge member, s ...

  11. Jill Scott Sued By Label

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jill Scott is being sued by her longtime record label, which is accusing the multi-platinum R&B songstress of skipping out halfway through a six-album contract and potentially owing millions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit, filed in Los Ang ...

  12. Corinne Bailey Rae Debuts New Songs In London

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Corinne Bailey Rae has made her long-awaited live return with an emotional London gig. The concert at the Tabernacle, West London, last night (Nov. 23) was her first full show since the March 2008 death of her husband, Jason Rae, from an accidenta ...

  13. Jacksoul's Haydain Neale Succumbs To Cancer

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Haydain Neale, a singer/songwriter with the Canadian group jacksoul, and former president of the Songwriters Association of Canada, died today at the age of 39. Neale, who suffered serious injuries when his Vespa scooter collided with a car in Tor ...

  14. Blige, Saadiq Sing A 'Precious' Song

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT During the recording of an original song for the forthcoming film "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," director Lee Daniels "made me pull every single thing from my guts," Mary J. Blige told a packed hou ...

  15. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: DJ Premier, TINU, 'Unsung,' Ludacris

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- DJ Premier is the executive producer of the new album by Royce Da 5'9": "Street Hop." Out this week (Oct. 20), the rapper's fourth album release coincides with the recently launched "K.O.D. Tour 2009," whose l ...

  16. Alicia Keys Gets Down To Business

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys has influenced many lives with her soulful, heartaching piano-driven songs for almost a decade. Now that the 12-time Grammy winner has established herself as one of music's brightest stars, Keys is ready to inspire others — withou ...

  17. Last Member Of Silhouettes Dies At 69

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Rev. John "Bootsie" Wilson, a former lead singer and last surviving member of the soul group the Silhouettes, has died. He was 69. Wilson died Sept. 21 at his home in Spartanburg, S.C., after batting cancer and a kidney ailment, his ...

  18. Maxwell Extends 'BLACKsummers'night' Tour

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following a sold-out summer tour, Maxwell will hit the road again this fall in support of his hit comeback album, "BLACKsummers'night." The Live Nation-produced trek, which upgrades from theaters to larger-capacity arenas, begins at ...

  19. Whitney Houston Launches Album In London

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston appeared at the world premiere of her new album, "I Look to You" (Arista), in London last night (July 14). A healthy-looking Houston appeared briefly on stage at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge after Sony Mus ...

  20. Next Move For Marshall Chess

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marshall Chess has joined with industry figures Eddie Piller and Fredrik Ekander to form Tri-Sound, a new label specializing in contemporary soul. The label's first release will be the Third Degree's northern soul reworking of Duffy' ...

  21. Michael Jackson Saluted At ASCAP Awards

    June 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tributes continued to pour in for Michael Jackson during the weekend following his death June 25. Before officially launching the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards (June 26, Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles), president/chairman Paul Wi ...

  22. Maxwell: Summer In The City

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sade did it. It's been nine years since she released "Lover's Rock," which sold 3.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. D'Angelo did it. It's been the same amount of time since he put ...

  23. Al B. Sure! Returns With Hidden Beach Debut

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran R&B singer/songwriter Al B. Sure! has signed with Hidden Beach Recordings and will release a new album on June 23. "Honey I'm Home" signals the artist's first new studio project in over 15 years. The 13-track CD fea ...

  24. TV One Brings Back ‘Unsung’

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The lives and careers of Supremes founding member Florence Ballad, Minnie Riperton, Shalamar and Melba Moore will be the focus of TV One’s second installment of its “Unsung” series. Coinciding with the start of Black Music Month (June), the one-ho ...

  25. Whispers To Record First Gospel Album

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kingdom Records has signed the Whispers to record the legendary R&B group’s first gospel album. Grammy Award-winning gospel icon Fred Hammond is on board to produce several tracks for the project, which is tentatively slated for a fall 2009 re ...

  26. The-Dream, Keyshia Cole Plan Tour

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter The-Dream and R&B artist Keyshia Cole will start a 21-city tour on May 13 at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati and will conclude at the Pearl in Las Vegas on June 21. The-Dream will be touring in support of his sophomore album ...

  27. Maxwell Readies 'BLACKsummer'snight' Album

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After a nine-year hiatus, R&B singer Maxwell is returning with his long-awaited, oft-delayed fourth studio album, "BLACKsummer'snight," slated for a July 7th release on Columbia Records. The album's first single, "Pret ...

  28. R&B/Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop Briefs: Beyonce, Freddie Hubbard, Will Downing

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In conjunction with her U.S. "I Am..." tour, Beyoncé and her Survivor Foundation are partnering with General Mills' Hamburger Helper and Feeding America to launch the Show Your Helping Hand campaign. The initiative will deliver 3 ...

  29. Lamont Dozier To Be Honored With Johnny Mercer Award

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lamont Dozier- who will be honored as part of the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team Gala with the Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Annual Award Gala-will lead the 2009 Master Class, which offers an intimate view of t ...

  30. Motown's Funk Brothers Drummer Uriel Jones Dies

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Motown drummer Uriel Jones, whose hard-driving funk propelled classic tunes by the Temptations and Marvin Gaye, died in a Michigan hospital on Tuesday after suffering complications from a heart attack, a family member said. He was 74. Jones, the l ...

