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The 25 Best Posthumous Albums Ever

5/26/2014 9:00am EDT
Notorious BIG
Just because an artist dies doesn't mean their music has to. These posthumous albums prove some musicians continue to have a lasting effect long after they're gone. In no particular order, here are the 25 Best Postumous Albums Ever.

Notorious BIG - Life After Death
This ironically-titled album was the first posthumous work to score two #1 singles on Billboard. It was released only a few weeks after the rapper was killed in drive-by shooting. Mo Money Mo Problems and Hypnotize helped BIG break into popular music and introduced the world to Sean Combs.

Jimi Hendrix - The Cry of ...

Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies At 79

3/31/2013 10:07am EDT
Phil Ramone
Famed music producer Phil Ramone has died at the age of 79. The producer and sound engineer, who worked with stars including Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand, passed away on Saturday in New York City. 

His death comes just weeks after he was hospitalized to treat an aortic aneurysm. 

Ramone, who was born in South Africa, but grew up in the Big Apple, won 14 Grammy Awards throughout his illustrious career, including album of the year prizes for Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, Billy Joel's 52nd Street and Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company.  He won his last Grammy...

Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix And The Best Music Biopics Ever

5/8/2012 3:03pm EDT
Andre 3000
According to the Irish Film and Television Network, Andre 3000 is headed to Ireland to begin production on the Jimi Hendrix biography film All Is by My Side. Where will it stack up among these great music biopics?

The Jacksons: An American Dream followed the Jackson 5 (with a focus on Michael) as the group dealt with their fast rise to fame and Michael's solo career. The two-part miniseries was seen by almost 40 million households in 1992.

Ray, the biography of Ray Charles, earned Jamie Foxx a deserved Academy Award for Best Actor in 2004. Sadly, Charles died months before the premi...

Ray Charles' Children Hit With New Lawsuit

4/2/2012 4:10pm EDT
Ray Charles
Seven of Ray Charles' children have been hit with a new lawsuit by members of the late icon's charity foundation.

Executives behind The Ray Charles Foundation claim they were named the sole benefactors, with Charles setting up a $500,000 trust for each of his kids in exchange for a guarantee that they "relinquished and waived any further claims to their father's estate."

However, the blues legend's adult children have recently claimed ownership over their late father's musical catalogue and now charity bosses have launched a legal battle against the star's heirs in a bid to win back the ...

DVD Review: Ray Charles - "Ray Charles: Live in France 1961"

1/20/2012 5:51pm EST
Ray Charles
The 1961 Antibes Jazz Festival, which let French (and European) audiences hear Ray Charles for the first time, is the setting for Ray Charles: Live in France 1961, a new DVD offering that mashes up bits and pieces of those four historic performances from July 18-22, 1961. At first glance, you’ll notice that a number of repeated tracks, and while that might not look good on the surface, it’s always important to not judge a book by its cover, because in the case of this Ray Charles: Live in France 1961 DVD, the songs are different each time out. The July 22 performance comes across with more ...

Celebrity Birthdays - September 23, 2011

9/23/2011 3:00am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Happy Birthday to:

"The Boss" Bruce Springsteen (1949)

Actress Kate French (1984)

Cascada singer Natalie Horler (1981)

Singer Matt White (1980)

Son of the Beach actress Jaime Bergman (1975)

Music producer Jermaine Dupri (1972)

Prolific folk singer Ani DiFranco (1970)

Actress Michelle Thomas (1969; d.1998)

All of Us" actress LisaRaye (1966)

Actor Chi McBride (1961)

Transamerica actress Elizabeth Pena (1959)

Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander (1959)

Actress Mary Kay Place (1947)

Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias (1943)

Blues musician Roy Buchanan (1939; d. 1988)

"Green Acres" actor T...

Lost Ray Charles Footage Unearthed For New DVD

9/14/2011 6:40pm EDT
Ray Charles
Lost footage of Ray Charles performing at the Antibes Jazz Festival in France from 50 years ago has been unearthed for a new concert movie DVD.

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Reelin' In The Years Productions have teamed up to distribute "Ray Charles - Live In France 1961," which features the late R&B icon onstage with the original Raeletts and his band comprising David 'Fathead' Newman and Hank Crawford.

