1. Dance Show 'Soul Train' May Boogie Onto Broadway

    April 15, 2014 5:31 PM EDT The groundbreaking song-and-dance show "Soul Train" is chugging toward Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday ...

  2. D'Angelo Premieres Unreleased 'I'm Glad You're Mine' Live Song: Exclusive

    March 20, 2014 11:42 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Al Green cover comes from the singer's upcoming live album "Live At The Jazz Café." Fans have been waiting 14 years for the follow-up to D'Angelo's virtuoso R&B classic, "Voodoo." When that new LP comes is ...

  3. 5 Most Musical Presidents: From Barack Obama to Thomas Jefferson

    February 17, 2014 8:20 AM EST President Obama has made the Internet collectively squeal by simply singing a few lines of "Let's Stay Together" and "Sweet Home Chicago" in the past, but he isn't the only president with minor musical chops up his su ...

  4. Graham Armstrong, Veteran Program Director and Journalist, Succumbs to Pneumonia

    March 04, 2013 5:12 PM EST Graham Armstrong, former program director at Chicago’s WGCI-FM and a veteran R&B journalist, died March 1 in Los Angeles of complications after a long bout with pneumonia. He was 60 years old. The Chicago native, born Dec. 21, 1952, graduated ...

  5. 2013 Grammy Awards: R&B Album, Song Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST veterans and next-generation crooners go head to head best contemporary r&b album Fortune Chris Brown LABEL: RCA Records EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris Brown, Tina Davis, Mark Pitts, Team Breezy PRODUCERS: The Underdogs, Fuego, Andrew "Pop&qu ...

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  7. Mara Hruby Song Premiere: 'Simply Beautiful'

    November 30, 2012 3:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Two years ago today (Nov. 30), Mara Hruby released her soulful EP, "From Her Eyes," which she recorded, arranged and engineered herself. The talented Oakland singer covers R&B, soul and Reggae favorites on the 9-track project such as M ...

  8. Can Brooklyn Bowl Be Exported To Las Vegas?

    November 28, 2012 9:30 AM EST A Tale of Two Bowls: The original Brooklyn Bowl (left) and an artist rendering of LINQ (right), the Las Vegas entertainment complex where Brooklyn Bowl plans to open in 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Brooklyn Bowl; Caesar's Entertainment) Within t ...

  9. Light Of My Life

    November 05, 2012 11:36 AM EST a decade since his debut, cody chesnutt returns with self-released project that's brighter, but still packs plenty of soul In 2002, Atlanta native Cody Chesnutt sang, "Man, something is killin' me . . . My break- down is on the wa ...

  10. Obama Rallies With Katy Perry, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp

    November 04, 2012 9:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Dave Matthews and Bill Clinton boosted a rally for President Obama in Virginia Saturday, which attracted an estimated 24,000 people. Clinton, who was losing his voice from campaigning, said he had given "my voice in the service of my president, ...

  11. Don Was Confirmed For Keynote Q&A At Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 09, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Don Was, president and chief creative officer at Blue Note Records, has been confirmed for a keynote Q&A at the Billboard FutureSound conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA ...

  12. Backbeat: Capitol Theatre Debuts With Sold-Out Bob Dylan Concert After Lavish Restoration

    September 05, 2012 3:32 PM EDT The renovated Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on opening night. (Photo: Jem Aswad) One of the more welcome developments in the concert industry over the past several years has been the revival of many classic theaters, ranging from the U ...

  13. Mariah Carey to be Named BMI Icon at Annual BMI Urban Awards

    July 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey will be honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Urban Awards, scheduled for Friday, September 7 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Carey will join a group that includes the Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Watch President Obama Big-Up Young Jeezy at Correspondents' Dinner

    April 29, 2012 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 During his speech/comedy routine at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night (Apr. 28), U.S. President and self-admitted rap fan Barack Obama joked about following his impromptu Al Green rendition in January with a take on every ...

  16. Watch President Obama Sing 'Sweet Home Chicago' With B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Booker T

    February 22, 2012 7:40 AM EST First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion ...

  17. Obama Sings 'Sweet Home Chicago': Video

    February 21, 2012 11:10 PM EST 0 0 0 First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion a ...

  18. Obama & Al Green Tour? 'After Re-Election,' He Says

    February 17, 2012 10:15 AM EST 0 0 0 President Barack Obama and the Rev. Al Green on tour? Obama was joined by the soul singer at a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday, a month after the president launched into a brief, impromptu version of Green's "Let's Stay Together&quo ...

