1. Jailed Pussy Riot Member Ends Hunger Strike

    June 01, 2013 10:29 AM EDT A Russian activist says that a jailed member of the punk group Pussy Riot has ended her 11-day hunger strike after prison authorities met her demands. Maria Alekhina had complained that officials at her prison colony in the Ural Mountains attempted to turn fellow inmates against her with a…

  2. Jailed Pussy Riot Member Hospitalized a Week Into Hunger Strike

    May 28, 2013 11:30 AM EDT A jailed member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot was hospitalized Tuesday on the seventh day of a hunger strike to protest what she calls a persecution campaign against her. Maria Alekhina was transferred to a hospital in her prison colony in the Ural Mountains town of Berezniki, Pyotr…

  3. Paul McCartney Writes Letters to Russian Officials Supporting Pussy Riot

    May 22, 2013 8:27 PM EDT Last August, Paul McCartney threw his support behind Pussy Riot, the Russian all-girl punk collective convicted with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, early on in the band's case. Now, the former Beatle has voiced his approval of the the Pussy Riot cause yet again, penning a…

  4. Chart Highlights: Mariah Carey, Miguel Blast Onto Radio Rankings With '#Beautiful'

    May 13, 2013 5:10 PM EDT The song soars onto a host of airplay tallies, while Emeli Sande and Intocable net new No. 1s. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  5. Breakdown Led Wade Robson to Reverse on Michael Jackson Sex Abuse Claims

    May 09, 2013 10:36 AM EDT A choreographer and television personality who was a key witness in Michael Jackson's successful defense against child molestation charges is seeking permission to file a claim against the singer's estate alleging the pop superstar sexually abused him as a child, court records and…

  6. The 10 Best Charting Movie Soundtracks Ever: 'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Purple Rain' and More

    May 07, 2013 3:23 PM EDT This Friday (May 10) will mark the release of the Baz Luhrmann-directed incarnation of book-based classic “The Great Gatsby.” Ahead of its theatrical debut, today (May 7) the effort’s soundtrack, “Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film: The Great Gatsby,” hits stores. Acclaimed rapper Jay…

  7. Chart Highlights: Blake Shelton's 'Cool' Crowns Country Airplay

    March 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Plus, Little Mix's "Wings" flies onto Pop Songs, Miguel enters R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Tamela Mann leads Gospel Songs for a 20th week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  8. Natalie Cole, Draco Rosa and More to Headline Latin Songwriters Gala

    March 11, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Rubén Blades, Cristian Castro, Natalie Cole and Draco Rosa are among the artists set to perform at the Latin Songwriters Hall of fame first induction gala. The black tie event, celebrating the rich past and current popularity of Latin song, will take place April 23rd at Miami's New…

  9. Juno Awards 2013: Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber Lead Nominees

    February 19, 2013 12:35 PM EST Carly Rae Jepsen will go head-to-head against Justin Bieber in four major categories at this year's Juno Awards, taking place April 21 at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. The "Call Me Maybe" singer and Bieber, whose tweets helped propel her to stardom, are both up…

  10. Nightclub Fire Draws Focus On Brazil’s Carnival

    February 08, 2013 4:52 AM EST Just over a week since a nightclub fire killed nearly 240 revelers in southern Brazil, Carnival festivities hit full stride Friday, raising questions about the safety of those who will pack party spaces across the nation. In the days following the deadly blaze at the Kiss club in the…

  11. Arrests Made in Deadly Club Fire in Brazil

    January 28, 2013 3:57 PM EST Co-owner of the nightclub and two members of the band reportedly arrested Brazilian police say they’ve made three arrests and are seeking a fourth person in connection with a nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people. Inspector Ranolfo Vieira Junior said at a Monday press conference…

  12. Gurizada Fandangueira, Band in Brazil Tragedy, Known For Pyrotechnics

    January 27, 2013 4:55 PM EST Brazilian group was performing when nightclub caught fire early on Sunday Gurizada Fandangueira performed about once a month at Kiss nightclub in the southern Brazilian city Santa Maria, where a fire early Sunday morning (Jan. 27) resulted in the death of 233 students attending a party for…

  13. Hundreds Killed in Brazil Nightclub Fire

    January 27, 2013 12:19 PM EST A blaze raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing 232 people as the air filled with deadly smoke and panicked party-goers stampeded toward the exits, police and witnesses said. It appeared to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade.…

  14. Miguel 'Adorn's No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay For 20th Week: Weekly Chart Notes

    January 25, 2013 6:24 PM EST A look at other songs to rule Billboard radio charts for at least 20 frames, as well as what makes Miguel's smash so durable. Miguel's "Adorn" joins an elite group of hits to have led a Billboard airplay ranking for a whopping 20 weeks or more, as his smooth ballad tops…

  15. Top 20 Music Moments of 2012: Whitney, PSY, Pussy Riot & More

    December 19, 2012 6:55 PM EST Chart Article   It was the best of times - Taylor Swift, One Direction and PSY had their best year ever. It was the worst of times - the world lost Whitney Houston, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, and Jenni Rivera. But 2012 was anything but a slow news year. These are the 20 biggest music moments in…

  16. Christina Perri "Very Merry Perri Christmas" Video Track By Track

    December 03, 2012 6:15 PM EST Singer-songwriter Christina Perri didn't wait long in her career to share an album of holiday tunes with the world. Her new EP, "A Very Merry Perri Christmas," includes Christmas classics like "Ave Maria," modern favorites like John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "…

  17. Counting Crows Lament Lost Album Tapes: 'It's Disgusting'

    October 23, 2012 10:50 AM EDT Counting Crows ' seven-times platinum debut "August and Everything After" turns 20 next year, but Adam Duritz aren't planning much of a party. Instead, he tells Billboard, the group would rather celebrate "Satellites" -- as in Counting Crows' sophomore…

  18. Pussy Riot Member Freed, Two Bandmates Remain in Moscow Prison

    October 10, 2012 10:35 AM EDT A Moscow appeals court on Wednesday unexpectedly freed one jailed member of punk band Pussy Riot , but upheld the two-year prison sentences for the two other women jailed for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin. All three women were convicted in August of hooliganism…

  19. All Time Low's 'Don't Panic' Track By Track: Video

    October 08, 2012 5:00 PM EDT All Time Low's fifth studio album, "Don't Panic," hits shelves tomorrow (Oct. 9) via Hopeless Records. Before its release, the boys -- Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Rian Dawson and Zack Merrick -- sat down with Billboard to talk about each song on the 12-track set. Watch…

  20. 'Take a Letter, Maria' Singer R.B. Greaves Dies at 68

    October 03, 2012 9:08 PM EDT R.B. Greaves , a smooth R&B crooner who scored a No. 2 hit in 1969 with the infectious break-up song "Take a Letter, Maria," died September 27 in Los Angeles. He was 68. The singer's son confirmed the news, according to the New York Times , but provided no other information…

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