1. Class of 2013 Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:22 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was ...

  2. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was fu ...

  3. Graham Armstrong, Veteran Program Director and Journalist, Succumbs to Pneumonia

    March 04, 2013 5:12 PM EST Graham Armstrong, former program director at Chicago’s WGCI-FM and a veteran R&B journalist, died March 1 in Los Angeles of complications after a long bout with pneumonia. He was 60 years old. The Chicago native, born Dec. 21, 1952, graduated ...

  4. Bobby Womack Says He Has Alzheimer's

    January 02, 2013 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 "How can I not remember songs that I wrote? That's frustrating," soul legend says Bobby Womack, the soul singer behind such songs as "Lookin' for a Love," says he's been diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer' ...

  5. Backbeat: Beres Hammond, Shaggy, Maxi Priest Ali Campbell's UB40 Play Barclays Center First Reggae Concert

    December 24, 2012 7:30 AM EST BioLife Sounds of Reggae was Brooklyn's Barclay's Center brought out some 13,000 fans. The year-long series of celebrations honoring Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence wound down Dec. 12 with the largest Jamaican music event ...

  6. L.A. Reid to Be Honored at Pre-Grammy Gala; Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at P&E Wing Event

    December 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. As part of the ...

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  8. R. Kelly Brings the 'Single Ladies' Tour to NYC

    November 24, 2012 8:00 AM EST 0 0 0 From sweaty grinding to sweet gospel, on Wednesday night (Nov. 21), R. Kelly , born Robert Sylvester Kelly, brought his 'Single Ladies' tour to The Theater at Madison Square Garden. "The King of R&B" moniker is important to n ...

  9. 'Take a Letter, Maria' Singer R.B. Greaves Dies at 68

    October 03, 2012 9:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 R.B. Greaves , a smooth R&B crooner who scored a No. 2 hit in 1969 with the infectious break-up song "Take a Letter, Maria," died September 27 in Los Angeles. He was 68. The singer's son confirmed the news, according to the New Yo ...

  10. Backbeat: The Great Bobby Womack Rocks NYC Apple Store With Damon Albarn, XL's Richard Russell

    September 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Rocking the tech emporium: From left: XL's Richard Russell, TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton, Bobby Womack, Remi Kabaka, Kwes (behind the piano) and Damon Albarn playing NYC's SoHo Apple Store. (Photo: Andy Gensler) 'It fired me ...

  11. The Future Is Unwritten

    June 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT It's becoming obvious that music specialty merchants - such as independent stores and retail chains including Trans World Entertainment, Hastings Entertainment and Newbury Comics - will likely be the last stores to carry physical CDs. Yet the ...

  12. Appreciation: The Miracle of Levon Helm

    April 20, 2012 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Some concerts stick with you when you wonder if it's the last time you'll ever see a particular performer. Levon Helm was a mystery that way. He took his place behind the drums positioned downstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on Au ...

  13. Dick Clark, American Music Icon, Dead at 82

    April 18, 2012 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the ...

  14. Dick Clark Dead at 82

    April 18, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Dick Clark, the revered TV producer whose "American Bandstand," "American Top 40" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve" helped shape modern pop music for decades, died of a "massive heart attack" at a Los A ...

  15. Bobby Womack Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

    March 26, 2012 12:14 PM EDT Classic soul-funk singer and guitarist Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer, according to bassist Bootsy Collins. The 68-year-old originally rose to prominence due to his association with Sam Cooke, who had signed him to his SAR Recor ...

  16. 'American Idol' Caps Off Auditions in St. Louis

    February 03, 2012 12:20 PM EST 0 0 0 St. Louis was the Gateway City both literally and metaphorically last night. As the final stop on the "Idol" audition tour, the St. Louis auditions were the gateway to a better place: Hollywood Week. And after three weeks of (mostly) lackl ...

  17. Paul McCartney Reveals 'Kisses On The Bottom' Track List

    January 09, 2012 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Paul McCartney has revealed the full track list to "Kisses On The Bottom," the singer-songwriter's first album since 2007 that is set for a Feb. 7 release on Hear Music/Concord Records. McCartney's follow-up to "Memory Almos ...

  18. Frank Ocean Talks New Album; Says No to Kanye West Collabo

    November 14, 2011 6:25 PM EST 0 0 0 After cancelling his NYC show due to illness, Frank Ocean trekked abroad for his first UK show where he performed new songs from his untitled sophomore effort. Ocean stopped by BBC 1xtra after his praised performance on Fri (Nov. 11) to talk about h ...

