Rhythm and blues

  1. Usher Plotting 'Ladies Only' Concerts

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher is preparing a tour for ladies only. The R&B singer tells the Associated Press he will soon announce details of his "One Night Stand" tour. He said specific dates are still being worked out for about 15 "intimate" ven ...

  2. Female Stars Team For Cancer Charity Tune

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT What would it sound like if 15 of the hottest female singers joined voices? The answer will be revealed Sept. 2. That's when "Just Stand Up" hits airwaves and iTunes. The song features Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, ...

  3. Soul Legend Ware Launches 'Moon Ride'

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter/producer Leon Ware is making his first major label appearance in more than two decades with "Moon Ride." The Stax/Concord Records set will be released Aug. 12. "This album has all the things I lean toward: romance, ...

  4. R. Kelly Still Steamy On New Song Leaks

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly doesn't spare any bedroom tales on a host of new songs leaked online this week, although it's unclear if they are intended to appear on his next Jive album, "12 Play 4th Quarter." However, a spokesperson says the leak ...

  5. Karina Pasian Joins Lupe Fiasco, Keri Hilson On Tours

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Originally slated for June 3, Def Jam recording artist/pianist Karina Pasian will now release her debut album, "First Love," on August 19. To help promote the set, the 16-year-old Dominican-American will embark on both the Coca-Cola &quo ...

  6. Thicke Says World Needs 'Something Else'

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hoping to follow in the success of his last effort, 2007's "The Evolution Of Robin Thicke," the R&B singer/songwriter will release his third album, "Something Else," on Sept. 9 via Star Trak/Interscope. Originally set ...

  7. Ashanti's Bloody Videos Spark Protest

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ashanti's blood-splattered videos for her single, "The Way That I Love You," sparked a protest earlier this week in Los Angeles calling Universal Records to remove the clips from the Internet. Led by civil-rights organization Projec ...

  8. R&B Briefs: I Got Soul, Tony Rich, Austin & Garrett

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -Anthony David, Eric Roberson, Malina Moye, Sy Smith, Lina, Liv Warfield and 2007 Grammy nominee Vikter Duplaix are among the independent soul singer/songwriters who are participating in the second annual I Got Soul Conference (IGSC) in Dallas (Ju ...

  9. T-Pain's Digital Label Unveils Signings

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After revealing his Nappy Boy digital label to Billboard.com last year, T-Pain has chosen his first artist, Tay Dizm. Miami native Dizm's debut single, "Beam Me Up" featuring T-Pain and Rick Ross, hit the Web on May 30. The track is ...

  10. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Motown, Essence Festival, Wyclef

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Brooklyn, NY-based Purpose Music Group has signed a digital distribution and marketing agreement with San Francisco-based InGrooves . The first Purpose digital release under the new pact will be Angela Johnson's "Let Me Know" feat ...

  11. Solange Knowles Gets Personal On 'Sol-Angel'

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Matthew Knowles, Music World Entertainment and Geffen Records hosted a media-only listening session May 13 for Solange Knowles sophomore album, "Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams," scheduled for an August 26 release. On the eclect ...

  12. R&B Briefs: Mayfield, Winans

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -In honor of the 50th anniversary of his career, R&B legend Curtis Mayfield will be inducted posthumously into Hollywood’s RockWalk on May 20. Mayfield joins a circle of earlier honorees that includes Eric Clapton, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley a ...

  13. Thicke Sharpens His Soul On 'Something Else'

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Robin Thicke ratchets up the soul on his third solo album, "Something Else," due July 1 via Star Trak/Interscope. Thicke previewed the project for media last night (April 14) in Los Angeles. "Something Else" is led by the uptem ...

  14. Ashanti To Return With 'The Declaration'

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ashanti's third album, "The Declaration" is set for a June 3 release via The Inc./Universal Motown. Robin Thicke, Jermaine Dupri, LT Hutton, Babyface, and Pharrell Williams are among the album's producers. Her first single &quo ...

  15. R&B/Jazz Briefs: Reeves, Hudson

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "When You Know" is the title of jazz/R&B singer Dianne Reeves' new album, arriving in stores April 15. This is Reeves' first Blue Note project of new material in five years and her first recording since her work on the 2005 ...

  16. Coroner: Sean Levert Dies After Being Taken From Jail

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sean Levert, son of lead O'Jays singer Eddie Levert and a member of a hit-making trio with his late brother Gerald Levert, has died after a medical emergency in jail, the county coroner's office said. Sean Levert, 39, was taken from the ...

