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Aretha Franklin celebrates 72nd birthday with star-studded bash

March 23rd, 2014 6:20pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin celebrated her 72nd birthday with Denzel Washington.
The soul legend threw a private party in New York City on Saturday night (03.22.14) ahead of her birthday this coming Tuesday, and was joined by some of Hollywood's finest to mark the occasion.
'Flight' actor Denzel was one of the guests of honour and attempted to slip through the entrance of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel incognito, dressed down in a baseball cap.
According to the Huffington Post, Aretha had been to see the star in a Broadway performance of 'A Raisin In the Sun' earlier in the day, and personally thanked him for...

Babyface took on Broadway role to honour late mother

March 19th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Legendary R&B star Babyface signed up to make his Broadway debut in hit musical After Midnight to honour his late mother.

The singer, real name Kenneth Edmonds, has joined forces with longtime pal and collaborator Toni Braxton to appear in the New York stage production, which celebrates jazz icon Duke Ellington's years at Harlem's famous Cotton Club, and Babyface admits he wanted to make his mum, Barbara Edmonds, proud by taking on the new challenge.

He tells, "My mum passed away about a year and a half ago and I really wanted to do this for her 'cause I knew that she would be...

Babyface is engaged

February 12th, 2014 10:20am EST
Babyface is engaged to his long-term girlfriend.
The record producer confirmed that he has popped the question to former dancer Nicole Patenberg after seven years together.
The star - real name Kenneth Edmonds - told The Los Angeles Times newspaper: "I'm happy to say I'm on the love marriage path. I'm a very lucky guy!"
The 54-year-old star - who has five-year-old daughter Peyton Nicole with his fiancee - insists honesty is the key to a happy relationship and thinks couples should deal with their problems head-on.
During an interview with BET, where he was discussing a collaboration betwe...

Babyface tricked promoter to interview Michael Jackson as a kid

November 26th, 2013 3:10am EST
Michael Jackson
R&B legend Babyface met Michael Jackson for the first time as a child after tricking a concert promoter in his native Indiana into allowing him to meet and interview the young superstar.

The songwriter/producer reveals he was just a kid with dreams of making it in the music industry when he learned his pop idol would be performing in his hometown - so he concocted a plan to meet The Jackson 5 and land a chat with Michael.

Babyface tells U.S. TV presenter Oprah Winfrey, "The Jackson 5 came to town and I figured out how to interview them. I lied and said I was a news reporter and got in to ...

Babyface reconnects with lost love

November 25th, 2013 8:30pm EST
R&B icon Babyface recently reconnected with the childhood crush who inspired him to write his first song after tracking her down via

The legendary producer, singer and songwriter reveals his love for a girl named Rhonda sparked his musical creativity when he was around 11 years old and he penned an ode to her called, Here I Go Falling in Love.

He lost touch with her as they grew up and went their separate ways, but the musician was able to find her online, thanks to the popular social networking website, and they met up earlier this year (13), more than four decades after he...

'The Voice' Recap: The Final Battles Have Surprising Results

March 27th, 2012 1:07am EDT
The Voice
We're down to the last battle rounds on The Voice. The last chance for hopeful artists to grab a spot in the live shows. (Can you believe we're headed into the last phase of the competition already? How time flies when you're singing your heart out!)

The night kicks off with Team Cee Lo: Wade vs. James Massone, with Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." On first instinct, this might be a mismatch. But it wouldn't be the first time The Voice turns something that doesn't blatantly match into something special. James has his nerves get the better of him, and hesitates in first rehearsal, then ...

'The Voice' Recap: Week 3's Battle Rounds Give '102 Percent'

March 20th, 2012 1:00am EDT
The Voice
We're now halfway through battle rounds on The Voice. There have been some fantastic battles so far - so who's next?

Well, that'd be Team Adam (yay!). My coach gets right down to business, matching Pip vs. Nathan Parrett, and sending them off with Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good." Nathan is a little intimidated by the fact that Pip got all four coaches to turn for him, which is understandable, but kind of hilarious because in practice, Pip thinks Adam might be favoring Andrew, so it all evens out. Pip gets to work with Alanis, while Nathan gets Robin Thicke. The latter result...

'The Voice' Recap: Season 2's First Battle Rounds Make A Huge Statement

March 6th, 2012 1:06am EST
The Voice
The chairs are done turning, and now it's time to go to battle. We start season two battle rounds this week on The Voice, and just like last season, they are both beautiful and painful. They're great because we get some absolutely wonderful duets, but they hurt because we have to say goodbye to half the artists.

