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6 of Today’s Most One Dimensional Music Artists

11/3/2013 2:00pm EST
John Mayer Paradise Valley
Some artists constantly change up their formula, while others are content.  There is nothing wrong with being content, but sometimes it puts your artistry into serious questioning.  There are many artists I could characterize as ‘one dimensional’, but I chose five who truly epitomize this description.  And yes, some of these are artists I highly respect and listen to.  I’m a meanie, I know.

India. Arie

I really do respect and enjoy India. Arie’s music, but I feel that she hasn’t truly ‘spread’ her wings for a couple of albums.  I’m all about “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but stil...

India.Arie Slams Zoe Saldana's Nina Simone Role

11/8/2012 8:51am EST
India Arie
R&B star India Arie has slammed Zoe Saldana's casting as jazz legend Nina Simone, branding the move "ridiculous".

Cynthia Mort, director of upcoming biopic Nina, has been forced to defend her choice of Saldana for the title role following a wave of criticism, including from the late singer's daughter Simone Kelly.

Now, Arie has waded into the controversy after seeing photographs of the Avatar actress wearing prosthetics while filming the movie, insisting Saldana looks "weird".

In a message posted on, she writes, "I saw the images of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone... and I t...

India.Arie Settles Legal Battle With Ex-Manager

5/2/2012 8:43am EDT
India Arie
R&B star India.Arie has settled a lawsuit with her former manager, who alleged the singer failed to pay for her services before ending their professional relationship.

Noreen Nalli, who served as Arie's manager between 2005 and 2009, filed a lawsuit at a federal court in Tennessee claiming her former client dumped her without warning two years ago and failed to pay for her services in full.

The legal papers suggested Arie owed money to Nalli, but the singer counter-sued, claiming she overpaid her former representative.

Nevertheless, after a year of legal wrangling, the pair's lawyers ...

India.Arie Sued By Her Former Manager

12/20/2011 8:06am EST
India Arie
R&B star India.Arie is embroiled in a legal battle with her former manager over allegations she ended their professional relationship without settling her bill.

Noreen Nalli, who served as Arie's manager between 2005 and 2009, has filed a lawsuit at a federal court in Tennessee claiming her former client dumped her without warning two years ago and failed to fully pay up.

The legal papers suggest Arie owes money to Nalli, but the singer has counter-sued claiming she overpaid her former representative, according to

A representative for the star tells the website the singer "re...

Celebrity Birthdays - October 3, 2011

10/3/2011 3:00am EDT
Lena Headey
Happy Birthday to:

Game of Thrones star Lena Headey (1973)

Actress/singer Ashlee Simpson (1984)

Canadian actress Amanda Walsh (1981)

Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears (1978)

Actor Seann William Scott (1976)

Singer Talib Kweli (1975)

Singer India.Arie (1975)

Wild Thing Neve Campbell (1973)

No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani (1969)

British actor Clive Owen (1964)

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (1962)

Actor Jack Wagner (1959)

Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954)

Musician Keb'Mo' (1951)

Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham

Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow (1947)


'Ladys' Night at the Grammys as Lady Antebellum & Lady Gaga win big (Full List of Grammy Winners)

2/14/2011 12:31am EST
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga were the toast of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after picking up nine awards between them.

Country trio Lady Antebellum claimed five accolades for their single and album "Need You Now," including Record and Song of the Year, while Gaga scored wins for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Video for "Bad Romance" and Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Album for "The Fame Monster."

But the surprise of the night came right at the end of the ceremony when indie darlings Arcade Fire picked up Album of the Year honors for "Th...

Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ciara & More Were all out for Clive Davis' Annual Pre-Grammy Awards Bash (Pics!)

2/13/2011 3:37pm EST
Katy Miley Ciara
The stars were out in full-force Saturday night at music mogul Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons. This year's event honored Davis' fellow music mogul David Geffen and was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

Several guests even performed during the party - Jennifer Hudson and Barry Manilow performed a duet together; and R. Kelly played a short set. And Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Cee Lo Green and Rod Stewart also joined the festivities and sang some of their hits.

But Whitney Houston's performance was the big highlight of the evening as she took th...

India.Arie Thinks Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' Video Goes Too Far, Is Socially Irresponsible

3/23/2010 8:32am EDT
India Arie
Singer/songwriter India.Arie has taken aim at Lady Gaga and Beyonce's saucy new video for "Telephone," calling the promo "socially irresponsible."

