| Jan 9, 2015
| 12:00 PM
Renowned for years as a behind-the-scenes hitmaker, Mark Ronson clearly remembers the conversation about his potential solo career.
It was early 2008, not long after that year's Grammy Awards, where the producer shared several prizes, including record...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 8:07 AM
It wasn't as incongruous as The Monkees touring with Jimi Hendrix nearly a half-century ago. But Sam Smith going out with his "Jingle Ball" tour mates last month was on that level when it comes to bizarre concert lineups.
The soulful Smith, who...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 10:37 PM
Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as "The Lion King," has died. He was 72.
Crouch died Thursday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 2:48 PM
Essence magazine will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a pre-Grammys bash featuring Jill Scott and Chaka Khan.
The magazine announced Friday that sixth annual Black Women In Music event will honor Scott, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 8:03 AM
Anthony Hamilton has plenty to be pleased about this Christmas. The soulful R&B singer is a successful married father of six and he's touring behind a seasonal album, "Home For the Holidays," which he will showcase when he performs Sunday, Dec. 21 at...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 5:00 AM
To get it out of the way right at the top: No, he didn't play saxophone. But that hardly stopped Bill Clinton from strutting across the stage of the Dolby Theatre like a true-blue jazz cat.
And how could you blame him?
By the time he appeared Sunday...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 5:30 AM
A 90210 ZIP Code. A 40-foot interior waterfall. Private movie theater. Rooftop deck equipped for 500 people.
The $14-million Beverly Hills mansion had all the trappings of a verifiable celebrity home. With its antiseptic glass and concrete and steel, it...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 12:37 PM
Music mogul Clive Davis might be forgiven for sounding a bit emotional about “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics,” the new album produced by Davis that arrives Tuesday.
In it, she takes on iconic songs by other female singers,...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 12:23 PM
As the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has contributed countless classics to the great American songbook and collaborated with an endless list of greats.
For her next album, Franklin found inspiration from her fellow pop divas, a title she&...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 8:42 AM
Life is fine on Boulevard Chanel, the street facade created by designer Karl Lagerfeld for his ready-to-wear show on Tuesday, where leggy models in expensive outfits staged a faux demonstration as part of the spectacle.
Lagerfeld's commentary on the...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Jajaira Varela stood confidently in front of a classroom full of aspiring law students and belted out the empowering lyrics of Chaka Khan's R&B classic "I'm Every Woman." Some friends and family had always told Varela she wasn't college material, so she...