Team Adam leads off, and the first battle pairing of season two is Tony Lucca vs. Chris Cauley. "You guys are going to be singing in harmony and secretly trying to destroy each other," Adam says, which is both hilarious and accurate. He gives them U2's hit (and sometimes o...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Press Tour Scoop!

January 10th, 2012 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: plenty of season 2 scoop emerged at the Television Critics Association press tour!

Musician coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, along with host Carson Daly, social media correspondent Christina Milian, and producer Mark Burnett, spoke to the press Friday night during a panel at NBC's January 2012 TCA presentation. They had plenty to say about season two, what's happened since season one, and even the coaches' Twitter habits.

"Season one, people didn’t know what to make of The Voice," said Carson. "Work...

Miranda Lambert To Join Husband Blake Shelton On 'The Voice'

January 7th, 2012 8:35pm EST
Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert will join her husband Blake Shelton on talent show "The Voice" this season as a mentor for aspiring singing stars.

"The House That Built Me" singer will provide support for Shelton's team alongside "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson, while Jewel and Lionel Richie will offer help and advice for judge Christina Aguilera's picks.

Rounding out the new line-up of coaches are Alanis Morissette and Robin Thicke, who will work with Maroon 5 hitmaker Adam Levine, and Ne-Yo and Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, who will back Cee-Lo Green.

The second season of the singing competition, wh...

Recording Artists Who Have Changed Music Styles

February 2nd, 2010 10:40am EST
What happens when Hip Hop & R&B stars lives are changed by fame and fortune? Now finding themselves in a different place most opt to crossover, which involves a marked change in artistic direction, to find new life in the world of popular music. Do you agree, or disagree? Let us know how you feel when your favorite musicians cross over into other musical styles.

Kanye West

Hip Hop entertainer Kanye West may have left many fans quite surprised with his last release, 808s & Heartbreak, which by the given the title was really more an Electronica release, non arguably one of the best in...

Caitlin Crosby's Debut Album, 'Flawz', Released

June 26th, 2009 9:45am EDT
Caitlin Crosby
Meet up-and coming LA singer/songwriter Caitlin Crosby, a fresh new voice on the pop music scene! The charismatic 23-year-old songsmith with a compelling raspy vocal style, has crafted her debut album, "Flawz", filled with irresistible, thought-provoking and guitar-driven songs produced by Marshall Altman.

Crosby's first track is the sweet and infectious number "Still Have My Heart," which is also currently available on iTunes. The video for the track was directed by Walter May (who also directed Katy Perry's "Ur So Gay") and features Zachary Levi from "Chuck", Albert Reed from "Dancing ...

Babyface Welcomes New Baby

September 27th, 2008 10:14am EDT
Grammy-winning singer/producer Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds has welcomed his first child with dancer girlfriend Nicole Pantenburg.

Baby girl Peyton Nicole Edmonds - the couple's first child - was born in Los Angeles on September 9, weighing 5 pounds and 7 ounces. Edmonds, 50, has two sons, Brandon, 12, and Dylan, seven, with ex-wife Tracey.

He says, "Nicole and I couldn't be happier to have a new baby girl in the family. And my two sons are thrilled to have a little sister."

Pantenburg and Edmonds met while she was a backing dancer for the R&B star.

(This news article pro...

Ashanti's 'Declaration' Begins Today

June 3rd, 2008 5:30pm EDT
The highly anticipated fourth studio album from Ashanti, "The Declaration" (Review) hits shelves today. The album includes production from A-list producers Jermaine Dupri, LT Hutton, Babyface, Pharrell Williams, Bryan-Michael Cox and more!

"One of the reasons I call the album 'The Declaration,' is because I feel it's important to present all sides of what being a woman is about," she says. "Historically, we've always been relegated to the bottom of the totem pole, whether it's business or the battle of the sexes or just empowering each other. I want this album to make people feel str...

Notes & Quotes: Shia's Skivvies, New Edition Honored, Plastid-Free Madonna

May 30th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf's briefs are up for grabs on eBay. The actor's costume from the film A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is on sale. The odd item, which currently stands at $400, features grey sweatpants, a pair of white briefs and socks - and comes with a letter of authenticity and makeup stains.

Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds is set to become a dad again - his dancer girlfriend is pregnant with his third child. The singer, 50, has two sons with ex-wife Tracey Edmonds. Sources insist Babyface and his 35-year-old partner, Nikki Pantenburg, have no plans to wed.