  19. Gavin DeGraw Dusts Off After NYC Street Fight, Delivers 'Sweeter' Album

    September 16, 2011 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the early morning hours of Aug. 8, singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw was assaulted by a group of unknown men in Manhattan's East Village, not far from the bar he co-owns with his brother, the National Underground. DeGraw, 34, was then hit by a ...

  20. 'Voice' Winner Javier Colon to Play Ray Charles on 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 9:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming episo ...

  21. Bruce Springsteen Gives Surprise Clarence Clemons Tribute: Watch

    July 18, 2011 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 In an impromptu appearance, Bruce Springsteen performed to an intimate crowd of 400 at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, N.J. on Sunday (July 17), during a "Tribute to the Late, Great Clarence Clemons ." The 45-minute set was Springsteen' ...

  22. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. Th ...

  23. Rod Stewart: No 'Magicians or Midgets' in Las Vegas Show

    May 20, 2011 4:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 R od Stewart , 66, firmly embodies the term "musical icon." The hallmarks of his success include performing in such classic bands as the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces and recording his "Great American Songbook" album series. In 2 ...

  24. Cornell Dupree, R&B Guitarist, Dies at 69

    May 10, 2011 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 C ornell Dupree , a prolific session guitarist in jazz, R&B and funk, died at 69 in Fort Worth, Tex. on Sunday (May 8). According to Variety , Dupree had recently been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The Texas-born musician ...

  25. Anoop Desai 'Zero.0' Album Premiere & Download

    March 23, 2011 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Anoop Desai may not have won Season 8 of "American Idol," but the up-and-coming pop/R&B artist is set to prove himself a champion with his new "Zero" series. Following the release of his debut music video "All Is Fair (C ...

  26. SAM COOKE BIOPIC NOW SCRIPTED, SEEKING A DIRECTOR

    March 18, 2011 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 A number of biopic rumors have surfaced in the last few years-Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye and Dusty Springfield just to name a few. This week, however, a Sam Cooke biopic took a significant step toward becoming a reality. The screenwriters behind the Bea ...

  27. Sam Cooke Biopic Moving Forward, Screenplay Complete

    March 14, 2011 9:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Start singing "Ain't That Good News": A Sam Cooke biopic has taken a significant step toward becoming a reality. Start singing "Ain't That Good News": A Sam Cooke biopic has taken a significant step toward becoming a re ...

  28. Exclusive: Sam Cooke Biopic Moving Forward -- Screenwriters Complete Script

    March 14, 2011 7:19 PM EDT Start singing "Ain't That Good News": A Sam Cooke biopic has taken a significant step toward becoming a reality. The screenwriters behind the all-Beatles musical "Across the Universe" have finished their adaptation of Pete ...

  29. Billboard Bits: Foo Fighters to Release Covers Album, Nick Lachey Debuts Basketball Song

    March 11, 2011 4:46 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Foo Fighters to Release Covers Album for Record Store Day Four days after releasing their seventh album "Wasting Light," Foo Fighters are releasing a covers alb ...

  30. Billy Preston Debut Re-Released for Black History Month

    February 10, 2011 12:06 PM EST 0 0 0 In recognition of Black History Month, ABKCO Records will release "16 Year Old Soul," the album that launched the career of Billy Preston , on Feb. 22. The release will mark the first time the LP is available in more than 45 years. "1 ...

  31. 'American Idol' Top 5 San Francisco Auditions, from Stefano Langone to James Durbin

    February 09, 2011 11:30 PM EST 0 0 0 S teven Tyler , Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson wrapped up their first season of "Idol" auditions together with a San Francisco visit that was good, bad and scary -- extra emphasis on the "car" in "scary." Even if the ...

  32. Lindsay Lohan's Prison Playlist

    July 21, 2010 1:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 When she began serving her prison sentence yesterday, sometime pop singer Lindsay Lohan joined the ranks of Lil' Wayne , Boy George and Tommy Lee as another music celeb who has landed behind bars. To commemorate Lohan's jail time and give ...

  33. 'American Idol' Recap: Lilly Scott Changes The Game

    March 03, 2010 9:34 PM EST 0 0 0 I cannot even tell you how much I was creeping on Twitter this afternoon trying to find out if Crystal Bowersox had been given the medical OK to perform. With about 10 minutes before showtime, Ryan Seacrest said she had been given the thumb's u ...

