Jay Z and Beyoncé top Billboard's Power 100 list

Jay Z and Beyoncé take the No. 1 spot on this year's Billboard Power 100 -- an annual list of the most influential people in the music industry. They are the first celebrities to ever claim the top spot on the list. The Power 100 issue, which hits newsstands Friday, features profile pieces and Q&A’s dedicated to these luminaries, which can also be found at the Power 100 hub on Billboard.com.

The honorees were celebrated at the Power 100 reception -- an official GRAMMY week event – last night, Thursday, January 23rd at The Emerson Theatre in Hollywood. Notable guests included LeAnn Rimes and her husband  Eddie Cibrian. Attendees were treated to a performance by the women featured in the Oscar-nominated film “20 Feet to Stardom” -- Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, and Darlene Love.

Check out the list below.

Power 100: Celebrities
Jay Z and Beyoncé – No. 1
Scooter Braun – No. 33
Birdman – No. 50
L.A Reid – No. 56
Simon Cowell – No. 58
Ryan Seacrest – No. 62
Lorne Michaels – No. 88

Power 100: Top 10
1. Jay Z and Beyoncé
2. Lucian Grainge
3. Coran Capshaw
4. Michael Rapino
5. Martin Bandier
6. Doug Morris
7. Irving Azoff
8. Len Blavatnik
9. Rob Light
10. Jimmy Iovine


Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde featured on Grammy 2014 album

Atlantic Records and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY Recordings® will release the 2014 GRAMMY® Nominees album on Jan. 21, 2014, in stores and via digital retailers. The 20th anniversary installment of the best-selling series features 18 top-charting hits from a diverse array of this year's GRAMMY-nominated artists and songwriters. In conjunction with the album's release, music fans will have the opportunity to win trips to the 56th or 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®.

The 2014 GRAMMY® Nominees album includes many of the year's most prominent recordings and performers, highlighted by all the nominated artists and songs in the high-profile Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Country Album categories. The collection is made possible by a special arrangement with all of the major music distribution companies and rotates labels from year to year. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album benefits the year-round efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares Foundation® — two charitable organizations of The Recording Academy.

"For more than 20 years we have been creating some incredible editions of the GRAMMY Nominees album, which again represents some of the great songs and talented artists that make up this year's remarkable nominees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "We thank Atlantic Records for its collaboration on this project, which provides much needed support for the invaluable programs and initiatives our charities produce year-round. We look forward to another successful GRAMMY compilation."

"We are honored to be joining with The Recording Academy to release this fantastic collection of GRAMMY-nominated performances and songs," said Atlantic Chairman and COO Julie Greenwald. "It's an exciting reflection of the tremendous range of talent that captured the ears of the public and the industry alike over the past year. And we're especially proud to be associated with an album that helps support the essential missions of The Academy's charitable endeavors."

Check out the track list:

2014 GRAMMY Nominees Album Track List:

1. BRUNO MARS
"Locked Out Of Heaven"
Record Of The Year
Song Of The Year

2. ROBIN THICKE
"Blurred Lines" Feat. T.I. & Pharrell Williams
Record Of The Year

3. LORDE
"Royals"
Record Of The Year
Song of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance

4. IMAGINE DRAGONS
"Radioactive"
Record Of The Year

5. DAFT PUNK
"Get Lucky" Feat. Pharrell Williams
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

6. KATY PERRY
"Roar"
Song Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance

7. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
"Mirrors"
Best Pop Solo Performance

8. SARA BAREILLES
"Brave"
Album Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance

9. MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
"Same Love" Feat. Mary Lambert
Album Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best New Artist

10. JAMES BLAKE
"Retrograde"
Best New Artist

11. KENDRICK LAMAR
"Swimming Pools (Drank)"
Album Of The Year
Best New Artist

12. ED SHEERAN
"Lego House"
Best New Artist

13. P!NK
"Just Give Me A Reason" Feat. Nate Ruess
Song Of The Year

14. TAYLOR SWIFT
"Begin Again"
Album Of The Year
Best Country Album

15. BLAKE SHELTON
"Mine Would Be You"
Best Country Album

16. KACEY MUSGRAVES
"Merry Go 'Round"
Best New Artist
Best Country Album

17. TIM McGRAW
"Highway Don't Care" Feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban On Guitar
Best Country Album

18. JASON ALDEAN
"Take A Little Ride"
Best Country Album


John Legend tapped to perform at Governor's Ball

John Legend, nine-time Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter, will take the stage on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Academy’s official post-Oscars celebration, the Governors Ball.

“John Legend is one of the industry’s most innovative and talented artists,” said Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Design Branch governor and chair of the Governors Ball. “We’re thrilled he will be joining us to celebrate this year’s achievements in film, and for what promises to be a most memorable evening.”

