1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from N ...

  2. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles at Staples Center In L.A.

    June 28, 2014 3:02 PM EDT The pair kick off BET Experience at L.A. Live’s three-night concert series “Are you feeling delicious tonight?” A resounding chorus of female screams gave Maxwell the unequivocal answer to his question Friday night (June 27) at Los Angeles’ Staples ...

  3. 'The Voice' Recap: Battles Conclude with Perfectly Polite Pairings

    March 26, 2014 12:44 AM EDT 0 1 0 "The Voice" battles wrapped on Tuesday night -- well, the first round at least, because a brand new second round will feature Coldplay's Chris Martin next week -- and while most of the sudden-death duets have packed a punch throughout ...

  4. 'The Voice' Recap: Three's Always a Crowd as Contestants Battle On

    March 25, 2014 2:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 Who says battles on "The Voice" have to be vicious? At one point on Monday night's episode, Carson Daly called a match "The Notebook, Part Two," while Adam Levine added, "That was like watching two golden retriever pupp ...

  5. 'The Voice' Recap: Contestants Battle On As Aloe Blacc, Jill Scott, Miranda Lambert Join as Mentors

    March 19, 2014 12:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 The sudden-death duets continued on “The Voice” on Tuesday night, which saw a guest mentor take the lead in the rehearsal room, while the contestants struggled to shine against their match -- at least, enough to tempt a steal and save themselves fro ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Jill Scott, 'Frozen' Writers Perform at First-Ever Oscar Concert

    February 28, 2014 1:43 PM EST 4 0 0 This year's five Oscar-nominated composers delivered the first-ever Oscar concert Feb. 27 at UCLA's Royce Hall, creating suites for orchestra from their film work. And between the light bounce of Alexandre Desplat's "Philomena&qu ...

  9. Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, Will Butler and Owen Pallett, More Deliver at First-Ever Oscar Concert

    February 28, 2014 1:10 PM EST This year's five Oscar-nominated composers delivered the first-ever Oscar concert Feb. 27 at UCLA's Royce Hall, creating suites for orchestra from their film work. And between the light bounce of Alexandre Desplat's "Philomena& ...

  10. Jill Scott Talks 'The Voice,' James Brown Biopic and New Album

    February 18, 2014 9:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Tapped as guest mentor for Team Usher on the sixth season of NBC's "The Voice" -- which kicks off Feb. 24 -- Jill Scott has also been busy juggling two other major projects: a co-starring role in the James Brown biopic "Get On Up ...

  11. George Strait Begins Final Stand, Tops Hot Tours With $6.2M

    January 23, 2014 3:26 PM EST George Strait tops the weekly Hot Tours ranking with $6.2 million in ticket sales reported from the final leg of his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour that began on Jan. 9 in Louisiana. The tour’s 2014 itinerary kicked off at Bossier City, La.’s ...

  12. Toni Braxton, Babyface Top Adult R&B Chart

    December 03, 2013 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 The pair's duet 'Hurt You' marks the stars' first No. 1 on the tally since 2000 and 1997, respectively Format stars Toni Braxton and Babyface each end lengthy absences from the top of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult R&am ...

  13. Essence Festival 2013: Brandy, Jill Scott, Maxwell Set The Mood

    July 06, 2013 12:51 PM EDT Brandy, LL Cool J, Jill Scott and Maxwell were among the big names who kicked off the Essence Music Festival Friday night (July 5) at the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But even before the first performance started around 7p.m. CDT, ...

  14. ASCAP Expo: Women Behind Music - Including Chris Brown Manager Tina Davis, UMPG EVP Ethiopia Habtemariam – on Playing For Keeps

    April 22, 2013 2:01 PM EDT A crowd of mostly females piled into the Dolby Ballroom last Friday to attend the ASCAP Expo’s “Women Behind Music: Playing for Keeps” panel. Moderated by ASCAP’s VP of Urban, Creative Services, Nicole George-Middleton , the panel was headed up ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Exclusive: Verizon Teams With Jill Scott for Black History Month Campaign

    January 23, 2013 7:46 PM EST Verizon has teamed with Jill Scott for a multi-tiered print, TV and online advertising campaign to coincide with Black History Month -- a rare artist endorsement deal for both parties -- Billboard has learned. Scott's involvement as one of Ve ...

