1. Village People 'Y.M.C.A.' Songwriter Reclaims 50% Song Share

    March 05, 2015 7:10 PM EST After a trial that lasted nearly a month, Victor Willis wins the right to remove a formerly credited French author from 13 group songs. Village People singer-songwriter Victor Willis has finally prevailed in reclaiming 50 percent of the copyright to many of the group's songs, including …

  2. Village People Trial Begins: Who Wrote 'Y.M.C.A.'?

    February 09, 2015 9:25 PM EST 'Cosby Show' actress Phylicia Rashad is scheduled to testify in a California courtroom. It's been a long time since The Village People were in the limelight, but on Monday, a trial opens to determine who wrote 24 of the group's songs, including "Y.M.C.A." In May…

  3. 10 Must-Hear Latin Songs to Party to on New Year's Eve

    December 31, 2014 3:47 PM EST Growing up in Cali, Colombia, nothing could come close to a New Year's Eve party that extended from the midnight ushering of the new year until 6, 7 or even 8 a.m. As you prepare for New Year's Eve festivities tonight, here are 10 timeless Latin tracks that should be part of the…

  4. U.S.-Cuba Musical Relations: A Timeline of Milestones

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM EST Before President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, there were five decades of a rocky musical relationship that displayed artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music. See our timeline below: 1959…

  5. Alejandro Fernandez Earns Fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums

    December 18, 2014 5:44 PM EST Plus: Romeo Santos & Voz de Mando each notch new airplay No. 1s. Alejandro Fernandez earns his fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums as his  Confidencias Reales  debuts with 3,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Willy Chirino Op-Ed: Why U.S.-Cuba Thaw Is No…

  6. 10 Tropical Latin Christmas Songs

    December 08, 2014 12:50 PM EST Christmas in the tropics means trading jingle bells and roasted chestnuts for roast pig and rum. And forget about silent nights. Salsa and other tropical rhythms are the sounds of Christmas cheer, where dancing all night long is as sacred a tradition as stuffing yourself at the family table…

  7. Kanye West Buries Coinye With Lawsuit Victory

    July 27, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Coinye West, a whimsical addition to the cryptocurrency craze, whose founders hitched its name and logo to the wagon of one of the biggest stars in hip-hop, has officially died. In documents filed July 22 in New York , a U.S. District Court declared Kanye West the victor over most of Coinye&…

  8. Weldon Myrick, Steel Guitar Great, Dies At 76

    June 04, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Though there are many great artist-musician relationships in country music history, some stand out a little more others. Don Rich’s enticing Telecaster licks helped to make Buck Owens one of the top recording artists of the 1960s. At the same time period, you would be hard pressed to find a…

  9. Tank Won't Sing Anthem at Clippers Game

    April 28, 2014 3:42 PM EDT R&B singer Tank won't be performing the national anthem at Tuesday's Clippers game in Los Angeles. The singer-songwriter tells TMZ and other outlets that he's taking action in response to racially charged comments believed to have been made by the team's owner, Donald…

  10. Village People to Ban Clippers Use of 'YMCA' (Report)

    April 27, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Amidst Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s recent controversy sparked by minutes-worth of racist remarks allegedly made over a phone call with his girlfriend, Victor Willis of The Village People is saying he will ban the use of his hit song "Y.M.C.A." during Clippers games.…

  11. Simón Díaz, Beloved Venezuelan Singer, Dead at 85

    February 19, 2014 1:04 PM EST The folk singer was known internationally for his much covered song "Caballo Viejo" Simón Díaz, the folk singer affectionately known as “Uncle Simón” in his native Venezuela, has died at age 85. Díaz, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, died at his home in Caracas Wednesday…

  12. Village People's Victor Willis Wins Copyright Victory

    September 10, 2013 8:15 PM EDT The songwriter and his lawyers says he's won a closely watched copyright case and recovered the rights to 33 of his songs. Victor Willis, the lyricist and performer of such songs as "Y.M.C.A." and "In the Navy" with the Village People, says he's reclaimed the…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood

    June 08, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Rihanna catches up to a Beatle, Clarkson tops another chart and Underwood does what no other artist had before in the Country Songs chart's 68-year history. As her "Where Have You Been" bounds 11-9 on the EXTRA STRENGTH: Kelly Clarkson collects her second Adult Contemporary No.…

  14. Village People Songwriter Wins 'Y.M.C.A.' Rights Case

    May 08, 2012 8:59 PM EDT A California federal judge has given original Village People singer Victor Willis a big victory in a case that has been closely followed in the music industry. Last year, Willis terminated rights to his share of 33 of the group's songs, including the monster hit "Y.M.C.A."…

  15. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, 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. READERS'…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Medina

    March 03, 2011 5:25 PM EST From its two new judges to the series' first champion and an already ousted 2011 hopeful, "American Idol" ties infuse this week's Billboard charts. HERE COME THE JUDGES: Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 , dating to…

  17. Did The Charts Predict This Year's Grammy Award Winners?

    February 15, 2011 1:05 PM EST From such surprise honorees as Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding to Lady Gaga 's egg-shell-ent adventure, the 53rd Grammy Awards offered a host of highlights . Did the victors' Billboard chart performances, however, foretell their fortunes at Sunday's (Feb. 13) festivities? A…

  18. Grammy Winners On The Charts

    February 02, 2010 11:05 AM EST Highlighted by Lady Gaga 's show-opening duet with Elton John , Beyonce 's cover of Alanis Morissette 's "You Oughta Know" and Pink taking her acrobatic act previously performed on last year's MTV Music Video Awards to new heights (literally), the 52nd Grammy…

  19. 44OnTV

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2006. MONDAY, OCT. 30 "Totally Awesome Concert," VH1 Classic Featured artist(s): Rick Springfield, Scandal, Patti Smyth. "Mavericks: Honky Tonk Heroes," The Biography Channel Featured artist(s): Johnny Cash, George Jones, Toby…

  20. 21OnTV

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 22-29, 2006. MONDAY, MAY 22 "The Early Show," CBS Featured artist(s): Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley (also scheduled: Bruce Willis). "Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball," ABC Featured artist(s): John Legend, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight,…

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