The "Video" hitmaker launched her blistering attack on the 10-minute promo last week, asking followers, "Am I the only one who thinks the telephone video is going a bit too far?"

Her comments sparked a weekend of debate between her fans and Gaga's.

India.Arie revealed she was troubled by the imagery of the video and "the unspoken back story, the language, the message."

In the promo, Beyonce and an incarcerated Lady Gaga appear to ...

2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

2/1/2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...
READ MORE Releases Third Solo Disc, 'Songs About Girls'; Win A Copy!

10/15/2007 11:21am EDT
First things first. The Black Eyed Peas are not breaking up., frontman and producer behind the multi-platinum group, wants to get that out of the way right from the start. "We're not going anywhere," he says, by way of introducing his new solo album, Songs About Girls. "I made the choice in high school to be with a crew and that's never going to change. It was just really important for me to try some things out on my own, with my own artistry and imagination."

Indeed. has helped steer The Black Eyed Peas into one of the most popular groups in music. They have sold 1...

Robin Thicke Claims Top Spot On Both Album & Singles Chart

2/18/2007 11:00am EST
Robin Thicke
Grammy Award-winner writer/producer Robin Thicke's album has anchored at the #1 spot as the biggest selling R&B album for a second straight week. Bolstered by the success of the #1 hit "Lost Without U," the album sits at #6 this week on the Top 200 Album chart and remains the #1 most played song ever at the Urban Adult Contemporary format. "Lost Without U" currently sits at #1 on the R&B Singles Chart, #25 on Billboard's Hot 100, and is the most requested video on both MTV and VH1.

A self-taught musician, Robin's talents as a producer/songwriter can be heard on albums by Usher, Christi...

Jonny Lang's "Turn Around" Garners Grammy Nomination

12/17/2006 9:00am EST
Jonny Lang
Platinum-selling artist and soulful-voiced guitar hero, Jonny Lang, is turning heads again with his critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Turn Around (released Sept. 19 on A&M Records). The album garnered a 49th Annual Grammy Awards nomination for Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album. Lang’s first Grammy nomination was received for 1998’s Wander This World.

In 1997, Newsweek listed Lang in the Century Club of the 100 Americans expected to be influential in the next millennium. Ten years into his recording career, Jonny Lang is fulfilling the promise critics hailed at the outset of his ca...

"James Taylor: A MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute" DVD To Be Released On October 3

9/28/2006 11:52am EDT
James Taylor
During the 2006 Grammy week in Los Angeles, MusiCares brought together a group of legendary artists to pay tribute to James Taylor and his famous works at their annual Person of the Year gala. The event honored Taylor for his outstanding contributions to the world of music and for his exemplary philanthropic efforts. The amazing lineup featured Taylor's friends and contemporaries performing great songs from his catalogue of music. The highlights of this exclusive music industry evening - from The Dixie Chicks performing "Shower the People" and Jackson Browne, David Crosby and Sheryl Crow jo...

Robert Randolph and the Family Band's "Colorblind" Hits Stores Sept. 25; Listen To "The Thrill Of It"

9/6/2006 1:22pm EDT
Robert Randolph
"We wanted to take our time and find ourselves," says Robert Randolph. "Find out what was really inside of me and the band and bring that out. Really try to come up with the best songs, dig deep within, and let all of the experiences that we have had in the last three years come out in the music."

With Colorblind, Randolph and the Family Band have taken the difficult leap from being great performing artists to being great recording artists. Since emerging from a House of God church in Orange, New Jersey steeped in the "sacred steel" tradition, Randolph's astonishing pedal steel playing...

Upcoming Guests on 'The Late Show With David Letterman'

7/21/2006 11:35am EDT
Check out who will be appearing on The Late Show With David Letterman next week:

Monday, July 24

Actor Colin Farrell; musical guest India Arie; toy demonstration

Tuesday, July 25

Actor Greg Kinnear; musical guests Tapes 'n Tapes

Wednesday, July 26

Actress Scarlett Johansson; American Chopper stars Paul Teutul Jr. & Sr.

