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Courtesy of A Capitol Fourth/PBS Sheila E is one of the many performers booked for the annual PBS special A Capitol Fourth, and she’s looking forward to celebrating our nation’s independence in Washington, D.C., for the first time. “I think just the celebration in itself is pretty exciting for our first time being here [in D.C.],” […]

Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for Beautycon™ The Essence Festival of Culture is one day away from making its official return, but this time it’s celebrating a special moment. Originally launched as a one-time event, the festival will be turning 30 years old, a milestone Caroline Wanga, president & CEO of ESSENCE Ventures, says many events have yet […]

Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella Wyclef Jean has a reggae album in the works. He tells Billboard the idea came to mind after a conversation with the album’s executive producer, Tom Jones aka Panic. “I’ve known Panic for over 20 years; he said, ‘Yo, we need a Wyclef Jean reggae album,’ so he brought me into […]

Photo by MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images GloRilla performs with Megan Thee Stallion on their Hot Girl Summer tour, but there was a point in time when she was nervous in her company. “I was actually shy the first time I went around her,” Glo tells Vibe of meeting Meg. “The second time, it just got more [comfortable]. […]

Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce) is imminent, so please get your tissues ready.  Eminem shared the release date on his socials early Tuesday. In the clip, set at the fictional Pompsomp Hills Hospital, a woman gives birth to a baby who isn’t breathing, forcing the doctor to work […]

RCA Records After news leaked of his upcoming single, “Lithonia,” Childish Gambino has released the track, along with the release date of his new album, Bando Stone & the New World. The project, his last album under the Childish Gambino imprint, is set to arrive on July 19. Fans interested in a first listen can join him […]

Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage They say everything happens for a reason, but if life had happened the way SZA once thought it would, she’d currently be a gymnast. She shares that fact in a promotional video for the Olympics, in which she fulfills her dream of meeting Simone Biles. “This is my dream to talk to you. I’m […]

Amazon Music Amazon Music is providing a unique listening experience for fans who want to hear Megan Thee Stallion‘s new album, MEGAN. Included in this exclusive release is commentary from Meg about all 18 songs on the project. Speaking about “Where Them Girls At,” which she recently performed on the BET Awards, Meg said she and Lil […]

ABC/Eric McCandless Halle Bailey may have just wrapped up filming for Pharrell Williams‘ Piece by Piece biopic, but her mind hasn’t strayed from the music. Speaking to Billboard on the red carpet of Sunday’s BET Awards, she revealed she’s been working on music that she’s excited for people to hear “soon.” “I feel so inspired during this […]

Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET Usher was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards Sunday, but most of his acceptance speech was muted. While he did curse onstage, BET confirmed there was an “audio malfunction” that resulted in most of the silence. “Celebrating global icon Usher on our stage with a star-studded tribute […]