1. Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME

    August 14, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has new representation. Billboard  and The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the singer-bassist has signed with WME . Spalding joins a jazzed-up roster at WME that also includes Diana Krall , ...

  2. Otis Brown III & Bilal, 'The Thought Of You Part I': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 22, 2014 12:42 PM EDT After working with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano and more, Otis Brown III is taking on the spotlight. On September 23, Brown will release his debut album "The Thought of You," under a new partnership between Revive Music and ...

  3. Esperanza Spalding Has 'Big Project' In Mind to Follow Grammy-Winning 'Radio'

    November 13, 2013 1:45 PM EST Esperanza Spalding says she has "a big project in mind" for her follow-up to 2012's Grammy Award-winning "Radio Music Society." But don't hold your breath waiting for it. "It's evolving outside of any timeli ...

  4. Janelle Monáe To Receive Billboard’s Rising Star Award

    October 24, 2013 8:55 AM EDT Janelle Monáe's glowing-hot young career will be recognized with Billboard’s Rising Star Award. The artist will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event, to be held in New York City on Dec. 10. Monáe will be joined on the nigh ...

  5. Janelle Monáe Named Billboard's Rising Star

    October 24, 2013 8:54 AM EDT 1.848 k 509 8 0 Janelle Monáe's glowing-hot young career will be recognized with Billboard’s Rising Star Award. The artist will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event, to be held in New York City on Dec. 10. Monáe will be joined on the ...

  6. Janelle Monae Talks 'Electric Lady' Origins & Prince Collaboration

    September 09, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Janelle Monáe says a series of paintings she made on tour gave birth to the concept for her forthcoming second studio album, "The Electric Lady." "I would paint and I would sing at the same time, and every night I painted this femal ...

  7. Janelle Monae Releases Miguel-Assisted 'PrimeTime'; Announces 'The Electric Lady' Tour

    August 19, 2013 6:47 PM EDT Janelle Monae gearing up to embark on a North American headline tour. The singer announced "The Electric Lady" tour in support of her forthcoming album of the same name that will begin on October 10 with dates running until November. Mon ...

  8. Janelle Monae Reveals 'The Electric Lady' Album Cover & Tracklist

    August 09, 2013 1:54 PM EDT Janelle Monáe naming her second studio album, "The Electric Lady," is no joke. The songstress unveiled the cover artwork for the album, which features her dressed in futuristic attire as if she came from the latest “Star Trek” movie. Mon ...

  9. Black Keys, Drake, Gotye Among Grammys Pre-Telecast Winners

    February 10, 2013 7:57 PM EST 4 0 0 The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach had three Grammys in his possession before the 55th annual Grammy Awards telecast began Sunday night. Auerbach was named producer of the year, non-classical, and the Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" was named ...

  10. 2013 Grammy Awards: Indies Continue to Make A Major Impact

    December 21, 2012 11:03 AM EST If Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, Babel (Glassnote Records), takes home the Grammy for album of the year on Feb. 10, it will mark the fifth year in a row an indie act has won the top prize, if you count indies by ownership. The run bega ...

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  12. Justin Bieber's Grammy Snub: Why Did 'Believe' Get Overlooked?

    December 06, 2012 2:10 PM EST 0 0 0 An Analysis of the teen superstar's lack of nominations. No Bieber, no Grammys. It's a simple statement that became an obvious Twitter hashtag the instant that the 55th annual Grammy Award nominations were announced on Wednesday night (Dec ...

  13. Larry Rosen Reflects on 30th Anniversary of Iconic Label GRP

    October 01, 2012 8:53 PM EDT GRP co-founders Larry Rosen (left) and Dave Grusin. Groundbreaking jazz label GRP Records officially began celebrating its 30th anniversary with the Sept. 25 release of "GRP 30" (Verve Music Group/Universal Music Group). The double-CD re ...

  14. Austin City Limits Lineup: Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Black Keys Headlining

    May 22, 2012 1:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Red Hot Chili Peppers will top a loaded bill at October's Austin City Limits. The 130-band lineup will include Neil Young and Crazy Horse , the Black Keys , Jack White , Florence + the Machine and the Avett Brothers atop the bill. The annual Te ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Q-Tip Signs To Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label

    April 11, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Influential A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip celebrated his 42nd birthday yesterday, and kept the party going through today with the announcement that he had signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, according to XXL . G.O.O.D. Music, w ...

