1. Aretha Franklin Receives Honorary Degree From Harvard, Sings National Anthem (Watch)

    May 30, 2014 3:28 AM EDT A former president and the Queen of Soul have received honorary degrees from Harvard University. George H.W. Bush, Aretha Franklin, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and five others were honored at Thursday's commencement. Harvard Presi ...

  2. Aretha Franklin Retains Lawyer to Pursue Case Against Satirical News Site

    April 18, 2014 1:02 PM EDT A rumored case between Aretha Franklin and the satirical news site Thenewsnerd.com is being seriously considered, according to a statement from the lawyer she's retained to investigate its viability, Arnold Reed of Detroit suburb Farmington H ...

  3. Aretha Franklin Filing $10 Million Lawsuit Over Fake Patti LaBelle Fight Story (Report)

    April 17, 2014 12:37 PM EDT Back on April 11, the Onion-esque parody site The News Nerd published a fake story about Patti LaBelle punching Aretha Franklin at "an R&B/Soul concert" on March 20. Franklin didn't appreciate the clunky dose of internet humor a ...

  4. Aretha Franklin Filing $10 Million Lawsuit Over Fake Patti LaBelle Fight Story

    April 17, 2014 12:37 PM EDT Back on April 11, the Onion-esque parody site The News Nerd published a fake story about Patti LaBelle punching Aretha Franklin at "an R&B/Soul concert" on March 20. Franklin didn't appreciate the clunky dose of internet humor ...

  5. Aretha Franklin Denies Fight With Patti LaBelle That Clearly Never Happened

    April 15, 2014 5:41 PM EDT On April 11, the Onion-ish "news site" The News Nerd published a fictional story titled " Patti Labelle Arrested After Fist Fight with Aretha Franklin ." The story claims LaBelle decked Franklin with a punch following a back-a ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Aretha Franklin Recruits Andre 3000, Babyface For New Music

    March 23, 2014 1:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 The fellas love Aretha Franklin: Denzel Washington helped the Queen of Soul celebrate her 72nd birthday in style, and Andre 3000 and Babyface are working on new music for the icon. Franklin held an exclusive and small party Saturday in New York City ...

  8. Barack Obama Salutes ‘Women of Soul,’ Struggles To Spell ‘Respect’: Watch

    March 09, 2014 11:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 He bobbled the spelling, but President Barack Obama had nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the "women of soul" who shook and rattled the rafters of the White House. "What a lineup!" Obama declared Thursday at the outset of a concert t ...

  9. Harry Belafonte Receives Honorary Doctorate From Berklee

    March 07, 2014 2:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Boston's Berklee College of Music has presented an honorary doctor of music degree to singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte. The entertainer was honored Thursday night during a concert in his honor. He playfully stuck out his tongue u ...

  10. Michelle Obama Readies ‘Women of Soul’ Concert at White House

    March 05, 2014 12:44 AM EST First lady Michelle Obama is bringing together an impressive group of female artists for a White House concert celebrating women of soul. The lineup for Thursday's concert includes Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge and Janelle ...

  11. Whitney Houston's Billboard Chart Records

    February 11, 2014 9:52 AM EST Here's a look back at the many chart achievements that the gifted vocalist accomplished. To honor the late, great Whitney Houston on the second anniversary of her passing on Feb. 11, 2012, here's a look back at the many chart achievemen ...

  12. Darlene Love Memoir Chosen for Oprah Winfrey's First TV Movie

    February 11, 2014 3:21 AM EST 0 0 0 The Oprah Winfrey Network has chosen the subject for its first scripted TV movie. The cable network is expanding its growing scripted slate with an adaption of "My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story." Darlene Love, who penned the memoir ...

  13. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorite Beatles Songs?

    February 06, 2014 10:05 AM EST 1 0 0 As we approach the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. arrival, 'Ask Billboard' asks you to choose your favorite Fab songs, covers and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to ...

  14. Paul Cantor, Former William Morris & Scepter Records Exec, Dies at 86

    January 30, 2014 4:17 AM EST Paul Cantor, an agent at William Morris in the 1950s who went on to manage pop stars such as Dionne Warwick and B.J. Thomas, has died. He was 86. Cantor died Jan. 17 of natural causes at his home in Dana Point, Calif., his son Marc told The Hollyw ...

  15. Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Ice Cube to Receive BET Honors

    January 16, 2014 8:52 PM EST 0 0 0 Legendary singer Aretha Franklin and Motown founder Berry Gordy will be honored at the 2014 BET Honors. The network announced Thursday that rapper-actor Ice Cube, American Express CEO Ken Chenault and photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems w ...

