1. These Sci-Fi Headphones Don't Need a Phone, Know What You Want to Hear

    July 30, 2014 1:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 They use cellular or wi-fi, they know what you're nodding at, and they're aiming at Beats. Carl Thomas came up with the idea for web-connected "smart headphones" after a couple of unfortunate workouts at the gym. "I was cons ...

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  3. Lexus Puts Poetry In Motion

    August 30, 2012 1:30 PM EDT The luxury car brand looks to reach affluent African-Americans through music/spoken-word events and TV's 'Verses & Flow'. At a time when virtually every major automotive brand has its own music strategy -- even Fiat hired Jennif ...

  4. D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 13, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 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, ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Essence Festival 2012: The 10 Best Performances

    July 09, 2012 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 If there was any ever doubt whether R&B was alive and progressing, the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans debunked each and every doubter. No gimmicks or special affects were needed, as pure vocal prowess and legacy resonated loudly thro ...

  7. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen and Heard Sunday

    July 09, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The last day of the 2012 Essence Music festival belonged to the divas of R&B and soul: on Sunday night (July 9), legends not only took the main stage of the Superdome, but paid tribute to other fallen legends, such as Whitney Houston, Etta James ...

  8. Op-Ed: Brian McKnight & the Fear of His Explicit Slow Jam

    May 17, 2012 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Will he break my heart a little more by performing THAT song?" was my first, and focal, thought when attending Brian McKnight 's first night of a three-night concert series at New York City's Blue Note jazz club on Wednesday (Ma ...

  9. Jagged Edge, Carl Thomas, Dru Hill Spread Love at MSG

    February 11, 2011 12:29 PM EST 0 0 0 Carl Thomas , Donell Jones , Dru Hill , Jagged Edge and Keith Sweat filled the Theater at Madison Square Garden with love last night (Feb. 10) as the R&B acts sang some of their heartfelt hits for the "Ladies Night Out: Valentine's Day ...

  10. TL Cross

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 TL Cross comes from a musical background that spans back to when his grandfather hosted his own radio show and further extends to his father, aunts and uncles, most of whom were major-label gospel art TL Cross comes from a musical background that sp ...

  11. Rihanna's 'Umbrella' Reigns Again Atop Hot 100

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rihanna begins a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Umbrella," which is the chart's greatest gainer at radio. The Def Jam album from which it is drawn, "Good Girl Gone Bad," debuted ye Rihanna begins a third ...

  12. T-Pain Soars To No. 1 Ahead Of Rihanna, McCartney

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T-Pain's sophomore album "Epiphany" enters on top of The Billboard 200 in a week where six of the top 10 albums are new releases. With sales fueled by the MC's high-powered single "Buy U a Drank (Shaw T-Pain's sophomore ...

  13. T-Pain Toasts First No. 1 Album

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain takes his "Epiphany" straight in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, beating out Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" and Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full," which arrive at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively ... The ...

  14. Banner Rebounds From 'Worst Year' With New Album

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although rapper David Banner has been quiet for a while, it's not because he hasn't been busy. Rather, he's been doing some soul searching. "2006 was the worst year of my life," Banner tells Billboard Although rapper David B ...

  15. Tupac Lives Again With Snoop, Luda, T.I.

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 More prolific in death than he was during his lifetime, rapper Tupac Shakur will be heard anew on yet another posthumous album, "Pac's Life." Due Nov. 21 via Amaru/Interscope, the album sports contrib More prolific in death than he wa ...

  16. Billboard Bits: Rhymefest, Guster/LaMontagne, Bang On A Can

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on Rhymefest, Guster/LaMontagne, Bang On A Can Chicago rapper Rhymefest has set July 11 as the new release date for his major-label debut, "Blue Collar," originally due April 18. The disc will be distributed via producer Mark Ronson&# ...

  17. Rhymefest Rolls With Kanye On J Debut

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Chicago rapper Rhymefest, previously best known for co-writing Kanye West's hit single "Jesus Walks," will on April 18 release his major-label debut, "Blue Collar." Chicago rapper Rhymefest, previously best known for co-writ ...

  18. McKnight, LL Visit 'Family Reunion' Soundtrack

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The soundtrack to the upcoming Tyler Perry film "Madea's Family Reunion" will be issued Feb. 21 through Motown. The soundtrack to the upcoming Tyler Perry film "Madea's Family Reunion" will be issued Feb. 21 through Mot ...

  19. I Speak Life

    October 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With four consecutive chart-topping releases and an almost limitless musical range, Donald Lawrence's "I Speak Life" showcases his softer, gentler side this time around. With four consecutive chart-topping releases and an almost limit ...

