Check out the latest happenings around the music world…
- Chris Brown is ready to put all the negativity behind him for good. The 23-year-old singer, who’s known more for his personal troubles than his body of work, says he is ready to present a different side with his upcoming sixth studio album, X. “Making X, I found out who I am,” Brown told Rolling Stone. “This album has a lot of substance, from the subject matter and the situations to how it deals with love. It’s really derived from personal experiences. Then again, I always like mixing reality with art.” The Stevie Wonder/Michael Jackson/Sam Cooke-inspired record will be a departure from Brown’s recent EDM sound and will aim to put him back on a “focused path.” “Basically, I’m saying the negativity is in the past for me,” he said. “I’m just all about positivity and moving forward, being able to X out the negativity and stay on a focused path. Now, instead of me being the temperamental guy that everyone thinks I am, I’m more about crafting that into my music, so when my fans hear it, they can feel it.” X is expected to drop in late summer or early fall.
- Well, hello there! Jill Scott has reportedly returned to the studio for her fifth album, a follow-up to 2011’s Light of the Sun. The Grammy Award winner is said to be recording three to four days a week with help from Ne-Yo, BJ the Chicago Kid and producer 9th Wonder. And our ears are ready.
- The first week numbers are officialy in for Justin Timberlake‘s monster comeback record, The 20/20 Experience. Drum roll please…968,000 copies. The singer’s third studio album has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Well done!
- Usher will take the stage to honor music vet Quincy Jones at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 18 in Los Angeles. Carole King, John Fogerty, Spike Lee, Harry Belafonte, Jackson Browne and others have been tapped to perform and present at this year’s event. Jones, Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Albert King, Heart, Randy Newman, Rush and Lou Adler make up the impressive list of artists and producers to be honored. The 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air May 18 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
- Beyonce has been named the official headliner for Gucci’s Sound of Change concert in London on June 1, which will also feature performances from Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Iggy Azalea, John Legend, Rita Ora, Laura Pausini, Timbaland and others. The music event will benefit the Chime For Change organization, aiming to raise funds, awareness, and empowerment for girls and women worldwide. “Our goal is to call for change for girls and women in the loudest voice possible,” said co-founder and Artistic Director, Beyonce. “I am excited for us to come together on June 1 to bring the issues of education, health and justice for girls and women to the world stage.”
- Motown songwriter/producer Deke Richards died Sunday in Bellingham, Washington after his battle with esophageal cancer. He was 68. He is best known for penning hits with the Jackson 5 (“I Want You Back,” “ABC”), Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and more. Our thoughts and prayer are with Richards’ family during this difficult time.
- The MTV Video Music Awards are headed back to New York for the event’s 30th anniversary– Brooklyn to be exact. The 2013 VMAs will take place at the Barclays Center on Aug. 25.
- And after the jump, take peek at a few artist appearances at Monday’s screening of 42 honoring baseball legend Jackie Robinson at the Brooklyn Academy of Music…