  16. Martina McBride Returns With Soulful, Self-Released Covers Set ‘Everlasting’

    January 16, 2014 1:12 AM EST When Martina McBride started looking for material for her next album, she turned to the great soul singers Aretha Franklin and Etta James for inspiration. The country singer, known for her huge soprano voice, is self-releasing "Everlasting&quo ...

  17. Aretha Franklin Recording Album of Classics From Fellow Iconic Female Singers

    December 20, 2013 8:40 AM EST Franklin is working on a "concept" album with Babyface, Don Was and Clive Davis. "They're records that, musically, I respected and that I liked a lot and that I would love to have one go-'round with" The Queen of Soul ...

  18. Jennifer Hudson Lands Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    November 18, 2013 3:53 AM EST This week, Jennifer Hudson became the first American Idol alum to earn a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Academy Award and Grammy winner was accompanied by her husband and son as she accepted the award on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Music legend a ...

  19. Rihanna Scores 25th Hot 100 Top 10

    November 07, 2013 11:15 AM EST The singer ties Elvis Presley for eighth place for the most top 10s in the chart's history. She also bests Madonna to become the woman to reach 25 top 10s the fastest Perhaps lost in yesterday's bevy of chart feats by Eminem, who thi ...

  20. Chart Moves: Taylor Swift Makes 'Sweet' Start, Tyga Teams With Justin Bieber on Hot 100

    November 01, 2013 8:07 PM EDT As previously reported , Lorde's "Royals" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. Who else crowns and makes notable moves on song charts this week?   -- Justin Bieber : All three releases from Justin Bieber's "Musi ...

  21. 'Glee' Cast, Taylor Swift Add Hot 100 Milestones

    October 17, 2013 11:05 AM EDT The TV troupe pads its lead for the most visits in the chart's history. Meanwhile, Swift passes three legendary acts for sole possession of the 10th-most top 40 hits Two acts that didn't appear on the Billboard Hot 100 until the last ...

  22. Aretha Franklin's Health Improving, Planning Work on a New Album

    August 21, 2013 2:08 AM EDT Aretha Franklin won't say what caused her latest health problems, but says she's had a "miraculous" recovery and is looking forward to performing soon. "My treatments are going very well. My last CAT scan, my doctor at the ...

  23. Aretha Franklin Not Attending Baseball Luncheon Due to Health Issues

    August 20, 2013 12:44 AM EDT Aretha Franklin will not be attending a baseball luncheon during which she was to receive a "Beacon" award for embodying the spirit of the civil rights movement, The Associated Press has learned. Franklin, 71, has already canceled severa ...

  24. Dave Stewart Partners With Kobalt Label Services on New Album ‘Lucky Numbers’

    August 14, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Veteran British musician and entrepreneur Dave Stewart has teamed with Kobalt Label Services for the global release of his new album “Lucky Numbers,” which is due to arrive Sept. 30 through the artist’s own label Weapons of Mass Entertainment. K ...

  25. MLB To Fete Aretha Franklin at ‘Beacon Awards’

    July 25, 2013 11:53 PM EDT Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson will be honored at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon next month. Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Franklin and Jackson will receive awards on Aug. 24 at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile before the ...

  26. ‪Beyoncé‬ Pays Tribute to Motor City: 'Nothing Stops Detroit!'

    July 21, 2013 2:46 PM EDT Beyoncé has joined fellow diva Aretha Franklin in offering the city of Detroit a vote of confidence as it faces bankruptcy reorganization. During her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour stop on Saturday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills in the Detroit ...

  27. Aretha Franklin Cancels Detroit Concert, Citing Medical Treatment

    July 12, 2013 3:06 PM EDT Aretha Franklin has canceled a Detroit-area performance set for July 27, citing ongoing treatment. The show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston initially had been scheduled for June 22, but Franklin postponed it to later this month. Then, in ...

  28. Aretha Franklin Taking June Off, Expected to Resume Shows in July

    May 23, 2013 7:37 AM EDT Aretha Franklin is taking off the month of June. A spokesman for the 71-year-old singer says Franklin will reschedule two shows and resume her touring schedule in July. Publicist David Brokaw provided no other details Tuesday. Franklin announced e ...

  29. Weekly Chart Notes: Mariah Carey Adds To Hot 100 Legacy

    May 16, 2013 6:35 PM EDT With the debut of "#Beautiful," Carey pads her historic Hot 100 discography. Plus, Michael Jackson's music is reaching new generations and Rod Stewart returns As "#Beautiful" bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 24, Ma ...