Legend’s critically acclaimed 2004 debut album, “Get Lifted,” garnered eight Grammy nominations and earned him a win for best R&B album. That year he also won best new artist of the year and best male R&B vocal performance for the hit single “Ordinary People.” His fourth solo album, “Love in the Future,” is nominated for best R&B album at the upcoming Grammy Awards. Legend’s songs have been included in the soundtracks of such films as “Waiting for Superman,” “Think Like a Man” and “Django Unchained.”

In 2007 Legend launched an education-focused organization, the Show Me Campaign, which works to break the cycle of poverty in both the U.S. and Africa. He also serves on the boards of several other organizations, including Stand for Children, Teach For America, the Harlem Village Academies and PopTech.

Legend will perform for the Ball’s 1,500 guests, which will include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and performers, and other luminaries. The Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


Jill Scott is perfectly frank about race in America

Jill Scott recently sat down with Rolling Out TV and we asked her to give us her take on “Race in America,” let us know your thoughts. Check out her response below.

“We have to start; we have to start looking at things in an educated way. We cannot respond from emotion all the time, we have to start paying attention too! Why wouldn’t … put it like this, if I’m in another country and all I see are Mc Donald’s commercials why wouldn’t I think that that is all that America is? When the representation of an entire people is based on fictitious shows, or fictitious reality shows it builds a certain box of whom and what we are. I mean to be perfectly frank we have doctor’s wives fighting in ball gowns, what do you expect from a black woman? But to be angry, angry and loud, and violent is what? You know so if the videos are of young black men who don’t take care of their children (insert shrug of disbelief), all black men don’t take care of their children (insert sarcasm), come on? The television and the internet is creating boxes for us and I believe that we are starting to fall for it, so why wouldn’t someone else? Why wouldn’t everyone else? You have to have a balance and yes, there are some people that are prone to violence, who were born angry absolutely I have met some. But there are some intelligent, confident, hard working, great fathers who are diligent and love the women who they married or are in a relationship. We are not so simple! I think that that is a part of the problem and I think that that is where we are different because I cannot expect you to think differently when all you see is a specific image and unfortunately it is a tarnished image.” 


Jay-Z: 'Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film'



Jay-Z premiered his long-awaited visual for "Picasso Baby" on HBO Friday night, August 2. The Mark Romanek-directed visual begins with him explaining the concept of the video and his thoughts on hip-hop as performance art.


Robin Thicke performs 'Blurred Lines' on 'Jimmy Fallon' with the Roots on classroom instruments




Robin Thicke performs "Blurred Lines" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" with The Roots on classroom instruments.


Kelly Price talks new music in the works

Singer Kelly Price has a new reality show she's executive producing titled "Too Fat for Fame" is celebrating her new reality show R&B Divas: LA that airs Wednesdays on TV One and has new music on the way. Find out what she's up to.

What else do you have going on? 
Kelly Price music always! I’m grateful for the platform of music because that’s how I came to be known by anybody. Working on new music now with a new single out by the end of the year and an album by the top of the year. I will always be proud of the music. I’m working on something with Faith Evans now for her album and writing tunes for other people. I’m super excited about the music right now and it will have a hand in everything else that’s going on.

When did you meet Faith Evans?
I met Faith when I was very young; we were both in the NY Metropolitan area. We both had reputations for really being able to sing; we sang around in different churches and programs known for having very strong voices. We were able to get to know each other better over 17 years ago because of Bad Boy Records. I was writing at the time for other people when her career started and I wrote for her.

What two books would you suggest to others to read that changed your life?
Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian ‎ and Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

Kelly Price talks new show ‘Too Fat for Fame’ (part 1)

Kelly Price talks ‘R&B Divas LA’ (part 3)


Rewind: Beyoncé performs 'I Was Here' (Live at Roseland)



Beyoncé performed “I Was Here” at Rosaland Ballroom in New York City. Baddy Bey's August 2011 4-show concert series, “4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé,” sold out in 22 seconds and its no wonder because she puts on an amazing show.


Beyoncé’s new single collaboration with husband, Jay-Z: ‘On the Run’ (listen)

The love story continues, a decade later. A follow-up to the couple’s 2003 hit single “Bonnie & Clyde,” Beyoncé and Jay-Z have teamed up for “On the Run” which drops this Thursday. ”Part II (On the Run),” a track from the superstar couple off H.O.V.A.’s latest album, Magna Carta… Holy Grail, was leaked online on Independence Day– July 4.

While on her current global tour entitled called Mrs. Carter, a solo version featuring Queen Bey of the single is on the Internet. The couple is no doubt still Dangerously in Love.