R & B

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Has Another Side–Survivor

Before Aretha Franklin was a pop legend, she was a gospel and blues singer. Like Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington before her, she has had to overcome prejudice, frustration, a teen pregnancy, weight problems and devastating emotional trauma during her career. Fortunately, Aretha has been able to channel her feelings into some of the most memorable and soulful music of the 20th century. ...

Chris Brown Gets High in New 'How I Feel' Video (watch!)

Chris Brown gets reflective in a new video for his song “How I Feel” using the ultimate status symbol, a private jet, as the video’s backdrop. The song touches on all of the events in his life that have shaped him, including his 2009 beat down of then girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards. The visual approach to the song is less than apologetic....

Chris Brown Tries to Explain Himself on 'How I Feel' (listen!)

Chris Brown tries to explain himself in a new song "How I Feel" that touches on some of the things that have, shall we say, marred his career. But the song ends on a positive note. He's found a "better men." Brown, 22, has been the object of scorn ever since he brutally assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, on the eve of the Grammy Awards when they both were slated to perform. He later pleaded guilty aggravated assault....

Solomon Burke, an R&B, Gospel Giant, Dies at 70

Solomon Burke, the real King of Soul during the 1960s and '70s, who sang his soulful gospel, country and R&B songs for countless audiences including the Pope, died suddenly early today (Oct. 10) on a trip to Amsterdam, according to his family. He was 70....