  20. Cee-Lo, Tweet Drink Up Seagrams Tour

    September 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Modern soul artist Cee-Lo has been tapped to lead this year's Seagrams Gin Live tour. Modern soul artist Cee-Lo has been tapped to lead this year's Seagrams Gin Live tour. The run will kick off Sept. 17 in San Jose, Calif., and close Oct. ...

  21. De La Soul Signs With Sanctuary

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Veteran rap trio De La Soul has signed a new deal with Sanctuary Urban Records Group, which will on Sept. 28 release its next album, "The Grind Date," in conjunction with the group's own AOI Records. Veteran rap trio De La Soul has si ...

  22. Thomas Returns To 'Talk' With New Album

    December 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Carl Thomas will return early next year with his sophomore album, "Let's Talk About It." Due Feb. 10 via Bad Boy Records, the single "She Is" featuring LL Cool J leads the collection. The track debuts Carl Thomas will return ...

  23. Essence Fest Plans Vandross Tribute

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In place of his planned appearance at the 2003 Essence Music Festival, soul balladeer Luther Vandross will be celebrated during the three-day event. Patti LaBelle, Gerald Levert, Faith Evans, Ashanti, In place of his planned appearance at the 2003 E ...

  24. R&B Heavyweights Join Essence Fest Lineup

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Babyface are among the latest additions to the Essence Music Festival bill. Set for July 3-5 in New Orleans, the event has also added Yolanda Adams, Musiq, and Kindred Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Babyface are amon ...

  25. U Turn

    March 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With his fifth Motown set, U Turn, Brian McKnight attempts to reel in the hip-hop crowd that has eluded him time and again. With his fifth Motown set, U Turn, Brian McKnight attempts to reel in the hip-hop crowd that has eluded him time and again. E ...

  26. 'U Turn' Marks Crossroads For McKnight

    March 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Love ballads are still his forte, but the edgier side of singer/songwriter/producer/musician Brian McKnight claims equal time on his sixth studio album, "U Turn." Arriving in stores March 25, ...

  27. Hot Product

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Brian McKnight 'Turn' Me Loose R&B artist Brian McKnight collaborates with such guest vocalists as Nelly, Carl Thomas, Fabolous, Tyrese, and Kirk Franklin on "U-Turn," due this week from Universal/Motown. The first single fro ...

  28. R&B Luminaries Sign On For Essence Festival

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Nelly, P. Diddy, Maze, Nappy Roots, Smokey Robinson, Jaheim, and Anita Baker lead the lineup for the fifth edition of the Essence Music Festival, set for July 3-5 at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Nelly, P. Diddy, Maze, Nappy Roots, Smokey Robins ...

  29. Concert To Benefit Chicago Club Tragedy Victims

    March 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Carl Thomas, Mike Dunn, Felony Davis, Twista, Malik Yusef, Strong, and 3 Pc are among the artists who will perform at Triumph Over Tragedy, a benefit concert for the victims of the Feb. 17 tragedy at Carl Thomas, Mike Dunn, Felony Davis, Twista, Mal ...

  30. McKnight Takes A 'U Turn' On New Album

    February 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 R&B artist Brian McKnight will on March 25 release a new studio album, "U-Turn," via Universal/Motown. The set finds the artist collaborating with such guest vocalists as Nelly, Carl Thomas, Fabol R&B artist Brian McKnight will on ...

  31. Bad Boy Confirms Universal Pact

    February 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 As first tipped here last month, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has signed a new distribution deal with Universal Records for his Bad Boy Records label. Universal will lend marketing and promotional support fo As first tipped here last month, Sean ...

  32. Sign of Things to Come

    June 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Recording projects fronted by celebrities sometimes come off as vanity affairs, with only a passing nod to the music. Recording projects fronted by celebrities sometimes come off as vanity affairs, with only a passing nod to the music. In this first ...

  33. Combs' Bad Boy, Arista Terminate Joint Venture

    June 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records has terminated its joint venture with Arista. Combs leaves with full ownership of Bad Boy and the label's complete artist roster and back catalog. Although the m Sean "P. Diddy" Co ...

  34. Diddy Gets 'Inventive' On Remix Album

    April 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The next album effort from rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will be a remix compilation titled "P. Diddy & Bad Boy Records Present ... We Invented the Remix," due May 14 from Bad Boy/Arista. The 14 The next album effort from r ...

  35. Big Tymers Peek Under The 'Hood'

    March 12, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rap duo Big Tymers will return April 23 with its third Cash Money/Universal album "Hood Rich," the follow-up to 2000's "I Got That Work." The latest set from the New Orleans duo, comprised of Cash Mon Rap duo Big Tymers will ...

