1. Remembering Malik Bendjelloul, the Man Who Re-Birthed 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez

    May 14, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Rodriguez had a phrase for Malik Bendjelloul and his film "Searching for Sugar Man." He used it while we were eating lunch at SXSW in March 2012; he would use it again 11 months later over a meal in Los Angeles the day it would win one of its 32 awards. "It's his story,…

  2. Rodriguez's 'Shock' at Death of 'Sugar Man' Director: 'He Was a Very Talented Man'

    May 14, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Rodriguez paid the best possible, and unspoken, tribute he could to the late "Searching For Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjelloul on Tuesday night: He played a show. The singer-songwriter who became an international icon thanks to Bendjelloul's Academy Award-winning…

  3. Beyonce & Jay Z Lead 2014 BET Awards

    May 14, 2014 10:42 AM EDT BET has announced the nominees for the 2014 BET Awards. Beyoncé and Jay Z take the lead with four nominations each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration ("Drunk In Love"), and Video of the Year twice ("Partition," "Drunk In…

  4. 'Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Committed Suicide: Brother

    May 14, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The brother of Malik Bendjelloul has told a Swedish newspaper that the acclaimed filmmaker behind the documentary Searching for Sugar Man committed suicide. 'Searching for Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Dead at 36 Johar Bendjelloul told Swedish daily Aftonbladet on Wednesday…

  5. 'Searching for Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Dead at 36

    May 13, 2014 6:17 PM EDT UPDATE 5/14: The older brother of Malik Bendjelloul, Johar Bendjelloul, told Swedish daily Aftonbladet on Wednesday that his younger brother committed suicide. Malik Bendjelloul, the acclaimed Swedish film director behind the Oscar-winning music documentary "Searching for Sugar Man"…

  6. Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Robert Ellis Top Americana Awards Nominations

    May 12, 2014 2:48 PM EDT The Americana Music Association celebrated the nominees for their 2014 Americana Honors & Awards this afternoon in downtown Nashville with a music-filled event at the SiriusXM Music City Theatre. The satellite radio network’s Elizabeth Cook (Apron Strings) announced the nominations during…

  7. Latin Conference: Billboard’s Leila Cobo Presents Book About Making It in the Music Industry

    April 23, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Executive director of Latin content and programming Leila Cobo wrote her new book “Apunta a las Estrellas” (“Aim for the Stars”) as a practical guide for anyone starting out in the music business. Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards: Full Coverage “The two things that artists need are…

  8. Latin Conference: Juanes on Fan Engagement, 'Breakfast & Twitter' To Start His Days

    April 22, 2014 7:58 PM EDT There is no doubt that the music industry has changed, shifting much of its focus on digital and social media. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage And there is no question that one of the stars who has best adapted to that new environment is Colombian rocker Juanes, who has more than…

  9. Bob Sinclar and Supermodel Gisele Bundchen Take On Blondie’s 'Heart of Glass' for H&M: Watch

    April 22, 2014 5:49 PM EDT This summer, “Fashion House” takes on new meaning. Popular fashion retailer H&M has recruited French house veteran Bob Sinclar to promote their upcoming summer campaign. Sinclar will be working closely with the face of their campaign, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, by covering…

  10. Barack Obama Pays Tribute to Frankie Knuckles In Letter to Late DJ's Family

    April 22, 2014 2:41 PM EDT Obama praised Knuckles for being a "trailblazer in his field" and helping "open minds and bring people together." Three weeks following the death of Frankie Knuckles , a letter has surfaced from President Barack Obama that pays tribute to the late Chicago DJ/producer and…

  11. NBA Playoffs 2014 Playlist: 16 Songs For Round 1

    April 18, 2014 4:03 PM EDT From Daft Punk soundtracking Charlotte to Jennifer Lopez reaping the Clippers, check out the anthems that best describe this year's playoff teams. The NBA regular season is finally over and the postseason finally begins on Saturday (Apr. 19), with the Miami Heat trying for a third…

  12. CODE First Play: John Dahlback & Benny Benassi, ‘Blink Again’

    April 17, 2014 2:35 PM EDT In the blink of an eye, artists come and go. However, two of dance music’s tenured veterans, Benny Benassi and John Dahlbäck, challenge listeners today with “Blink Again,” their first-ever collaboration. Listen to it below: In addition to a bouncing bassline and vocal chops, “Blink Again”…

  13. Billboard Latin Music Conference 25th Anniversary: 1999-2003 Rewind

    April 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. In honor of the 25 anniversary of Billboard's Latin Music Conference, Billboard is breaking out the greatest moments from Latin music's premiere…

  14. Juanes Set for Digital Superstar Q&A at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 16, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes will talk the business of music during the Billboard Digital Superstar Q&A during the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami which kicks off this Monday (April 21) and leads into the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday (April 24). Register today…

  15. The Glitch Mob Dreams of Soundtracking 'Game of Thrones,' Talks Backstage at Coachella

    April 16, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Electronic trio The Glitch Mob can currently be heard on both TV and in theaters in the trailers for Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” and the upcoming Tom Cruise vehicle, “Edge Of Tomorrow.” Rodriguez’s use of “Can’t Kill Us,” from their recent “Love Death Immortality” album…

  16. Drake to Host ESPY Awards

    April 09, 2014 3:27 PM EDT Drake has announced he's hosting this year's ESPY Awards, ESPN's annual sports award show. The "Hold On, We're Going Home" artist said on Twitter that he's "honored" to host the event, which is taking place July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live…

  17. Coachella Party Guide: The Festival's Most Exclusive Events

    April 08, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Parties by Adidas, H&M and Lacoste are among the most sought-after invitations for the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which kicks off this Friday (Apr. 11) in Indio, California. Before you head to Coachella, check out our round-up of the hottest parties,…

  18. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: 'It's Rubbish'

    March 27, 2014 4:21 AM EDT After Joe Elliott’s 35 years fronting Def Leppard, fans might think they know the charismatic vocalist.  But there is another side to one of the most successful front men in hard rock history, one that listens to Tom Waits in the bath, would love to do an acoustic record and can barely…

  19. Calle 13's 'Multi_Viral' Drops a Day Early

    February 28, 2014 7:48 PM EST Puerto Rico duo's album was originally expected March 1 Calle 13’s new album “Multi_Viral,” which had been announced for March 1, is available now from iTunes and other digital stores. The release follows a concert that the group, led by the outspoken rapper René Pérez (Residente) and…

  20. Shakira Opens New School in Colombia: 'We Can Change Lives'

    February 25, 2014 10:47 AM EST Global star Shakira returned to her home country of Colombia on Monday (Feb. 24) to inaugurate the eighth school funded by her non profit foundation, Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet). The school and community center, located in the low-income neighborhood of Lomas del Peyé in Cartagena, the tourist…

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