1. 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 ...

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  3. 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 ...

  4. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen and Heard Sunday

    July 09, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The last day of the 2012 Essence Music festival belonged to the divas of R&B and soul: on Sunday night (July 9), legends not only took the main stage of the Superdome, but paid tribute to other fallen legends, such as Whitney Houston, Etta James ...

  5. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided t ...

  6. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  7. Aretha Franklin Honors Whitney Houston at Radio City Concert

    February 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Aretha Franklin was thankful to be alive and was thinking about lost friends, among them Whitney Houston . Hours after she canceled an appearance at Houston's funeral because of spasms in her legs, the "Queen of Soul" (the "undis ...

  8. Grammy Producer Talks Adele, McCartney & (Lack of) Boycotts

    January 31, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 'We Are in Discussions With Adele' to Appear, Says Ken Ehrlich in New Interview The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday shou ...

  9. Grammy's Ken Ehrlich on Adele Appearance, Paul Simon Snub, Paul McCartney's Performance

    January 31, 2012 8:30 AM EST The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters, and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday should yield a "major interesting" announcement. Ehrlich tells Billboard.biz that ...

  10. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  11. Usher to Join Valerie Simpson, Mike Stoller in Songwriters Tribute at Grammy Nominations Concert

    November 22, 2011 1:37 PM EST Valerie Simpson (of the hit songwriting/performing duo Ashford and Simpson) and Mike Stoller (of the legendary songwriting team Leiber & Stoller) both lost their longtime songwriting partners ( Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber, respectively) in t ...

  12. Obituary: Nick Ashford, 1941-2011

    September 01, 2011 7:44 AM EDT With wife Valerie Simpson, the songwriter/producer/vocalist elevated the art of the duet. As tributes poured in following the Aug. 22 death of singer/songwriter Nick Ashford, the word "legend" was frequently invoked. It's a fittin ...

  13. Long Live the Queen: Aretha Franklin Thrills in Live Return

    August 26, 2011 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Eight months after rumors spread that the Queen was dying, Aretha Franklin -- the Queen of Soul -- proved to a hometown crowd that she's very much alive and well. The 69-year-old Franklin was in robust voice and ebullient good humor throughout ...

  14. Lady Antebellum Billboard Cover: Sneak Peek

    August 25, 2011 6:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 You need this now! Lady Antebellum graces the cover of this week's Billboard Magazine and inside you'll learn about the country trio's upcoming follow-up -- and first headlining arena tour -- to one of 2010's best-selling albums ...

  15. Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Exec and Museum Founder, Dies

    August 25, 2011 11:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 Esther Gordy Edwards, who founded the Motown Museum to preserve the legacy of the iconic record label her brother Berry founded, has died at age 91. According to her family, Gordy Edwards died of natural causes. Berry Gordy, in a statement released ...

  16. Motown Legend Nick Ashford Dies at 70

    August 22, 2011 9:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publici ...

  17. Nick Ashford of Legendary Motown Duo Ashford & Simpson Dies At 70

    August 22, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Ashford & Simpson - Solid by trashfan NEW YORK (AP) -- Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Cha ...

  18. May 4, 2009

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Reggae producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd dies of a heart attack at his studio in Kingston, Jamaica. He is 72. 2000 – Letters to Cleo play their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month. 1992 – Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu of Johnny ...

  19. Dido, Kate Nash Honored At ASCAP Awards

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored U.K. artists including Dido, Kate Nash and pop-rock band The Kooks at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel tonight (Oct. 15), reco ...

  20. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. s ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore: 'Lovers' On & Offstage

    February 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Continuing a time-honored tradition of R&B duos that includes the couplings of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Peaches & Herb, and Rene & Angela, contemporary soul singers Kenny Lattimore a ...

  23. CHART BEAT BONUS

    March 29, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Chart-based stories on Cher, Ja Rule, Jimmy Buffett, and more. ONLY THE 'LONELY': Cher expands her chart span on Billboard's Hot 100 to 36 years and nine months, thanks to the debut of "Song for the Lonely" (Warner Bros.), t ...

  24. Celebrities To Fete Jackson's Solo Years

    September 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's hard to find a celebrity who isn't planning to be at Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary concert tonight (Sept. 7) at New York's Madison Square Garden. The first of two heavily hyped concerts (the It's hard to find a cel ...