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R. Kelly Named Top Hip-Hop Artist Of The Past 25 Years

11/19/2010 1:01am EST
R. Kelly
Soul man R. Kelly has topped a new list of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the past quarter century.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer beat out Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey on the countdown, while his "Best of Both Worlds" album collaborator Jay-Z is the top rapper on the list - at eight.

The top 10 also features Usher, Alicia Keys and late soul star Luther Vandross.

The Full List:

1. R. Kelly

2. Mary J. Blige

3. Whitney Houston

4. Mariah Carey

5. Janet Jackson

6. Usher

7. Luther Vandross

8. Jay-Z

9. Freddie Jac...

Lady Gaga & Elvis Presley Named 'Dream' Duet

3/26/2010 9:18am EDT
Lady Gaga
A duet featuring Lady Gaga and Elvis Presley has been voted fans' ultimate collaboration in a new poll.

Music lovers were asked to pick the two singers they would most like to see team up for a track in a survey by dating website - and a duet between the Poker Face hit-maker and The King came top.

Michael Buble and Nina Simone came second on the rundown, while soul stars Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross were voted third.

A Will Young/Barbra Streisand duet was the fourth most popular combination, while a Bonnie Tyler and Meatloaf collaboration rounded out the top five.


Lambert, Blige, Hudson: Standout Voices That Don't Need The Help Of Autotune

7/24/2009 10:52am EDT
Adam Lambert
With the now widespread use of autotune, it is very difficult these days to find people in entertainment that can actually sing well. (I'm looking at you, Kanye West) Here are a few people from the last 30 years whose music you can still listen to-whose voices don't have to be altered.

Christina Aguilera

It is amazing to think that such a big voice can come out of such an itty-bitty body. Her very first hit, Genie in a Bottle did not fully show off her vocal range, but with singles like Reflection, later hits like Ain't No Other Man, and her rendition of James Brown's This is a Man'...

Five Reasons Why Richard Marx & John Mayer Are Alike

5/11/2009 10:04am EDT
Though Richard Marx got his big break in the late 1980's and John Mayer got his in early 2000's (nearly 15 years later), if we were able to do a 'quantum leap,' we could easily pop each man into one another's career. John would leap into 1987 (the year of Richard's self-titled debut album), and Richard's music career would begin in 2001 when John's hit making album "Room for Squares" was released. Surely, both men would still have great success and receive just as many accolades because their musicality is that amazing.

Check out five top reasons why these two gentlemen of music can ...

Ruben Studdard Is Back With New Single, 'Together'

2/19/2009 8:20pm EST
Ruben Studdard
American icon Ruben Studdard is back with the release of "Together," his first single since 2006. The soulful and deeply romantic "Together," premiering on AOL Music today, will be available via digital retail on March 17.

Hailing from Birmingham, Studdard rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol. Since then, he has released three studio albums, has won Billboards's Top R&B Single Sales Award for "Superstar," and received a Grammy® Award nomination in 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for that song, alongside his idol Luther Vandross.

Studdard is on tou...

The Best Of Mariah Carey's Chart-Topping Ballads On CD Jan. 20

12/10/2008 6:00pm EST
Mariah Carey
Sony Music Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of Mariah Carey: The Ballads available on January 20, 2009. This definitive collection celebrates the voice and the career of one of the best selling and most award winning female artists in the world.

This is the first time that all of Mariah’s most popular ballads have appeared on one CD, making it a truly ultimate collection of her extraordinary music.

Mariah Carey: The Ballads features 18 chart-topping hits including nine #1 fan favorites like: 'Hero,' 'Vision Of Love,' 'One Sweet Day (Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men)' a...

'American Idol' Contestants Bid Farewell to Chikezie; 9 Remain

3/27/2008 12:54pm EDT
Chikezie Eze
Syesha Mercado and Chikezie Eze stood next to each other on stage, clutching what was left of their possible time on "American Idol." Both veterans of the bottom three, Syesha managed to dodge another bullet, sending Chikezie packing his bags.

The former Los Angeles International Airport baggage handler took the exit with his usual grace and utmost charm. After his Tuesday night's performance of Luther Vandross' "If Only For One Night," Chikezie seemed shaken by the judges' responses. In choosing his song, the California native said the song touched his heart unlike any other duri...

Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

1/8/2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...

'Now That's What I Call Christmas!' Series Makes Digital Release Debuts

12/2/2007 11:00am EST
Vols 1
The world's best-selling multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, rings in the holiday season with the digital release debut of two of its multi-platinum holiday collections, NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 1 and NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 2, and the digital return of last year's NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 3. Now all three of NOW's festive 36-track holiday collections are now available for purchase from most major digital service providers.

NOW's Christmas volumes present the most comprehensive collections of holiday favorites from the su...

