Director Malcolm D. Lee producing new musical with Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men are about to return to the spotlight with an upcoming project from director Malcolm D. Lee. Lee has partnered with Amazon Studios and Davis Entertainment on a coming-of-age movie musical called Brotherly based on the music of the “End of the Road” singers. All three current members of the group — Nathan […]

H.E.R. to give special tribute to Marvin Gaye at 2021 People’s Choice Awards

H.E.R., the 24-year-old singer whose real name is Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, will take to the stage at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, to honor the late Motown legend on the 50th anniversary of his What’s Going On album. H.E.R. joins a host of other stars previously announced to […]

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy to receive Kennedy Center honor

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Motown Records founder Berry Gordy will be one of five honorees honored for his lifetime artistic achievements at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 5, 2021. Gordy created the blueprint for Black artists and executives to become financially successful and built a musical empire that still resonates to this day. […]

Filmmaker Allen Hughes tapped to direct Marvin Gaye biopic

Warner Bros. has acquired the Marvin Gaye biopic, What’s Going On, and Allen Hughes is on board to direct the film — which is expected to have a budget of more than $80 million — about the legendary soul singer. Hughes also will produce the movie alongside Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine and Andrew Lazar. Hughes […]

Blair Underwood wins ‘Outstanding Actor’ at the 52nd NAACP Image Awards

On March 26, one night before the 52nd NAACP Image Awards show, it was announced that Blair Underwood had won Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for his role as Charles Walker Jr. in the Netflix mini-series “Self Made” inspired by the life of Madam C. J. Walker. Underwood has been […]

Judge rules Pharrell Williams didn’t commit perjury in ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit

Pharrell Williams can now finally put the legal battle between him and the estate of the late soul crooner Marvin Gaye behind him. The copyright battle over Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” which was produced by Williams has been decided. The hit song featured T.I. and Williams along with Thicke. Gaye’s estate had previously […]

John Legend makes ‘Time’ magazine’s 100 most influential people list

John Legend and Viola Davis are among the names featured on Time magazine’s 100 most influential people list. The publication has published its annual Time 100 issue which compiles 100 of the most influential people in the world from various backgrounds including artists, leaders, pioneers, titans, and icons. Viola has found herself in the icons […]

Dannis Winston takes notes from the masters for debut EP

Earlier this year, Dannis Winston, a bandleader, singer/songwriter, and President/CEO of Winston’s Crew Collective took the first step on his journey of parlaying his successful wedding band career into solo mainstream music success with the release of his debut single “Let Me Go.” Now 10 months later he is embarking on the next chapter with his […]

Rising artist Kvn Tajzea talks ’90s R&B and new album, ‘The First Return’

Kvn Tajzea (pronounced Keh-vun Tah-Jhay) might be one of the best R&B vocalists you’ve never heard … until now. The 30-something crooner is set to drop his debut album, The First Return, and recently sat down with rolling out to discuss his musical background, what fans can expect from the album, and the current state of […]

TQ talks new single, ‘Coming Home,’ why his R&B is not soft

Probably best known for his 1998 top 40 smash anthem, “Westside,” taken from his impressive debut solo collection, They Never Saw Me Coming, Compton, California’s, own prodigal son, TQ, née Terrance Quaites, is back with a brand-new future hit, offering titled “Coming Home.” Rolling out recently caught up with the 39-year-old singer-songwriter to see what exactly he has […]

Singer-songwriter Babs Savage talks about her craft

Born and raised in the U.K., singer-songwriter Babs Savage first began honing her craft at very early age. She would later go on to attend the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in England, and by the time she was in her mid-teens Savage, who by then had formed her very own band, knew that music […]

FOX’s ‘Empire’ under attack by Marvin Gaye’s son

The breakout hit drama “Empire” has been accused of being a rip-off of other people’s lives and ideas since it’s Fox debut in January. Everyone from Damon Dash to Sean “P. Diddy” Combs have reportedly blamed the show’s creators, Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, for biting from their life story. Now one of Marvin Gaye’s […]

Robin Thicke and Pharrell want ‘Blurred Lines’ retrial

It appears as though Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are not quite ready to give up the fight. U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt recently rejected a request by the duo to have the case retried. Thicke and Williams were pushing for a new trial after the first trial ended in a ruling that the song […]

Jermaine Dupri accuses Ciara of stealing his sound

Pharrell warned after the Gaye family was successful in suing him over copyright infringement over his hit “Blurred Lines” that artists would repeatedly come under fire now for being “inspired” by music from the past. And now it appears Pharrell might have been right because Jermaine Dupri is now accusing Ciara of stealing his musical […]

Exactly how profitable was 'Blurred Lines,' Robin Thicke's massive hit?

Part of the aftermath of the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit by the estate of Marvin Gaye against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams is that the public is getting a rare look at just how lucrative a hit song can be. According to recent testimony in the ongoing trial, the 2013 hit song netted profits of $16,675, […]

Historic 'Motown 25' special to rebroadcast for the 1st time on PBS

Many people know of Michael Jackson’s legendary moonwalk dance, but not many people know he debuted it during Motown’s historic TV special “Motown 25: Yesterday · Today · Forever”, which originally aired on May 16, 1983. Fans new and old will get to relive the magic moment and groundbreaking night as Public Broadcasting Service has just […]