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Canonization Coming for Hildegard

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.11.2012 | Arts
Michael Sigman

The Catholic Church seems ready to codify what music lovers have known for nearly a millennium: Hildegard von Bingen is a saint. Vatican Insider repor...

WATCH: Most Memorable Women's Empowerment Anthems

Posted 03.05.2012 | Black Voices

With Women's History Month in full swing, HuffPost BlackVoices thought it would be an appropriate time to reminisce about some of our favorite anthems...

Dog Ears Music: Born in March Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.02.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review music by Lou Reed (The Velvet Underground), Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonya Kitchell, Fergie and more.

Aretha Franklin: This Is No Reflection On Whitney's Upbringing

AP | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Posted 04.23.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin says Cissy Houston raised her daughter Whitney Houston well – and that an interview where Franklin said parents...

Aretha: My Health Made Me Miss Whitney's Funeral

AP | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Posted 04.19.2012 | Entertainment

NEWARK, N.J. — Aretha Franklin says she can't attend Whitney Houston's funeral because of her health. Franklin had been expected to sing at the...

Aretha Franklin Opens Up About Whitney Houston

AP | Posted 04.18.2012 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin believed Whitney Houston had overcome her demons and was primed for a comeback, which made learning of the troubled s...

Grammytech 2: A Conversation With Bob Clearmountain, Plus Chatting With Steve Tyrell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.17.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The thing with Bruce, and any artist like Bruce, is that the most important thing is the song, getting across the meaning and the character of the song. Bruce is almost like an actor in that he creates a character for each of his songs.

Watch: Aretha Honors Whitney

twitter.com | Posted 02.14.2012 | Black Voices

Whitney Houston was considered by many the greatest pop singer of her generation, and last night, she was honored by the most highly regarded popular ...

My Road Trip With Adele

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 04.15.2012 | Parents
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

Facing a long solo road trip from Pittsburgh to New Haven this November (unless you count Bob the Chihuahua sleeping in the back seat) I seized the opportunity to finally choose the music and bought Adele's 21 CD.

Valentine's Day Soundtrack: My Top 10 Love Songs of All Time

Nate Larson | Posted 04.15.2012 | Entertainment
Nate Larson

Valentine's Day is much more than a celebration of love, it's a recognition of how music provides the soundtrack for life's most intimate moments. How many relationships begin and end with a song?

Grammytech 1: A Conversation With Musical Director, Engineer & Producer Phil Ramone

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.14.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Over the next two weeks, I'm going to share a series of interviews with some of the music industry's heroes and working stiffs who literally brought you this year's awesome Grammy Awards with nary a hiccup. First up at bat is Phil Ramone.

The Quotable Whitney: Remembering The Singer In Her Own Words

Posted 02.13.2012 | Women

Whitney Houston's death Saturday at the age of 48 brought the singer's remarkable life and career to a tragically early end. Since the news broke, tri...

My Friend Rev. Jesse Jackson on Whitney Houston

Lonna Saunders | Posted 04.13.2012 | Women
Lonna Saunders

Her death is a wake up call for all of us to reach out to those we know and love, whether they seek our help or not.

Aretha Franklin: 'There Will Be No Wedding At This Time'

AP | By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Posted 03.24.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Aretha Franklin won't be getting fitted for a wedding gown after all: She's called off her engagement. A statement released Monday by her ...

2012 Essence Music Festival Lineup Announced

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON | Posted 03.12.2012 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS — Newly engaged queen of soul Aretha Franklin is headlining this summer's Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and its other top p...

Aretha Franklin Reveals Dream Wedding Details

AP | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Posted 03.06.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Now that the Queen of Soul has found her king, she's focusing on all the key details of her upcoming nuptials, including the place, t...

Aretha Franklin, 69, Getting Remarried

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 05.14.2012 | Fifty

Aretha Franklin says she's ready to tie the knot with longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson. Franklin told The Associated Press in a statement...

Aretha Franklin Is Getting Married!

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 03.03.2012 | Celebrity

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin is engaged to longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson. The Grammy-winning singer told The Associated Press in a s...

A Pomegranate & Billy Jack: Conversations with Once's Marketa Irglova and honeyhoney

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.21.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to Marketa Irglova, her latest album is a direct result of her making a conscious decision to make music.

50 Years of Grammys, Duets II, His Lady Gaga Portrait, Politics & More: A Conversation With Tony Bennett

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.17.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This is another great year for Tony Bennett as far as Grammy nominations go, and it's also been 50 years since he won his first Grammy for "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." Time flies.

Dog Ears Music: The Gift List

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.15.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review albums by Doris Day, The Talking Heads, Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Caretaker, and other artists.

Aretha Franklin Wants To Make You A Superstar (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.01.2011 | Detroit

Put out an APB: The Queen of Soul is looking for future superstars to mentor for her record label, Aretha's Records. Classically-trained singers an...

Aretha's Hats Fetch Big Bucks

AP | Posted 11.21.2011 | Black Voices

LIVONIA, Mich. -- A beige cashmere hat with fur and matching collar and cuffs worn by Aretha Franklin sold for $400 during a sale of dozens of items o...

Aretha Franklin Wardrobe Auction: Buyers Target Hats Worn By Queen Of Soul

AP | Posted 11.20.2011 | Detroit

AP: LIVONIA, Mich. -- A beige cashmere hat with fur and matching collar and cuffs worn by Aretha Franklin sold for $400 during a sale of dozens of ...

Queen Of Soul Auctions Off Clothes (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.21.2011 | Detroit

DETROIT -- An aura of mystery surrounds the treasure trove of Aretha Franklin's iconic outfits that will be put up for auction at an undisclosed locat...