Will Downing's 'After Tonight' Hits Stores Oct. 30

10/15/2007 7:41pm EDT
Will Downing
Will Downing is recognized as the premier male vocalist for the embodiment of his singular, sensuous blend of R&B, jazz and pop. After Tonight, Will's 13th album and first for the Peak Records label, was created and recorded while Will was coming to terms with and battling a rare and severely debilitating condition known as Polymyositis. After Tonight is more than just another album for Downing. It became a monumental reason for him to wake up on many a morning – a purpose that only his attention could bring to life. And Downing is determined for it to be far from his last.

Suffice it ...

70s Diva Thelma Houston Gives Her Favorite Songs A Woman's Touch

10/14/2007 9:30am EDT
Thelma Houston
Thelma Houston, the dynamic voice behind the disco anthem "Don't Leave Me This Way," is back with her first album in over 17 years. In a clever twist, Houston uses A Woman's Touch to transform songs made famous by some of the biggest singers - male singers - in R&B and pop.

The new CD was entirely conceived by Thelma Houston, as well as executive produced by Thelma in association with Stephen Ford of Diva Central, Inc.

A Woman's Touch is filled with songs she has long been a fan of. "They are songs I always wished I had recorded," she explains, "and I loved doing them from a w...

'Miss Patti's Christmas,' New Holiday Album By Patti Labelle, In Stores October 9

10/9/2007 8:30pm EDT
Patti Labelle
'Tis the season to be – tossing another yule log into the fireplace, and getting cozy with Miss Patti's Christmas. The brand new holiday album by Patti Labelle will arrive in stores October 9th on Def Soul Classics, a division of the Island Def Jam Music Group. The new album was executive produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Inc., with all tracks recorded and mixed at Flyte Tyme Studios in Santa Monica.

Miss Patti's Christmas is the first new Christmas album by Philadelphia native Patti Labelle in nearly two decades, since 1990's Gamble & Huff-produced Thi...

The Isley Brothers (Featuring Ronald Isely) To Release 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' Oct. 9

10/4/2007 2:39pm EDT
Isley Brothers
I'll Be Home For Christmas, the first holiday album ever recorded by the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley, will arrive in stores October 9th on Def Soul Classics, a division of the Island Def Jam Music Group. The new album was executive produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Inc., with all tracks recorded and mixed at Flyte Tyme Studios in Santa Monica.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees the Isley Brothers, who now include Ronald Isley and his brother, guitarist and singer Ernie Isley, celebrated their 50th year as a recording group in 2007. Their new ...

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

8/14/2007 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,...

Ledisi's First Outing With Major Label Marked By 16 Track Release, 'Lost And Found'

8/2/2007 6:30pm EDT
On Tuesday August 28th 2007, The Verve Music Group will release Lost And Found, a stellar 16-track body of work from Ledisi, the critically-acclaimed soul vocalist who first came to attention of the music-loving public with her two self-produced and independently released CDs –2000's Soulsinger and 2003's Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue.

Ledisi (whose name means "to bring forth" in the Yoruba language of Nigeria) has been known for delivering electrifying and memorable live performances, and over the course of her career she has earned the respect of fans and music writers alike. N...

Johnta Austin To Release Debut Album, 'Ocean Drive,' September 4

7/4/2007 4:00pm EDT
Johnta Austin
(New York, NY) - As the singular most successful songwriter at work today-– whose tunes have been brought to the top of the charts by Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and at least 50 more artists over the last decade, including Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Usher, Chris Brown, Toni Braxton, Tyrese, Enrique Iglesias, Aaliyah, Faith Evans, B2K, Ciara, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, and Mario – what do you deliver for an encore, after winning the Best R&B Song Grammy Award for the past two consecutive years?

In the case of 26-year old Atlanta native Johnta (pronounced "John-...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 20

4/20/2007 3:00am EDT
Carmen Electra
Happy Birthday To actor Joey Lawrence (1976), actress/model Carmen Electra (1976), "King Kong" actor Andy Serkis (1964), "Willard" star Crispin Glover (1964), New York Yankees legend Don Mattingly (1961), R&B legend Luther Vandross (1951; d. 2005), "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" actress Veronica Cartwright (1950), "Broken Flowers" actress Jessica Lange (1949), model/actress Edie Sedgwick (1943), actor Ryan O'Neal (1941), "Star Trek" actor George Takei (1940), Latin jazz musician Tito Puente (1925; d. 2000), "Diamonds are Forever" actor Bruce Cabot (1904), Spanish painter Joan Miro (1893; ...

