1. Aventura: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 26, 2010 11:37 AM EDT On a cold New York night in February, some serious Caribbean drama unfolded onstage at Madison Square Garden. Bachata kings Aventura were in the midst of their fourth sold-out show at the Garden, and vocalist Anthony "Romeo" Santos was playing the audience for all they were worth,…

  2. 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 ,…

  3. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, Francis Bean Cobain, Mars Volta and More

    February 04, 2010 5:56 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Flaming Lips , Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are among the recently announced headliners for the Bestival, the annual September gathering that marks the unofficial end of the summer festival…

  4. Calle 13 Leads Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 17, 2009 3:19 PM EDT With five nods to its name, Latin Grammy darling Calle 13 led the list of esoteric nominations for the 10th annual Latin Grammy awards. The eclectic Puerto Rican urban group, which has already won several Latin Grammys in the past, is up for awards in the Album of the year and Best Urban…

  5. Song Debut: Juliette Lewis's "Romeo"

    July 31, 2009 4:53 PM EDT An actress of startling range, Juliette Lewis has released an EP and two albums since 2003 with her band the Licks . Citing a desire to strike out in new directions, Lewis disbanded the group in 2009, forming the New Romantiques soon after. The resulting album, "Terra Incognita,"…

  6. Warrants For Jackson's Doctor Call Singer 'Addict'

    July 31, 2009 11:09 AM EDT Investigators probing Michael Jackson 's death looked for evidence related to the powerful anesthetic propofol when they searched his doctor's Las Vegas home and business, according to search warrants filed Thursday that alluded to the pop star being an "addict." Los…

  7. Omar Faruk Tekbilek, "Rare Elements"

    July 07, 2009 4:31 PM EDT The Turkish-born musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek is also a composer, and his music is the inspiration for this remix disc, the second installment in 5 Points Records' remix series. Tekbilek is a Sufi, and therefore his approach to music is mystical and worshipful. Handing his tunes to a…

  8. Flex Takes Eight Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 24, 2009 9:16 AM EDT Propelled by the runaway success of his hit single "Te Quiero," Felix Danilo Gómez, the Panamenian DJ and singer better known as Flex, was the big winner at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music awards presented by State Farm Insurance on April 23. Flex took home eight awards, including…

  9. Tom Waits / June 26, 2008 / St. Louis (Fox Theatre)

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For a huckster, Tom Waits certainly is generous. Do a quick internet search and there are more than 600 references of "Tom Waits" and the term "huckster" together. Snake oil, parodist, sly salesman, etc., a vocabulary of carnival-esque trickery have followed the man; as…

  10. This Day in Music

    June 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Madonna visits ABC's "The View" and reveals she hopes to release her then as-yet-untitled 10th studio album in late October or early November via Warner Bros. She adds that the album ("Confessi 2005 - Madonna visits ABC's "The View" and reveals she…

  11. Billboard Bits: Dave Matthews Band, Barack Obama, Liz Phair

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just as its summer tour is set to begin, Dave Matthews Band has announced that keyboardist Butch Taylor has left the group for unknown reasons. Just as its summer tour is set to begin, Dave Matthews Band has announced that keyboardist Butch Taylor has left the group for unknown reasons. "…

  12. 'Curse' Can't Quash New Mars Volta Album

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Mars Volta almost decided to put the kibosh on the forthcoming "The Bedlam in Goliath," due Jan. 29 via Universal, because of a curse. Yes, a curse. The Mars Volta almost decided to put the kibosh on the forthcoming "The Bedlam in Goliath," due Jan. 29 via Universal,…

  13. Mars Volta Battles 'Goliath' On New Album

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Mars Volta has set a Jan. 29, 2008, release date for "The Bedlam in Goliath," which was produced by band member Omar Rodriguez Lopez. The Mars Volta has set a Jan. 29, 2008, release date for "The Bedlam in Goliath," which was produced by band member Omar Rodriguez…

  14. This Day in Music

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Madonna visits ABC's "The View" and reveals she hopes to release her then as-yet-untitled 10th studio album in late October or early November via Warner Bros. She adds that the album ("Confessi 2005 - Madonna visits ABC's "The View" and reveals she…

  15. 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards Winners

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Here are the winners for the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards, handed out April 26 at the BankUnited Center in Miami Here are the winners for the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards, handed out April 26 at the BankUnited Center in Miami. Hot Latin Song of the Year: "Aliado Del Tiempo,…

  16. 17OnTV

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 23 - April 29, 2007. MONDAY, April 23 "The View," ABC Featured artist(s): Neil Sedaka (also scheduled: Joan Rivers). "Awesome, I F**kin' Shot That!" Showtime Featured artist(s): Beastie Boys, Money Mark, Doug E. Fresh. "…

  17. Rakim And Ken-Y Top Billboard Latin Award Finalists

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rakim and Ken-Y, the reggaeton newcomers who aptly blended romance with dance beats on their debut album, "Masterpiece: Nuestra Obra Maestra" (Pina/Universal Latino), lead the list of finalists for th Rakim and Ken-Y, the reggaeton newcomers who aptly blended romance with dance…

  18. 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Here are the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists. The honors will be handed out during an April 26 ceremony in Miami. Winners are determined by actual performance on the Billboard charts. Here are the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists. The honors will be handed out during an…

  19. 05OnTV

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 29-Feb. 4 2006. MONDAY, JAN. 29 "Today," NBC Featured Artist(s): Norah Jones (also scheduled: Bill Gates, John Bernstein). "The Electrifying Conclusion," STARZ! Cinema Featured Artist(s): Guided By Voices. "The Late Show With David…

  20. Billboard Bits: Gloria Estefan, Pepsi Smash, Hebden/Reid

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Latin superstar Gloria Estefan will host a gala Feb. 9 at her Miami Beach home to benefit the Gloria Estefan Foundation. Proceeds from the event will go to the Miami Children's Hospital Brain Institut Latin superstar Gloria Estefan will host a gala Feb. 9 at her Miami Beach home to…

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