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That Was The Week That Was For Aug. 26-Sept. 1

August 26th, 2007 8:15am EDT
The Beatles
Entertainment highlights during the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1:

1961: Motown released its first No. 1 hit, ''Please Mr. Postman'' by The Marvelettes.

1968: The Beatles released ''Hey Jude'' as a single.

1974: The last episode of ''The Brady Bunch'' aired on ABC.

1982: Actress Ingrid Bergman died of cancer.

1987: The album ''Bad'' by Michael Jackson was released in North America. It was the long-awaited follow-up to ''Thriller.''

1990: Garth Brooks released his album ''No Fences.''

1991: Randy Newman won an Emmy Award for writing music for the TV show ''Cop Ro...
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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,...
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Ray Lavender, Signed To Akon's Kon Live Record Label, Drops Debut Fall '07

July 14th, 2007 11:00am EDT
Ray Lavender
Over the years, Atlanta, Georgia has introduced its fair share of music superstars to the world. And with the introduction of Ray "Ray-L" Lavender tradition will undoubtedly continue. Coming to Atlanta by way of Monroe, Louisiana, Akon's Kon Live Records and Geffen Records artist Ray "Ray-L" Lavender is poised to become one of music's brightest young stars with his sensual yet hard-edged brand of R&B.

Growing up, 23-year old Ray admired a wide array of artist but it was R. Kelly who first truly inspired Ray to pursue his passion. "His tribulations sounded like my tribulations. He i...
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R. Kelly's 'Double Up' Is The #1 Selling Album In The Country

June 6th, 2007 10:41am EDT
R. Kelly
R. Kelly's Double Up debuts this week as the #1 selling album on both Billboard's Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. The #1 debut of "Double Up" marks the highest first-week sales of the year for any R&B solo artist.

"Double Up" is R. Kelly's eighth top 5 debut and his fifth #1 album as a solo artist. The smash first single "I'm A Flirt" has been burning up the charts and radio airwaves for close to 16 weeks. The follow-up single "Same Girl," a duet with Usher, is already Top 10 at urban radio.

For "Double Up" R. Kelly expands his hit-making collaborative efforts and enlist...
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Check Out Newcomer Kat De Luna's Single, 'Whine Up,' Featuring Elephant Man

May 10th, 2007 11:00pm EDT
Kat de Luna
Kat de Luna is the girl next door, no matter where you're from. To say shes a crossover artist is an understatement. Hip hop, R&B, Merengue, Pop, Spanish Jazz, ballads, and dance, she does it all; in English and Spanish. Want proof? R&B superstar R. Kelly called her a "prodigy" and the famous Salvadorian singer Alvaro Torres referred to her as Selena. At age 12 she was invited by the "Queen of Merengue" Milly Quezada, to sing with her on stage in front of thousands of people, and in April of 2004 she opened for J Records recording artist Cassidy as part of the all Latino girl group Coquette...
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Still No Trial Date 5 Years After R. Kelly Sex Tape Charges

May 7th, 2007 3:11pm EDT
R. Kelly
CHICAGO (AP) - Since being charged with child pornography five years ago for allegedly videotaping sex acts with a young teenager, R. Kelly has had six best-selling albums, three nationwide tours, a multitude of hits and awards but no trial.

A series of sometimes bizarre events, including a judge's tumble from a ladder and a case of appendicitis, have delayed the 40-year-old R&B superstar's trial far longer than the norm. Kelly is due in a Chicago courtroom Friday for yet another status hearing, but there's still no trial date in sight as he prepares to release a new album on May 29.
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R. Kelly's 'Double Up' in stores May 29; Virginia Tech 'Rise Up' Tribute Available May 15

May 4th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
R. Kelly
As the undisputed king of R&B, R. Kelly never seems to be far from the current soul scene. Be it collaborating with his homeboy Snoop ("That's That") or trading verses with Ciara ("Promise Remix"), this Chicago soul man has displayed a consistent brilliance throughout his fifteen-year career.

Since 2002, R. Kelly has blessed his fans with a new album every year, and 2007 will be no different. While the rest of the music world slept, R. Kelly has been inside his famed studio the Chocolate Factory making countless beats, laying down mackadelic vocals and creating wonderful music.

