Sylvia Robinson, the singer who rose to prominence as half of the duo Mickey & Sylvia before embarking on a solo career and earning the title the “Mother of Hip-Hop” as a co-founder of the seminal rap label Sugar Hill Records, passed away Thursday at the age of 75 after suffering congestive heart failure.
The New York City native first tasted success with ‘Love Is Strange,’ the Mickey & Sylvia single that topped the R&B charts — and was a top 20 pop hit — in 1956. In the early ’70s, billed simply as Sylvia, Robinson scored another number one R&B hit with ‘Pillow Talk.’
As the doctor who presided over Michael Jackson‘s death stands trial and the world is preoccupied with the grisly details of his final hours, Cirque du Soleil is preparing to honor the fallen icon with a spectacular tribute to his musical legacy.
The project, dubbed the ‘Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour,’ will launch October 2 in Montreal, and is only part of what the Jackson estate has planned for the coming year.
From the mid 80s to the mid 90s, Gloria Estefan’s pioneering blend of pop and Latin dance club music was pretty much inescapable on Top 40 radio. Though her crossover success has cooled, she may have found her new platinum hit for American audiences.
Record sales are nowhere near what they were 15 years ago, but you still never know when an amazing new talent is going to pop up, where they might appear or which corner of the globe they might hail from.
For her 10th full-length studio effort, Blige has created a sequel to her Grammy-nominated 1994 sophomore release, ‘My Life,’ which sold three million copies, spawned four hit singles, and is widely regarded as a modern R&B classic.
The more we learn about Justin Bieber‘s upcoming Christmas album, the clearer it becomes that it won’t be just another quickie cash-in holiday release. Bieber’s bringing all-new original material to the table and lining up some special guests to help him share the yuletide spirit.
When Lil Wayne was working on tracks for ‘Tha Carter IV,’ he decided to take a moment to explore his sensitive side. The result was ‘How to Love,’ a rare moment of introspective balladry from the hip-hop magnate that paid off with a cross-format smash.
As a young Dr. Dre protege, Snoop Doggy Dogg only had his mind on his money and his money on his mind. The idea that he’d one day be making cameos on ‘One Life to Live’ or starring in a reality series about his family would have seemed ludicrous.
What do you get when you put together Kanye West, a bunch of puppets, and Kim Kardashian in a Princess Leia bikini?
Thanks to some old footage that has leaked onto the Web, we now know the answer: the never-aired pilot for ‘Alligator Boots,’ the grown-up puppet variety show that West and Rhymefest tried to get off the ground back in 2005. Comedy Central passed on the project, but thanks to the magic of YouTube, now you can see it for yourself — and you really have to see it to believe it.
It took Game three years to complete his latest number one record, ‘The R.E.D. Album,’ but you’d have to argue it was time well spent — it’s his third chart-topping collection, and with less than a month on the shelves, it’s already sold more than 150,000 units.
The West Coast’s reigning rapper doesn’t plan on being gone that long for his next album, however. In fact, he’s already working on the follow-up — and he’s far enough along that he knows what he’s calling it.
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