1. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  2. Holiday 'Gif' Guide: 44 Gifts for Music Lovers

    December 01, 2014 3:30 PM EST Happy holidays! Can't figure out what to buy as gifts for the music lovers in your lives? Check out our handy guide below for some helpful tips! Apparel From head to toe (and hats to socks), clothes seem like a necessity for holiday gift-giving. But why not throw some pop in your…

  3. Latin Pop Queen Thalia on Her New Album 'Amore Mio': 'I've Started a Brand-New Career, With No Ties or Taboos'

    November 11, 2014 5:18 PM EST For millions of Latin fans, Thalia is a brand onto herself: Latin pop queen, glam businesswoman, erstwhile soap opera star. But at home in Darien, Conn., she's simply Mrs. Mottola, wife of veteran music executive Tommy and mother of two. Despite her ever-busy lives, Thalia, 43, is…

  4. Jon Hopkins Talks Career Renaissance & Collaborating With Coldplay

    November 11, 2014 3:25 PM EST It's midafternoon in Berlin, and Jon Hopkins is already sound-checking. Surfacing for air from his self-described "weird maze of stuff" onstage, the lanky British producer greets me with a sheepish grin and a cordial handshake. "I hope people know where the show is,"…

  5. Fergie: ‘I’m Sassy, But Not a Slut’

    November 10, 2014 2:06 PM EST It's been eight years since Fergie 's last solo album, The Dutchess . As much as the pop landscape has changed in that time, the now-wife of actor Josh Duhamel and mother of 14-month-old Axl is back on the Hot 100 with "L.A. Love (La La)," the first single off her…

  6. Happy Birthday, 'Spiceworld': It's Time to Re-Watch Some Cheesy Spice Girls Music Videos

    November 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST Hai Si Ja, hold tight! It's time to spice up your life once again! Spiceworld  the album -- not the must-see movie -- dropped 17 years ago today, on Nov. 4, 1997. The sophomore effort by the Spice Girls debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., and premiered at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums…

  7. Kill the Noise & Feed Me Share ‘Far Away’ Collab: Exclusive Listen

    October 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Kill the Noise and Feed Me know how to press each other’s buttons. They should do; the electronic music producers have been making tunes together for close to a decade.  Kill the Noise (aka Jake Stanczak) and Feed Me (aka Jon Gooch) have written under various guises and labels, and “we…

  8. Jessie Ware, Courtney Barnett, Ben Kweller on SXSW's First Round Artist List

    October 22, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Courtney Barnett , Carl Barat and The Jackals , Ben Kweller , The Big Pink , Jessie Ware and Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts will all be headed to Austin, Texas, in March for the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, the annual industry gathering announced Wednesday.  SXSW…

  9. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  10. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  11. TomorrowWorld 2014 Day 3 Highlights: David Guetta, Kaskade, Richie Hawtin & More

    September 30, 2014 4:24 AM EDT Despite a bit of evening rain, TomorrowWorld finished strong on Sunday (Sept. 28). From marquee main stage acts like Kaskade , David Guetta and Martin Garrix to the assorted techno talent on Richie Hawtin’s Minus Stage, there was no shortage of options for the festival faithful in Georgia.…

  12. Ask Billboard: Summer Songs, More Taylor Swift & Remembering Survivor's Jimi Jamison

    September 07, 2014 9:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HOW I DIDN'T QUITE GET …

  13. Thalia's 'Viva Tour' to Debut on HBO Latino

    September 05, 2014 7:23 PM EDT Thalia 's Viva Tour (En Vivo), which premieres Friday (Sept. 5) on HBO Latino and can be seen for free during a special preview through Monday, features the Mexican singer's greatest hits. Exclusive Video Premiere: Laura Pausini & Thalia's 'Sino a Ti' The 90…

  14. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  15. Soundtrack to 'Finding Fela' Documentary Set for July 29 Release

    July 25, 2014 4:12 PM EDT On July 29, Knitting Factory Records will release the soundtrack to Finding Fela , Alex Gibney’s documentary on Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Finding Fela  tells the story of Fela Kuti's life as well as the evolution of the Broadway musical Fela!.  The film premiered at Sundance, played…

  16. Romeo Santos Surprises With Aventura Reunion, Prince Royce, Marc Anthony at Yankee Stadium

    July 13, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Surprises were abundant at Romeo Santos' sold out Yankee Stadium show Saturday night. The bachata superstar drew a deafening hometown crowd on the second night of his historic two-show run at the Bronx ballpark. Concertgoers went wild with Romeo’s every word as they stayed on their feet…

  17. Bassnectar Makes 'Noise' At No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums

    July 03, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Bassnectar bangs out his first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as "Noise vs. Beauty," his eighth charted album, debuts with 13,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bow marks Bassnectar's best sales week in more than two years; "Vava…

  18. Whose MAC Lipstick Is Best: Rihanna or Lorde? (Poll)

    July 03, 2014 2:13 PM EDT MAC are masters at partnering with music's most wanted, and creating a product that fits their essence. Artists from all genres have collaborated with M.A.C. including Liza Minneli, Diana Ross, Paulina Rubio, A Mei, Nicki Minaj , Lady Gaga , Beth Ditto , Azalea Banks , Hayley Williams ,…

  19. Jennifer Lopez's 'A.K.A.' Debut: An Icon Reaches a Crossroads

    June 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT With a lackluster sales debut for her latest album, Lopez should consider a musical makeover. Jennifer Lopez is an icon. We knew that long before she won the Icon Award last month . But musically, Lopez sounds trapped in a different era.   Her eighth studio album, "A.K.A.," starts…

  20. Thalia Talks 'Viva Kids, Vol. 1' & Reveals Upcoming 'Sexy' Album

    June 23, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Thalia is dedicating her new album, "VIVA KIDS, Vol. 1," to the little ones. "VIVA KIDS, Vol. 1," which will be released tomorrow (June 24), is Thalia's first children's album. The 11-track project features children classics, including both English and Spanish…

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