1. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  2. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport Honors Traditional Folk

    July 20, 2014 10:41 AM EDT There are few musicians as inextricably linked to the Newport Folk Festival as the late Pete Seeger. Newport, known as the place where Bob Dylan cast aside his acoustic guitar and went electric in 1965, has made its mark on the festival scene more recently with an innovative mix of old and…

  3. 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…

  4. Drake Shows Off Comedy Chops, Broods a Bit as 'SNL' Host

    January 19, 2014 1:25 AM EST Drake's not just a rapper -- but we already knew that, especially for those who grew up watching Aubrey Graham on "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Now, he can add a new notch to his belt of appearances: "Saturday Night Live" host. Though he's appeared on the…

  5. Diddy Previews Revolt TV, Says He Will 'Personally Be Putting Out Less Music'

    June 21, 2013 10:51 AM EDT "I never got the award for [being] the best lyricist, but I was definitely up there for being one of the best marketers," Diddy tells Billboard. On Wednesday (June 19), Revolt TV, the upcoming music cable network spearheaded by Sean "Diddy" Combs, took a major step…

  6. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Jenni Rivera's Emotional Tribute, Romeo Santos' Dream Project + More Backstage Highlights

    April 26, 2013 1:55 AM EDT Tributes flowed for the late Jenni Rivera as the likes of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ana Barbara and Romeo Santos took turns in the spotlight. Here's a taste of what happened behind the scenes at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. FULL WINNERS LIST SH*T HAPPENS: Rap duo Akwid…

  7. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Daylight' Dawns Atop Pop Songs

    March 25, 2013 4:45 PM EDT The group manages a feat that hadn't been achieved on the chart since 1994. Plus, new No. 1s for Afrojack and Drake and Thirty Seconds to Mars returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  8. Jenni Rivera Memorial: Fans Mourn, But Celebrate Her Life

    December 19, 2012 7:20 PM EST Fans of regional Mexican star Jenni Rivera said that they personally showed up to pay tribute to the singer who was a true American success who never gave up despite many challenges.   During the entertainer's memorial services at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles on Wednesday (Dec.…

  9. Cult Singer Rodriguez Risen in New Film 'Sugar Man'

    July 29, 2012 9:00 AM EDT "Searching for Sugar Man" is a documentary about a musician very few people had heard about prior to this year. In the last six months, film festivals from January's Sundance in Utah through the Hamptons in New York on July 21 have played a central role in introducing a…

  10. 'American Idol' Reveals Top 13 Finalists of Season 10

    March 03, 2011 11:10 PM EST "American Idol" revealed its Top 13 contestants of Season 10 on Thursday night (Mar. 2), as the judges added three wild card picks -- Stefano Langone, Ashton Jones and Naima Adedapo -- to the 10 finalists chosen by voters at home. PHOTOS: 'AMERICAN IDOL' TOP 13 Scotty…

  11. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' '3' Decades of No. 1s

    February 11, 2011 7:25 PM EST 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. BRITNEY SPEARS&…

  12. 'American Idol' Auditions Prove Lackluster in Los Angeles

    February 04, 2011 10:37 AM EST "American Idol's" hometown proved to be a lackluster stop for season 10, yielding few promising contestants but plenty of "what the…" moments. It could be because the Los Angeles auditions were scheduled somewhat last-minute, and judging by the footage, looked…

  13. Hear Los Lonely Boys Rock The Rolling Stones On New Live Album

    September 27, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Los Lonely Boys ' new concert album, "Keep On Giving: Acoustic Live!," isn't due out until tomorrow (Sept 28), but exclusively on Billboard.com we've got a special stream of their cover of the Rolling Stones classic, "Beast Of Burden" featuring the Texican…

  14. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    August 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Conor Oberst takes a country-rock detour away from Bright Eyes, Lloyd offers a hearty dose of love "Lessons," Randy Newman returns to original music for the first time in nine years and the Faint goes A new album from emo rock outfit Hawthorne Heights, "Fragile Future" …

  15. Chart Beat

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Carrie Underwood, the Beatles, Sean Kingston and more! 'SMALL' IS BIG: You already knew that country radio couldn't wait to play the first Carrie Underwood single from her second album. So you shouldn't be surprised that "So Small" (Arista) blasts…

  16. McMurtry, Cash, Crowell Top Americana Nominees

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT James McMurtry tops the nominees for the fifth annual Americana Honors & Awards, announced yesterday (June 15) in Nashville. McMurtry earned three nominations for album, artist and song of the yea James McMurtry tops the nominees for the fifth annual Americana Honors & Awards,…

  17. OnTV

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 12-18, 2005. MONDAY, DEC. 12 "The Early Show," CBS Featured artist: Madonna. "Today," NBC Featured artists: Fiona Apple (also scheduled: Jack Black, Dermot Mulroney). "The Tyra Banks Show," Syndicated Featured artist: Institute.…

  18. OnTV

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Dec. 5-11, 2005. MONDAY, DEC. 5 "The Early Show," CBS Featured Artists: Clay Aiken, Tony Bennett, Tina Turner (also scheduled: Gisele Bundchen, Adam Rodriguez, Suzanne Farrell, Julie Harris, Robert Redford). "The Ellen DeGeneres Show,"…

  19. Billboard Bits: Pearl Jam, Carrie Underwood, Snoop Dogg

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Pearl Jam, Carrie Underwood, Snoop Dogg Pearl Jam continues to add shows to its 2005 tour itinerary , the newest being an Aug. 29 date in Missoula, Mont., where bassist Jeff Ament went to college. Proceeds from the gig at the Adams Center will benefit Montana Senate president Jon…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. WONDER MAKES ANDY WONDER Dear Fred, I just heard Alicia Keys' remix of "Karma" (the one which samples heavily from Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"), and that made me wonder: About three years ago, chart policy regarding…

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