The digitally restored and remastered footage features some of Charles' first-ever performances in Europe, and includes tracks like "What'd I Say," "Georgia On My Mind" and "I Believe To My...

30 Quick Interesting Facts About African Americans In Entertainment

2/15/2011 12:00pm EST
Ray Charles
In celebration of Black History Month, we compiled a list of quick facts that consists of record-breaking moments, first accomplishments, and obscure facts that relate to African Americans in Entertainment.

The quick facts were taken from the 366 Fast Facts list that was created by Some of the facts include information about Aretha Franklin, Halle Berry, Harry Belafonte and Beyonce, just to name a few.

Here are the 30 quick facts about African Americans in Entertainment. Be sure to take a look at the list and let me know what you think.

Fact #1
Comedian Bill Cosb...

Hot Legs: Norah Jones To Perform On 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' Tonight

10/25/2010 10:30pm EDT
Norah Jones
Sultry singer Norah Jones is set to appear on "The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon"; but we want to know when she got so hot!

Tune in to NBC Monday, October 25 to see Norah Jones performing her single "Chasing Pirates" from her CD "The Fall" with Jimmy's house band, The Roots. They'll also perform several songs from her forthcoming album "…Featuring."

On November 16, Blue Note Records will release "…Featuring," a star-studded collection of the multi-platinum selling, multi-Grammy Award winning singer Norah Jones's musical collaborations from the past decade.

The 18 songs on the album include...

Norah Jones Releasing Star-Studded Duets Album

9/15/2010 1:00pm EDT
Norah Jones
Singer Norah Jones is releasing a star-studded duets album featuring collaborations with artists including the Foo Fighters, Dolly Parton and Outkast.

The Come Away With Me hit-maker has recorded the new disc, titled ...Featuring, which includes duets on several tracks from the last ten years. Jones also teams up with Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and indie rockers Belle & Sebastian on the album.

She says, "It's so exciting and flattering and fun when I get asked to sing with somebody that I admire. It takes you a little bit out of your comfort zone when you're doing something with another...

Elvis Presley's Record Collection Up For Auction

5/24/2010 11:15am EDT
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley's personal record collection is to go under the hammer at an auction in London. The King handed a stack of 26 discs, including tracks by Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Sammy Davis, Jr., to his guitarist and pal Scotty Moore in 1968 and asked him to transfer them to reel-to-reel tapes.

However, Moore has now decided to sell off the collection after the Blue Suede Shoes hit-maker never asked for his music back.

Moore says, "Elvis left me the briefcase with the records and asked me to mail the tape back to his house in Memphis. I made a safety copy for myself and kept the recor...

Steven Seagal Sex Suit On Hold For Arbitration

4/25/2010 9:10am EDT
A sexual harassment lawsuit against Steven Seagal has been put on hold after his lawyer requested the matter be heard by an arbitrator.

Ex-model Kayden Nguyen is suing the Under Siege actor for $1 million, claiming he used her "like a sex toy" and expected her to pleasure him sexually after landing a job as his executive assistant.

But the scandal has stalled - top Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer has filed a motion to compel arbitration, arguing that Nguyen must have her claims heard by an arbitrator under the terms of her employment contract with Seagal.

Singer tells E! Online, "L...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 23

9/23/2009 3:00am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Happy Birthday to:

"The Boss" Bruce Springsteen (1949)

Cascada singer Natalie Horler (1981)

"Son of the Beach" actress Jaime Bergman (1975)

Prolific folk singer Ani DiFranco (1970)

"All of Us" actress LisaRaye (1966)

"Transamerica" actress Elizabeth Pena (1959)

"Seinfeld" actor Jason Alexander (1959)

Actress Mary Kay Place (1947)

Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias (1943)

Blues musician Roy Buchanan (1939; d. 1988)

"Green Acres" actor Tom Lester (1938)

Prolific pianist Ray Charles (1930; d. 2004)

Legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane (1926; d. 1967)


There Is No Lock To Win 'American Idol,' But Allison May Be Out Tonight

4/29/2009 9:35am EDT
American Idol
Random Thoughts While Waiting for the American Idol Contestants to Start Singing:

-So it's big band night, or Rat Pack night as they're calling it. They do this every year. I'm not sure why. At least the first year we were at the tail end of the swing revival. Now they keep it up just because of tradition, even though nobody on the show will ever record anything resembling a big band record. Some traditions need to die, and this is a prime candidate for the chopping block. Of course, it's also the night with best music all year.

