1. Essence Festival Day 2: Charlie Wilson and Mariah Carey Bring Heat, Oprah Recites Maya Angelou & More

    July 03, 2016 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 It was a scorcher in New Orleans Saturday (July 2) -- 96 degrees, plus the humidity -- but inside the breezy A/C at New Orleans’s Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, most of the heat was onstage: a last-minute appearance by Oprah had t ...

  2. Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Prince & More: Essence's Michelle Ebanks Talks Memorable Festival Moments

    July 01, 2016 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 “It’s called delirium at this point,” says Michelle Ebanks with a laugh when recently asked how plans for the 2016 Essence Festival were coming along. “All things considered, this year is smooth sailing,” continues the president of Essence Communica ...

  3. Charlie Wilson to Perform at Hillary Clinton's Get Out The Vote Rally in South Carolina

    February 23, 2016 5:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Charlie Wilson will be bringing the soul to Hillary Clinton's Get Out the Vote rally in South Carolina. The presidential nominee will be hosting the free and public  rally on Thursday in Charleston, ahead of Saturday's Democratic South Car ...

  4. 'The Prancing Elites Project' Stars Pick The 5 Ultimate Anthems to Prance To

    July 24, 2015 1:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 You need the perfect soundtrack to prance like a pro. Just ask the stars of Oxygen's The Prancing Elites Project , which follows a troupe of five gay, gender-bending dancers based in Mobile, Ala. Fresh off news that the show was greenlit for a ...

  5. Chart Highlights: Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea's 'Pretty Girls' Tops Dance Club Songs

    July 06, 2015 6:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Plus, Demi Lovato's flirty new single soars onto Pop Songs and Shinedown continues its perfect top 10 streak on Mainsream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts. (All charts below, dated July 18, ...

  6. Essence Festival 2015 Day 2 Highlights: India.Arie, Charlie Wilson, Goapele & More

    July 04, 2015 2:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hordes of people gathered at New Orleans' Mercedes Benz Superdome for Day 2 of the annual Essence Music Festival on Friday, July 3. There were younger attendees headed to the Superlounges for newcomers like Nico & Vinz and Adrian Marcel . A ...

  7. Charlie Wilson's Memoir and Summer's 7 Other Music Must-Reads

    May 22, 2015 12:45 PM EDT 0 2 0 Not sure what to toss in the bag before hitting the shore? Soak up the sun with these eight books. Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) By Jon Fine (Viking, May 19, $28) Punk guitarist-turned-aw ...

  8. Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Returns To Essence Festival

    May 05, 2015 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will close out the Essence Festival’s July 3 tribute to the city of New Orleans in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The special tribute also marks the popular R&B group’s return to the Esse ...

  9. Snoop Dogg Is 'Cream' of the Crop on Twitter Top Tracks

    March 20, 2015 5:59 PM EDT The hip-hop icon arrives at No. 1, while All Time Low earns a top 5 debut. Plus, Ed Sheeran ties a chart milestone. Veteran rapper Snoop Dogg enters at No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks with "Peaches N Cream," featuring Charlie Wi ...

  10. Meghan Trainor, Snoop Dogg, 'Blurred Lines' & Kendrick Lamar: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 41

    March 20, 2015 3:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140  and  Emerging Artists  -- and the news that's drivi ...

  11. Exclusive: Charlie Wilson & Kem Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 20, 2015 10:00 AM EDT R&B faves Charlie Wilson and Kem are the latest additions to this year's Essence Festival lineup in New Orleans (July 2-5). Wilson, who will be making his eighth Essence Fest appearance, is currently on the road with his Forever Charlie to ...

  12. Charlie Wilson Leads Hot Tours With Winter Trek

    March 19, 2015 3:28 PM EDT Charlie Wilson leads the pack of touring artists on the weekly Hot Tours roundup (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from his winter trek in support of the album Forever Charlie , released in January. The R&B veteran earns the No. ...

  13. Watch Snoop Dogg's 'Peaches N Cream' Video With Pharrell & Charlie Wilson

    March 18, 2015 9:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 In Snoop Dogg 's new video for "Peaches N Cream," the rap icon is king pimp of a '70s psychedelic universe that's filled with afro-rocking beauties, shrubbery and -- of course -- smoke.  Snoop Dogg to Deliver SXSW Keynote Ad ...

  14. Snoop Dogg's Pharrell-Produced 'Peaches N Cream' Arrives

    March 09, 2015 8:28 PM EDT 'Bush' single also features Charlie Wilson. We've seen what Snoop Dogg , Pharrell Williams and Charlie Wilson can do when they join forces -- with the 2005 R&G single "Signs" -- and now the trio has returned with the fu ...

