1. Natalie Cole Stars in 'Let Freedom Ring' Concert at Kennedy Center

    January 19, 2015 12:17 PM EST The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University are honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a free concert featuring Natalie Cole . Cole's career in pop music spans more than four decades. The daughter of music legend Nat King Col ...

  2. Common & John Legend's 'Glory' Wins on MLK's Birthday at Critics' Choice Movie Awards

    January 15, 2015 10:29 PM EST A Hollywood movie couldn't have scripted it any better. On Thursday (Jan. 15) -- on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 86th birthday -- Common accepted best song at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards for "Glory," ...

  3. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Harry Belafonte Sues Martin Luther King Jr. Estate

    October 16, 2013 2:57 AM EDT Harry Belafonte sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction. The lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration Belafonte is the rightful o ...

  6. Harry Belafonte Sues Martin Luther King Jr. Estate

    October 16, 2013 2:57 AM EDT Harry Belafonte sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction. The lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration Belafonte is the rightful ...

  7. Tony Bennett To Join March On Washington

    August 23, 2013 12:12 AM EDT Tony Bennett plans to travel to the nation's capital to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. as the March on Washington marks its 50th year. Bennett, who marched with the civil rights leader in Selma, Ala., in 1965, is scheduled to perform a ...

  8. Barack Obama: 10 Best Songs About The President

    November 07, 2012 3:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Hip-Hop has been behind Barack Obama since his first presidential campaign in 2008. From Jay-Z to will.i.am, artists have shown their support for the first African-American President of the United States through inspirational odes and unforgettable ...

  9. Adele's '21': Longest-Running No. 1 Album Since 'Purple Rain'

    February 29, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Not unexpectedly, Adele 's "21" album spends a 22nd week atop the Billboard 200 chart, selling 297,000 (down 59%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's now the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution 's " ...

  10. Adele's '21' Becomes Longest-Running No. 1 Album Since 'Purple Rain'

    February 29, 2012 11:00 AM EST Not unexpectedly, Adele's "21" album spends a 22nd week atop the Billboard 200, selling 297,000 (down 59%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's now the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution's "Purpl ...

  11. Peter, Paul & Mary Bassist Dick Kniss Dies

    January 27, 2012 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Dick Kniss, a bassist who performed for five decades with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary and co-wrote the John Denver hit "Sunshine on My Shoulders," has died. He was 74. Kniss died Wednesday of pulmonary disease at a hospital near the ...

  12. Peter, Paul & Mary Bassist Dick Kniss Dies

    January 27, 2012 3:00 PM EST Dick Kniss, a bassist who performed for five decades with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary and co-wrote the John Denver hit "Sunshine on My Shoulders," has died. He was 74. Kniss died Wednesday of pulmonary disease at a hospital near t ...

  13. The 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

    December 01, 2011 6:28 AM EST From Doris Day to 'Exile on Main Street' to Grandmaster Flash, the 2012 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame shine bright This year's list of in-ductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame represents another new threshold crossed for hip-hop ...

  14. Grammy Hall of Fame Adds Tina Turner, Paul Simon Hits

    November 21, 2011 3:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Three of the biggest musical moments of the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen's album "Born in the U.S.A.," Paul Simon's "Graceland" and Tina Turner's single "What's Love Got to Do With It," are among the 25 ...

  15. Common Attends White House Poetry Event Despite Right-Wing Criticism

    May 12, 2011 8:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 There were love poems and folk tunes. There were classic verses and modern odes. There were sound effects and a gritty rap. Michelle Obama's evening of poetry at the White House rolled out seamlessly Wednesday night, showcasing the impact of su ...

  16. Linkin Park Says 'A Thousand Suns' Is Like 'A Musical Drug'

    September 30, 2010 2:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 The day after Linkin Park's latest album was released, its lead singer, Chester Bennington, logged on to iTunes to check some of the reviews. Though the responses weren't all positive, he liked what he read. "This time around it' ...

  17. Release Of The Week - Big Boi

    June 29, 2010 9:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Article From splitting with former label Jive Records, to contractual issues that prevented Outkast partner Andre 3000 from making guest appearances on his new album, Big Boi has faced his share of obstacles leading up to the release of his so ...

  18. Chuck D Takes Aim at Arizona; Public Enemy In the Studio

    June 18, 2010 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 P ublic Enemy 's Chuck D has Arizona in his crosshairs - again. Nearly 20 years after Public Enemy's very public feud with Arizona over the state's lack of recognition for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday -- as documented in sin ...

  19. Legendary Jazz Singer Lena Horne Dies at 92

    May 10, 2010 8:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lena Horne , the enchanting jazz singer and actress who reviled the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them, slowing her rise to Broadway superstardom, died Sunday. She was 92. Horne died at NewYork-Presbyte ...

  20. Billboard Bits: Bob Dylan, Phoenix, Paramore, Yoko Ono and More

    February 08, 2010 6:21 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. After taking home the Grammy for Best Alternative Album a few weeks ago, French pop rock band Phoenix is turning its attention to a new project -- writing ...

  21. Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    September 09, 2009 11:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dave Brubeck just wishes his mom could see him now: On Dec. 6, the same day the jazz composer and pianist turns 89, he'll be among the leading artists feted at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors Gala. Dignitaries from President Barack Obama on down ...

  22. The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A look at James Brown's key April 1968 Boston Garden concert -- as well as his overall legacy. By the late '60s, notes Boston Globe contributor Sullivan, James Brown was "Soul Brother Number One to black America." On April 5, 196 ...