-So Paula's dress with its large ribbons on th...

Why Anne Hathaway Is The Perfect Choice To Play Judy Garland

4/27/2009 11:06am EDT
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway looks wonderful in all of her magazine pictures, especially when you consider that she's sporting more weight on her shoulders than most actors in Hollywood today. That's because she will play Judy Garland in a bio-picture based on the controversial book by Gerald Clark.

Hathaway is, of course, perfect for the role. Never mind that she can't quite copy the kind of 4-year-old face that became trademark Garland. That's one of those remarkable traits that can't be duplicated. She still has the pouting lips, the miraculous smile, and the charming singing voice. Her face might...

Barbra Streisand 3-Disc DVD Set Out April 28

4/18/2009 10:00am EDT
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand is world renowned for thrilling audiences with her magical performances, her supreme vocal talent and setting box office records. Now fans can get front row seats to the best of Barbra Streisand captured in Streisand The Concerts, a new 3-disc DVD showcasing some of her most memorable concerts, special exclusives including 17 songs never-before released on DVD and behind-the-scenes moments with one of the most beloved artists of all time. This highly anticipated triple-DVD set will be released in the U.S. on April 28 through Hip-O/Universal Music Enterprises arriving just i...

Literary Characters=Oscar Love

3/19/2009 10:28am EDT
The Edge Of Love
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a long history of awarding actors who portray real people. For example: Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles (Ray), Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (Monster), Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena (Boys Don't Cry), Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin (The Last King Of Scotland), Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen), and most recently Sean Penn as Harvey Milk (Milk).

Lesser recognized is the Academy's favor for actors who play literary figures or exist in their spheres. It's quite possible the stars of the recently released The Edge of Love, the st...

Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

1/30/2009 2:14pm EST
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...

Sax Legend David Sanborn Participates In Save The Music eBay Auction

1/23/2009 6:30pm EST
David Sanborn
Maverick saxophonist David Sanborn, who has performed alongside such heavyweights as James Brown, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and innumerable others is stepping up in support of young musicians across the country and participating in an exclusive auction to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, which donates instruments for public school music programs.

The auction is closing on January 26th on The auction boasts a private saxophone lesson with David Sanborn in New York City, a copy of Sanborn's acclaimed new CD Here and G...

Van Morrison To Release 'Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl' Feb. 10

1/8/2009 6:00pm EST
Van Morrison
Multi-award winning soul singer and musical legend Van Morrison is set to release "Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl," an in-concert reworking of his historic 1968 gold-certified solo album. Recorded live over two nights at the Hollywood Bowl this past Nov. 7 and 8, the album marks the premiere release on Mr. Morrison's new EMI-distributed label, Listen to the Lion Records. "Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl" arrives in stores Feb. 10, 2009. A double-vinyl edition with three bonus tracks (including a live version of "Gloria") arrives in stores the same day.

The concerts m...

'Valkyrie' Takes An Intriguing Look At Historical Event

12/19/2008 12:20am EST
Tom Cruise must be the only actor on the planet who can get away with playing any character, at any time, with an American accent. He never really disappears in his roles, not like Daniel Day-Lewis or Jamie Foxx with his portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray"-no matter what he does, you can't help but looking at the screen and simply thinking to yourself, that's Tom Cruise. If that's the worst thing that can be said about a film, it probably stands a fighting chance.

As it turns out, Cruise's refusal to be anyone other than himself proves to be but a slight annoyance in an otherwise terrif...

Picture Perfect Parts: Actors Who Were Made For Their Roles

10/6/2008 9:26am EDT
Napoleon Dynamite
Some actors were absolutely made to play a certain part. Either their agents are amazing or it was the role they were born to play! Check out some actors who were made for their roles:

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

In 2004, Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for his role as Ray Charles in Ray. It was obvious when watching the movie he would at least be nominated. Not only did he look exactly like Ray Charles but he sang like him too. Before Ray Jamie was best known for his comedic roles and after Ray, he is still thought of as Ray Charles.