  17. Chart Moves: Carly Rae Jepsen Hits Hot 100 Top 20; Alex Clare Gets a Microsoft Boost

    March 29, 2012 8:05 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported, fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae), spends a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Kelly Clarkson collects her first topper on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and Taylor S ...

  18. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 28, 2012 10:55 AM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since "Michael ...

  19. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

    March 21, 2012 7:14 PM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack is set to debut at No. 1 next week's Billboard 200 chart, so say industry sources. One Direction Makes History With No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart The multi-artist album should sell at leas ...

  20. Herbie Hancock, U.N. Ambassador, Launches International Jazz Day

    March 20, 2012 8:18 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz ...

  21. Hans Zimmer's Oscar Music With Pharrell Williams, Esperanza Spalding Released As Album

    February 29, 2012 8:15 AM EST Hans Zimmer's music for the Oscars on Feb. 26 has been released as a digital album on Apple's iTunes. 'The Artist,' 'Man or Muppet' Win Music Oscars in Music-Snubbing Year "The 84th Academy Awards -- Celebrate th ...

  22. 'The Artist,' 'Man or Muppet' Win Music Oscars in Music-Snubbing Year

    February 27, 2012 12:37 AM EST In a year in which the Academy Awards appeared to not give a hoot about film music -- no musical performance during the show, just two nominees for Best Song -- they proceeded to reward a film in which the only dominant sound WAS music. Just two n ...

  23. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 27, 2012 12:03 AM EST The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original song trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Su ...

  24. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 26, 2012 11:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Ludovic Bource's Music for 'The Artist' Takes Best Original Score The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original so ...

  25. Hugh Masekela: How the Listen 2 Africa Label Is Hooking Up a 73-Year Old Jazz & World Music Heritage Artist

    February 17, 2012 4:30 PM EST The 73-year old Hugh Masekela whose new album Jabulani is just out on Dave Love's Listen 2 Africa label. Soccer fans remember ESPN's coverage of the FIFA World Cup in 2010. The obnoxious vuvuzela horns that prompted some TV watchers to t ...

  26. Indie Labels Win 34 Grammys, Says A2IM

    February 14, 2012 7:30 AM EST Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, whose sophomore self-titled album on the Jagjaguwar label, biting one of his two 2012 Grammy awards won for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album. (Getty) Led by Bon Iver's two Grammy wins, the American Ass ...

  27. Esperanza Spalding on the 2012 Grammy Carpet

    Esperanza Spalding on the 2012 Grammy Carpet

    February 13, 2012 2:11 AM EST 0 0 0 Esperanza Spalding on the 2012 Grammy Carpet Grammys , esperanza spalding , Esperanza Spalding Grammys 2014 Grammys 2014 Esperanza Spalding ...

  28. Updated: Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives, Including Beyonce, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dozens More

    February 12, 2012 2:47 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death rapidly spread around the globe, Twitter, the Internet and our inboxes filled with tributes, and Billboard.biz has spoken with dozens of people at many pre-Grammy events. Any attempt at a definitive list of ...

  29. Backbeat: Esperanza Spalding, Anthony Hamilton Perform @ Grammy in the Schools Live!

    February 09, 2012 5:33 PM EST Left to right: Senior director of education at the Grammy Foundation David Sears; Ford Motor Company fund director Pamela Alexander; Grammy Foundation and MusiCares senior VP Kristen Madsen; Anthony Hamilton; president/CEO of the Grammy Foundation ...

  30. Four-Play: 2 Chainz, Bow Wow, Brianna Perry, & Esperanza Spalding

    February 03, 2012 3:30 PM EST Chainz puts on for ATL, Bow Wow returns as a rock star, Esperanza Spalding soulfully uplifts the NYC streets, and newcomer Brianna Perry pays tribute to Marilyn Monroe, Miami style. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring 2 Chai ...

  31. How The APAP Conference Could Save Your Band's Life

    January 18, 2012 9:01 AM EST A plenary session at APAP|NYC that explored the question: What great acts have happened in our community? (Photo: Jacob Belcher/APAP) "If you want to book us, we're a twelve piece, we like sushi and massages," Steven Bernstein crack ...

