1. Four Tops Vocalist Levi Stubbs Dies At 72

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Arguably the most powerful voice in Motown's storied history has been silenced. Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, Jr., died today (Oct. 17) at his home in Detroit after a long series of illnesses. Arguably the most powerful voice in Motown ...

  2. Motown Collects Every No. 1 On Boxed Set

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Motown will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mammoth boxed set, "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," due Dec. 9. Motown will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mammoth boxed set, "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," due D ...

  3. This Day in Music

    September 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Grascals claim the entertainer of the year trophy at the 17th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. 2006 - The Grascals claim the entertainer of the year trophy at the 17th annual Internatio ...

  4. Motown Legend Norman Whitfield Dies

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Motown producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield, who had a hand in such iconic songs as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," died yesterday (Sept. 16) in Los Angeles at the age Motown producer/songwri ...

  5. Motown Legend Norman Whitfield Dies

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Motown producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield, who had a hand in such iconic songs as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," died yesterday (Sept. 16) in Los Angeles at the age of 65. Whitfield has ...

  6. This Day in Music

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Lil' Jon is the big winner at the 2005 BMI Urban Awards, held at the Grand Ballroom of the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. 2005 - Lil' Jon is the big winner at the 2005 BMI Urban Awards, held at the Grand Ballroom of the Fontai ...

  7. This Day in Music

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Motown legend Smokey Robinson joins the ranks of music stars-turned-radio stars when he dons his own on-air persona on Los Angeles station KCMG (Mega 92.3) with the show "Intimate With Smokey R 2000 - Motown legend Smokey Robinson joins ...

  8. This Day in Music

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Intonation Music Festival opens its gates at Chicago's Union Park and manages to achieve a goal for all first-year festivals: it sells out. Headliners included the Decemberists, Tortoise, L 2005 - The Intonation Music Festival opens ...

  9. Smokey Robinson, Denzel Honored By Apollo Theater

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B icon Smokey Robinson along with actor Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta celebrated their achievements at New York City's Apollo Theater Spring Benefit on Monday (June 2). The Apollo Theater Foundation inducted Robinson into the Apol ...

  10. R&B Briefs: Smokey Robinson, Rodney Jerkins

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- R&B pioneer Smokey Robinson will be inducted into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame on June 2. The fourth annual fund-raising gala, presented by the Apollo Theater Foundation, will also award the Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Arts and Humanita ...

  11. Whitney, Shakira To Headline Plymouth Jazz Festival

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Shakira are among the performers set to take the stage at the fourth annual Plymouth Jazz Festival in Plymouth, Tobago, from April 25 - 27. Smokey Robinson, Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, En Vogue, Steel P ...

  12. This Day in Music

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST - American singer Macy Gray is named best international female artist and best international newcomer at the U.K. recording industry's annual Brit Awards. TLC pick up best international group hon 2000 - American singer Macy Gray is named b ...

  13. This Day in Music

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee, rejecting four of the five counts brought against the singer. 2002 - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sex ...

  14. Ward Helps Deschanel Find Her Voice

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The album has been finished for a year, but Merge Records is finally preparing to release "Volume 1" by She & Him, a collaboration between musician/producer M. Ward and actress/songwriter Zooey De The album has been finished for a year ...

  15. This Day in Music

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating voice in such songs as "Is That All There Is" and "Fever" made her a jazz and pop legend, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles. She is 8 2002 - Peggy Lee, the singer ...

  16. This Day in Music

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is 83. Ertegun was critically injured when he fell backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at New Yor 2006 - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Er ...

  17. Chart Beat

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses songwriter Smokey Robinson, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood and more! SUPER TROUP-ER: The record for the longest span of Billboard top 10 hits by a songwriter has been shattered. A 12-8 climb for Fergie's "Clumsy" (will.i ...

  18. The Billboard Q&A: Aretha Franklin

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 If a rapper spits in the forest, does it make a sound? For a brief period during the early 90s, Atlanta's famed hip-hop outfit Arrested Development proved that saturating rap with their socially consc Aretha Franklin's storied career is th ...

