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Lenny Kravitz to Play Marvin Gaye in Biopic

NEW YORK (AP) - Lenny Kravitz has signed on for his first leading film role, playing singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic that will be shot next year.

The rocker's publicist Carleen Donovan confirmed the news Tuesday. Kravitz has played supporting roles in

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R&B for Dummies: Guide to Understand Genre’s Ups and Downs

It's been said that today's true R&B singers are the last of a dying breed. Longtime fans of the genre lament that it's not what it once was, having been diluted by dance and hip-hop influences as of late. Noneth

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Valentine’s Day Music: 10 Albums to Get You in the Mood

This Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) put the red roses and boxes of chocolate aside and turn up the volume in the bedroom with The BoomBox's playlist. We've gone back in time as far as the '60s to find 10 R&B and soul albums that tickle the heart and will leave you floating on cloud nine. From D

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John Legend Helps Kids Confront Social Issues With Marvin Gaye Song

WASHINGTON (AP) - Grammy award-winning singer John Legend surprised a high school choir Tuesday at the Kennedy Center to help start a program encouraging young artists to confront social issues with their art, in honor of the late Marvin Gaye.

The project, 'What's Going On ... Now,' echoes Ga

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Jay-Z the Subject of Georgetown Sociology Course

Calling Jay-Z an "icon of American excellence," Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson is using the hip-hop mogul's life and lyrics as the basis of a new course.

Dubbed 'Sociology of Hip Hop: Jay-Z,' the c

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Big Sean Shoots ‘Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay’ Video in New York

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G.O.O.D Music rapper Big Sean received yet another big-league boost recently, when he landed revered video director Hype Williams to helm the visual for his Kanye West-assisted third single 'Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay.'

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Big Sean Taps Kanye for ‘Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay’

Rapper Big Sean has had a long road to success. Though he was immediately signed to G.O.O.D. Music in 2005, after kicking one freestyle in front of Kanye West, the Detroit MC has seen his 'Finally Famous' album debut delaye

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Biopics We Wish Would Happen & Stars We’d Want to Star in Them

With Fantasia gearing up to play gospel legend Mahalia Jackson and casting soon to begin on a Tupac Shakur biopic, the BoomBox got to thinking about other iconic musicians whose lives deserve the big-screen treatment. What follows is a list of 10

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Lil Twist Breaks Down His Three Favorite Coming of Age Rappers

Since signing to Young Money at the tender age of 13, Lil Twist has been the youngest member of Lil Wayne's omnipresent rhyme family. This month, the Dallas native turned 18 years old, and with that comes a brave new world.

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Name That Tune: Songs Notorious for Their Use of Sampling

Once controversial, the practice of sampling is now generally regarded as a viable artistic method of production and a mostly legitimate commercial endeavor. Good public reception of a sample-use often depends on a combination of factors including what is sampled, who is sampled, and how that sample is used to create something new

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