Bobby Brown and the members...

Nickelback Wins Three Awards At BMI

May 22nd, 2008 10:40am EDT
Canadian rockers Nickelback were the big winners at the BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night - taking home three prizes.

The band were honored for three songs - Rockstar, Far Away and If Everyone Cared.

Christina Aguilera was also recognized for two tracks - There Ain't No Other Man and Hurt.

The big awards of the night went to Palow Tha Don, who took home Songwriter of the Year for his work with Black Eyed Peas star Fergie and Ludacris, and Oklahoma rockers Hinder - who earned Song of the Year for 2006's Lips of an Angel.

The ceremony also saw stars includin...

Ashanti Returns With New Album, 'The Declaration,' In Stores June 3

April 6th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Making her stunning entrance in a dizzying cascade of piano and layered vocals, The Inc./Universal Motown Recording Artist Ashanti puts it all on the line in the powerfully soulful and grandly dramatic "The Way That I Love You," the first single and video from her upcoming album The Declaration.

The home truths of Ashanti's "The Way That I Love You" are drawing a loud "Amen" from the radio and video outlets that have supported her from day one of her multi-platinum career as an artist and songwriter. The track is the No. 1 most-added song at Urban-formatted radio in it's first week, wi...

Eddie Murphy's Marriage Is Over After Just Two Weeks

January 16th, 2008 4:39pm EST
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy and his wife of two weeks have split, according to shocking new U.S. reports. The movie star and Tracey Edmonds wed in Bora Bora in French Polynesia on January 1st and have been planning to renew their vows on American soil after realizing the ceremony wasn't legally binding.

However the second ceremony never took place and now the couple is no more, according to People magazine. Reports suggest Murphy ended the union and has asked for the marriage to be officially annulled.

Murphy and Edmonds, who have been dating since 2006, have both been married before - Murphy ...

Eddie Murphy & Tracey Edmonds To Wed Again In Legal Ceremony

January 4th, 2008 9:52am EST
Eddie Murphy
Newlyweds Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds will marry for a second time in a legal ceremony when they return to America. The couple wed on a private island off Bora Bora in French Polynesia in front of 25 friends and family on Tuesday.

As that ceremony carries no legal significance in the U.S., Murphy and Edmonds will enjoy a second wedding on their return home.

Edmonds' spokesperson tells, "As is typical when couples get married in foreign countries, a legal ceremony will take place when they return to the U.S. The wedding that took place in Bora Bora was a ceremony to ...

Eddie Murphy To Wed In Tahiti This Weekend

December 29th, 2007 8:30am EST
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy will wed fiancee Tracey Edmonds this weekend in the South Pacific, according to Internet reports. Sources claim the couple and family members arrived in Tahiti on Friday for the low-key nuptials.

And insiders tell that top secret fittings for the bride and her bridesmaids took place earlier in the week.

Edmonds, the former wife of music mogul Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, revealed she and Murphy were planning to wed before the end of 2007 back in October.

She told Sister 2 Sister magazine she envisioned "a very intimate ceremony," adding, ...

Babyface Adds Tour Dates

November 1st, 2007 5:48pm EDT
Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds will return to the road for his first U.S. tour date schedule in years this fall, in support of Playlist. His newest album is the first release on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label, and feat­ur­es his new Top 10 version of James Taylor's "Fire & Rain." The U.S. tour has just been expanded to a dozen cities, opening Friday, November 23rd at The Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA, and running to December 14th at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, VA. Kenny's special guest is Ayo, the critically-acclaimed, International platinum soul singer/songwriter whose U.S. debut C...

Eddie Murphy Eyes Tahiti Wedding

October 12th, 2007 9:29am EDT
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy and his fiancée Tracey Edmonds are planning to wed this Christmas in Tahiti, according to reports. Murphy and Edmonds, who divorced singer/songwriter Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds in June, want a casual ceremony on the South Pacific island.

An insider says, "They're getting married on December 28 in Tahiti. The wedding will be intimate, with just immediate family and a few friends."

In a recent Sister 2 Sister article, Edmonds revealed she had her heart set on "a romantic, secluded spot outside the United States" for her nuptials.

(This news article provided by W...

El DeBarge Set To Make Comeback

September 28th, 2007 12:20pm EDT
El DeBarge
R&B singer El DeBarge has teamed up with Babyface to prepare his pop comeback - he's working on his first release in 15 years.

