1. Romeo Santos Finds His Own 'Formula' After Aventura Success

    October 21, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Anthony "Romeo" Santos was born in the Bronx in 1981. His mom: Puerto Rican. His dad: Dominican. This month, it was announced that Santos will be starring in an upcoming multi-camera ABC comedy series. He will portray the son of Dominicans living in New York's Washington…

  2. Jessy Dixon, Gospel Star & Pop Collaborator, Dies at 73

    September 26, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who introduced his energetic style of gospel music to wider audiences by serving as pop singer Paul Simon's opening act, died Monday. He was 73. Miriam Dixon said her brother died Monday morning at his Chicago home. She said he had been sick but…

  3. State of Independence: 15 Artists Impacting the Indie Scene

    July 01, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Every indie artist, band and label is independent in its own way. The strategies for success are as varied as the styles of music, the executives and the attitudes -- these are the very states of independence. Labels and artists from Texas to Denver to Missouri to Los Angeles; genres from…

  4. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. The pieces to the Gaye story are in so many…

  5. Enrique Iglesias: 'Latin Artists Are Here to Stay'

    May 20, 2011 4:57 PM EDT The year was 1999, and Enrique Iglesias kept hearing two words that made him cringe: "Latin explosion." "It always used to be mind-boggling to me, because it almost always sounded like we were a fad and that we were going to disappear, and I never saw it that way," the…

  6. 'American Idol' Season 10 Tour Dates Announced

    April 28, 2011 1:35 PM EDT "American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N.Y., it was announced today (Apr. 28). Featured…

  7. Nicki Minaj Confirms Talks to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 08, 2011 1:26 PM EDT N icki Minaj confirmed that she is in talks to join Britney Spears' forthcoming tour , as reported by Billboard last week. MTV News spoke with Minaj before she performed at Casio's TRYX OUT: NYC 2011 Launch Party in New York Thursday night.
"I am in talks of joining…

  8. Sources: Nicki Minaj In Discussions to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 01, 2011 1:40 PM EDT N icki Minaj is in discussions -- but not confirmed -- to support Britney Spears on the latter's upcoming tour, after Enrique Iglesias abruptly pulled out hours after the tour was announced, sources have told Billboard. Minaj is currently on the road with Lil Wayne on his I Am Still…

  9. Joanna Smith: Artists To Watch 2011

    January 24, 2011 10:37 AM EST Joanna Smith Genre: Country With its playful spirit and thoughtful observations on rural life, Georgia-born singer/songwriter Joanna Smith's music evokes both Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. Produced by Jimmy Ritchey (Vince Gill, Randy Owen) and Phillip White (Rascal Flatts, Reba…

  10. Michael Jackson Was Sick Days Before Death, Says Choreographer

    January 04, 2011 4:17 PM EST A choreographer who worked with Michael Jackson on his ill-fated concert tour told a judge Tuesday he clashed with Jackson's doctor and others over the superstar's health six days before he died. Choreographer Kenny Ortega testified that he was summoned to Jackson's home a day…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: P!nk, Bruno Mars, Band Perry

    December 02, 2010 4:45 PM EST 'GLASS' CEILING: As previously reported , "Raise Your Glass" is the toast of the Billboard Hot 100 , rising 2-1 to become P!nk 's third No. 1. The artist born Alecia Moore last led with "So What" the week of Sept. 27, 2008. She first held sway for five…

  12. 'Glee,' Rock Hall of Fame Win Creative Arts Emmys

    August 23, 2010 10:24 AM EDT "G lee," the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert and the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were big winners at Saturday's (Aug. 21) 2010 Creative Arts Emmys -- the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy event for technical categories, held at the Nokia Theatre in…

  13. Pink Moves 3 Million Tickets with Funhouse Tour

    August 09, 2010 2:31 PM EDT P ink moved a total of 3 million concert tickets on her 2009-2010 worldwide tour, according to a statement on behalf of U.K. tour promoter Marshall Arts. The artist stepped up to become a major global touring act in 2010. Indeed, she is one of the few to graduate to that stadium level in…

  14. Black Eyed Peas: No 'E.N.D.' to Tour Success

    July 20, 2010 3:44 PM EDT With smash hits and strategic partnerships with Bacardi and Blackberry, the Black Eyed Peas are on the highest-profile tour of their career. Sitting in an Athens hotel room on a humid summer day in early July, Will.i.am recalls the days when he and his fellow members of the Black Eyed Peas…

  15. Will World Cup Make South Africa a Long-Term Touring hot Spot?

    June 09, 2010 12:15 PM EDT If the World Cup is the greatest sporting show on earth, then FIFA's accompanying Kick-Off Celebration Concert is certainly one of the biggest gigs ever seen on the African continent. "In terms of scale, [it's] definitely up there with the 46664 concert," says John…

  16. Rage Against the Machine, Michael Moore Lead Arizona Boycott

    May 26, 2010 12:30 PM EDT Rage Against the Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha has enlisted dozens of musicians and activists to join The Sound Strike, an open call by artists to boycott the state of Arizona over its recently passed immigration law. The law passed by the Arizona state legislature, SB1070, requires…

  17. Cypress Hill, Pitbull, Mexican Artists Cancel Arizona Concerts In Protest

    May 18, 2010 10:53 AM EDT Arizona's tough new immigration enforcement law isn't scheduled to take effect until late July. But fear and anger stirred by the law are already beginning to take a toll on concerts in the state, particularly on events featuring regional Mexican artists. Hip-hop acts Pitbull and…

  18. Coachella Festival Sets Attendance Record

    April 21, 2010 2:07 PM EDT With an aggregate attendance of 225,000 over April 16-18, Coachella enjoyed a record attendance year at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif. The festival is produced by Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live. Among the acts that performed were Jay-Z , Muse , Them Crooked Vultures , Gorillaz …

  19. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 09, 2010 4:09 PM EST Usher and his creative team began tossing around ideas for his next album, they had one goal in mind: to get his swagger back. "I had checked out," the singer acknowledges. "I went all the way into being super husband and super dad, thinking, 'I've got to be serious…

  20. "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" Video

    February 12, 2010 9:11 PM EST The "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" video was officially unveiled tonight (Feb. 12) during the opening ceremonies of the XXI Winter Olympic Games. Watch the full-length video below, featuring Justin Bieber , Mary J. Blige , Jennifer Hudson , Lil Wayne and dozens more stars, read…

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