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MTV Celebrates Hip Hop All Week With The Biggest Stars

May 1st, 2007 5:17pm EDT
Ne-Yo
MTV: Music Television announced today that they are setting up the biggest week in Hip Hop by being the first to bring its audience the most highly anticipated new and freshest music from some of today biggest artists. During "Sucker Free on MTV Presents: "Most Anticipated Albums" viewers will have access to new music by joining MTV VJ DJ Cipha Sounds as he goes to the studio, on tour and to your favorite artists neighborhoods to preview highly anticipated albums from T.I., Ne-Yo, 50 Cent and R. Kelly. You'll hear it first as DJ Cipha Sounds introduces music fans to the producers, beats and...
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Check Out T-Pain's 'Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')' featuring Yung Joc

April 11th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
T-Pain
T-Pain is blowing up the charts with his new single "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" feat. Yung Joc. Pain has come into his own as an artist and his new record, Epiphany, dropping 6/12, will show a more mature side of the singer, rapper, writer and producer.

He's currently featured on R.Kelly's smash "I'm A Flirt" along side T.I., but T-Pain is one of the most prolific R&B artists in the game. Check out all the appearances he has made:

"I'm A Flirt" (Remix) - R. Kelly (featuring T-Pain & T.I.)

"I Can't Wait" - Akon (featuring T-Pain) Album "Konvicted" RIAA Certified Multi-...
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'Ciara: The Evolution' Is Certified Platinum in Only Five Weeks

January 12th, 2007 11:46am EST
Ciara
The RIAA has certified R&B/Pop sensation Ciara's sophomore album, Ciara: The Evolution, platinum in only five weeks. Ciara: The Evolution debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 338,447, and is the follow-up to 2004's Goodies, which sold 3 million on the strength of its three megahit singles.

"Ciara: The Evolution" is well on its way to meeting Goodies' high mark with two hit singles already all over R&B and pop airwaves, the get-it-started club banger "Get Up" and the sensual ballad, "Promise." "Promise" is currently #2 on the Urban Charts, #4 on the Mediabase Rhyt...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 8

January 8th, 2007 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985), "Buffy" actress Amber Benson (1977), New York Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi (1971), R&B singer R. Kelly (1969), "Homicide: Life on the Street" star Michelle Forbes (1967), Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990), Austrian chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck (1949), English singer/actor David Bowie (1947), Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946), fantasy author Terry Brooks (1944), "A Brief History of Time" author Stephen Hawking (1942), game show host Bob Eubanks (1938), "James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (193...
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Diddy & Snoop Dogg Plan European Tour

December 14th, 2006 9:11am EST
Snoop Dogg
Two icons of the hip-hop world, Diddy and Snoop Dogg, have unveiled plans for a major co-headlining European concert tour. The historic 18-city trek will see the superstars sharing stages in nine countries across the continent.

The Snoop/Diddy tour will kick off on March 12th at Oslo, Norway's Spektrum, then travel across Europe through an April 2nd date at the UK's Nottingham Arena (see itinerary below). Along the way, the itinerary will make stops in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, and Ireland. Among the momentous tour's many highlights will be a pair of two-...
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Akon's "Konvicted" In Stores Today; Listen To Two Songs From It Here

November 14th, 2006 12:07pm EST
Akon
After winning music fans over with his 2003 multi-platinum debut Trouble, Senegalese singer Akon returns with more stories from his personal journey via his sophomore CD Konvicted. If Trouble was Akon's ode to redemption (before his music career took off he served time for car theft), Konvicted picks up at rebirth. His mission now is to reinvent himself through his salvation - music.

The son of accomplished jazz musician Mor Thiam, Akon was introduced to varied musical styles early on. "I grew-up listening to all kinds of music. Obviously I love soul songs, but I also like mixing in ot...
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Another 'Classic' Snoop Dogg Album Drops Nov. 21

November 2nd, 2006 11:02am EST
Snoop Dogg
Superstar rapper and hip hop icon Snoop Dogg readies for his highly anticipated album "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" releasing on November 21 through Doggystyle/Geffen. Early buzz from industry insiders promise a classic album complete with the reunion of Snoop and Dr. Dre with three bangers from the dynamic duo.

This classic pairing marks the duo's first collaborative effort in approximately five years and promises to make history once again.

"Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" is a return to the original sound that put the Long Beach rapper on the map with Snoop keeping it gangsta on each...
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Midwest City Captures The Essence Of R&B On Their Debut Disc, "Authentic R&B"

October 22nd, 2006 10:00am EDT
Midwest City
Every generation a group emerges whose talent shines so brightly, you feel it from the second they sing their first note... they’re going to be BIG. Midwest City captures the essence of R&B on their debut disc, Authentic R&B. The new album is the perfect blend of up-tempo, funk-infused tracks, complementing soulful ballads laced with lush harmonies. Heavy hitters such as the Trackmasters (Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey), Cool & Dre (The Game, Fat Joe, Ja-Rule), Poli Paul (Black Eyed Peas, Nas, Christina Milian), L.T. Hutton and Will Campbell lent their platinum production tou...
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Kelly Price Returns To Gospel Roots With "This Is Who I Am," Out Oct. 24

October 4th, 2006 1:55pm EDT
Kelly Price
Kelly Price has been said to possess one of the most extraordinary voices in modern music. Born and reared in Queens, NY, Price’s musical talent showed itself at an early age. Price’s mother vividly recalls the many, many nights the household was awakened to the sound of Kelly singing out from her crib. As a child of the Church, both of her parents are ordained ministers, music became inextricably intertwined with the emotional fabric of her life, and it was through music that she expressed feelings she was often unable to speak aloud. One day, after being deeply saddened by a book she read...
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Check Out Akon's "Smack That," Featuring Eminem

September 18th, 2006 5:08pm EDT
Akon
Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Akon scores big with his new single, "Smack That," featuring Eminem with the #1 Most Added song at Rhythmic and Crossover this week at radio. In addition to the #1 status, on Akon’s myspace page, "Smack That" has been listened to over 1 million times in just two weeks. His sophomore release, Konvicted, is set to be in stores on November 21.

Konvicted, almost entirely produced by Akon, features guest appearances by aforementioned Eminem (Em produced "Smack That"), Akon’s artist T-Pain, Snoop Dogg and Styles P.

Akon scored unpreceden...
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Snoop Dogg Set To Release "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" In Nov.; New Single Debuts Aug. 30

August 23rd, 2006 3:08pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Multi-Platinum, Award Winning rapper Snoop Dogg is set to release his eighth solo LP, "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment," this November through Doggystyle/Geffen. "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" is one of the most highly anticipated new albums of the year and will continue to solidify this hip hop icon as one of the most influential musical entertainers of today.

Throughout each record on the forthcoming release, Snoop takes it back to the basics…back to the 'hood, showcasing the original gangsta sound that made this Long Beach rapper an instant household name when he made his debut in 1992 on D...
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Luke & Q Aim To Bring Soul Back To Music With Debut Disc Due Later This Year

June 15th, 2006 4:04pm EDT
Luke & Q
With a bold, urban edge and rich, dynamic vocals, the duo Luke & Q are poised to bring the soul back to music, with an uniqueness that’s distinctively their own. As natives of the musical haven New Orleans, Luke & Q proudly represent the soulful charm and depth of their city. Gospel, blues, jazz, country, and hip-hop have all played a profound role in their diverse musical upbringing.

One half of the duo is Luke Boyd, a vocal powerhouse with fire and intensity stemming from his upbringing in New Orleans’ tough downtown neighborhood known as the 7th Ward. His raw, bad-boy appeal and str...
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The Isley Brothers Release "Baby Makin' Music"

May 9th, 2006 4:51pm EDT
The Isley Brothers
Baby Makin' Music is a natural title for a new album by The Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley aka “Mr. Biggs.” For, in the annals of contemporary music, few groups or artists can lay claim to creating as many slow jams and bedroom classics, classics that set the perfect right mood for romance leading to seduction, seduction leading to passion and, yes, in more than one instance, passion as a prelude to a rise in the birth rate! “Yes, we’ve been making baby-makin’ music for quite a while,” Ron grins with confidence, aware that his smooth-yet-soulful vocal style has brought pleasure to milli...
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Nick Cannon Signs Deal With Motown; New Album In Spring

February 3rd, 2006 1:27pm EST
Nick Cannon
Motown Records has signed celebrated, one-man entertainment arsenal, Nick Cannon, in a venture with the actor/musician, to be called Can I Ball/Motown Records. Cannon's debut for the new label, Stages, featuring the first single "Dimepiece," and guest appearance by the first artist signed to his label, Izzy, is slated to be released in spring 2006. The new disc is executive produced by Cannon and Michael "Blue" Williams, and features a host of top notch producers including Kanye West and artists such as Talib Kweli, Anthony Hamilton and 112.

"I'm thrilled to be able to work with such ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 8

January 8th, 2006 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985), "Buffy" actress Amber Benson (1977), New York Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi (1971), R&B singer R. Kelly (1969), "Homicide: Life on the Street" star Michelle Forbes (1967), Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990), Austrian chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck (1949), English singer/actor David Bowie (1947), Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946), fantasy author Terry Brooks (1944), "A Brief History of Time" author Stephen Hawking (1942), game show host Bob Eubanks (1938), "James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (193...
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Stars Join Holiday Special About Adoption Awareness

December 19th, 2005 11:40am EST
Mary J. Blige
Grammy Award-winning musical artists Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow and Kelly Rowland will perform, along with The Goo Goo Dolls and Jesse McCartney, on the seventh annual “A Home for the Holidays,” a new entertainment special to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. Jamie Lee Curtis, Darryl Hannah, George Lopez, Virginia Madsen and Victoria Rowell, who herself was raised in foster care for 18 years, present inspirational stories about adoption.