The former Motown star, 46, has recently been spending time in the recording studio with famed beatmaker Babyface, working on a follow-up to 1992's In The Storm.

And his manager, Gregory Williams, is confident the star will repeat the chart success he experienced when he was a member of his family band DeBarge in the 1980s.

He tells Vibe magazine, "The voice is still there. El still has that gift."

The news comes just weeks after DeBarge was arr...

Alice Smith Set To Release Debut Album, 'For Lovers, Dreamers & Me,' Oct. 30

September 17th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Alice Smith
New York, NY— Acclaimed songstress Alice Smith is set to release her debut album For Lovers, Dreamers & Me on Epic Records next month. The Brooklyn-based singer who Rolling Stone dubbed one of "10 Artists to Watch" has already prompted a love affair with critics with her sophisticated blend of throwback R&B soul. Her first single, "New Religion," which showcases the artist's four-octave range heads out on September 25th. The album will be released to stores on October 30th and is available now on iTunes.

The ten songs on For Lovers, Dreamers & Me were recorded in New York with prod...

Eddie Murphy To Wed Overseas?

September 14th, 2007 9:11am EDT
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy's wife-to-be has let it slip the couple are planning to wed "overseas." The funnyman's fiancée, Tracey Edmonds, admits wedding plans are underway, but the film producer has no plans to repeat her lavish 1992 wedding ceremony when she and singer/songwriter Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds exchanged vows.

Edmonds tells the October issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine that she envisions "a very intimate ceremony," adding, "My bridal party would be much smaller than my first wedding."

But it will still be a costly affair if she gets her way - because she's looking to become Mrs....

Babyface And Trisha Yearwood Team Up For 'CMT Crossroads' Sept. 21

September 5th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
NASHVILLE – Sept. 5, 2007 – The series that proves great music knows no boundaries returns, bringing together multiple Grammy winners, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Trisha Yearwood. Known for his smooth voice and prolific songwriting, Edmonds joins country superstar Yearwood for a magical evening that was taped before an invitation only audience in Nashville. The two soulful voices will join as one on the latest episode of CMT Crossroads: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds And Trisha Yearwood premiering Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

CMT Crossroads: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds And Trisha ...

Trisha Yearwood & Babyface Team Up For TV Special

September 4th, 2007 9:28am EDT
Trisha Yearwood
Country star Trisha Yearwood has recorded a CMT Crossroads special with soulful Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds. The odd couple teamed up on Friday night at Belmont University's Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where they played to packed house for almost two hours.

Yearwood and Edmonds sang each other's songs together for the cable music TV network special, which will air later this month. Among their duets, the couple sang Edmonds' new single, a reworking of James Taylor's Fire And Rain.

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Babyface Recalls Marriage Split Pain In New Song

August 31st, 2007 10:00am EDT
Soul star Babyface has recalled the moment he had to tell his kids that he and their mother were separating in a touching new tune. The singer - real name Kenneth Edmonds - has dedicated Not Going Nowhere to the two children he fathered with his ex-wife Tracey, who is now romancing funnyman Eddie Murphy.

The hitmaker has always maintained the marriage split was amicable - but telling his sons Brandon and Dylan Michael that mom and dad were separating was a painful experience.

In the new song, Edmonds sings, "I'm still best of friends with your mom/Have no doubt that we'll still ma...

Check Out Johnta Austin's New Single, 'Video,' From His Debut Album, In Stores Sept. 4

August 14th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Johnta Austin
His name is already familiar to record buyers who make note of the songwriting credits on major hit records by such superstar artists as Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. Music industry insiders know him as the Grammy-winning 'go-to' writer which is why the legendary Whitney Houston, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, global multi-platinum artist Usher and hitmaker Chris Brown have tracks on forthcoming projects by this unassuming Atlanta native. While he may have spent the last eight years behind the scenes, penning songs for the likes of Toni Braxton, Tyrese, Enrique Iglesias, Ginuwine, Aaliyah,...

Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds Returns With 11th Album, 'Playlist,' In Stores September 18

July 29th, 2007 9:00am EDT
(New York, NY) 10-time Grammy award-winning megastar Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, an icon figure of live performance, songwriting, and production whose work on his own music and others' has resulted in more than 100 million career sales, has completed his 11th album, Playlist, which will arrive in stores September 18th as the first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label, it was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman Island Def Jam Music Group and David Massey, President, Mercury Records.

Playlist will be Babyface's first album devoted (mostly) to cover versions of...

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