  19. This Day in Music

    October 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its best-selling album, Def Leppard reissues "Hysteria" as a two-CD package. Beyond a remastered edition of the original album, the new edition includes a b 2006 - To celebrate the 20th anniversa ...

  20. Sugababes Smother U.K. Album, Singles Chart

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Universal Island female trio Sugababes achieved a U.K. chart double yesterday (Oct. 14) as their new album "Change" entered at No. 1 while the single "About You Now" began a third week at the top of t Universal Island female trio ...

  21. This Day in Music

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - The Grascals claim the entertainer of the year trophy at the 17th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. 2006 - The Grascals claim the entertainer of the year trophy at the 17th annual Internatio ...

  22. Latifah Setting Aside Tracks For Return To Rap

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A week away from releasing her second vocal album, Queen Latifah is also planning a return to rap. A week away from releasing her second vocal album, Queen Latifah is also planning a return to rap. "I'd love to make another rap album," ...

  23. This Day in Music

    August 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Lil' Jon is the big winner at the 2005 BMI Urban Awards, held at the Grand Ballroom of the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. 2005 - Lil' Jon is the big winner at the 2005 BMI Urban Awards, held at the Grand Ballroom of the Fontai ...

  24. Chart Beat Chat

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss unbreakable chart records, Anne Murray, Carrie Underwood, genre classifications and Sean Kingston. UNBREAKABLE Hi, Fred. There has been a lot of media coverage about Barry Bonds overtaking Hank Aaron's all-time home ...

  25. This Day in Music

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Motown legend Smokey Robinson joins the ranks of music stars-turned-radio stars when he dons his own on-air persona on Los Angeles station KCMG (Mega 92.3) with the show "Intimate With Smokey R 2000 - Motown legend Smokey Robinson joins ...

  26. This Day in Music

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - The Intonation Music Festival opens its gates at Chicago's Union Park and manages to achieve a goal for all first-year festivals: it sells out. Headliners included the Decemberists, Tortoise, L 2005 - The Intonation Music Festival opens ...

  27. Aretha Franklin To Oversee Musical Casting

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Queen of Soul is looking for a few good subjects. Auditions for singing and non-singing parts in a musical production based on music legend Aretha Franklin's autobiography have been scheduled for The Queen of Soul is looking for a few good ...

  28. 11OnTV

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Mar. 12 - Mar. 18, 2007. MONDAY, Mar. 12 "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony," VH1C Featured Artists: : Grandmaster Flash, R.E.M., The Ronettes (also scheduled: Patti Smith, Van Halen, Eddie Vedde ...

  29. This Day in Music

    March 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST - American singer Macy Gray is named best international female artist and best international newcomer at the U.K. recording industry's annual Brit Awards. TLC pick up best international group hon 2000 - American singer Macy Gray is named b ...

  30. This Day in Music

    February 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee, rejecting four of the five counts brought against the singer. 2002 - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sex ...

  31. Grammy Performances Look Forward And Back

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The 49th Grammy Awards drew as heavily from the past as they did the present for the performance slate at last night's (Feb. 11) show from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The evening began with the The 49th Grammy Awards drew as heavily from ...

  32. Dixie Chicks Soar, Blige, Chili Peppers Win Big At Grammys

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Dixie Chicks triumphed over their critics, Mary J. Blige played comeback queen and the Red Hot Chili Peppers reasserted their rock dominance at the 49th Grammy Awards, held last night (Feb. 11) at The Dixie Chicks triumphed over their critics, M ...

  33. Chart Beat

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses song titles with celebrity names, Pat Boone, Norah Jones and more! CULT OF PERSONALITY: What do Johnny Cash, Jane Fonda, Grace Kelly and Tim McGraw have in common? They're all on the Billboard charts this week -- not as artists, ...

  34. James Blunt, T.I. Bolster Grammy Performance Lineup

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Multi-nominees singer/songwriter James Blunt and rapper T.I. are among the new additions to the roster of performers for Sunday's (Feb. 12) Grammy Awards. Multi-nominees singer/songwriter James Blunt and rapper T.I. are among the new additions ...