  15. Charlie Wilson on Crippling Back Issues and Why 'There Are Going to Be a Lot of Babies Made' on His Tour

    March 06, 2015 4:04 PM EST 0 0 0 Charlie Wilson is a survivor. His five-decade career has endured substance abuse, cancer and the 2010 breakup of his legendary Gap Band . Through it all, the singer, 62, has released seven solo LPs and become a go-to collaborator for Snoop Dogg and ...

  16. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: George Ezra's 'Wanted' Debuts in Top 20

    February 06, 2015 9:00 PM EST 0 0 0 On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift 's 1989 ruled for a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1 , while the top 10 housed just one new entry: Ne-Yo 's Non-Fiction at No. 5. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week's most po ...

  17. Check Out Twitter's 2015 Grammy Predictions Map

    February 05, 2015 12:20 PM EST 0 0 0 The Recording Academy has been working very closely with Twitter on building awareness and buzz around the 2015 Grammy Awards. On Dec. 5, prominent musicians, including Mark Ronson , Zedd and Vampire Weekend 's Ezra Koenig, used the platform� ...

  18. Charlie Wilson Talks New Uptempo Album & Recording With Kanye West

    February 19, 2014 1:33 PM EST 0 1 0 The singer says he's been working with Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and Wiz Khalifa. Charlie Wilson isn't stopping anytime soon. If anything, the legendary singer/songwriter is hustling harder. On the heels of his gu ...

  19. Charlie Wilson | The Juice

    Charlie Wilson | The Juice

    February 19, 2014 1:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Charlie Wilson talks new uptempo album and collaborating with Kanye West and others. Videos Charlie Wilson ...

  20. R&B and Hip-Hop Briefs: The Apollo Turns 80; Los Angeles Honors Charlie Wilson; Harvey Mason Signs to Concord

    February 04, 2014 10:50 AM EST -- The Apollo Theater has launched its 80th anniversary season, announcing a series of initiatives and special events. Among them: kicking off the public phase of its $20 million campaign to support new programming. The Apollo has already raised $ ...

  21. Charlie Wilson on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014

    Charlie Wilson on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014

    January 27, 2014 9:47 AM EST 0 0 0 Charlie Wilson on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2014 music , Grammys , Charlie Wilson , Grammys 2014 , interview , 2014 , red carpet , Billboard , Awards , Charlie Wilson Grammys Grammys Charlie Wilson ...

  22. Wiz Khalifa, Alex Da Kid, Linda Perry, Charlie Wilson, Others Share Songwriting Stories at BMI's Pre-Grammy Panel

    January 26, 2014 5:58 PM EST 0 6.746 k 26 0 Similar to last year, when Snoop Dogg lit up during BMI’s annual pre-Grammy Awards “How I Wrote That Song” discussion, rapper Wiz Khalifa walked onto the stage Saturday (Jan. 25) at the House of Blues in Los Angeles puffing on a joint befor ...

  23. Charlie Wilson to Hit Studio, May Record Own Version of Kanye West's 'Bound 2'

    January 09, 2014 11:31 AM EST 0 0 0 "I'm really excited about working with Pharrell and Justin Timberlake again and then, of course, Kanye," the R&B legend says Charlie Wilson plans to hit the studio again this month, and the R&B veteran and former Gap Band memb ...

  24. Charlie Wilson

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  25. Kanye West's 'Bound 2' Performance on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon': Watch

    September 10, 2013 1:50 AM EDT Kanye West’s surprise performance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" has arrived online. The rap star stopped in at the studio Monday, where he performed "Bound 2" with Charlie Wilson and The Roots. Watch the clip below: West ...

  26. Chart Moves: Adele's '21' Nears Longevity Record, BET Awards Push 82% Sales Gain for Charlie Wilson

    July 12, 2013 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, a rap album crowned the list for the third time in as many weeks. J. Cole's "Born Sinner" jumped from No. 2 to No. 1 in its third week, selling 58,000 copies, according to Nielsen Sound ...

  27. Backbeat: Essence Festival Draws Blue Chip Sponsors for Record-Setting 19th Year

    July 08, 2013 11:33 AM EDT Now in its 19th year, the Essence Festival has often described as an event “you just need to see to believe.” The three-day conference and concert festival is massive in scale — it’s attracted more than 400,000 people over three days for years ...

  28. Essence Festival 2013: Trey Songz, Charlie Wilson, New Edition Liven Up The Superdome

    July 07, 2013 12:57 PM EDT Essence was in full swing Saturday (July 6), as attendance thickened and Friday’s rain took a day off to allow a full day of non-stop singing and dancing. Daytime highlights included McDonald’s Black 365 Awards, which were filmed for their first T ...

