1. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Dies at 25

    September 06, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Law enforcement sources reportedly say she was found hanging and the death appears to be suicide. G.R.L. member Simone Battle has died at the age of 25, Billboard has confirmed. G.R.L. Drops 'Ugly Heart' Single: Listen Battle was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5. A…

  2. Dwight Yoakam Confirms Return To Warner, Releases New Single

    July 14, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam has signed a new worldwide recording deal with Warner Bros./Reprise Records, marking a return to the label and a reunion with company head Cameron Strang, who originally inked him to indie New West Records. The artist had discussed the re-signing to the label at last month’s…

  3. G.R.L. Drops 'Ugly Heart' Single: Listen

    June 03, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Need a great new girl group jam in your life? G.R.L. has you covered. New girl group G.R.L. has gotten some shine by collaborating with Pitbull on the Top 40 hit "Wild Wild Love," but now, the quintet has a deeply enjoyable single of its own to flaunt. Listen to "Ugly Heart,…

  4. Latin Pop Isn't Popping: Why Stars Like Carlos Vives and Luis Fonsi Are Facing a 'New Cultural Reality'

    May 26, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Commercial Latin music was once synonymous with romantic pop, from ballads to uptempo. Recently, however, the chart has been monopolized by Marc Anthony's return to salsa, bachata stars Romeo Santos and Prince Royce, and urban vet Daddy Yankee. In the past 12 months, only one pop act has…

  5. O-Town Returns: See Exclusive New Band Photo

    May 05, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Last March, early-00's boy band O-Town announced plans to reunite a decade after breaking up, and on Monday (May 5), the guys are giving fans a glimpse of their future plans with their first official new band photo in years. Check out the photo of Erik Michael Estrada, Jacob Underwood…

  6. O-Town Reunites: 'It's A New Beginning'

    March 31, 2014 3:02 PM EDT "This isn’t just a reunion for us," says the group's Jacob Underwood, hinting at new music from the group. A decade after O-Town disbanded, the boy band is officially making a comeback. That's right: Erik, Dan, Trevor and Jacob are once again ready to give you their…

  7. G.R.L.: New Girl Group's Formation Was 'Not Something That Happened Overnight'

    July 09, 2013 4:26 PM EDT Five-piece pop group makes debut with Max Martin/Dr. Luke-produced single. Last month, newly formed girl group G.R.L. was bestowed with the kind of official debut that most pop artists would kill for. "Vacation," the group's debut single, was temporarily bundled with…

  8. Italian Trio Il Volo Cross Over to Latin Stardom

    May 12, 2013 9:30 PM EDT The 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired April 25 on Telemundo, had its share of uptempo reggaeton and dance, regional Mexican music, daring duets and song premieres, most featuring major Latin stars. In the midst of that was Il Volo, a trio of operatic tenors, singing "El…

  9. Jenni Rivera's Family Holds Out Hope She's Alive

    December 11, 2012 12:05 AM EST The family of regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera said they still believe their famous relative could be alive. This comes after Mexican authorities confirmed the American-born artist died with seven others in a Learjet that crashed on Dec. 9 in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon shortly…

  10. Frankie J: 2012 Album Preview

    January 16, 2012 1:47 PM EST Frankie J Title: TBA | Release Date: Summer In 2005, Frankie J ( @therealfrankiej ) reached a bilingual, bicultural audience with his 2005 breakout album "The One," which hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Now, he's signed to Universal Music Latino and set to release his new…

  11. Chart Highlights: Lady Gaga's 'Marry The Night' Tops Dance/Club Play Songs

    January 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "We Found Love" Rihanna…

  12. Joe Arroyo, Colombian Salsa Great, Dead at 55

    July 26, 2011 2:10 PM EDT Joe Arroyo , the salsa star and composer whose piercing, high tenor and groundbreaking songs -- including "La Noche" -- made him a groundbreaking force in Colombian salsa, and one of its major ambassadors abroad, has died. He was 55 years old. Arroyo, real name Alvaro José Arroyo,…

  13. Gloria Trevi Finds Redemption in New 'Gloria!' Album

    March 25, 2011 1:44 PM EDT In her new single, "Me Rio de Ti" (I Laugh at You), Mexican diva Gloria Trevi happily belts: "And I spend my time dancing, singing, doing so much with you . . . creating my eternal life with you. And when I remember your name, I laugh at you." Through her lyrics, Trevi has…

  14. Juanes: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 14, 2011 2:55 PM EST A week had passed since Colombian star In Juanes' case, Twitter has increasingly evolved into a sophisticated marketing tool that integrates his followers into his projects in unprecedented ways. Still, save for the occasional news update -- on new videos or tracks, say -- Juanes'…

  15. Ana Isabelle: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 2:21 PM EST When Puerto Rican pop artist Ana Isabelle began recording her album, prospects looked good for her to reach the finals of the highly rated Univision singing competition "Viva el Sueño." Then, at the end of November, she won the final audience vote. Like the 13 contestants she…

  16. Ask Billboard: Perez Hilton, Solange, Grace Jones

    December 19, 2008 7:04 PM EST "Ask Bilboard" is taking a break on Friday Dec. 26, but will return on Friday, Jan. 2. Happy holidays! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

  17. Fight Breaks Out At Folds/Boston Pops Concert

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Something else popped at the Boston Pops opening night concert after a fight broke out in the audience at Symphony Hall. Something else popped at the Boston Pops opening night concert after a fight broke out in the audience at Symphony Hall. Television video of the fight yesterday (May 9)…

  18. 02OnTV

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 8-14, 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 8 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist(s): Jennifer Hudson (also scheduled: David Arquette). "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC Featured artist(s): Daughtry (also scheduled: Guests include…

  19. Billboard Bits: 'Rites Of Spring,' Juvenile, Yoakam

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Vanderbilt University sets bill for 'Rites Of Spring' festival, Juvenile adds ringtone creation software to new CD and Dwight Yoakam plans Oscar-related L.A. show. My Morning Jacket, Ben Folds and Gov't Mule are among the acts confirmed to play Vanderbilt University's…

  20. A Joyful Return For Yoakam

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Dwight Yoakam uses the words "joy" or "joyful" eight times in a 30-minute span when talking about the process of creating his new album, "Blame the Vain." The recording, he says, took him to "a place of joyful,…

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