1. 29 Black Music Milestones: Berry Gordy Starts Motown

    February 02, 2011 4:06 PM EST 0 0 0 In the late 1950s, rhythm and blues was still largely marginalized to tiny clubs in the inner cities of America. With his ear for talent and his vision for a powerhouse new label, Michigan-raised music mogul Berry Gordy would be a major force in cha ...

  2. Sade, Willow Smith, Kanye Earn NAACP Image Award Nominations

    January 12, 2011 5:23 PM EST 0 0 0 S ade , Usher , Kanye West and newcomer Willow Smith are among the multiple nominees in the recording category for the upcoming NAACP Image Awards. Nominations for the 42nd annual ceremony were announced today (Jan. 12) during a press conference at ...

  3. Teena Marie Honored by Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah at Memorial Service

    January 11, 2011 7:29 AM EST 0 0 0 Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Shanice Wilson and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. are among the luminaries who honored singer Teena Marie at a private memorial service. Gordy and Wonder spoke and Robinson and Wilson sang as they celeb ...

  4. Cracker Barrel Serves Up Cornbread, Eggs and CDs

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The thought of eggs over easy and country ham often means long lines at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. That's nothing compared to the wait The Grascals had, though. The bluegrass band waited three years to get what they wanted from the pop ...

  5. Aretha Franklin: 'I Feel Great'

    December 17, 2010 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Soul legend Aretha Franklin says she feels "great" and is "piddling around the house" as she follows doctors orders to rest at home after surgery two weeks ago. "I feel great," Franklin told JET magazine in her first in ...

  6. Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood Toasted As 'CMT Artists of the Year'

    December 01, 2010 1:54 PM EST 0 0 0 They gathered to honor CMT's five artists of the year, but the night was more like a celebration of music without borders. CMT feted Taylor Swift , Carrie Underwood , Lady Antebellum , Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band at the taping of "2010 ...

  7. Doo-wop star, Motown Executive Harvey Fuqua Dies

    July 07, 2010 7:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 Harvey Fuqua , a former doo-wop star with the Moonglows who went on to launch Marvin Gaye 's career as well as his comeback, died in Detroit on Tuesday (July 6), the Motown Alumni Association said. He was 80. He succumbed to what an association ...

  8. Michael Jackson Fans Pay Tribute, Dad Files Lawsuit

    June 26, 2010 11:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 On the day Michael Jackson 's fans paid their respects with tears, tributes, songs and dance, Jackson's father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor charged with giving his son a lethal dose of drugs. Joe Jackson's visit t ...

  9. Carpenters Lead Guitarist Tony Peluso Dies

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tony Peluso, the lead guitarist with the Carpenters for 12 years and a successful Motown and Latin music producer, died June 5 of heart disease in Los Angeles. He was 60. Peluso got his start as musical director for Bobby Sherman, played guitar fo ...

  10. Michael Jackson, Aretha To Enter Apollo Hall of Fame

    June 07, 2010 3:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 M ichael Jackson will be posthumously inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame -- along with Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin -- at the Apollo Theatre's Annual Spring Benefit. Past inductees into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame include Quincy ...

  11. Dr. Dre To Be Honored By ASCAP

    June 02, 2010 11:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-hop pioneer Dr. Dre will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award during the organization's 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony-which will also honor the songwriters and publishers of 2009's most performed ASCAP ...

  12. Jackson, Brown Among Apollo's Walk of Fame In N.Y.

    May 11, 2010 7:24 AM EDT 0 0 0 New York's Apollo Theater took on a touch of Hollywood when it began installing its own Walk of Fame with plaques that will honor entertainers including late singers James Brown and Michael Jackson . The famed Harlem auditorium has long been cr ...

  13. Jackson, Brown Among Apollo's Walk of Fame In N.Y.

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New York's Apollo Theater took on a touch of Hollywood when it began installing its own Walk of Fame with plaques that will honor entertainers including late singers James Brown and Michael Jackson . The famed Harlem auditorium has long been ...

  14. Elton John, Lady Gaga To Join Sting At Rainforest Fund Concert

    March 23, 2010 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 S ting , Elton John , Lady Gaga and Dame Shirley Bassey will perform together at Carnegie Hall, as part of the bi-annual Rainforest Fund benefit concert on May 13. The event will mark the 21st birthday of the charitable organization founded by Sting ...

  15. Muse, Courtney Love, Smokey Robinson Fire Up SXSW Friday

    March 20, 2010 11:41 AM EDT 0 0 0 The South by Southwest Music festival and conference reached a fever pitch on Friday, with some of the highest profile bands of the week performing day and night along side the hundreds of aspiring musicians angling for attention at bars, clubs and ...

