1. Kiss FM Celebrates Last Night On Air in New York City

    April 30, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Sad New Yorkers and longtime listeners called into 98.7 Kiss FM for the last time Sunday night, as the iconic station switched off its transmission at midnight to make way for sports talk radio. KISS-FM/WBLS Merger Makes Way For FM Sports In New Y ...

  2. KISS-FM/WBLS Merger Makes Way For FM Sports In New York

    April 27, 2012 9:10 AM EDT The urban radio landscape in New York had a major shakeup Thursday (April 26) when Emmis Communications announced that Urban AC WRKS (98.7 Kiss FM) was going to become the FM home for ESPN all-sports WEPN-AM (ESPN New York) as part of a long-term ...

  3. Ledisi Scores Her First Top 10 Single

    June 13, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ledisi's catalog of studio albums could double as the chapter titles of a compelling biography. There are her independent releases, 2000's "Soulsinger: The Revival" and 2002's "Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue." N ...

  4. Bootsy Collins Taps Snoop Dogg, George Clinton for First Album in Five Years

    January 11, 2011 5:28 AM EST 0 0 0 A desire to memorialize his heroes -- including James Brown , Jimi Hendrix , Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist Garry Shider and jazz legends such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis -- drove Bootsy Collins to make "Tha Funk Capitol of the World,&q ...

  5. Charlie Wilson Eyes Crossover with 'Just Charlie'

    November 23, 2010 11:10 AM EST 0 0 0 C harlie Wilson has overcome drug addiction, homelessness and prostate cancer. He's made a comeback by singing his way to the top of Billboard's Adult R&B chart for six weeks with "Charlie Last Name Wilson" and nine weeks wit ...

  6. Fantasia Moves Forward Despite Personal Challenges

    August 20, 2010 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 F antasia has endured a roller coaster couple of weeks, as the mainstream and tabloid media have veered from one controversy (the singer being named in a divorce case that includes sex tape allegations ) to the next (her being hospitalized for a &qu ...

  7. Fantasia Thanks Fans for 'Prayers,' Gets 'Back to' Work

    August 16, 2010 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Following a sex tape scandal and a medication overdose , Fantasia Barrino is ready to resume the promotional run for her third album, "Back To Me," due Aug. 24 on J Records. "I can't thank my fans enough for their prayers and sup ...

  8. Essence Festival Adds Maxwell, Al Green, Ne-Yo

    January 29, 2009 12:01 AM EST 0 0 0 Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo and En Vogue will join previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival. The event will be held July 3-5 at the New Orleans Superdome. Roun ...

  9. Billboard Bits: Essence Awards, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mavericks

    May 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stories on the Essence Awards, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Mavericks. Beyonce Knowles, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott are among the performers confirmed for the 16th Annual Essence Awards. Set for June 6 at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre, th ...

  10. R&B Heavyweights Join Essence Fest Lineup

    May 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Babyface are among the latest additions to the Essence Music Festival bill. Set for July 3-5 in New Orleans, the event has also added Yolanda Adams, Musiq, and Kindred Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Babyface are amon ...

  11. R&B Luminaries Sign On For Essence Festival

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Nelly, P. Diddy, Maze, Nappy Roots, Smokey Robinson, Jaheim, and Anita Baker lead the lineup for the fifth edition of the Essence Music Festival, set for July 3-5 at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Nelly, P. Diddy, Maze, Nappy Roots, Smokey Robins ...

  12. Slick Rick Detained On Immigration Flap

    July 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 English-born, New York-bred rapper Slick Rick (real name: Ricky Walters) is being held in Bradenton, Fla., by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) after being arrested on board a crui English-born, New York-bred rapper Slick Rick (r ...