Puff Daddy Sets Bad Boy Reunion Concert for B.I.G. Birthday

March 30, 2016

Puff Daddy will reunite his Bad Boy Records family for a "One Night Only" concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Arena on May 20th, the day that marks what would have been the Notorious B.I.G.'s 44th birthday. Puff Daddy and the Family as well as the...



Anne Hathaway Swings 'Wrecking Ball' on 'Lip Sync Battle'

April 10, 2015

Anne Hathaway came in like a "Wrecking Ball" for Thursday's Lip Sync Battle versus Emily Blunt. Borrowing Miley Cyrus' distinct video look of a tank-top and tighty whiteys, Hathaway mimes the lyrics with desperation, even slipping in an up-close...


Watch Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige Perform at Grammys

February 8, 2015

Sam Smith, already having a big Grammy night with four wins, enlisted Mary J. Blige for a glorious rendition of his hit "Stay With Me." Accented by the warm glow of lamps all over the stage, an orchestra and a choir, Smith and Blige gave some...

Album Review

Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of 'Empire'

March 10, 2015

Where's Cookie when you need her? This soundtrack for the hottest show on TV could use more of the beat-you-with-a-broomstick fire of Taraji P. Henson's character. Instead, stars Jussie Smollett (Jamal) and Bryshere "Yazz" Gray (Hakeem) headline a spotty...



20 Best R&B Albums of 2014

December 15, 2014

R&B in 2014 was rife with breathy, spellbinding debuts and breathless, gonzo reinventions, from the mesmerizing coos of FKA Twigs and Tinashe to the fearless travelogues of Mary J. Blige (who went to London) and Prince (who went to Mars). Old favorites...


American Music Awards 2014's 20 Best and Worst Moments

November 24, 2014

The butts have it! The 42nd American Music Awards brought out booty, booty, booty, rockin' everywhere — as well as the latest crop of teen pop, a few doses of punk attitude and even more reasons for us to love Taylor Swift. Though...

Song Review

"Right Now"

September 26, 2014

After collaborating on last year's "F for You," R&B queen Mary J. and U.K. house stars Disclosure reunite for the first cut off Blige's forthcoming The London Sessions. Together again, they mine a smooth, syncopated retro-sex sound that sits...


R. Kelly to Drop 'White Panties'

March 4, 2014

R. Kelly's 2013 album Black Panties debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell more than 300,000 copies. In light of the album's success, the singer told V Magazine that he is planning a sequel entitled White Panties. R....

Album Review

The London Sessions

December 2, 2014

Mary J. Blige's 2011 album My Life II didn't exactly recapture the mojo of her classic 1994 original. So, after a Christmas album and a soundtrack, the R&B royal headed to London to record this proper follow-up – a smart move, considering that...


Behind Mary J. Blige’s Dance-Music Makeover

October 28, 2014

Mary J. Blige was crowned the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul in the Nineties. But her recent albums were moody affairs that didn't have much in common with the shiny sound of contemporary R&B. So on her new record, The London Sessions, she hooked up with artists...


Mary J. Blige Joins Sam Smith at NYC Show

June 18, 2014

Sam Smith brought his soulful tunes to New York's Apollo Theater on Tuesday night, and he also took along a surprise guest. R&B goddess Mary J. Blige joined the singer for a duet on the ruminative "Stay With Me," delighting attendees at the crowded...


Frank Ocean's 'Super Rich Kids' Named in Lawsuit

February 11, 2014

TufAmerica, the record label that has filed copyright infringement lawsuits against Jay Z and Beastie Boys, filed a similar lawsuit involving Frank Ocean's Channel Orange track "Super Rich Kids" and its sample of Mary J. Blige's "Real Love." See Where...



'X Factor' Crowns Alex and Sierra

December 20, 2013

Phew. The X Factor finally did something right this season: Alex and Sierra won. Rolling Stone's Complete Coverage of The X Factor After a rocky, borderline-laughable third season, the show may have saved face by declaring the cutesy couple from Simon...


Morrissey, Jake Bugg Ready to Rock for Peace

November 26, 2013

Morrissey and Jake Bugg are among a new batch of artists scheduled to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert happening December 11th in Oslo, Norway. Syrian musician Omar Souleyman and Swedish rapper Timbuktu will also take part in the 20th annual event,...


Mary J. Blige Faces IRS Lien for Unpaid Taxes

May 24, 2013

Mary J. Blige is facing a hefty Internal Revenue Service lien for unpaid taxes. The IRS hit the 42-year-old singer and her husband Martin Isaacs with a $3.4 million lien in New Jersey and filed notice on February 7th, according to The Associated...


Beyonce, Mary J. Blige Featured on the-Dream's New Album

April 5, 2013

It's been a year since the-Dream first previewed his album, IV Play MMXII, an event thrown together as if for the hell of it: at the time, no release date had been set. There was a song with Gucci Mane, another with Mary J. Blige, one called "Loving You."...


Morrissey Salutes Nobel Prize Winners

December 12, 2013

Last night, Morrissey capped off an impressive lineup at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, where he performed a three song set that included "People Are the Same Everywhere," "Irish Blood, English Heart" and a slightly tweaked...


Beyonce Leads a Charge of Powerful Women at Sound of Change

June 1, 2013

Girls run the world – and Beyoncé ran the show at The Sound Of Change charity concert in London Saturday night. Billed in advance as a sort of "female Live Aid" aimed at promoting women’s empowerment around the world, the concert at...


Bono and Mary J. Blige Perform "One"

May 17, 2013

Earlier this week, Bono and Mary J. Blige took the stage at New York's Jacob Javits Center to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Robin Hood Foundation. They performed U2's "One" (which they recorded together in 2005) and U2's overlooked 2009 classic...



Rolling Stones Anniversary Tour Thrills in New York

December 9, 2012

Deep into the Rolling Stones' first American concert in six years, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on December 8th, Mick Jagger paused for a few words about his band's 50 years in business. "People keep asking us, 'Why do you keep doing this?'"...