  31. Promoter: T-Pain Cancels Guyana Show After Threats

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST R&B singer T-Pain has canceled a concert in Guyana after receiving what a promoter calls "credible death and kidnapping threats." Kerwin Bollers says Monday's performance for Carnival celebrations was called off after e-mail and ...

  32. Bootsy Collins Signs On With EMI Music Publishing

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing has signed a long-term administration deal with Bootsy Collins. Collins - the star funk musician and songwriter who was inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic in 1997 - has been a ...

  33. Four Tops, Autry, Jones Among Special Merit Honorees

    February 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST One of the more emotional moments at The Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards ceremony (Feb. 7) occurred during the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to venerable soul/pop group the Four Tops. Joined by relatives of deceased me ...

  34. Hidden Beach Inaugural Project Features Top Artists, Obama Speeches

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Hidden Beach Recordings, in association with the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), is releasing a commemorative CD/DVD set, "Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise." Stevie Wonder, will.i.am, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Hud ...

  35. Saadiq Hits The Road, Records With Fantasia

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Since the demise of Tony! Toni! Tone!, Raphael Saadiq has staked his reputation in the recording studio with myriad production and collaboration credits. But "The Way I See It," his fourth solo album, has rekindled the R&B auteur ...

  36. TV One Salutes Black Music's 'Unsung' Artists

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Deserving artists who didn't achieve superstardom. That's the premise behind TV One's "Unsung" series, a four-part biography special spotlighting Donny Hathaway, the DeBarge Family, the Clark Sisters and Phyllis Hyman. Cab ...

  37. Hallmark, Motown Link For Valentine's Day CD

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Hallmark Cards Inc. will extend its lineup of seasonal and themed CDs with "Heart & Soul--Celebrating 50 Years of Motown," Billboard.biz has learned exclusively. The 2009 Valentine's Day CD will offer a selection of 10 classic s ...

  38. Womack Albums To Be Re-Issued On ABKCO

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST ABKCO Records has acquired three classic Bobby Womack albums that had originally been released on Beverly Glen Records in the 1980s. Terms of the deal with Beverly Glen founder Otis Smith were not disclosed. The three albums, collectively known to ...

  39. Daryl Hall & John Oates Sign With United Talent Agency

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Daryl Hall & John Oates have signed with United Talent Agency, Billboard.biz has learned. The duo is prepping a 2009 tour to support their latest release "Daryl Hall & John Oates, Live from the Troubadour." Additionally, UTA will ...

  40. Veteran Label Exec Jheryl Busby Dies

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former Motown president/CEO Jheryl Busby died today (Nov. 4) in Malibu, Calif. The Los Angeles native was 59 years old. The cause of death is tentatively accidental death due to drowning; the results of an autopsy will be announced later this week ...

  41. Booker T. And The MGs Join Musicians Hall Of Fame

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist Duane Eddy picked his rumbling "Peter Gunn" instrumental and Rolling Stone Keith Richards jammed with The Crickets on "Not Fade Away" as a host of musicians and producers were honored during the Musicians Hall of Fame ...

  42. Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble to a Pearl'

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nikka Costa tells billboard.biz the music on her new album, "Pebble to a Pearl," is "the raw answer to the sweet, formulaic music of today." The singer/songwriter's third album was released Oct. 14 through Stax Records. &q ...

  43. Four Tops Vocalist Levi Stubbs Dies At 72

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arguably the most powerful voice in Motown's storied history has been silenced. Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, Jr., died today (Oct. 17) at his home in Detroit after a long series of illnesses -- including cancer and a stroke -- that forc ...

  44. R&B Briefs: Joe, Kindred The Family Soul, Kevon Edmonds

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- "Joe: Greatest Hits" will hit stores Oct. 14 via Jive/Zomba. Featured tracks include "I Wanna Know," "All the Things (Your Man Won't Do)" and "Stutter." -- Kindred The Family Soul returns Oct. 21 wit ...

  45. Public Vote For "Motown 50" Compilation

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Motown Records Group is marking 50 years of its Motown label with various releases and events leading up to the Jan. 2009 anniversary of the company. Now it has emerged that the public will get to vote on the track-listing of the "M ...

  46. Hidden Beach Releases Obama-Inspired Compilation

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Having inspired several songs, Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign has now spawned an entire CD. Hidden Beach Recordings has compiled a collection of current, classic and new tracks for "Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movem ...

  47. Exclusive: Milian Signs With MySpace Records

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of her 2006 departure from Def Jam, Christina Milian has signed a new deal with MySpace Records, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Her label debut is due next spring. The first single, "Us Against The World," is a "cinem ...

  48. Early Ashanti Tracks Emerge From 'Vault'

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AJM Records will release 12 never-before-heard recordings from singer Ashanti on the album "The Vault," due Oct. 14. The collection contains songs penned by Ashanti in 2001 while signed to the label, before AJM's joint venture with ...

  49. Wayne Brady Tunes Up the Music

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There's one thing Emmy-winning entertainer Wayne Brady wants people to know about his debut album, "A Long Time Coming" (Peak Records/Concord Music Group, Sept. 16). It's not a vanity project. "This isn't like [comedi ...

  50. Motown Legend Norman Whitfield Dies

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Motown producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield, who had a hand in such iconic songs as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," died yesterday (Sept. 16) in Los Angeles at the age of 65. Whitfield has ...

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