1. Singing Nun Cristina Scuccia Wins Italy's 'Voice': Watch Her Best Moments (Video)

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT A singing nun who became an Internet star for her unadorned pop song performances in full habit has triumphed at Italy's version of musical competition "The Voice." Sister Cristina Scuccia clinched the top prize early Friday with five songs, including a choreographed rendition…

  2. Billboard's Latin Songs Chart: The 'Beat Of The Industry'

    October 04, 2011 11:45 AM EDT On Oct. 4, 1986, Mexican singer/songwriter "(Billboard's Latin Songs chart) is the beat of the industry," says songwriter Omar Alfanno, who penned Son by Four 's "A Puro Dolor," the longest-running No. 1 track in the history of the chart (61 total weeks, 20 at No…

  3. Folk Singer Facundo Cabral Gunned Down in Guatemala

    July 10, 2011 10:04 AM EDT One of Latin America's most admired folk singers, Facundo Cabral , was killed Saturday (June 9) when three carloads of gunmen ambushed the vehicle in which he was riding, prompting expressions of anguish from across the region. Authorities said the performer's concert promoter was…

  4. Beyonce Blows Up Social 50 Chart, Rebecca Black Waves Bye-Bye

    April 28, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Skyrocketing 25-14 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, Beyoncé rallies to a new chart high with a 334% burst in new week-over-week plays on monitored social networks and 142% boost in views. The jump is owed to attention gained from her new single "Run the World (Girls)," the diva&…

  5. 'Somos El Mundo' Video Premieres, Stars Pitbull, Shakira, Juanes, David Archuleta, Daddy Yankee

    March 02, 2010 10:20 AM EST Just when Chile's 8.8 earthquake has dominated headlines, "Somos el Mundo," -- the Spanish-langage version of "We Are the World" -- premiered its video on the Univision network's "El Show de Cristina" last night with dozens of Latin artists bringing…

  6. 50 Latin Stars Gather To Record 'Somos El Mundo'

    February 22, 2010 7:40 AM EST The atmosphere at Miami's Bongo's restaurant, perched on top of the American Airlines Arena, was almost festive as an endless stream of Latin acts began to file inside. They were there to record "Somos el Mundo," the Spanish-language version of " We Are the World ,…

  7. Jon Spencer Reignites Blues Explosion For Reissue Series

    October 30, 2009 10:15 AM EDT Jon Spencer is deep into Heavy Trash , his continuing collaboration with Matt Verta-Ray, but next year will see the return of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion . In retrospect, at least. Starting in the late spring, Shout! Factory will begin a catalog campaign that includes a new best-of…

  8. Juanes' Cuba Concert Draws Huge Crowd In Havana

    September 21, 2009 8:51 AM EDT Hundreds of thousands of Cubans flocked to sprawling Revolution Plaza on Sunday for an open-air "peace concert" headlined by Colombian rocker Juanes , an event criticized by some Cuban-Americans who say the performers were lending support to the island's communist government…

  9. Scarlett Johansson, Pete Yorn Ready 'Break Up'

    May 26, 2009 10:26 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn's 2009 is shaping up as a very busy year. After his fourth album "Back and Fourth" hits stores on June 23, he's scheduled to release a Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot-style duets record with actress/singer Scarlett Johansson this fall. Entitled…

  10. Woody Allen Drafts Little-Known Band For 'Barcelona'

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Like Woody Allen's new film, "Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona," the song "Barcelona" by the band Giulia y los Tellarini is about what comes of chance meetings and subsequent love affairs, including one wit Like Woody Allen's new film, "Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona,…

  11. Rob Zombie, Lacuna Coil / March 28, 2006 / New York (Nokia Theatre)

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Putting Lacuna Coil and Rob Zombie together on tour isn't what you call an obvious pairing. The former is an Italian group who cloaks its melodic music in exotic atmospheres, whereas the latter peddle Putting Lacuna Coil and Rob Zombie together on tour isn't what you call an obvious…

  12. 50's 'Massacre' Staves Off Beck's 'Guero'

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The biggest sales week of Beck's career wasn't enough to knock 50 Cent from the top rung of The Billboard 200, where "The Massacre" reigns for a fifth consecutive week. The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope The biggest sales week of Beck's career wasn't enough to knock…

  13. Ozzfest Pays Dividends For Lacuna Coil

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ozzfest 2004 is over, but the benefits it has brought to Lacuna Coil's latest Century Media album, "Comalies," have just begun. Ozzfest 2004 is over, but the benefits it has brought to Lacuna Coil's latest Century Media album, "Comalies," have just begun. Issued…

  14. Billboard Bits: Waits, Bozulich, Santa Fe Jazz Fest

    August 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Tom Waits, Bozulich, Santa Fe Jazz Fest A new album by enigmatic singer/songwriter Tom Waits is on the Anti Records release schedule. No details are available about the set, which is tentatively slated for a March 2004 release. If it comes to fruition, the set will be Waits'…

  15. 17TunesOnTV

    April 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 21-27, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, APRIL 21 "Britney & Justin: Love Chain," E! Featured Artists: Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake. "VH1 All Access: Outrageous Transformations,"…

  16. Almost 'Idol' Guarini Signs Recording Pact

    October 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Justin Guarini, the hopeful singer that U.S. television viewers got to know through the Fox series "American Idol," has taken another step toward the big time. Guarini, who was runner up to Kelly Clar Justin Guarini, the hopeful singer that U.S. television viewers got to know…

  17. R&B/Hip-Hop Heavy Hitters Lead 'Undisputed'

    December 21, 2001 12:00 AM EST Carl Thomas, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, the Ruff Ryders featuring Swizz Beatz, and Cash Money Millionaires will be featured on the upcoming Cash Money/Universal soundtrack to the Miramax film "Undisputed. Carl Thomas, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, the Ruff Ryders featuring Swizz Beatz, and Cash…

  18. Faraualla

    July 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Faraualla is Cristina Palmiotto, Teresa Vallarella, and Maristella and Gabriella Schiavone—four women from the Apulia region of southern Italy. Faraualla is Cristina Palmiotto, Teresa Vallarella, and Maristella and Gabriella Schiavone—four women from the Apulia region of southern Italy.…