  23. This Day in Music

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - In a Nashville courtroom, country singer Deana Carter avoids jail time by entering a "best interest" plea of driving while impaired, and instead receives a sentence of community service and a f 2002 - In a Nashville courtroom, count ...

  24. Euro Premiere For James Brown Film

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A little known fact that the late, great James Brown averted a riot following the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the foundation of a new film, which gets its European premiere in London on June 16. "The Night James Brown ...

  25. This Day in Music

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Police say Baloi, 39, is shot in the neck as he makes his way home from performing at the Lucit Candle Garde 2004 - Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is kil ...

  26. Bootsy Collins Anchoring James Brown Tribute

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Funk legend William "Bootsy" Collins is staging the first in a series of annual tribute concerts honoring his funk mentor James Brown on Saturday (Dec. 22). Funk legend William "Bootsy" Collins is staging the first in a series of ...

  27. This Day in Music

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - In a Nashville courtroom, country singer Deana Carter avoids jail time by entering a "best interest" plea of driving while impaired, and instead receives a sentence of community service and a f 2002 - In a Nashville courtroom, count ...

  28. Entertainment Legend Merv Griffin Dies At 82

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Merv Griffin, the mogul who hosted an eponymous talk show for more than 20 years, created the globally popular game shows "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" and oversaw a diversified empire via the Gr Merv Griffin, the mogul who ...

  29. This Day in Music

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Police say Baloi, 39, is shot in the neck as he makes his way home from performing at the Lucit Candle Garde 2004 - Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is kil ...

  30. THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Prophets are among us, declares Marcus (Like a Rolling Stone, 2005, etc.): singing and making films, writing novels and poetry. But we rarely listen to them until it's too late. Prophets are among us, declares Marcus (Like a Rolling Stone, 2005 ...

  31. This Day in Music

    August 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1997 - </b>Indie label Tony Nicole Tony Records files suit against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS for alleged intentional interference with KISS drummer Peter Criss' contract with the label. 2002 - In a Nashville courtroom ...

  32. This Day in Music

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, the original lead vocalist and keyboard player of increasingly influential '60s British band the Zombies, thrill a London audience with a two-part show at 2004 - Mozambique-born bassist ...

  33. Franti Preaching Peace, Charity At San Fran Fest

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Like countless other musicians and organizations across the country, Michael Franti's annual Power to the Peaceful festival has a crucial new task this year: offering aid to victims of Hurricane Katri Like countless other musicians and organiza ...

  34. This Day in Music

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1997 - </b>Indie label Tony Nicole Tony Records files suit against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS for alleged intentional interference with KISS drummer Peter Criss' contract with the label. 2002 - In a Nashville courtroom ...

  35. Country Upstarts Collaborate On 'America'

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy have collaborated on a patriotic single that will be available for free download later this week. Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy have collaborated on a patriotic single that will be av ...

  36. Jackson Jury Ends First Day Of Deliberations

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jurors in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial completed their first full day of deliberations today (June 6) without reaching a verdict. Little more than an hour into the day the jurors sent w Jurors in the Michael Jackson child molestation ...

  37. Rosa Parks, OutKast Settle Lawsuit

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rosa Parks and rap duo OutKast have settled a lawsuit in which the civil rights pioneer accused the group of wrongly using her name in a song title, her guardian said yesterday (April 14). Rosa Parks and rap duo OutKast have settled a lawsuit in whi ...

  38. This Day in Music

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2004 - </b>Mozambique-born bassist Gito Baloi is killed in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. Police say Baloi, 39, is shot in the neck as he makes his way home from performing at the Lucit Candl 2004 - Mozambique-born bassist Gito ...

  39. Winans 'Dream' May Be One Of His Last

    February 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. BeBe Winans seems to be everywhere these days —- and he's loving every minute of it. Winans hosts a syndicated radio show. He also appeared in "The Manchurian Candidate" with Denzel Washi ...

  40. This Day in Music

    August 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>In a Nashville courtroom, country singer Deana Carter avoids jail time by entering a "best interest" plea of driving while impaired, and instead receives a sentence of community service 2002 - In a Nashville court ...

  41. This Day in Music

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>The Calling guitarist Aaron Kamin suffers a severe electrical shock during soundcheck for a concert in Bangkok. Kamin is rushed to a local hospital and is released after being treated fo 2002 - The Calling guitarist Aaron K ...

  42. This Day in Music

    August 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Dave Matthews and his wife Ashley welcome the birth of their twin daughters Stella Busina and Grace Anne. 2001 - Dave Matthews and his wife Ashley welcome the birth of their twin daughters Stella Busina and Grace Anne. 2000 ...

  43. Singer/Actor Rosemary Clooney Dies

    July 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rosemary Clooney, the mellow-voiced singer who co-starred with Bing Crosby in "White Christmas" and staged a dramatic comeback after her career was nearly destroyed by drugs and alcohol, died Saturday Rosemary Clooney, the mellow-voiced si ...

  44. Citizen Cope To Support Debut On Furtado Trek

    January 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After a year on EMI's backburner, singer/songwriter Citizen Cope (real name: Clarence Greenwood) will finally release his much-anticipated self-titled debut today (Jan. 29) via DreamWorks. "My first a After a year on EMI's backburner, ...

  45. Angie Stone Warms Up On 'Mahogany'

    October 29, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 As she approaches the promotion of "Mahogany Soul," her second studio effort and J Records debut (due Nov. 6), R&B diva Angie Stone is notably relaxed and content. "Everything is flowing," she ent As she approaches the promot ...