  19. President Obama's Campaign Playlist: The 5 Biggest Surprises

    February 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST 0 0 0 On Thursday morning (Feb. 9), our decidedly modern president took to Twitter and Facebook to trumpet his coolness once more. He and his team compiled an official Obama Campaign 2012 Playlist and shared it with the world via Spotify . Many of 24 song ...

  20. Chart Juice: Drake, Seal Win Seals of Approval on R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    February 02, 2012 4:47 PM EST 0 0 0 Unlike the past few weeks, the top 10 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week shuffles around, with enough position gains and drops that only the top two titles, the monsters of the list, remain in place. "Make Me Proud," the song tha ...

  21. Don Cornelius' Brash and Brave Success Story, Remembered by Michael Bivins, Bryan 'Birdman' Williams, Chris Hicks, More

    February 02, 2012 7:50 AM EST Like most music industry veterans touched by the incalculable influence of "Soul Train" producer and television host Don Cornelius, Michael Bivins has his own memories of the stoic and baritone man who passed away on Wednesday morning . ...

  22. Obama's Soulful Serenade Bumps Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together' Sales by 490%

    January 26, 2012 5:34 PM EST Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" got a sales boost last week from an unlikely source -- President Barack Obama. A video of the president singing the first line of the song at a Jan. 19 fund-raising event went viral the next day ...

  23. Bruce Springsteen Making Jazz Fest Return

    January 24, 2012 6:37 PM EST 0 0 0 The last time Bruce Springsteen performed in New Orleans it was less than a year after Hurricane Katrina hit, and "The Boss" moved thousands to tears at Jazz Fest by belting out such lyrics as "How can a poor man stand such times as t ...

  24. Al Green, A&R Execs & Artists Sound Off on Obama's 'Let's Stay Together' Performance

    January 20, 2012 3:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Does the President Have a Post-Politics Career in Music? President Obama gave a performance worthy of donations last night (Jan. 19) at a campaign fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Between busting out his falsetto register for a taste of t ...

  25. Obama's Got Soul: President Sings Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together' at the Apollo

    January 20, 2012 10:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Last night at a campaign fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, President Obama took the stage, crooning a line from Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" during his speech. After noticing soul crooner Rev. Al Green in the audien ...

  26. Jay-Z, Will.i.am Among Music Stars on Obama Campaign Wish List

    January 17, 2012 7:09 PM EST 0 0 0 President Obama's 2008 campaign earned plenty of help from the music world -- and now it appears he's asking for its aid again as he gears up for this year's re-election campaign. A list of potential celebrity endorsers given to campa ...

  27. Dick Clark: 40th New Year's Eve Bash to Feature Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber

    December 29, 2011 5:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Forty years ago, Dick Clark's New Year's Eve special was created to give young people an alternative to a seasonal institution, bandleader Guy Lombardo. Now Clark's annual show is the institution. "New Year's Rockin' Ev ...

  28. New Orleans Jazz Festival to Host Eagles, Foo Fighters, Florence + the Machine

    December 14, 2011 9:05 AM EST 0 0 0 The Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Foo Fighters and John Mayer are among the headliners to perform at next year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It will be the first year the Eagles and Tom Petty play Jazz Fest, the o ...

  29. The Roots Go Concept On New Album 'Undun'

    November 29, 2011 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Ahmir " ?uestlove " Thompson had finally reached his breaking point. It was during an early-2011 recording session for the Roots ' new album, undun, when the drummer of the acclaimed Philadelphia hip-hop band stormed out of the troop& ...

  30. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Archives to Go on Sale

    October 17, 2011 8:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 The organization, which will announce its 2011 class of inductees Tuesday, is set to release performances from 1986-2009. The day before it reveals its 27th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2011, Rock Hall and Time Life announced th ...

  31. Sylvia Robinson, Sultry Singer & Hip-Hop Visionary, Dead at 75

    September 29, 2011 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sylvia Robinson , a sultry voiced R&B singer who later formed Sugar Hill Records and dreamed up the first commercial hit in the rap genre, died Thursday at a New Jersey hospital. She was 75. An unconfirmed report from The Urban Daily lists conje ...

  32. Kendrick Lamar Talks 'Section.80,' New Album and Upcoming Videos

    September 02, 2011 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I'm making music that represents my generation, their struggle," Kendrick Lamar told Billboard.com's The Juice before hitting the stage in NYC on Wednesday (Aug. 31). Lamar's refreshing style of storytelling has an uncanny ...

  33. Four-Play: 2011 Essence Music Festival

    July 05, 2011 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 This past weekend, plus Friday (July 1 through July 3), the '2011 Essence Music Festival' brought out a star-studded lineup to New Orleans, LA. Artists from Mary J. Blige , Kanye West , Jill Scott to El Debarge and New Edition awed the Sup ...

