1. Common Announces 'Black America Again' Release Date

    October 17, 2016 5:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Common 's thought-provoking single "Black America Again" was just one of of the many socially conscious singles recently released about race issues in America. Expanding upon his single, Common will host a discussion at the historical ...

  2. Lee Ann Womack's 'I Hope You Dance' Waltzes Back In With a Thanksgiving Special

    November 26, 2015 12:42 PM EST 0 0 0 Time, according to the Lee Ann Womack crossover hit “I Hope You Dance,” is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along. When songwriter Mark D. Sanders looks back on the 15 years that have transpired since its release, he has seen “Hope” roll ...

  3. Exclusive: Go Behind-the-Scenes of Maya Angelou's 'Harlem Hopscotch' Video

    January 19, 2015 10:00 AM EST In December, a video was released for Maya Angelou's "Harlem Hopscotch" that was a dance-driven accompaniment to the late poet's musical pairing on the Caged Bird Songs album.  Now we get a behind-the-scenes look at putting th ...

  4. Maya Angelou’s Posthumous Album, ‘Caged Bird Songs,’ Debuts

    November 04, 2014 2:17 PM EST New album blends poet’s prose with hip-hop; Oprah Winfrey is co-producing a music video for the project Before her death at age 86 on May 28, Dr. Maya Angelou had signed off on a unique music project she had been actively involved with over the ...

  5. Maya Angelou's Work Mixed With Hip-Hop for Album

    September 03, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Maya Angelou 's iconic words and lyrics will blend with hip-hop beats for a new album called Caged Bird Songs . Shawn Rivera , the lead singer of R&B group Az Yet , and RoccStarr , who co-wrote Chris Brown 's "Fine China," ...

  6. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence bu ...

  7. Maya Angelou Dead: Beyonce, Rihanna, Common Pay Tribute to Iconic Poet

    May 28, 2014 12:22 PM EDT As news broke that author Maya Angelou -- who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page -- died on Wednesday morning at 86 , the music world paid tribute via social media. Mary J. Blige, K ...

  8. Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

    May 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Maya Angelou, an American author and poet who documented her life in seven autobiographies and recited her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration, has died at age 86. Angelou's publi ...

  9. Funeral Held for Fallen Poet and Activist Amiri Baraka

    January 18, 2014 6:50 PM EST 0 0 0 A cacophony of bagpipes, African drums and jazz riffs creatively blended -- much like the elements of an Amiri Baraka poem -- at the Saturday funeral for the activist-writer and a founder of the Black Arts Movement, who died earlier this month . The ...

  10. Chart Juice: Drake's Domination Rolls On

    February 10, 2012 12:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Lately, It seems like Drake is one of the main ingredients required to make a fresh glass of Chart Juice. The ever-present rapper not only leads Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart again, but he continues to dominate Rap Songs with his late ...

  11. Common, Dr. Maya Angelou Clear Up N-Word Controversy

    December 20, 2011 3:00 PM EST 0 0 0 After reciting a poem on "The Dreamer," the opening track from Common 's new album "The Dreamer/The Believer," Dr. Maya Angelou reportedly expressed disappointment over the rapper's use of the N-word on the track. On Mo ...

  12. Common, Dr. Maya Angelou Clear Up N-Word Controversy

    December 20, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 After reciting a poem on "The Dreamer," the opening track from Common 's new album "The Dreamer/The Believer," Dr. Maya Angelou reportedly expressed disappointment over the rapper's use of the N-word on the track. On Mo ...

  13. Madonna, Beyonce, Usher Highlight Oprah's Final Shows

    May 18, 2011 8:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than 20,000 people packed Chicago's United Center to watch the celebrity-packed live taping of Oprah Winfrey's second and third final shows. Before the show even started, a man proposed to his girlfriend on-stage -- who accepted as th ...

  14. CeCe Winans Plans Live Solo Album After Tour with Bebe

    April 22, 2011 4:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Contemporary gospel singer CeCe Winans, currently on what's amounting to a farewell tour for her duo with brother BeBe Winans, is planning to make a live album for her next solo venture. "We're scheduling a live recording, so we' ...

  15. Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails Plan New Music In 2010

    January 04, 2010 12:05 PM EST 0 0 0 K anye West and Trent Reznor , two of the most iconoclastic and discussed musicians of the past decade, each took to their blogs over the New Year holiday to announce new projects. While short on details, Reznor's message on nin.com hints at mu ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Chart Beat

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Usher's "Love in This Club," American 'Idols,' Janet Jackson and more! 'CLUB' PLAY: Adding sales to airplay can be like adding Mentos to Diet Coke. The resulting explosion has carried "Love in T ...

  18. Clinton, Obama To Battle In Grammy Category

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The race for president isn't the only one featuring a member of the Clinton family and Barack Obama. The race for president isn't the only one featuring a member of the Clinton family and Barack Obama. Indeed, the just-announced 2008 Gramm ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Billboard Bits: 'Iconoclasts,' Tony Bennett, Sound Tribe Sector 9

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paul Simon, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Fiona Apple will be featured on the second season of the Sundance Channel series "Iconoclasts." Paul Simon, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Fiona Apple will be featured on the second season o ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. We Are Family

    February 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The soundtrack to the upcoming Tyler Perry film "Madea's Family Reunion" hits stores this week via Motown, just ahead of the U.S. premiere of the film. The soundtrack to the upcoming Tyler Perry film "Madea's Family Reunion& ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Quincy Celebrated With Rhino Box

    September 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Quincy Jones's wide-ranging and influential career accomplishments will be celebrated in a four-disc box set due Oct. 16 from Rhino. The release of "Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones" will coin Quincy Jones's wide-ranging ...