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Jennifer Hudson's emotional Walk of Fame ceremony

November 14th, 2013 3:20am EST
Jennifer Hudson
Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson fought back tears while speaking about her late mother as she was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday (13Nov13).

The Oscar winner was surrounded by family and friends when she unveiled the 2,512th star on the iconic Los Angeles sidewalk, but Hudson pointed out that there was one person she wanted by her side for the special moment - her late mum Darnell Donnerson.

Welling up during her acceptance speech, Hudson said, "I knew I would get emotional and I'm sure my mom is in heaven like 'Jenny stop crying' but now's the time to cry m...

Mick Jagger to Make First Appearance on Grammys Stage

February 3rd, 2011 1:05pm EST
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Mick Jagger will make his first-ever live appearance on the Grammys stage, CBS announced Thursday.

The rock legend will perform as part of the telecast's "In Memorium" tribute, which pays homage to those in the music world who have died in the past year. Jagger will be joined on stage by his band and Grammy winner Raphael Saadiq.

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Amy Winehouse Shows Off Her Cookies

July 6th, 2010 3:45pm EDT
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse showed off her cookies and chocolates outside the Jazz Cafe in London yesterday where she was partying with music producer Mark Ronson. The recovering British train wreck is practically falling out of her blouse. She looks healthier though, that's for sure!

Amy is forming a new supergroup with The Roots' drummer ?Uestlove. However, she has been unable to move the plans forward because she is struggling to obtain a visa to enter America to visit record producer Raphael Saadiq, who will be on guitar.

Amy was previously denied entry to the U.S. for the 2008 Grammy Awards after ...

Beyonce Is A Triple Threat At Soul Train Awards

November 4th, 2009 3:22pm EST
Beyonce At Soul Train Awards
Beyonce ruled the 2009 Soul Train Awards on Tuesday after taking home three top prizes at the ceremony. The Irreplaceable superstar was named Best Female R&B/Soul Artist, while her track Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) claimed the Song of the Year accolade and her album I Am... Sasha Fierce landed her the honor for Album of the Year.

However, Beyonce lost out on the prestigious Record of the Year title - that went to Jamie Foxx for his T-Pain collaboration Blame It.

Meanwhile, singer/songwriter Keri Hilson was a double winner at the Atlanta, Georgia ceremony, walking away with the ...

2009 Grammy Award Predictions

January 30th, 2009 12:05pm EST
My Morning Jacket
What can I say? I'm a sucker for the Grammys and the Oscars, and after a few years of real yawners, the Grammys in particular are back with a vengeance! The performances lineup is Coachella-esque impressive, with U2 and Coldplay joining the likes of Jonas Brothers, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne(!), Paul McCartney(!!) and Radiohead(!!!). But just as important as the performers are the award winners, and if you're in an office pool somewhere or on your way to Vegas and need a little help predicting the winners, you've come to the right place! (Well actually, if you're on your way to Vegas you ...

It's Not Over at 40 For All Musicians

October 27th, 2008 2:15pm EDT
The early 90's pop hit "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" is perhaps the same sentiment the keeps some musicians in the music industry from packing it all in to keep on truckin'. While many leave to live normal lives, there are others who still have some impact on today's music scene. Check out our 40/40+ club of musicians who's careers are still rockin'. Should musicians over the age of forty give it a break? Let us know what you think!

Metallica / 40+

Since the band's inception in the 1980's, with a career spanning nearly three decades, Metallica are still magnetic as far ...

Chante Moore Returns With New CD, 'Love The Woman'; Due June 17

June 9th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Chante Moore
Following two highly successful albums with her husband, Kenny Lattimore, Grammy nominee Chante Moore returns with her long awaited first solo CD in nearly a decade, Love The Woman, due June 17th on Peak Records.

Known for numerous hits over the past fifteen years including "Love's Taken Over," "It's Alright," and her top five smash "Chante's Got A Man," Chante Moore is in vintage form on her sultry first single, the passionate ballad "Ain't Supposed To Be. With her angelic vocals, once again she delivers her distinctive soulful style that has made her one of the most admired and res...

Solange Knowles To Release, 'SoL-AngeL And The Hadley Street Dreams,' Aug. 26

May 4th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Solange Knowles
Talented singer, songwriter, artist, and entrepreneur, Solange Knowles AKA SoL-AngeL, is ready to set the world on fire with a sound that is sure to breathe life into a sometimes stagnant music scene. With her sophomore set, SoL-AngeL and The Hadley Street Dreams, on her new label home of Geffen Records through Music World Entertainment, Solange takes us through a walk in yesteryear with an uber modern twist. SoL-AngeL and The Hadley Street Dreams is due for release on August 26th.

On SoL-AngeL and The Hadley Street Dreams, SoL-AngeL enlisted help from producers and songwriters that ...

Notable Quotables

June 26th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Joss Stone
"I had to convince Raphael - he's a little more conservative than I am." Joss Stone on appearing naked with producer Raphael Saadiq for the cover art of new album Introducing Joss Stone.

"I had some scotch and some cigars in, like, a cigar lounge, a real old-fashioned, Bogey (Humphrey Bogart) type." Actor Shia LaBeouf recalls his recent 21st birthday celebration.