  36. Gabriel, Latifah Join Naughty By Nature's 'iicons'

    February 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Peter Gabriel and Queen Latifah are the latest artists confirmed to appear on "iicons," hip-hop act Naughty By Nature's first album under a new deal with TVT. Moved to its third projected release date Peter Gabriel and Queen Latifah a ...

  37. Chapman, Mullen Among Dove Nominees

    January 24, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With eight nominations each, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, Toby McKeehan, and Rebecca St. James lead the field for the Gospel Music Association's (GMA) 33rd annual Dove Awards. Michael W. S With eight nominations each, Steven Curtis ...

  38. R&B/Hip-Hop Heavy Hitters Lead 'Undisputed'

    December 21, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Carl Thomas, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, the Ruff Ryders featuring Swizz Beatz, and Cash Money Millionaires will be featured on the upcoming Cash Money/Universal soundtrack to the Miramax film "Undisputed. Carl Thomas, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, the Ruf ...

  39. Wonder Drafts R&B Stars For Benefit Gig

    December 10, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Brian McKnight, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, India.Arie, Musiq Soulchild, Boney James, Tyrese, Ja Rule, Regina Belle, and Pam & Dodi are among the urban music stars set to perform at Stevie Wonder' Brian McKnight, Kenneth "Bab ...

  40. Bulletproof Wallets

    December 01, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Coming off the success of Supreme Clientele, which peaked at No. 2 the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Ghostface Killah returns with his third Epic set. Coming off the success of Supreme Clientele, which peaked at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop ...

  41. Ghostface Opens 'Wallet' In October

    August 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Wu-Tang Clan principal Ghostface Killah will on Nov. 13 release his third Starks Enterprises/Epic solo album, "Bulletproof Wallet." The 12-track set is the follow-up to last year's "Supreme Clientele, Wu-Tang Clan principal Ghost ...

  42. Keys, Kracker, Bacon, Seagal To Play Benefit

    August 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Newcomers Alicia Keys and Uncle Kracker will join a pair of actors-turned-musicians at the Aug. 29 Charity Jam benefit at the Hard Rock Cafe in Universal City, Calif. Along with performances by Keys a Newcomers Alicia Keys and Uncle Kracker will joi ...

  43. Cozier

    August 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Newcomer Jimmy Cozier already scored an R&B/pop crossover hit his first time at bat with the Mike City-written/produced "She's All I Got." Judging by this promising debut album, listeners won't ha Newcomer Jimmy Cozier alread ...

  44. Hot Product

    July 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Previewing new releases from Sean Combs, Melissa Etheridge, Built to Spill, Ivy, Faithless, and more. All In The Family Hip-hop kingpin Sean Combs returns to action this week with "P. Diddy & the Bad Boy Family ... The Saga Continues," ...

  45. Based on a True Story

    June 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Since this is her first album, singer/ songwriter/producer Lil' Mo technically falls into the newcomer category. Since this is her first album, singer/ songwriter/producer Lil' Mo technically falls into the newcomer category. Yet she has m ...

  46. Hot Product

    June 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Previewing new albums from Lil' Mo, Basement Jaxx, Tricky, Lonestar, Jagged Edge, and more. 'True' Enough "I guess I could re-title the album 'It's About Damn Time'," laughs Lil' Mo, who this week will fi ...

  47. Eminem, Outkast Lead Source Awards Nominees

    June 12, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Eminem and Outkast lead the nominees for the third Source Hip-Hop Music Awards with five each and will go head-to-head for album, single, artist, and video of the year honors. LL Cool J will receive t Eminem and Outkast lead the nominees for the thi ...

  48. Puffy's 'Saga' Continues In July

    June 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-hop kingpin Sean Combs will release a new album, "P. Diddy & the Bad Boy Family ... The Saga Continues," July 10 on his own Bad Boy label. The star-studded set features contributions from 112, Hip-hop kingpin Sean Combs will releas ...

  49. Destiny's Child Tops BET Award Nominations

    May 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Destiny's Child leads music nominees for the first BET Awards with nods for best female group, video of the year, and viewers' choice award. Artists with double nominations are Janet Jackson, Jill Sco Destiny's Child leads music nomin ...

  50. Destiny's Child-Led TRL Tour Kicks Off July 18

    May 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 MTV's first TRL tour will kick off July 18 in Albany, N.Y., and run through a two-night finale Sept. 21 and 21 in Honolulu. As previously reported, the tour will feature headliner Destiny's Child, who MTV's first TRL tour will kick of ...

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