  17. Incognito Gets Heads Up Nod

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.K. R&B/funk/acid jazz group Incognito has signed with Heads Up International. A division of Concord Music Group, the crossover jazz label plans a worldwide release of the group's debut album, "Tales From the Beach," on ...

  18. India.Arie, Universal Republic Launch SoulBird

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In partnership with Universal Republic Records, India.Arie is launching a new label, SoulBird Music. Georgia native Anthony David, a longtime musical colleague of the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, will make his major label debut when his " ...

  19. Womack To Get Digital, Best-Of Releases

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Capitol/EMI salutes the career of soul pioneer Bobby Womack with the May 27 CD and digital release of "The Best of Bobby Womack: The Soul Years." On the same day, the label will also make available digitally, for the first time, seven or ...

  20. UMPG Renews Blige, T-Pain Deals

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has renewed exclusive, worldwide co-publishing agreements with six-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige and Grammy nominated T-Pain. The publisher will continue to co-publish Blige's catalog and will co-publisher ...

  21. Syleena Johnson Eyes Sept. For New Release

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer/songwriter Syleena Johnson will be issuing her next studio album on her own label, Aneelys Records (Syleena spelled backwards), distributed by Federal/Universal Music Group. Titled "Chapter 4: Labor Pains," the forthcoming ...

  22. Cole's 'Heaven Sent' Headed To BET March 19

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Keyshia Cole's video for her third single, "Heaven Sent," from her sophomore album, "Just Like You," is in the can. Benny Boom directed the clip on March 4 in Hawaii and the final product will premier March 19 on BET' ...

  23. R&B Live Pulls Execs And Tastemakers To Weekly Affair

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Since its launch last June, R&B Live New York has been a platform for industry execs and other tastemakers to check out some good ol', live rhythm & blues from established artists and up-and-coming acts alike. This past Tuesday (Jan. ...

  24. Cassie Readies Sophomore Set

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bad Boy R&B singer Cassie will release her as-yet-untitled follow-up album on February 12, and she says although "I hate to use the words grown-up, I really, really did since the last time around. "I guess I grew up a lot but I' ...

  25. R&B Star Avant Signs With Capitol

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST After releasing four albums via Geffen, R&B singer Avant has signed a new deal with Capitol Records. "They've shown that they're dedicated to push their resources for my projects," says the Cleveland native. "I look fo ...

  26. Songwriter Valerie Simpson Elected To ASCAP Board

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has elected songwriter and recording artist Valerie Simpson, a director. A songwriter for more than four decades, Simpson and her longtime songwriting part ...

  27. Toyota Bolsters Scion Awareness With Remix Project

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Daptone Records has partnered with Toyota vehicle Scion to release a double CD-set compilation including nine exclusive remixes of various artists, along with the nine original recordings. The disc, called Scion CD Sampler Vol. 19 - Daptone Record ...

  28. 'Umbrella' Writer The Dream Preps Solo Debut

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Atlanta-based singer/songwriter the Dream, who penned Rihanna's chart-topper "Umbrella, will release his debut album, "Love Me All Summer, Hate Me All Winter," Dec. 11 via Island Def Jam. First single "Shawty Is a Ten" ...

  29. Last Of The Original Drifters Dies At 81

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bill Pinkney, the last survivor of the original members of the musical group The Drifters, died Wednesday. He was 81. Pinkney was found dead at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, Daytona Beach Police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said. The death ...

  30. Cole Album Expected In Fall

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R&B vocalist Keyshia Cole is eyeing a Sept. 18 release for her sophomore album, "Just Like You." The first single, "Let It Go," features Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim; a Benny Boom-directed video with cameos from those ar ...

  31. Rihanna Gets Aggressive On ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’

    June 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rihanna: “Good Girl Gone Bad” Producers: various Def Jam Release Date: June 5 "Ring the Alarm," Beyoncé's disgruntled-female anthem of 2006, was designed to take the normally tame vocalist out of her comfort zone and reveal her aggr ...

  32. Review: R. Kelly Holds Nothing Back on ‘Double Up’

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly: “Double Up” Producers: various Jive/Zomba Release Date: May 29 Aside from radio-pumped singles "I'm a Flirt Remix" and "Same Girl," it's a very sexually explicit R. Kelly who greets fans on this outing. Open ...

  33. Commodores Competition Seeks Musician

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sponsors such as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Yamaha, and Roland have launched Land in the Band, a new competition for musicians worldwide to join the Commodores on a one-week, three-city tour. Contestants will choose from one of five Com ...