Following the success of the past six annual shows, this year's special

continues to tell moving stories...
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Jesse McCartney, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow & Others Line Up For CBS Holiday Special

November 29th, 2005 10:02am EST
Jesse McCartney
Grammy Award-winning musical artists Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, The Goo Goo Dolls and Kelly Rowland ("Destiny's Child") will perform, along with Jesse McCartney, on the seventh annual A Home For The Holidays, a new entertainment special to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. Jamie Lee Curtis, Daryl Hannah, George Lopez, Virginia Madsen and Victoria Rowell, who herself was raised in foster care for 18 years, present inspirational stories about adoption.

Following the success of the past six annual shows, this year's special continues to tell mo...
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Billboard Music Awards To Honor Kanye West

November 17th, 2005 2:58pm EST
Kanye West
Kanye West will receive the Artist Achievement Award at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards, which will be held Dec. 6 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. West is being recognized both for his artistic excellence and Billboard chart accomplishments. Tom Petty will receive the Century Award, Billboard's highest honor for creative achievement.

Reigning American Idol champ Carrie Underwood has joined the performance lineup for the awards, which will also feature Green Day, Toby Keith and R. Kelly. Among the artists newly confirmed to make appearances at the event are 50 Cent, Lil Jon, Lin...
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Tonight's South Park (Nov. 16)

November 16th, 2005 10:12am EST
South Park
Tonight on South Park: Religious leaders believe Stan is the new “Golden Child” and a whole soap opera unfolds with the help of a famous R&B singer in an all new episode of "South Park," entitled "Trapped in the Closet," premiering Wednesday, November 16 at 10:00 p.m. on Comedy Central.

While Stan looks to a new religion for answers, the church leaders recognize Stan as the second coming. Some A-List Hollywood celebrities join the faithful who have set up camp right in front of Stan’s house.
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Star-Studded Benefit CD for Hurricane Relief To Drop Nov. 22

November 15th, 2005 2:21pm EST
Hurricane Relief
Responding to the overwhelming outpouring of support from musicians, writers and producers, EMI Group, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Concord Music Group along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced the addition of new artists and songs to complete the double CD multi-artist benefit album Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now. The collection will feature new recordings and classic cuts from more than 80 artists and 35 songs, spanning a variety of generations and genres, and will be released N...
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New CDs This Week (Nov. 15)

November 15th, 2005 10:54am EST
Madonna
A number of new albums hit stores today including new ones from Madonna, Big & Rich, Pitbull and Unearth; live ones from Green Day, Jesse McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, Moody Blues, Todd Rundgren and Wilco; hits collections from The Roots, Alanis Morissette, Cat Stevens, Pete Townshend and Dire Straits; and a whole lot more. Check out this list of noteworthy releases for Tuesday, November 15th...

Alanis Morissette - The Collection

Big & Rich - Comin' to Your City

Bill Wyman - Rhythm Kings Live

Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits [Chopped and Screwed]...
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VIBE Award Winners List

November 14th, 2005 11:10am EST
Mariah Carey
The third annual VIBE Awards took place this past Saturday, November 12, and will be televised on UPN Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). As previously reported, nominees included Destiny's Child, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Ciara, the Ying Yang Twins, Missy Elliot, Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey, and The Black Eyed Peas. But if you want to know who won, and just can't wait for the two-hour telecast, we have the full winner list of winners here...

Artist of the Year:

Mariah Carey

Album of the Year:

Mariah Carey

R&B Voice of the Year:

Mariah Carey

Best R&B Song:

We B...
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Green Day, R. Kelly & Toby Keith To Play Billboard Music Awards

November 2nd, 2005 2:26pm EST
Green Day
Green Day, R. Kelly and Toby Keith will perform at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Tuesday, Dec. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/tape-delayed PT) on FOX. Carmen Electra, Bo Bice, Nick Cannon, Chingy, Hulk & Brooke Hogan and the Blue Man Group will make special appearances. Tom Petty will receive the Century Award, Billboard's highest accolade. The show's host, additional performers and additional artists scheduled to appear will be announced closer to air.

Live from the legendary Las Vegas Strip and featuring performances and appearances by the year's cha...
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