  34. Committed's Post-'Sing-Off' Debut to Feature MJ Cover, Christian Music

    June 17, 2011 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 A combination of sacred and secular music -- including covers of songs by Earth, Wind & Fire , Maxwell , Al Green , Michael Jackson and Lynyrd Skynyrd -- will appear on the self-titled debut album from the Alabama a capella group Committed, winn ...

  35. Video: Big K.R.I.T. on 'Return of 4eva' and Dream Collaborators

    June 16, 2011 4:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the spring of 2010, Big K.R.I.T. was out of money and close to giving up on music. 15 months, two acclaimed mixtapes and one deal with Def Jam later, the 24-year-old MC/producer (real name: Justin Scott) is the toast of the indie rap world. After ...

  36. Billboard Bits: Gwen Stefani Covers Elle's Women in Music Issue, Beastie Boys Release New Single

    April 06, 2011 7:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwen Stefani Covers ELLE's Women in Music Issue In ELLE's Women in Music issue hitting newsstands April 12, Gwen Stefani appears on the cover and in a portfolio ...

  37. OK Go Leads Wacky 'Dance With Your City' Parade Through L.A.

    November 18, 2010 5:13 PM EST 0 0 0 "That odor of car exhaust, chicken tacos and trash? Why, that's the sweet smell of victory," read the Twitter feed of pop-rockers OK Go just before 10 p.m. Pacific time on Nov. 17. The band had just completed "Dance With Your Cit ...

  38. Sheryl Crow Returns To Her Roots On '100 Miles From Memphis'

    July 23, 2010 3:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 As a young child one Christmas in Kennett, Mo., Sheryl Crow received a present that would change her life: a copy of the Jackson 5 ' "ABC." It was the first record she ever owned. "Every Saturday morning, we were in front of the ...

  39. Maxwell and Erykah Badu / June 26, 2010 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    June 28, 2010 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 M axwell's Saturday night (June 26) concert at Madison Square Garden was also a homecoming for the R&B star, who held back tears while thanking loyal fans for making his childhood dream come true. "I came from a very simple background, ...

  40. Prince To Be Honored By BET

    June 15, 2010 8:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 This month's BET Awards will be a royal affair: Prince is getting a lifetime achievement honor. The 51-year-old joins the likes of James Brown , Whitney Houston , Diana Ross and Al Green in being honored by the BET Awards, which will celebrate ...

  41. Maxwell + Jill Scott Live = Sexy Soul

    June 08, 2010 4:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 On paper, Grammy Award winner Maxwell 's latest tour with fellow Grammy winner Jill Scott reads like a perfect combination of vocal and musical artistry. In actuality, it's that and more, as the pair's sold-out Los Angeles engagement ...

  42. Maxwell, Jill Scott Gear Up for 'Summer' Tour

    May 07, 2010 9:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 M axwell says that his upcoming tour with Jill Scott is "my dream come true, basically." The two R&B singers kick off a 20-show run on May 21 in Cleveland. Maxwell will close each night, but he tells Billboard.com that he's hoping ...

  43. Mary J. Blige Confirmed For 2010 Essence Music Fest

    January 12, 2010 11:29 AM EST 0 0 0 M ary J. Blige will return to New Orleans as this year as a headlining performer and official spokesperson of the annual Essence Music Festival, set for the weekend of July 2. Blige will be joining other entertainers, including artists, speakers, au ...

  44. Legendary Producer Willie Mitchell Dead At 81

    January 06, 2010 10:07 AM EST 0 0 0 W illie Mitchell , a record producer, label head and musician who worked with Al Green and other stars, died Tuesday. He was 81. Mitchell died at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis at 7:25 a.m., more than two weeks after he suffered cardiac ar ...

  45. Producer Willie Mitchell Dies

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Willie Mitchell, a record producer and musician who worked with Al Green and dozens of others, has died. He was 81. Mitchell's son, Lawrence Mitchell, said his father suffered a cardiac arrest on Dec. 19 and died at Methodist University Hospi ...

  46. New Norah Jones Album Due In November

    August 20, 2009 5:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singer/songwriter Norah Jones will move away from jazz roots on her fourth studio album, due in November on Blue Note Records, her label announced today (Aug. 20). Producer Jacquire King ( Kings of Leon , Modest Mouse ) is working with Jones on the ...

  47. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 4:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Clo ...

  48. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 9:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Clo ...

  49. Bonnaroo Heats Up With Phish, Beastie Boys

    June 13, 2009 11:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 Day 2 at Bonnaroo: The rain held off but the heat didn't, Animal Collective and Phoenix made fans believe the hype, Public Enemy had them arguing otherwise, the Beastie Boys brought out a fellow New York MC to debut a new track and an energized ...

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