  17. Philly Fourth Of July Jam Partners With VH1 on Nat'l Broadcast, Live Streaming

    January 09, 2013 2:32 PM EST America's largest free concert is coming to your house to help you party it down The annual Philly Fourth of July Jam announced today it is partnering with VH1 for exclusive broadcast, digital and live streaming rights. The concert will be av ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2012: Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's Chart Champs

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West , Lil Wayne, Beyoncé , Nicki Minaj , Drake , Rihanna and Chris Brown , to name a few. However, a closer look ...

  20. Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's R&B/Hip-Hop Chart-Toppers

    December 14, 2012 8:17 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Rihanna and Chris Brown, to name a few. Check Out All Our Year-En ...

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  22. Todd Moscowitz Steps Down From Warner Bros., Cameron Strang New Label Head

    December 06, 2012 4:59 PM EST One month after adding Rhino Records to his portfolio of responsibilities, Warner/Chappell Music chairman and CEO Cameron Strang is now adding the Warner Bros. Records label. Strang is replacing president/CEO Todd Moscowitz, who has resigned, the ...

  23. Cara Lewis

    November 28, 2012 3:15 PM EST Agent, Creative Artists Agency A Bold Move Cara Lewis, who joined Creative Artists Agency as a music agent in January after a 23-year career at William Morris Endeavor, is widely regarded as the top agent in urban music. Her roster boasts such art ...

  24. Watch Lianne La Havas Sing Jill Scott

    November 28, 2012 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 La Havas sings Scott's "He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)" in this latest installment of the Women In Music-themed Candid Covers series. Soul-meets-folk singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas has her own mother to thank for connecting her with ...

  25. Will Neil Young's 'Pono' Player Really Make Music Sound Better?

    October 05, 2012 11:11 AM EDT Since the dawn of the digital age, some audiophiles have maintained that new formats from the CD to the MP3 and beyond have degraded sound quality. Ever since we left vinyl, music has sounded like crap, they say. Some of the down-with-digital crew ...

  26. 'Made in America' Film Will Explode Onto Screen, Says Brian Grazer

    September 05, 2012 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 "[There'll be] enough combustion that lives inside of this movie that it will have theatrical release that will transcend film festivals" From backstage at the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made In America festival Sunday (September 2) in P ...

  27. Brian Grazer on 'Made In America' Doc: 'Jay-Z Putting His Finger on A Place And Time'

    September 05, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Ron Howard filming and directing a documentary on the Budweiser Made In America Festival on Sept. 1, 2012 in Philadelphia. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage) From backstage at the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made In America festival Sunday (September 2) in Phila ...

  28. Pearl Jam & Jay-Z Rock Together to Cap Made In America Fest: Photos & More

    September 03, 2012 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pearl Jam's mash-up with Jay-Z, Run-D.M.C.'s reunion, Ron Howard hanging out, and more from the inaugural Philly fest. Pearl Jam' s inspired live mashup with Jay-Z brought his inaugural Made In America festival to an unforgettable clo ...

  29. Steve Stoute On Uniting Budweiser & Jay-Z For Made In America: 'Brands Are Becoming Much Closer To The Content'

    August 31, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Though expectations are already high for the lineup at the inaugural Budweiser Made In America festival in Philadelphia this weekend - Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, Skrillex and curator Jay-Z are among the confirmed headliners, with Beyonce rumored to make ...

  30. Morning Fix: Bertelsmann Wants EMI Assets; Jay-Z's 'Made In America' Costs; Twitter's New Tools

    August 31, 2012 8:08 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. WHITE PAPER URGES FTC TO BLOCK UMG-EMI DEAL; EU NAT'L REGULATORS TO VOTE ON MERGER Next Week The American Antitrust Institute, a Washington-based non-profit org aniza ...

