Ken Simmons is a veteran entertainment journalist based in New York City who has interviewed nearly every major personality in urban culture over the past two decades. As an editor and producer for several radio networks, including serving as the producer of Wendy Williams' nationally syndicated radio show, Simmons has been integrally involved in national radio and Internet promotions for the career launch of several stars including Beyonce, Usher, Alicia Keys, and Brandy.
Ashanti Returns with ‘BraveHeart’ Following Nelly Breakup, Talks Children, Stalkers & Twerking
Following her breakup with Nelly last year, Ashanti is now flexing her muscles as a CEO, preparing to drop her fifth album, 'BraveHeart,' on her own label, Written Entertainment. Five years have passed since her previous effort, 'The Declaration,' in 2008. 'BraveHeart' will be her first album since her release from Murder Inc. in 2009.
TGT On a Mission to ‘Save R&B’ With ‘Three Kings’ Album [Exclusive Interview]
TGT took six years to finally release their debut album, 'Three Kings,' and now Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank are on a mission to "save R&B" with the new project, which earned a No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart when it was released last month.
Ray J Opens Up About ‘Bad Girl’ Relationships, Launching New Nightclub and ‘Deeper’ Music
As the controversy continues surrounding Ray J’s single 'I Hit it First' and the accompanying video, which features a Kim Kardashian look-a-like, he reveals that the subject matter is pretty obvious. "I've never denied it is about her ," he tells TheDrop.fm. "I let the song speak for itself.”
Fantasia Overcomes Negative ‘Side Effects’ of Her Past to Emerge a Winner [Exclusive Interview]
After enduring overwhelming public ridicule that drove her to attempt suicide in 2010, Fantasia has made a dramatic comeback with her No. 1 R&B album, 'Side Effects of You', featuring her uplifting single 'Lose to Win.'
Melanie Fiona’s ‘Wrong Side of a Love Song’ Catapults Her Back to the Grammys
Melanie Fiona won two Grammy Awards in 2012, for 'Fool for You,' her collaboration with Cee Lo Green, and this year's nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance for 'Wrong Side of a Love Song' is even more personal because of the suffering it represents. As the painful face expressed in the photo that promoted the song so graphically indicates, Fiona lived that experience and was a victim
Charlie Wilson Wants to Save Artists From ‘Crash & Burn’ Lifestyle, Talks ‘Love, Charlie’ Album
At an age when most artists are on the road to retirement, Charlie Wilson is in the prime of his career with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a new album, which was released Jan. 29 -- his 60th birthday.
Common Talks Inspiring Young Men With ‘LUV,’ Details Roles in ‘Now You See Me’ and ‘Pawn’
Common is hoping to make a major splash in his movie career this year with his new film 'LUV,' co-starring Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haybert, Meagan Good and Lonette McKee.
Jill Scott Talks Tough Moments, Acting, Says ‘Don’t Get Caught Up in Your Genitalia’ — Exclusive
With the news of an NAACP Image Award nomination for her role as hairdresser Truvy in the new African American version of 'Steel Magnolias,' Jill Scott is truly “livin’ my life like its golden” as she sang in her 2004 hit 'Golden.'
Brandy Talks Love, Marriage and Depression — Exclusive
Following personal and career setbacks, which had her on the brink of giving up, Brandy has made a strong comeback with her first album in four years, 'Two Eleven.' The effort, released in October, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. After overcoming severe depression, the singer says her current success has allowed her to regain lost confidence. “It shows you can r