  30. Aretha Franklin Unwell, Cancels Concerts

    May 14, 2013 12:12 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under a doctor's recommendation. A Monday news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time period shows were scheduled with the Chicago Symph ...

  31. Aretha Franklin Cancels Shows on Doctor’s Orders

    May 14, 2013 12:09 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under a doctor's recommendation. A Monday news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time period shows were scheduled with the Chicago Symphon ...

  32. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift Ties For 10th-Most Top 40 Hot 100 Hits All-Time

    April 19, 2013 8:29 PM EDT The singer tallies her 41st top 40 Hot 100 hit, lifting her into a 10th-place tie among acts with the most such entries in the chart's history. Plus, P!nk marks a new career milestone. As "Highway Don't Care," with Tim McGr ...

  33. New Doc Premiering at SXSW Explores the Tumultuous Life of Legendary New Orleans Pianist James Booker

    March 14, 2013 11:03 AM EDT Harry Connick Jr. deciphers the work of his piano mentor James Booker in Lily Keber's film "Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker," that receives its world premiere today at SXSW. He explains in the film that Booker&# ...

  34. Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer Continues The 'Harlem' Hit Parade

    February 22, 2013 7:05 PM EST While Baauer's new Hot 100 leader, the viral 'Harlem Shake,' encapsulates the Hot 100's evolution to include YouTube data, the New York neighborhood has a rich chart history. Baauer's "Harlem Shake" soars onto t ...

  35. Video: Clive Davis on Billboard Power 100, This Year’s Grammys and Remembering Whitney Houston

    February 08, 2013 12:23 PM EST Clive Davis with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Billboard Power 100 event in Los Angeles Thursday night (Photo: Phil McCarten)   “I never ever thought that music would become my profession or passion. But I found I loved it. To t ...

  36. Beyonce 'Did Not Sing Live,' Inauguration Official Confirms

    January 24, 2013 6:55 PM EST An inaugural official confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem during Monday's Inauguration Day ceremony. "She did not sing live," the official, who asked to remain anonymous, told CNN, adding that t ...

  37. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

  38. Claude Nobs, Montreux Jazz Festival Founder, Dead at 76

    January 10, 2013 8:09 PM EST Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival sa ...

  39. Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dies

    January 10, 2013 9:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival said ...

  40. Essence Festival 2013: Brandy, Maxwell Heading to New Orleans

    January 08, 2013 9:45 AM EST 3 0 0 Brandy , Jill Scott , Keyshia Cole and Maxwell are among the entertainers set to perform at the 2013 Essence Festival , which returns to New Orleans for four days in July. The 19th annual celebration of black music and culture will be held July 4-7 ...

  41. Bobby Womack Says He Has Alzheimer's

    January 02, 2013 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 "How can I not remember songs that I wrote? That's frustrating," soul legend says Bobby Womack, the soul singer behind such songs as "Lookin' for a Love," says he's been diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer' ...

  42. NBA Players' Favorite Music: Iman Shumpert, J.J. Redick, Corey Brewer

    December 25, 2012 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 From A$AP to Milo Greene, check out what three basketball stars and their team mates are listening to lately. Christmas is always one of the most special days on the NBA calendar: with five marquee match-ups taking place on Tuesday (Dec. 25), basket ...

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

    December 24, 2012 11:20 AM EST 0 0 0 Marva Whitney , a fiery voiced funk singer who toured and collaborated with James Brown -- along the way earning the title "Soul Sister #1" -- died on Saturday at age 68, according to a Facebook page dedicated to her. "She left us wit ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston, Donna Summer At 'VH1 Divas': Watch

    December 17, 2012 11:50 AM EST 0 0 0 VH1 DIVAS Best Photos From the Show It was a confluence of glitz and glamour, spikes and suits and all manner of bare-chested male dancers. In other words, Adam Lambert 's Sunday night… And VH1 Divas 2012, which featured the American Idol seaso ...

  46. Morning Fix: '12-12-12' Concert Raised $36 Mil. Before Show; Warner's 4Q Results; Skrillex's New Imprint

    December 13, 2012 8:55 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free daily Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters 12-12-12 SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ROCKS WITH "LOCALS" ROLLING STONES, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND A REUNITED NIRVANA: Musicians clo ...

  47. Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Re-Enters, Finally Hits Top 40 On Hot 100

    December 12, 2012 2:20 PM EST Eighteen years after its release, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 at last. With airplay and sales for holiday hits increasing, the track, from Carey's 1994 album "M ...

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