Steve Carell as Michael Scott in ...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 23

9/23/2008 3:00am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Happy Birthday to Cascada singer Natalie Horler (1981), "Son of the Beach" actress Jaime Bergman (1975), WWE star Matt Hardy (1974), prolific folk singer Ani DiFranco (1970), "All of Us" actress LisaRaye (1966), "Transamerica" actress Elizabeth Pena (1959), "Seinfeld" actor Jason Alexander (1959), "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen (1949), actress Mary Kay Place (1947), Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias (1943), blues musician Roy Buchanan (1939; d. 1988), "Green Acres" actor Tom Lester (1938), prolific pianist Ray Charles (1930; d. 2004), legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane (1926; d. 1967), "Pe...

Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

9/19/2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...

Marc Broussard Returns With 'Keep Coming Back,' Due Sept. 16

7/21/2008 5:30pm EDT
Marc Broussard
Atlantic Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the eagerly awaited new album from acclaimed singer/songwriter Marc Broussard. "Keep Coming Back" will arrive in stores and at all digital retailers on September 16th.

"Keep Coming Back" more than confirms Broussard as an artist uniquely gifted in channeling the multiple spirits of classic R&B and soul into contemporary terms. The Louisiana-based bayou soul troubadour recorded the collection earlier this year in a whirlwind 11-day session at Nashville's historic Ocean Way Studios. Broussard was joined in the studio by...

'Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles' Drops July 1

6/20/2008 7:00am EDT
John Mayer
On July 1st a brand new 2CD, DVD & Blu-Ray package hits stores entitled Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles filmed last December at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and directed by Danny Clinch. The special Columbia Records release includes three distinct sets: an acoustic performance, a rare set with John Mayer Trio (John Mayer, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino), as well as a Continuum set featuring Mayer's full-band. Where The Light Is will be the first new release since Continuum became available in September 2006 and incorporates each of the elements the five-time Grammy-w...

Joe Cocker To Release 'Hymn For My Soul' May 13

4/18/2008 9:17am EDT
Joe Cocker
On May 13th, Fantasy Records will release Hymn For My Soul, the newest album from legendary singer Joe Cocker. The album unites Cocker, possessor of one of the world's most instantly recognizable and iconic voices (Lennon & McCartney's "With A Little Help From My Friends," anyone?), with Ethan Johns, who has proved both his worth and his Midas touch via albums he's produced for, among others, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Razorlight, Kings of Leon, and Ray LaMontagne. The union has resulted in one of the most accomplished pieces of work in the Sheffield-born singer's long an...

Collection Of Hits From Multi-Million-Selling Italian Singer-Songwriter Zucchero Released

2/20/2008 5:02pm EST
"All The Best" is an affectionate compilation of 15 tracks from Italian singer/songwriter Zucchero, whose original releases span from 1986 to the present, including four new tracks recorded specifically for this release. Several tracks contain stellar guest performances from artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and Vanessa Carlton.

Perhaps no other recording artist in the world has recorded as many successful – and diverse – collaborations as the singer-songwriter from Emilia-Romagna. "All The Best" features Zucchero's first such collaboration with jazz leg...

Jared Foles: Guitarist, Music Producer & Engineer Extraordinaire

1/25/2008 10:55am EST
Jared Foles
Across the Brooklyn Bridge with your back facing Manhattan there is a rich history of artistic individuals who range from musicians to performing artists. Brewing in Brooklyn is a pool of talented hopefuls with an invaluable appeal.

Kings County native Jared Foles takes pride in representing his home borough. The Bed-Stuy-raised lead guitarist of rock group Shrine for the Black Madonna found his musical roots at the young age of five. However, once his adolescent years kicked in that musical appreciation took a back seat as sports and those typical things that teenagers do during those...

Kenny G's 'Rhythm And Romance' To Get Co-Release By Concord Records & Starbucks

1/13/2008 9:00am EST
Kenny G
Internationally celebrated recording artist Kenny G - acclaimed as the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era will release Rhythm and Romance on February 5, 2008, via Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Records. The album marks Kenny's first ever CD of Latin love songs - arriving just in time for Valentine's Day. The album will be available in traditional retail outlets as well as Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada.

Rhythm and Romance marks his debut release for Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Records, the same team which co-released Ray Ch...