  32. Urban Power List: Magic Johnson

    January 11, 2012 4:48 PM EST Magic Johnson Owner, Magic Johnson Enterprises Website: MagicJohnson.com Twitter: @MagicJohnson Business Baller The Los Angeles Lakers and NBA legend is still playing ball: He's part of the Guggenheim Partners-backed group that purchased the ...

  33. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Cha ...

  34. The Roots Plotting 'Orchestral' New Album

    June 03, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 For the follow-up to the Roots ' 2010 album, "How I Got Over," drummer ?uestlove says the veteran hip-hop band is planning a "concept album" with orchestral arrangements. "This is going to be our first full-fledged narr ...

  35. Haley Reinhart Plots 'Sultry, Bluesy Rock' Future After 'Idol'

    May 20, 2011 2:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Haley Reinhart is gone from the "American Idol" world -- but won't be forgotten any time, soon. "Everybody is such a great big family...and I knew I'd miss them. But then again, I'm gonna see them again today," the ...

  36. Prince to Play 21-Night Residency in Los Angeles

    April 08, 2011 3:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 P rince will continue his residency-style "Welcome 2 America" tour with a whopping 21-date stand in Los Angeles, beginning on April 14 at the Forum. The artist made the announcement via a phone call on George Lopez's show last night ( ...

  37. Mumford & Sons to Jump On 'Railroad Revival' Spring Tour

    March 07, 2011 5:32 PM EST 0 0 0 After enjoying a breakout year and performing at the Grammys, Mumford & Sons will take their victory lap on a rustic railroad alongside Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show . The three groups will play six outdoor sh ...

  38. Esperanza Spalding to Record 'Radio Music Society' Album in May

    March 01, 2011 8:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Still "as surprised as you can be" by her Best New Artist win at this year's Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding has already scoped out her next two album projects -- even as she tours to promote 2010's "Chamber Music Society. ...

  39. The Roots Draft Nas, Wiz Khalifa for Fourth Philly Picnic

    February 28, 2011 10:11 PM EST 0 0 0 The Roots have drafted Nas , Wiz Khalifa and recent best new artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding for their fourth annual Roots Picnic concert, at hometown venue Festival Pier in Philadelphia, Pa. Also on the bill for the June 4 event are recentl ...

  40. Justin Bieber Scores Second No. 1 Album with 'Never Say Never' Remixes

    February 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 J ustin Bieber notches his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Never Say Never: The Remixes" opening in the top slot with 165,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first topper came with "My World 2.0," w ...

  41. Music Industry Responds to Steve Stoute's NYT Ad Critical of Grammys

    February 23, 2011 7:28 AM EST Steve Stoute's open letter attacking the Grammy Awards took five days for him to write but had music industry pundits debating within hours of its publication -- and even several days later. Here, a few reactions to his New York Times missive ...

  42. Music Exec Slams Grammys in NY Times for Snubbing Eminem, Justin Bieber

    February 21, 2011 9:35 AM EST 0 0 0 A veteran music executive has lambasted the Grammy Awards as "a series of hypocrisies and contradictions," in a full-page New York Times advertisement that ran a week after last Sunday's annual ceremony. Steve Stoute's open lette ...

  43. Hollywood Week Heats Up 'American Idol' With Dreaded Elimination Rooms

    February 18, 2011 8:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Part three of Hollywood Week on "American Idol," which aired last night (Feb. 17), began dramatically enough, with Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson "laying it all out on the table" in the form of a final judgment to ...

  44. Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Esperanza Spalding Were Least Likely Grammy Winners, Based On Chart History

    February 15, 2011 1:43 PM EST There's been a lot of talk about the surprises at Sunday's Grammy Awards , from Lady Gaga's egg-cellent adventure to the big wins for the Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding . While the charts obviously can't have foretold much ...

  45. Did The Charts Predict This Year's Grammy Award Winners?

    February 15, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 From such surprise honorees as Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding to Lady Gaga 's egg-shell-ent adventure, the 53rd Grammy Awards offered a host of highlights . Did the victors' Billboard chart performances, however, foretell their fortune ...

  46. Grammys Confirm Rise of Indies, Despite 11% of All Music Sales

    February 15, 2011 8:01 AM EST Independent labels are reveling in their success after grabbing the spotlight and many of the biggest awards at the Grammys. It marked one of the biggest nights in years for indies, setting the stage for a surge in their online music sales. Meanwh ...

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