| Jan 26, 2010
| 4:33 PM
The Grammy categories for best record and song of the year sound similar, but they're not. Best record goes to the recording artist; best song to the tune's songwriter. As our dueling Grammy pundits David "Guru" Schnelwar and Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch point...
| Mar 11, 2010
| 4:33 PM
No matter how the rest of the world responded to Kara DioGuardi's post-Big Mike breakdown last night, you'd think she would have gotten a sympathetic reception from the women on "The View." No such luck. "They were so wacky last night," Joy Behar said...
| Apr 8, 2010
| 4:33 AM
I'm not going to bore you with a long-winded post about what it means that Michael Lynche, one of the two best pure singers of this "American Idol" season, got voted off this week. I rejoice that the judges decided to save him. You, readers, already...
| Apr 27, 2010
| 9:33 PM
Shania Twain loves exclamation points! The woman who helped reinvent country music for the age of exurban sprawl and two-income, "The Blind Side"-style families has found success with many songs featuring that peppy punctuation -- including her...
| Dec 26, 2010
Teena Marie, the singer-songwriter known for such funk-infused 1980s hits as "I Need Your Lovin'" and "Lovergirl," and one of the few white musicians to achieve renown on the R&B charts, has died. She was 54.
Marie was found dead at her Pasadena home...
| Oct 19, 2008
GLIDING across the stage, crooning "come closer" over a driving beat, he manhandles the microphone stand like a modern-day James Brown. Only without the polyester jumpsuit.
Ne-Yo, the R&B triple-threat singer, performer and songwriter, is rocking a steel...
| Jan 15, 2010
Teddy Pendergrass, the soul singer who combined hyper-romantic love songs with a virile, sexy stage presence to become the quintessential R&B boudoir crooner before a 1982 car accident left him paralyzed, died Wednesday in his native Philadelphia. He...
| Dec 22, 2009
Alaina Reed Hall, a singer and actress who played Olivia Robinson on "Sesame Street" for a dozen years beginning in the mid-1970s and later played Rose Holloway on the situation comedy "227," has died. She was 63.
Reed Hall, who was diagnosed with breast...
| Jan 9, 2011
A verdant acre in the residential heart of Beverly Hills is the setting for a contemporary home with Old World flair designed by architect-to-the stars Harold "Hal" Levitt.
Levitt's design combines modern elements such as geometric skylights, generous...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 12:20 PM
It’s not easy to outdo Kirk Franklin.
A major presence in gospel music since the mid 1990s, Franklin is known for his intensity on stage. He doesn’t sing a lot, but as a bandleader in the old-school Cab Calloway mode he does pretty much...
| Nov 10, 2012
| 2:03 PM
Major Harris, a smooth-toned R&B singer whose work on his own and with the Delfonics helped popularize the so-called "Philadelphia sound," died Friday at the age of 65 in his hometown of Richmond, Va. The cause was congestive heart and lung failure, his...