Essence Festival Adds Maxwell, Al Green, Ne-Yo

Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo and En Vogue will join previously announced headliner Beyonce at the 15th annual Essence Music Festival. The event will be held July 3-5 at the New Orleans Superdome.

Kelly Clarkson Breaks Record For Hot 100 Jump

Kelly Clarkson makes history on this week's Billboard Hot 100 with the largest leap to No. 1 in the chart's 50-year history. Her new single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," rockets 97-1 after selling 280,000 digital downloads in its first week of availability.

Claude Kelly Hits Big With Clarkson, Spears

Last summer, singer/songwriter Claude Kelly told Billboard he hoped to work with Kelly Clarkson in the future. Six months later, not only has he co-written the pop singer's latest single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," but he's sharing in its record-breaking success.

U.K. Singer/Songwriter John Martyn Dies

U.K. folk and blues songwriter John Martyn has died at the age of 60, according to a statement on his official Web site. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

U2, Kid Rock, Plant/Krauss Added To Grammys

U2, Kid Rock, Rihanna and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have joined the performance lineup for the 51st Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 8 at Los Angeles' Staples Center and broadcast live on CBS.

Depeche Mode Confirms New Album Track List

Depeche Mode has revealed the track list for its 12th album, "Sounds of the Universe," which is due April 21 from EMI. First single "Wrong" will be available March 9.

Super Bowl Sounds: Dylan/will.i.am; Pumpkins

Bob Dylan and will.i.am: together at last? The artists both appear in a Pepsi commercial that may run during the Super Bowl broadcast, singing a song written specifically for the ad. Further details were unavailable.

The Dream’s New Album Bumped To March

Originally expected out before the end of last year, the Dream's second album, Love Vs. Money," will now arrive in March via Def Jam. The wait has proven beneficial, as it has given current single "Rockin' That Thang" time to climb the charts.

Yet Another New Jay-Z Song Leaks Online

There's still no release date for Jay-Z's upcoming album, which is rumored to be titled "Blueprint III," but new songs continue to leak onto the Internet.

Yet Another New Jay-Z Song Leaks Online

There's still no release date for Jay-Z's upcoming album, which is rumored to be titled "Blueprint III," but new songs continue to leak onto the Internet.

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