"I was really sure that when I had a baby, these would go all funky, but they are still very readable." Angelina Jolie was delighted her tattoos weren't ruined by pregnancy and childbirth.

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Producer Novel Feels Ripped Off By Joss Stone

April 10th, 2007 9:30am EDT
Joss Stone
Music producer Novel has vowed never to work with singer Joss Stone again after a dispute over songwriting credits. Novel, who has worked with Kelis and JC Chasez in the past, claims Stone reworked some of the songs they wrote together to ensure he received no credit on her third album Introducing Joss Stone.

He says, "She did a little bit of writing, but I wrote, produced, arranged, vocal arranged, did backgrounds. I was never paid for the songs - I just get my publishing.

"Now she has this record with (producer) Raphael (Saadiq) and they changed some of the songs. I got no produ...

Joss Stone Avoids A 'Mess' In Bahamas Studio

March 26th, 2007 10:43am EDT
Joss Stone
British soul star Joss Stone insisted on recording her new album in seclusion in the Bahamas because she didn't want to repeat her "messy" second CD. The singer booked into reggae legend Bob Marley's studio Compass Point with producer Raphael Saadiq to record Introducing Joss Stone and she's delighted with the way the album turned out.

She says, "If everybody's mind was involved then it would be (first album) The Soul Sessions again or (second album) Mind, Body & Soul, which was a complete muddled-up mess. It wasn't an album; it was a CD with a bunch of songs on it."

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Joss Stone Defends Racy Photo

March 21st, 2007 9:04am EDT
Joss Stone
British soul star Joss Stone is racing to explain a saucy photo in the booklet accompanying her new album because fans think it confirms a romance with producer Raphael Saadiq. The sexy singer and Saadiq appear naked, in an embrace, with their bodies painted for the eye-catching shot - but Stone insists it's supposed to be an artistic statement, and nothing sexual.

Stone says, "It's a picture that everybody kind of looks at it sexually, but it isn't... He (Saadiq) is from Oakland, I'm from Devon, England; he is 40, I am 19; he is American, I'm English. It's, like, two completely diffe...

Joss Stone North American Tour Dates

March 8th, 2007 11:24am EST
Joss Stone
British soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone will hit the road in April for a North American tour supporting her new album, Introducing Joss Stone, which will be released by Virgin Records on March 20th. The tour, which begins April 27th in Connecticut, will make special stops at the Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans and the annual Summerstage concert series in New York City's Central Park, before concluding in Virginia on June 13th.

For her first proper tour in nearly three years, the Grammy-winning star will be showcasing tracks from Introducing Joss Stone -- an electrifying m...

Check Out "Never Never," The Debut Single From Brick & Lace

February 8th, 2007 12:14pm EST
Brick & Lace
Brick & Lace is the first official act signed to Akon's Konvict/Geffen imprint. The group is releasing their debut album in May featuring production from Akon, Tony Kelly, Raphael Saadiq, and Will.I.Am.

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John Legend Returns With "Once Again" Oct. 24; Listen to "Save Room" Here

September 24th, 2006 7:30pm EDT
John Legend
In 2004, John Legend (then known primarily as an in-demand all-star studio session man) stepped into the solo spotlight as a premier singer-songwriter-pianist-performer in his own right with his debut album Get Lifted. Driven in part by the hit singles "Ordinary People" and "Used To Love U," Get Lifted was a critical and commercial triumph, earning John an astounding eight Grammy nominations -- he won Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Ordinary People") and Best R&B album -- and selling more than three million copies worldwide.

For most performers, achievements of that ...

Lionel Richie Returns To The Charts With His New Single, "I Call It Love"

August 24th, 2006 3:11pm EDT
Lionel Richie
Legendary singer, songwriter, producer and five-time Grammy award-winning Island recording artist Lionel Richie, one of the world's most recog­nized and rewarded performers, is bulleting up the charts with his new single "I Call It Love." "I Call It Love" is the first single pick from Coming Home, Lionel Richie’s long-awaited third album on Island Records, due to arrive in stores on September 12th.

In its fourth week out, "I Call It Love" (written and produced by Stargate and Taj) already has over 27 million in total audience nationwide, and has impacted nearly every major radio for...

Leela James Is Back In Studio Recording Second Album

August 3rd, 2006 11:08am EDT
Leela James
Soulstress Leela James has wrapped up more than a year of promotion for her critically acclaimed 2005 debut "A Change Is Gonna Come," and is back in the studio recording her follow-up with Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Raphael Saadiq, who worked on "Change" and is known for his collaborations with D'Angelo and Macy Gray. Warner Bros. Records is planning to release the album -- which will once again spotlight James' talents as an independent-minded and highly gifted singer and songwriter -- next spring.

James, whose throaty gospel-influenced voice has been described as "Chaka K...

The Roots Release 'Best Of' Albums

November 7th, 2005 3:20pm EST
The Roots
A commercially successful, critics' darling is oftentimes an oxymoron in music. Then again, it should come as no surprise that the endlessly innovative hip-hop band, The Roots, have managed to accomplish both. They have sold over three million records since debuting with Organix in 1990. At the same time, they've won a Grammy for best rap performance by a duo or group in 2000 for "You Got Me," and kept fickle critics and their loyal fan base satisfied with groundbreaking experimentation that deftly mixes elements from rock, jazz, soul, house, and any other genre that will make the speakers ...

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