  16. @SXSW: Muse, Courtney Love, Smokey Robinson Fire Up Friday

    March 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The South by Southwest Music festival and conference reached a fever pitch on Friday, with some of the highest profile bands of the week performing day and night along side the hundreds of aspiring musicians angling for attention at bars, clubs an ...

  17. SXSW Day 2 Brings STP, Cheap Trick Performances, Alex Chilton Tributes

    March 19, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The music kicked into high gear on the second full day of the South By Southwest Music Festival + Conference in Austin, TX, though the celebrations were tempered by sadness as fans and fellow musicians reacted to the death of Alex Chilton . Big Star ...

  18. Smokey Robinson Delivers SXSW Keynote

    March 19, 2010 10:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 Motown legend Smokey Robinson delivered the keynote address on Thursday (March 18) for this year's South By Southwest Music + Media Conference, entertaining a bleary-eyed crowd of attendees with stories about meeting Berry Gordy, starting Motow ...

  19. @SXSW: Smokey Robinson Delivers Keynote

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Motown legend Smokey Robinson delivered the keynote address on Thursday (March 18) for this year's South By Southwest Music + Media Conference, entertaining a bleary-eyed crowd of attendees with stories about meeting Berry Gordy, starting Mot ...

  20. Patti Smith Group / Feb. 19, 2010 / Detroit (Saint Andrews Hall)

    February 24, 2010 7:06 PM EST 0 0 0 It was, to paraphrase U2 , a sort of homecoming for Patti Smith . The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and poet did, after all, live in the Detroit environs (suburban St. Clair Shores, to be precise) from 1980-96 with her late husband, ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Beyonce, Taylor Swift Score Big At 2010 Grammy Awards

    January 31, 2010 11:36 PM EST 0 0 0 The winners of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards Sunday were a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll - but a diva was the one who put a ring on the whole night. Beyonce led all artists on the evening with six wins, a Grammy record for a female ...

  23. Beyonce, Swift, Gaga Poised to Win Big at Tonight's Grammys

    January 31, 2010 12:13 PM EST 0 0 0 Besides being one of the most popular singers on the planet, Beyonce has gotten plenty of accolades over her career. Now a veteran, she's won a caseload of Grammys for her solo work and also with Destiny's Child. What she hasn't won, ...

  24. Drake, Lil Wayne, Eminem and Travis Barker To Perform At Grammys

    January 28, 2010 1:53 PM EST 0 0 0 D rake , Lil Wayne , Eminem and Travis Barker are the latest acts added to the Grammy roster. According to an early Thursday tweet posted on the official Grammy Awards Twitter page , the three rappers and drummer will team up for a "special per ...

  25. Billboard Bits: AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Weird Al, Devo, ABBA And More

    January 26, 2010 5:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. AC/DC still hasn't released a greatest hits collection, but the upcoming soundtrack for the "Iron Man 2" film is pretty much the next best ...

  26. The Daily Noise 1.20.2010 - Billboard.com

    The Daily Noise 1.20.2010 - Billboard.com

    January 20, 2010 4:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Vampire Weekend's "Contra" tops album chart, Michael Jackson 3-D tribute planned for Grammys, Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan talks about how the music industry has changed. Carrie Underwood , smokey robinson , Omarion , Raekwan , Bill We ...

  27. Grammys Will Stage 3-D Tribute To Michael Jackson

    January 20, 2010 9:32 AM EST 0 0 0 Last year, as the Grammys were approaching, the show's executive producer was in frequent talks with Michael Jackson to appear on the telecast to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Thriller." Ken Ehrlich, the Grammy telecast's co ...

  28. Billboard Bits: The Smiths, Paula Abdul, Michael Bublé, LeToya and more

    January 11, 2010 3:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Brooklyn fans of The Smiths got a special treat over the weekend, when the band's original bassist, Andy Rourke, hopped on stage at the Bell House an ...

  29. Grammy Nominations: 10 Things You Didn't See On T.V.

    December 03, 2009 12:02 AM EST 0 0 0 Backstage after the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Wednesday (Dec. 2), artists and musicians told Billboard.com what they think of the nominess and what they expect from this year's show. GALLERY: GRAMMY NOMINATION CONCERT PHOTOS 1. In the pr ...

  30. Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Peas Lead Grammy Award Nominations

    December 02, 2009 10:34 PM EST 0 0 0 Completing the trifecta of the big three categories, Beyonce topped the nominations for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, with 10 total nods, including Album of the Year for "I Am...Sasha Fierce," Record of the Year for "Halo" and S ...

  31. Stevie Wonder, Kid Rock Toast Motown's 50th Anniversary

    November 23, 2009 1:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Amidst glitzy ballrooms, swanky duds, a video message from President Barack Obama and performances by Stevie Wonder , Aretha Franklin , Kid Rock and the Temptations , Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. was thinking about the little people as th ...