  35. Shakira, Wyclef Lead New Grammy Performers

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Shakira and Wyclef Jean will team up for a performance during Sunday's (Feb. 11) Grammy Awards, while Chris Brown, Lionel Richie and Smokey Robinson will perform during a tribute segment to male R&amp Shakira and Wyclef Jean will team up fo ...

  36. Funk Brothers Pianist Joe Hunter Dies

    February 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Joe Hunter, Motown's first bandleader and a three-time Grammy winner with the Funk Brothers, has died. He was 79. Hunter was a diabetic, but the cause of his death on Friday was not immediately known, Joe Hunter, Motown's first bandleader ...

  37. Chart Beat

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses John Mellencamp, Weird Al Yankovic, Lily Allen and more! LET 'FREEDOM'S' RING: John Mellencamp returns to The Billboard 200 in a triumphant way, with the highest-debuting set of his career and his first top 10 album in ...

  38. 05OnTV

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Jan. 22-28, 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 22 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Natalie MacMaster (also scheduled: Natalie MacMaster, Jan Crawford Greenburg). "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,&quo ...

  39. This Day in Music

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating voice in such songs as "Is That All There Is" and "Fever" made her a jazz and pop legend, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles. She is 8 2002 - Peggy Lee, the singer ...

  40. Doo Wop Singer Pookie Hudson Dies At 72

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Pookie Hudson, lead singer and songwriter for the doo wop group the Spaniels, who lent his romantic tenor to hits like "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" and influenced generations of later artists, h Pookie Hudson, lead singer and songwri ...

  41. 52OnTV

    December 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Dec. 25-31, 2006. MONDAY, DEC. 25 "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade," ABC Featured Artist(s): Beyonce, Daniel Powter, Andrea Bocelli, RBD, Bianca Ryan, Miley Cyrus, Michael Bolton, Paris Bennett, Aly &am ...

  42. This Day in Music

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Jazz trumpeter Conte Candoli dies of cancer in Palm Desert, Calif. He is 74.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2003 - As he recovers in a Berkshire, England, hospital from injuries sustaine ...

  43. Billboard Bits: Blige/Franklin, Lumidee, Wheat

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 "Never Gonna Break My Faith" was penned by Bryan Adams and is featured in the movie's theatrical trailer. The Mary J. Blige/Aretha Franklin duet first reported here last week will be released on the soundtrack to the film "Bobby, ...

  44. Dutch DJ Le Grande, Girls Aloud Rule U.K. Charts

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Dutch "superstar DJ" Fedde Le Grande has the U.K.'s new No. 1 single after rising from last week's No. 2 entry with "Put Your Hands Up for Detroit" (Data). On the album chart, pop oufit Girls Aloud de Dutch "supers ...

  45. 44OnTV

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2006. MONDAY, OCT. 30 "Totally Awesome Concert," VH1 Classic Featured artist(s): Rick Springfield, Scandal, Patti Smyth. "Mavericks: Honky Tonk Heroes," The Biography Channel Featured ...

  46. This Day in Music

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1996 - </b>Motown founder Berry Gordy is honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. In the '60's, Gordy made household names of artists like Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder.<br 2002 - Christina A ...

  47. CHART BEAT

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ludacris moves to the penthouse on two charts, plus news about David Bisbal, Alejandro Sanz, Tim McGraw and more. 'MONEY' FOR SOMETHING: Ludacris and Pharrell are kings of the hill on both The Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop ...

  48. Vintage Miracles, Supremes Heading To DVD

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Universal will on Nov. 21 release two video anthology DVDs -- "Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Definitive Performances 1963-1987" and "The Supremes: Reflections" -- which feature rare televisi Universal will on Nov. 21 re ...

  49. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss the Dixie Chicks, Eminem and more! 'NICE' GIRLS Hello Fred, I just read that the Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice" hit No. 40 on the Hot AC chart six months after the song's initial rel ...

  50. CHART BEAT CHAT

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss artists who have succeeded in their solo career as well as their group career, Bob Dylan and future book ideas. NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESSION Fred: A few weeks ago when Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" ca ...

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