  29. Justin Bieber Bumps One Direction From No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    July 03, 2013 8:32 PM EDT Despite One Direction's full week full of activity, the act is unable to stay atop the Social 50 for a second week in a row. They slide in the rankings (1-6), allowing Justin Bieber to rise (2-1) to reclaim the Social 50 throne. The Socia ...

  30. Kendrick Lamar Wins Big At BET Awards, Capping Inaugural BET Experience Festival

    July 01, 2013 7:00 AM EDT “The best of the best in Black entertainment. All Day. All Night. All In.” That’s what BET promised to deliver with its inaugural three-day music and lifestyle festival, the BET Experience. Staged in association with AEG at the latter’s L.A. Liv ...

  31. Charlie Wilson's Career Celebrated At BET Awards As Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Rihanna Take Trophies

    July 01, 2013 12:02 AM EDT “The best of the best in Black entertainment. All Day. All Night. All In.” That’s what BET promised to deliver with its inaugural three-day music and lifestyle festival, the BET Experience. Staged in association with AEG at the latter’s L.A. Li ...

  32. Beyonce to Headline Essence Festival 2013

    February 11, 2013 6:12 PM EST Beyoncé has added another performance to her anticipated Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The singer will headline one night of the 19th annual Essence Festival. The three-day festival will take place on July 4-7 in New Orleans, LA. “We are incredibly ...

  33. Chart Juice: Charlie Wilson Nets Second No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    February 07, 2013 3:25 PM EST It’s been a big week for former Gap Band frontman Charlie Wilson who celebrated his 60th birthday on January 29 with the release of “Love, Charlie,” his sixth solo album. The set debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week with 44,000 c ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

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  37. 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, ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Essence Fest Draws 413K, Record Sponsorship, Men; Announces 2013 Dates

    July 12, 2012 1:02 PM EDT The Essence of Essence (from left): Kimberly Paige: Associate Vice President African-American Marketing, Coca-Cola; comedian Kevin Hart; and Essence Communications president Michelle Ebanks. (Photo: Walik Goshorn) The Essence Music Festival wrappe ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    July 08, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige had the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the palm of her hand on Saturday night (July 7) at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. The legendary singer took all in attendance through a roller coaster of highs and lows, with a set ...

  42. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    July 07, 2012 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Charlie Wilson dominates, D'Angelo dissapoints at New Orleans event Don't underestimate the power of soul. While Friday's lineup at the 2012 Essence Music Festival was filled with an assortment of Hulkshare-generation singers and  ...

  43. Ryan Seacrest, LA Reid, Russell Simmons, More Pay Tribute to Dick Clark

    April 18, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Within minutes of news breaking of Dick Clark's passing, the music business began expressing their grieif and admiration for the man who helped invent the business they work in. From Epic Records Chairman/CEO Antonio "LA" Reid, Mado ...

  44. Listen: Kanye West's Five Best GOOD Friday Songs

    April 06, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Friday (Apr. 6) -- the actual Good Friday holiday -- Kanye West revived his GOOD Friday release series , which features a new single posted online every Friday as a free giveaway to the rapper's rabid fans, with "Mercy," a new trac ...

  45. Charlie Wilson on the 2012 Grammy Carpet

    Charlie Wilson on the 2012 Grammy Carpet

    February 13, 2012 2:25 AM EST 0 0 0 Charlie Wilson on the 2012 Grammy Carpet Grammys , Charlie Wilson , Charlie Wilson Grammys 2014 Grammys 2014 Charlie Wilson ...

  46. Essence Music Fest: Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige Performing

    January 11, 2012 3:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Newly engaged queen of soul Aretha Franklin , Mary J. Blige , Stephanie Mills and Charlie Wilson are among entertainers set to perform at this summer's Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. The event, set for July 6-8, is billed as one of the ...

  47. Joe Talks New Album, Says Chris Brown is 'One of Top Performers' Today

    October 28, 2011 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B singer Joe returns to music with a splash as his ninth studio album, "The Good, The Bad, The Sexy" (Oct. 18) debuts at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Abums chart, selling just under 33,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "The G ...

  48. 'Watch the Throne' Production Credits Leak, LMFAO and Seal Lend Vocals: Report

    July 19, 2011 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 In just two weeks 'Watch the Throne' will be in the hands of many. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's highly anticipatated collaborative album is slated to debut digitally on August 1st and hit shelves August 5th, according to USA Today . ' ...

  49. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her ...

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