  31. Win Jay-Z's Made in America Festival Tickets

    August 27, 2012 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 A pair of 2-day passes to see Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Drake, Skrillex, Maybach Music & more could be yours. Jay-Z's 'Budweiser Made in America' festival is the place to be for Labor Day weekend. Jay-Z's gathered some of his favorit ...

  32. Lianne La Havas, Reps Talk 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' Album & Stardom

    August 22, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Is Your Love Big Enough?" by British folk-soul artist Lianne La Havas debuts this week at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and No. 142 on the Billboard 200, with 3,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The art ...

  33. Pink, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift Set For 'VH1 Storytellers'

    August 21, 2012 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 P!nk , Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift all have new albums coming out this fall, and each will tell the story behind their respective full-lengths on "VH1 Storytellers." According to EW , Swift's episode of "Storytellers" will ...

  34. Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Relaunch & New Danny! & Young Guru Albums

    August 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru Danny! ...

  35. Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Re-Launch, New Albums By Danny!, Young Guru

    August 14, 2012 8:17 AM EDT Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru Dann ...

  36. Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Quincy Jones took home the ASCAP Founders Award, Pharrell Williams was honored with the Golden Note Award, and EMI Music Publishing again took home the publisher of the year honor at Friday (June 29) night's 25th anniversary ASCAP Rhythm and ...

  37. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200 Debuts

    June 27, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As previously reported , Justin Bieber 's "Believe" arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the ...

  38. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200

    June 27, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As previously reported, Justin Bieber's "Believe" arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the year and Bie ...

  39. Usher Finds Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rush, Josh Turner, Waka Flocka Flame Among Top 10 Debuts Usher secures his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The pop/R&B star' ...

  40. Usher Scores Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Looking 4 Myself'

    June 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Usher secures his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The pop/R&B star's last full-length studio album, 2010's "Raymond ...

  41. Jill Scott Shares Her Story On 'VH1 Storytellers'

    May 16, 2012 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "It's a lie, but it don't even matter cause he supposed to be my man," said Jill Scott , as she began her set for " VH1 Storytellers " ready to share a narrative. ""He was born to be my man," she continue ...

  42. Jay-Z Puts New Music On Hold to 'Hang Out With My Daughter'

    May 14, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-Hop Icon Talks Blue Ivy, Philly Music Festival, Jack White and New Brand Partnerships Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter may be headlining and curating a two-day music festival, "Budweiser Made In America," this Labor Day in Philadelphia ...

  43. Jay-Z on the Budweiser 'Made in America' Fest, Putting New Music On Hold

    May 14, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Jay-Z attend a press conference on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to announce that Jay-Z will headline the 'Budweiser Made In America' Two Day Music Festival in Philadelphia this Labor D ...

  44. What Role Did Rick Ross Play in Joie Manda's Appointment as Def Jam President?

    March 14, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Early today, Def Jam Recordings announced that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda will be the label's new president -- the first since Jay-Z vacated the position on Christmas Eve, 2007. Although it's unclear when talks be ...

  45. Joie Manda Appointed President of Def Jam -- First in Role Since Jay-Z

    March 14, 2012 11:49 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group today (March 14) announced the appointment of Joie Manda to President of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam , to whom he reports. Man ...

  46. How Ten New or Renovated Venues Are Reshaping The Nation's Touring Circuit

    February 22, 2012 2:48 PM EST A rendering of the Barclay's Center slated to open this September in Brooklyn. From Brooklyn to Kansas City, Mo., and points beyond, a wide range of new buildings and freshly renovated veteran facilities are making news and offering new oppor ...

  47. Morning Heds: Facebook Wants Vevo, Wikipedia's SOPA Traffic Surge, Simon Cowell Calls Self 'Too Cocky'

    January 20, 2012 7:10 AM EST Facebook in talks to replace YouTube as Vevo's host CNET Facebook has held talks with Vevo about moving the music-video service away from YouTube and over to the social network's platform, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET. D ...

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