1. Regional Mexican Artist Ariel Camacho Dead at 22

    February 25, 2015 4:45 PM EST The singer-songwriter died in a car crash in Mexico. DEL Records artist Ariel Camacho died in a car accident early Wednesday (Feb. 25) in his native Sinaloa, Mexico. He was 22 years old. "My heart is broken by the loss of Ariel Camacho," Angel Del Villar , president and founder of…

  2. Verizon, Cookman Management Launch Scouting Contest

    February 25, 2015 4:01 PM EST Winner of Música Unsigned Competition to record with Grammy-winning producer Andres Levin. Verizon has joined with Los Angeles's Cookman management and Nacional Records in a search for "unsigned músicos" from the Western states. On the table is a recording session with Grammy…

  3. Sam Smith Announces 2015 North America Arena Tour Dates

    February 24, 2015 9:43 PM EST Surely still riding high from four Grammy wins, including Best New Artist, Song and Record of the Year, Sam Smith has now announced a month of American arena tour dates.  Sam Smith to Vogue: 'Talking About My Deepest & Darkest Secrets to the World Makes Me Feel Better' The 19…

  4. Bobby Emmons, Country Studio Musician & Songwriter, Dead at 72

    February 24, 2015 7:59 PM EST County musician and songwriter Bobby Emmons, who wrote hits for Waylon Jennings and George Strait and played on more than 100 chart hits as a session musician, has died. Emmons passed away Monday in a Nashville hospital, while being treated for an undisclosed illness, the Memphis…

  5. 'Blurred Lines' Trial Opens As Jurors Hear Dueling Arguments About What's At Stake

    February 24, 2015 5:33 PM EST Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & members of the Marvin Gaye family were on hand at a Los Angeles federal courtroom for the start of the copyright infringement trial. The "Blurred Lines" trial is underway in a Los Angeles federal courtroom. On Tuesday (Feb. 24), Robin Thicke…

  6. Primary Wave Partners With Project Producers' Toya Hankins

    February 24, 2015 5:07 PM EST Longtime manager of Motown artist Kem will also handle daily management for Eric Benét. Primary Wave Entertainment further expands its urban talent management division by partnering with music manager Toya Hankins . Hankins, founder of Detroit-based Project Producers, LLC, is the longtime…

  7. Tamia's 'LoveLife' To Be Revealed In June

    February 24, 2015 3:46 PM EST The Grammy nominee's first Def Jam album features new single 'Sandwich and a Soda,' released today. Six-time Grammy Award nominee Tamia returns today with new single "Sandwich and a Soda." Impacting urban AC radio and simultaneously released at iTunes and all digital…

  8. Ask Billboard: It's 2015 … and Madonna & Paul McCartney Are in the Top 40

    February 24, 2015 11:35 AM EST The icons continue to add new chapters to their incomparable careers. Plus, more albums that have produced bigger hits with each subsequent single. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  9. RuPaul on 'Drag Race,' Brand-New Album & the 'Gayest' Show on TV

    February 24, 2015 10:00 AM EST As the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race nears, we caught up with host and executive producer RuPaul to talk about all things Drag Race . The new season -- which premieres March 2 on Logo -- is "so good, so good!" says RuPaul, and the diva promises fans "will not be…

  10. Exclusive: Robert Glasper's Next Experiment Is a Return to Jazz

    February 24, 2015 9:00 AM EST Pianist covers songs by Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead & more on upcoming album 'Covered.' Pianist Robert Glasper , whose last two albums have resulted in Grammy wins, returns to performing jazz with his acoustic trio on his next Blue Note album Covered. It will be released June 16.…

  11. Ben Harper is Married, Reunites The Innocent Criminals

    February 23, 2015 8:53 PM EST Ben Harper got married on Jan. 1 to social advocate Jaclyn Matfus. The couple kept it under wraps until now, though, as  People reports the news.  Harper and actor Laura Dern divorced in 2013. Harper and Dern have two children together.  Family Matters: Ben Harper and His Mother Ellen Debut…

  12. Chart Highlights: Madonna's 'Living for Love' Debuts on Pop Songs, Leads Dance Club Songs

    February 23, 2015 4:45 PM EST The Queen of Pop returns to top 40 radio and, as previously reported, celebrates her historic coronation on Dance Club Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for Calvin Harris, Thomas Rhett & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below…

  13. Country Duo Love And Theft Talk Being Dropped By Their Label: 'We're Still Hoping They Might Do the Right Thing'

    February 23, 2015 4:40 PM EST This story was updated on Feb. 24 to include comments from Sony Music Nashville chief executive Gary Overton, at bottom. Love And Theft recently released their third album, Whiskey On My Breath , which debuted at No. 26 on the Top Country Albums chart. But getting this record out wasn't…

  14. Meet Phoebe Ryan: Singer-Songwriter Follows R. Kelly/Miguel Mash-Up With Amazing Debut Single

    February 23, 2015 4:25 PM EST “Every time people tell me it might not happen, I’m like, ‘Hmm, well, get out of here.’” says the promising L.A.-based newcomer. Last month, singer-songwriter Phoebe Ryan caught the attention of the music blogosphere when she released a sensual cover of R. Kelly 's "Ignition (Remix)…

  15. The Story Behind 'The Wrecking Crew' Documentary About L.A. Session Musicians: 'The Most Expensive Home Movie Ever

    February 23, 2015 3:24 PM EST Ten years after Denny Tedesco shot the first frames of his film about Los Angeles session musicians of the 1960s, he hit the point of no return. The film had to be made. "(Director) John Sayles told a friend of mine there is a line where you cross and there's no turning back,"…

  16. Exclusive Premiere: GRiZ' 'The Anthem' Featuring Mike Avery

    February 23, 2015 2:06 PM EST Modern reworkings of vintage funk and disco have been immensely popular in the last few years -- from Pharrell 's collaborations with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke in 2013 to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars ' current No. 1 hit to the forthcoming album from Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One. This…

  17. Holychild Announce Debut Album via Glassnote Records & Tour With Passion Pit

    February 23, 2015 12:40 PM EST 'The Shape of Brat Pop to Come' will arrive in summer 2015. A shimmer of summer's heat wave has arrived in the form of rising Los Angeles duo Holychild, who will release their debut album, cheekily titled  The Shape of Brat Pop to Come , via Glassnote Records. Holychild's…

  18. Lady Gaga's Mile-High Hair-and-Makeup Session and More Insider Gossip

    February 23, 2015 12:20 PM EST Gaga's Mile-High Hair and Makeup Session All the world's a stage for Lady Gaga -- and so is a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet. On Feb. 12, the newly engaged pop star made herself at home in the business-class Mint section of a JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to New York. A fellow…

  19. 'The Voice' Season 8 Preview: The Pros & Cons

    February 23, 2015 9:00 AM EST One of the riskiest and most rewarding of any audition in The Voice 's previous seven seasons occurs Monday night at the end of the two-hour season debut: A 15-year-old farmer sings a song from the public domain and wows the coaches despite his style falling far outside the known ranges…

  20. Backstage at the Oscars with John Legend & Common

    February 23, 2015 1:19 AM EST After winning the Oscar for original song , Common and John Legend continued to talk politics, duty and "Glory" backstage. "To be a storyteller," Common told the press, "you got to be able to speak the truth, you've got to be able to absorb life and take in life…

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