Deniece Williams Returns After A Decade With 'Love, Niecy Style,' Out April 24

3/30/2007 9:00pm EDT
Deniece Williams
Deniece Williams will forever be one of the great all-time R&B divas. Processing an infectious, angelic and soulful honey -coated voice with an awe-inspiring range, Deniece Williams set the bar high for R&B singers back in the 70s and to this day her influence can be heard on everyone from Mariah Carey to Beyoncé. Her songs have been sampled by dozens of artists including Will Smith and Master P. Deniece's pure, rich and spine-tingling vocal quality, along with her impeccable diction and ability to honestly connect with any song has resulted in a vast catalog of hits. Some of her timeless a...

Elisabeth Withers' "It Can Happen to Anyone" Hits Stores Jan. 30, 2007

11/12/2006 10:00am EST
Elisabeth Withers
It all starts with the voice. A soulful instrument that is both powerful yet strikingly vulnerable; an engaging gift that transcends musical genres and industry trends. For acclaimed singer/performer Elisabeth Withers, that voice and a fierce spirit garnered her a prestigious Tony Award nomination for her role as the seductive scene-stealer Shug Avery in the Broadway mega-hit The Color Purple. Now the Joliet, Illinois-born singer/songwriter is set to release her debut solo album It Can Happen To Anyone on the legendary Blue Note Records.

"My music is a reflection of my life," says a ma...

Dionne Warwick To Release New Album Of Duets, "My Friends and Me," Out Nov. 7

11/1/2006 4:02pm EST
Dionne Warwick
"Walk On By." "Say a Little Prayer." "Anyone Who Had a Heart." "Windows of the World." "Wishin' and Hopin'." "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" These unforgettable songs are all inextricably linked to an extraordinary vocalist: Dionne Warwick. With her gorgeous tone, nuanced phrasing and stunning emotional range, Warwick remains firmly ensconced in the upper echelon of popular music.

Now this iconic artist, who has spent 2006 celebrating her 45th year in show business, revisits these and other classic compositions with a stellar array of female guests on My Friends and Me (Concord R...

Brian McKnight Returns With "Ten," In Stores Dec. 5

10/29/2006 10:30am EST
Brian McKnight
Embracing an effortless eloquence and cocoa butter smooth persona, the music of Brian McKnight has defined the true meaning of American soul man since 1991. Like his spiritual Motown godfathers, this upstate New York native has a velvety voice and silky style that captures the vibe of vintage soul without being old fashion. On his latest disc Ten, that blend can be clearly heard.

"It's always been my goal to try and bring back real R&B music," Brian says. "When I was growing-up it was all about the seventies soul men. From the first time I ever stepped into a studio, my daydream was to...

Ruben Studdard's Sophomore R&B Effort Hits Stores Sept. 26

7/31/2006 11:31am EDT
Ruben Studdard
Grammy-nominated and platinum recording artist Ruben Studdard will release his long awaited sophomore R&B/soul album, “The Return,” on J Records, September 26. The album is the follow-up to his heralded debut album, Soulful, released in 2003.

The intimate and powerfully sung lead single, "Change Me" (produced by The Underdogs) goes to urban adult and urban mainstream radio today. “The Return” includes additional production by The Underdogs, Scott Storch, Ne-Yo, Brian-Michael Cox, Harold Lilly, Dre & Vidal and others. Studdard produced the track "If Only For One Night," a remake of the...

'The Ultimate Luther Vandross' Drops August 22

6/20/2006 11:38am EDT
Luther Vandross
Celebrating the extraordinary artistry and impact of legendary superstar Luther Vandross, J, Epic, and Legacy Records will join in the release of The Ultimate Luther Vandross on August 22. A first-of-its-kind, career-spanning collection, the 18-track album is drawn from the multi-talented singer/songwriter and producer's recordings for both J Records and Epic Records.

The CD will include two previously unissued cuts, "Shine" (produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis), the first single from the album and "Got You Home." "Shine" is already being blasted on the airwaves as radio stations acro...

Luke & Q Aim To Bring Soul Back To Music With Debut Disc Due Later This Year

6/15/2006 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...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 20

4/20/2006 3:00am EDT
Carmen Electra
Happy Birthday To actor Joey Lawrence (1976), actress/model Carmen Electra (1976), "King Kong" actor Andy Serkis (1964), "Willard" star Crispin Glover (1964), New York Yankees legend Don Mattingly (1961), R&B legend Luther Vandross (1951; d. 2005), "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" actress Veronica Cartwright (1950), "Broken Flowers" actress Jessica Lange (1949), model/actress Edie Sedgwick (1943), actor Ryan O'Neal (1941), "Star Trek" actor George Takei (1940), Latin jazz musician Tito Puente (1925; d. 2000), "Diamonds are Forever" actor Bruce Cabot (1904), Spanish painter Joan Miro (1893; ...