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John Mayer, Billy Joel kick off first weekend of New Orleans Jazz Fest -- PHOTOS

New Orleans natives and Grammy winners Rebirth Brass Band covered TLC’s “Waterfalls.” John Mayer covered the Muddy Waters tune “I Got My Mojo Working.” Billy Joel trotted out the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to jam during the midsection of “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.” And Ben Harper continued his roots exploration in a set with collaborator and blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite. At its best, the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fesitval combines traditional New Orleans musicians (playing to the crowd and acknowledging their part in popular music), and mainstream acts paying homage to a region of the country that so greatly influences them.

The first weekend of Jazz Fest showed off the diversity of acts both from New Orleans and around the world. Big crowds turned out not only for headliners such as Joel and Mayer but for local heroes Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Rebirth Brass Band, and Jason Marsalis, who performed an inspired classical jazz set. Mayer was back at the fairgrounds on Friday after cancelling his performance at the fest in 2012 (and most of the rest of his tour), due to a throat ailment. He strayed from his pop side and kept the set focused on blues and roots, including a Grateful Dead cover (“Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad”).

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VH1 Divas tonight: Five reasons you should watch

EW was on the scene at last night’s taping of VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul (airing tonight at 9 p.m. ET). In addition to talking to the Divas — including repeat performers Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Kelly Clarkson, plus Jessie J and Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch — we narrowed down exactly why the 13-year-old institution is still worth checking out. Below, five reasons to tune into tonight’s special. READ FULL STORY

December's 'VH1 Divas' adds Chaka, Eryka, Estelle, and -- yes -- some boys

Divas, make way! VH1 has added a bevy of other ladies — and, yes, some dudes, too — to the line-up for its annual special VH1 Divas, including Chaka Kahn (pictured here), Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius. The non-diva entities –i.e. those who have a Y chromosome — added include Boyz II Men and Travie McCoy.

The seven new acts join the previously announced divas, which include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott. The Roots will serve as the house band for the engagement.

VH1 Divas will celebrate soul this year, honoring so-called “soulful cities” — Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis, and Philadelphia — that inspired the participating divas and their art. The special airs Monday, Dec. 19, at 9 p.m. on VH1.

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Usher headlining 'Essence' Music Festival tonight -- PHOTOS

R&B superstar Usher is headlining tonight’s concerts at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans at the Lousiana Superdome. At left, you can see a shot from his sound check for tonight’s performance.

The Friday main stage show are also featuring performances by Charlie Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, and Boyz II Men. Kanye West will headline tomorrow’s main stage show; he’ll be preceded by Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, and El DeBarge. The festival will wrap up on Sunday with performances from Mary J. Blige, New Edition, Trey Songz, and Kem.

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Jill Scott sings herself to first No. 1 album on Billboard 200 chart, Bon Iver also debuts considerably well

R&B songstress Jill Scott earns her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.

Her The Light of the Sun starts off moving 135,000 units. Though she’s a reputable voice and critically acclaimed, it took her four albums to get to the top of the list.

Next up is folk rock group Bon Iver, whose stellar self-titled sophomore set opens selling 104,000. Frontman Justin Vernon and his crew appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Colbert Report, and a host of other TV looks ahead of the release, as well as in countless magazine profiles.

That exposure, along with Kanye West promotional  assistance he received while working on West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy led to this being his highest-charting set and best sales week ever. Vernon’s previous high came from the Blood Bank EP, which debuted at No. 16 (selling 23,000 during week one) in 2009.

Rounding out the top three is Adele’s 21, moving 101,000 albums and pushing its grand total to just shy of 2.5 million.

Check out the rest out the top 10 after the jump.

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Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton dance the day away in 'So in Love' video: Watch here -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a new album from Philly soul siren Jill Scott. The woman behind uplifting cuts like “Golden” and intimate jams like “The Way” is back with her new single “So in Love” from her forthcoming Light of the Sun.

The video for the mid-tempo duet is summery–as it should be. In it Jill and her love interest singer Anthony Hamilton bounce through a lovely day, attending a wedding and then dancing in each others arms at the reception.

While you wait for Sun‘s June 21 release, check out our exclusive debut of  Scott’s “So in Love” video after the jump.

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Maxwell and Jill Scott double the loving at New York's Madison Square Garden

maxwell-jill-scottImage Credit: Daniel Locke/PR Photos (2)On Friday night (June 26) true school R&B came to New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. For the latest stop on his Renaissance Hotel-sponsored tour, smooth crooner Maxwell shared the headlining bill with soul star Jill Scott. There was no opening act, but two main events. In a black shirt, skirt, sequined black tights, and a black heels, Scott kicked things off with hits like “The Way” and “I Love You,” a new track from her forthcoming album The Light of The Sun. “This song’s for the people that have loved someone real hard and f—– it all up,” she described before creeping into the funky mid-tempo cut that apologizes to an ex lover.

Songs like that are the reason Scott’s fans love her as much as they do. She’s a wonderful storyteller; her songs, descriptive and emotional, are simple and relateable, content-wise. When she set up “Cross My Mind,” a mostly spoken-word track about a not-so-good man who was great in the sack, she asked the women in the house, “You guys know what I’m talking about?” They did, screaming their “Yeah, girls” and “Uh huhs.”

Scott’s band—two drummers, a brass section, guitarist, and two keyboardists—was hipper than most, all dressed in black Adidas tracksuits. And only visible as silhouettes were two background dancers, sexily grooving to Scott’s music behind screens. As fast as she can sing about a trifling man, Scott can coo about one that treats her right. In an operatic fashion that would impress Pavarotti, she sang “He Loves Me,” and after showing her range in musical scales, she brushed herself off as if to say, “Yeah, I’m that good.”

The Grammy award-winning veteran has accomplished a lot for a person whose look isn’t that of a typical pop star. She’s not Beyoncé Knowles fit. She’s a curvy, full-figured lady. Her hair doesn’t fall to her shoulders and down her back. In fact, it was blown out in Afro fashion. Scott thanked to crowd for accepting her as she is, saying that music executives would prefer she change. “They want you to be skinny, hungry, and mad all the time,” she said. “I eat.”

Scott closed out strong with a trio a funky jams, starting with “Hate on Me,” then her Go-Go smash “A Long Walk,” and finally the uplifting, yet defiant “Golden.” Her half of the evening was an amazing showing of refined skill, making me wonder why she isn’t even more popular. She’s a complete woman, confident in her own skin and excellent at her chosen craft. There were no apologies and no topic was off limits. As she hinted at earlier, Scott’s a whole ‘lotta woman. And talent, too.

Waiting for Maxwell to hit the stage, I was scared Jill Scott’s impressive opening had blown Maxwell out of the building before he got to his dressing room. That was going to be a rough act to follow.

Find out how he did after the jump.

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Jill Scott vs. her former label: Singer responds to lawsuit

Jill Scott plays the head of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency on HBO, but the singer-actress might be heading to court in real life after her longtime label Hidden Beach Recordings filed a lawsuit against her earlier this week in L.A. According to Hidden Beach, which has released each of Scott’s official albums, from 2000′s Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 through 2007′s The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, Scott left the label abruptly last fall with three albums still remaining on her contract. Hidden Beach is seeking damages to compensate for the loss of potential revenue from the albums it believes Scott promised. (If the case proceeds to trial, expert testimony could help determine the value of the allegedly undelivered albums.)

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