Thursday, July 27

Actor Johnny Depp; musical guests The Spinners

Friday, July 28

Actor Jamie Foxx; comedian Tom Dreesen

Johnny Cash Has First Number One Album in Almost Thirty Years

7/12/2006 4:08pm EDT
Johnny Cash
Country legend Johnny Cash has scored his first US album chart number one in almost 30 years - three years after his death.

Cash recorded "American V: A Hundred Highways" from a wheelchair at his home in Tennessee as he battled blindness and diabetes in his final four months.

And his swan songs have earned Cash his first US chart topper since live album "Johnny Cash At San Quentin" went to number one in 1969.

The new album, which earned a number one debut today with just 88,000 first-week sales, also ends the Dixie Chicks' seven-week reign atop the Billboard Country Albums ch...

Mary J. Blige And Kanye West Tie At BET Awards

6/28/2006 9:45am EDT
Kanye West
Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and Jamie Foxx were big winners at the BET Awards last night. All three stars walked away from the ceremony, which celebrates black artists, at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, with two prizes each.

Blige won Best Female R+B artist but had to share the prize for Best Video with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx who got nods for their hits Be Without You and Gold Digger respectively. Gold Digger also took the award for Best Collaboration.

Other winners at the BET Awards - the Black Entertainment Television Awards - included Chaka Khan who received the covet...

Grammy Nominated India.Arie Returns With "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship"; In Stores Today!

6/27/2006 5:15pm EDT
Get ready to share India.Arie's testimony... Grammy nominated India.Arie is back with her long awaited studio album Testimony: Vol.1, Life & Relationship. The new album features the hit song "I Am Not My Hair" feat. Akon and the new single "There's Hope." The album hits stores today!

Head over to the Contest page and enter another fantastic India.Arie contest! One lucky winner will take the Grand Prize of an Autographed Carlos Robelli C6 full size acoustic guitar, signed by India, and a copy of her "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship" album. Three runners-up will rece...

India.Arie Returns June 27 With "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship;" Listen To First Single Right Here

4/6/2006 11:06am EDT
Nominated 11 times for Grammys within two short years, India.Arie came onto the national music scene in 2001 with her Motown Records debut Acoustic Soul and then followed up in 2002 with her sophomore CD Voyage To India. Both CDs have sold over 6 million copies worldwide and have helped Ms. Arie garner numerous awards including 2 Grammys and 3 NAACP Image Awards, along with awards from BET, Billboard Music, Radio Music, MTV, VH1 Vogue Fashion, Essence Magazine and others.

She has received critical acclaim from USA Today to VIBE Magazine, Entertainment Weekly to People Magazine. A voice...

New Sergio Mendes Album 'Timeless' Is Loaded With Guests

1/26/2006 12:00pm EST
Sergio Mendes
It's not often an album comes along that truly blends two distinct cultures in an innovative way. That album is Timeless (click for review) by Sergio Mendes, due out on February 14 as a co-release by Concord Records and Starbucks Hear Music. Produced by and featuring of the Black Eyed Peas, Timeless is a wholly original blend of music from one of the most internationally successful Brazilian musicians of all time, Sergio Mendes, who--40 years ago--brought Brasil '66 and "Mas Que Nada" to the world.

Will and Sergio brought in the Black Eyed Peas, one of hip-hop's premier arti...

James Taylor To Be Honored As Person of the Year

1/23/2006 2:53pm EST
James Taylor
An exceptional group of legendary music talents will honor multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter James Taylor as the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year in a gala tribute on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The evening will laud Taylor for his extraordinary musical achievements and his philanthropic commitment to arts, environmental and humanitarian causes, and will feature a special concert by music luminaries including: India.Arie, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, The Dixie Chicks, Dr. John, Carole King, Alison Krauss, Taj Mahal, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Sim...

Charity Event To Honor Stevie Wonder

11/16/2005 2:17pm EST
Stevie Wonder
The Recording Academy and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) are pleased to announce Grammy Jam 2005, an event celebrating the distinguished career and music of 22-time Grammy Award-winning legend Stevie Wonder. The Dec. 10 charity event will feature performances by India Arie, Eric Benet, Herbie Hancock, and Aaron Neville, among others. Artists will perform an array of hits from Wonder's catalog in a jam-style setting at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

The net proceeds from Grammy Jam 2005 will benefit arts and music education through EIF's National Arts and Music Educa...