  34. Mariah Works On 'Mimi' Follow-Up

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey was recently recording in the British Virgin Islands for her upcoming as-yet-untitled album, the follow up to "The Emancipation of Mimi," released in 2005. Bryan Michael-Cox -- who's penned hits for Mary J. Blige and Us ...

  35. World's Fair Inks Daptone

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie label group and management/marketing firm World's Fair has added funk/soul label Daptone Records to roster. The label home for the Dap-Kings, who have been supporting Amy Winehouse, was previously linked with Prommer. A spokesperson for ...

  36. The Dreams Continue at No. 1

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST The "Dreamgirls" soundtrack continues to reign over The Billboard 200 for a second week ... Disney Channel's "Jump In!" TV movie soundtrack starts at No. 5 on the chart ... Robin Thicke makes a handsome leap, vaulting 35-1 ...

  37. And We're Telling You: 'Dreamgirls' Sings Way To Top

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST The soundtrack to "Dreamgirls" rises to No. 1. It is the first film soundtrack to reach the top (without first debuting there) since 2002. The bad news: It registers the lowest sales total for a No. 1 album since Nielsen SoundScan began ...

  38. 'Godfather Of Soul' James Brown Dies At 73

    December 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured "Godfather of Soul," whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early today (Dec. 25), his agent said. He was 73. Brown was hospitalized ...

  39. Beyonce's 'B-Day' Makes Big Bow At No. 1

    September 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sells 541,000 units first week. Beyonce racks up her second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "B'Day," bypassing her best one-week sum by more than 220,000 copies. The Columbia set moved a whopping 541,000 units in its first week, acc ...

  40. Isley Sentenced To Three Years For Tax Evasion

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ronald Isley has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison for tax evasion. The 65-year-old R&B singer was also ordered to pay $3.1 million in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Servic Ronald Isley has been sentenced to three y ...

  41. RHYTHM & BLUES: SUNSHINE RISES AGAIN

    August 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sunshine Anderson isn't leaving anything to chance this time around. The talented R&B singer is already stumping for her new album, "Sunshine at Midnight," even though it's not due until January v Sunshine Anderson isn& ...

  42. Commodores Member Milan Williams Dies

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT He was 58. Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, died yesterday (July 9) at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He was 58. Williams played keyboards for the R&B/funk outfit, whose members initially met ...

  43. EMI, PayPal Partner in U.K. For Text-To-Buy CDs

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bailey-Rae album first in trial. Bailey-Rae album first in trial. News ...

  44. Rhythm & Blues

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mary Wilson has an itch in her heart. But it's not due to the love she sang about as a member of the Supremes in 1966. This itch is to once and for all protect the legacies of the Supremes, Platters a Mary Wilson has an itch in her heart. But ...

  45. Rhythm & Blues

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mary Wilson has an itch in her heart. But it's not due to the love she sang about as a member of the Supremes in 1966. This itch is to once and for all protect the legacies of the Supremes, Platters a Mary Wilson has an itch in her heart. But ...

  46. Razor & Tie Picks Up DiMucci Album

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Orchard maintains online rights. New York-based Razor & Tie has picked up "Bronx In Blue," the well-reviewed blues album from Dion DiMucci, and will begin rolling out the album to traditional retailers. Previously, "Bronx In ...

  47. Ashanti Files Suit Over Unauthorized Release

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Multi-platinum artist Ashanti filed a federal lawsuit Jan. 27 over the unauthorized release of demos recorded more than eight years ago. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in New York, na Multi-platinum artist Ashanti filed a federal ...

  48. Ronald Isley Convicted Of Tax Evasion

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Could face up to 26 years in prison. R&B singer Ronald Isley was convicted of multiple counts of tax evasion Monday and could face up to 26 years in prison when he is sentenced. A federal jury convicted Isley, 64, of five counts of tax evasion ...

  49. The Firm Nabs Dupri, Saigon

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT David Banner, Keyshia Cole also ink deals. Los Angeles-based management company the Firm has signed a number of R&B and rap acts to its roster: producer/artist/Virgin Urban president Jermaine Dupri, rappers David Banner and Saigon, and hot R&a ...

  50. The Indies

    August 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Brunswick Records, the legendary R&B label once home to Jackie Wilson, the Chi-Lites and Tyrone Davis, plans catalog repackaging and documeantary DVD for Koch Entertainment Distribution. Read Todd Brunswick Records, the legendary R&B l ...

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