  32. Ask Billboard: Why We Follow The Charts

    November 13, 2009 4:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SOMETIMES YOU'RE THE WINDSHI ...

  33. Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Temptations To Celebrate Motown's 50th In Detroit

    November 06, 2009 10:58 AM EST 0 0 0 S tevie Wonder , Aretha Franklin , the Temptations and others will be on hand later this month to celebrate Motown's 50th anniversary back home in Detroit. The two-night affair on Nov. 20-21, titled "Live It Again!," will benefit the ...

  34. Springsteen, Wonder Celebrate Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

    October 30, 2009 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors music's most treasured acts, but this time it was the hall's turn to be feted. Bruce Springsteen , Billy Joel , Stevie Wonder and more celebrated the hall's 25th birthday with a concert that inclu ...

  35. Ask Billboard: Latest Greatest Hits, Part 2

    October 23, 2009 5:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. GIVING YOU THE BEST THAT I GOT Af ...

  36. Breaking & Entering: Mayer Hawthorne

    October 23, 2009 12:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Mayer Hawthorne was growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he frequently confiscated his parents' record collection -- which included music by jazz and soul greats like Smokey Robinson , Curtis Mayfield and Leroy Hutson -- to play on his Fishe ...

  37. Rod Stewart Video Q&A I Billboard.com

    Rod Stewart Video Q&A I Billboard.com

    October 19, 2009 1:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rod Stewart talks about new album "Soulbook," singing with Mary J., Smokey Robinson, and Jennifer Hudson, and more. smokey robinson , Pop , Rod Stewart , interview , exclusive , R&B , soul , rock , Soulbook , vuclip Videos Rod Stewart ...

  38. 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, ...

  39. Unreleased Jackson 5 Tracks Discovered For New Collection

    October 06, 2009 9:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Motown/UMe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jackson 5 's first single with "I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters," a new collection of 12 vault recordings due out on Nov. 10. A single, "That's How Love Is," is ...

  40. Smokey Robinson To Play BBC Electric Proms

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Soul legend Smokey Robinson will perform at the BBC's five-day Electric Proms festival in London next month, along with U.K. indie-rock act Doves and rapper Dizzee Rascal. The event runs Oct. 20-24. Now in its fourth year, the festival return ...

  41. Chart Beat Thursday: Colbie Caillat, Black Eyed Peas, Prince

    September 03, 2009 4:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 HOT COCO: If it seems like the Billboard 200 this week is bursting with debuts, it is. 39 new titles arrive, led by Colbie Caillat 's sophomore set, and first No. 1, "Breakthrough." Her debut album, "Coco," peaked at No. 5 u ...

  42. Smokey Robinson, "Don't Know Why"

    Smokey Robinson, "Don't Know Why"

    August 12, 2009 4:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard.com premiere's Smokey Robinson's video for "Don't Know Why," from new album, "Time Flies When You're Having Fun." smokey robinson , time flies when you're having fun , billboard premiere , Don&# ...

  43. Chart Beat Thursday: Whitney Houston, Black Eyed Peas, Demi Lovato

    July 30, 2009 4:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 MANY HAPPY RETURNS: A host of veterans enjoy warm welcomes back to Billboard charts this week. After co-hosting listening parties in Los Angeles, New York and London, attended by such collaborators as Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats and celebrities incl ...

  44. Chart Beat Wednesday: Katy Perry, Rob Thomas, U2

    July 29, 2009 5:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 WHAT HAPPENS TO 'VEGAS': On the Pop Songs/Mainstream Top 40 radio chart, Katy Perry becomes the fourth female artist since 2000 - and second this year following Lady Gaga - to earn at least two No. 1s from a debut album, as "Waking Up ...

  45. Michael Jackson Memorial To Be Worldwide Television Event

    July 07, 2009 6:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Talk about event television: The mega-blowout to celebrate Michael Jackson's life and music is expected to draw some of the biggest daytime audiences stateside in decades and through-the-roof ratings in Europe, where the show will air live in p ...

  46. Michael Jackson Memorial Speakers, Performers Announced

    July 06, 2009 5:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mariah Carey , Jennifer Hudson , John Mayer , Lionel Richie , Smokey Robinson , Usher and Stevie Wonder are among the confirmed participants at Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Billboard ...

  47. Michael Jackson Memorial Service Speakers Revealed

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Usher and Stevie Wonder are among the confirmed participants at Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The announce ...

  48. Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream ASCAP's Top Songwriters

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The songwriting/production team of Christopher "Tricky" Stewart & The-Dream tied for songwriter of the year honors with fellow songwriting/production duo Stargate (Tor Hermansen & Mikkel Eriksen) at the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & ...

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