  34. Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah Play White House Concert

    February 10, 2010 10:01 AM EST 0 0 0 Crediting civil rights-era protest songs and their spiritual predecessors for his election, President Barack Obama on Tuesday sat in the East Room of his White House and listened to an all-star lineup of performers pay tribute to the music that he s ...

  35. Chart Beat Thursday: Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Jason DeRulo

    November 05, 2009 5:47 PM EST 0 0 0 HE IS NOT ALONE: Not only does Michael Jackson 's "This Is It" blast onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1, but several artists with ties to the late King of Pop also enter Billboard charts this week. "This Is It" marks Jackson� ...

  36. Chart Beat Wednesday: Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire

    November 03, 2009 7:08 PM EST 0 0 0 BOYZ IN A FAMILIAR 'HOOD: Old is new again this week. Boyz II Men bow at No. 34 on Adult R&B (viewable at billboard.biz ) and No. 99 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "I Can't Make You Love Me." The song had last appeared on a Bi ...

  37. Rod Stewart "Soulbook" Video Q&A

    October 19, 2009 1:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rod Stewart brings a splash of color to the staid surroundings of the Beverly Hills Hotel. He's wearing a blue striped shirt, a white business suitcoat with thick red trim and blue Converse slip-ons-a look that combines nautical and vaudeville, ...

  38. Rod Stewart Hopes 'Soulbook' Album Launches Series

    October 16, 2009 5:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rod Stewart is hoping his upcoming "Soulbook" album may launch a series similar to his multi-platinum "The Great American Songbook" series earlier this decade. "Oh, I'd love it to. That would be just amazing, but I' ...

  39. Former Beatles, Stones Manager Allen Klein Dies

    July 06, 2009 4:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Infamous record label owner Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a sp ...

  40. Former Beatles, Stones Manager Allen Klein Dies

    July 06, 2009 9:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Infamous record label owner Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a sp ...

  41. Michael Johns Not Holding Back On First Post-'Idol' Album

    May 29, 2009 4:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 While the American Idol post-season promo drive for Summer 2009 has kicked into gear for Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, Season 7's Michael Johns will be resurfacing this summer with his first post-Idol album entitled "Hold Back My Heart.&quo ...

  42. Metallica, Run-DMC Inducted Into Rock Hall Of Fame

    April 05, 2009 1:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 Metallica shoved the mosh pit into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Heavy metal's heaviest hitters, whose menacing, monstrous sound has banged heads around the globe for decades, were inducted into rock's shrine on Saturday night, capping a ...

  43. This Day in Music

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST - MTV gives viewers a glimpse into the holiday season at the home of Ozzy Osbourne and his family with "The Osbourne Family Christmas Special." A wide range of celebrity guests join in on the fes 2003 - MTV gives viewers a glimpse int ...

  44. This Day in Music

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Aaron Tippin and his wife, Thea, become parents again when their second child, Thomas Aaron Tippin is born at the Baptist Women's Pavilion in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Thomas weighs seven pounds, fou 2000 - Aaron Tippin and his wife, Thea, bec ...

  45. ABKCO Taps Firm For Digital Print Deal

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST ABKCO Music, Inc., a leading independent music publisher based in New York, has tapped Alfred Publishing to be exclusive licensing agent for its physical and digital print rights for the ABKCO catalog. ABKCO's catalog includes songs composed ...

  46. This Day in Music

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July. 2006 - Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The ...

  47. Chart Beat: T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from T.I., James Taylor, Kellie Pickler and more! T.I., T.I., OH!: In a very newsy chart week, one newsmaker stands out above the rest: T.I. rewrites chart history, not only replacing himself at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot ...

  48. Seal Sings From His 'Soul' On New Album

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Exactly a year on the heels of his last album, Seal will unveil another new project Nov. 11 via Warner Bros. Exactly a year on the heels of his last album, Seal will unveil another new project Nov. 11 via Warner Bros. "Soul," as its name i ...

  49. Fashion Rocks / Sept. 5, 2008 / New York, New York (Radio City Music Hall)

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Conde Nast and CBS held its 5th annual Fashion Rocks concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Friday (Sept. 5) and numerous superstar acts took the stage to celebrate the kick-off event of Merce Conde Nast and CBS held its 5th annual Fash ...

  50. Various Artists / July 13-19, 2008 / Montego Bay, Jamaica (Reggae Sumfest)

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A multi-platinum-selling rapper's appearance generated the most hype and Jamaican DJs' girls and gun exploits, as echoed throughout several performances on Dancehall Night, pulled the largest crowd. B A multi-platinum-selling rapper's ...

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