1. Juan Formell of Los Van Van Dead at 71

    May 01, 2014 10:46 PM EDT A joke known in Havana and in Miami’s Cuban community may start making the rounds again, tinged with sadness this time, as fans and fellow artists mourn the loss of Juan Formell, the founder of Cuba’s 45-year-old dance band Los Van Van. The story goes that years from now, Fidel Castro…

  2. Pussy Riot Members to Attend NYC Literary Event

    April 29, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Two members of Pussy Riot will be attending a literary celebration that already includes Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Robert Caro on the guest list. Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova are expected at the PEN American Center Literary Gala, PEN announced Monday. The event is scheduled…

  3. Demi Lovato, Shazam Announce Deal to Let Fans Plan New Tour

    April 28, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Pop star Demi Lovato and Shazam have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership today that will put her fans (or those simply curious as to who she is) into the driver's seat of her tour van. The partnership will yield a European tour schedule for Lovato generated by the tags she receives…

  4. Devo's Gerald Casale Uncorks His Winery

    April 28, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Devo co-founder Gerald Casale equates the new wave rock scene of the late 1970s with the new wave food and wine scene occurring simultaneously in California. Devo was changing the world with "Mongoloid," "Jocko Homo" and "Whip It"; Chez Panisse was growing its…

  5. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Alicia Keys Locks In Atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    April 28, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2004, she scored her third of eight No. 1s so far. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Blondie, Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history April 28, 1979 Blondie 's debut…

  6. Gwen Stefani Splits From Longtime Manager

    April 25, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Also: Why the No Doubt singer defected from "Rising Star" to "The Voice." This article was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard Magazine . Gwen Stefani is being wooed by multiple suitors. According to sources, the No Doubt frontwoman, 44, was close to signing…

  7. Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, Tyga to Head Out on Under the Influence of Music Summer Tour

    April 23, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa will be taking Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, and Rich Homie Quan on tour this summer for his Under the Influence of Music Summer Tour. Tour founder Khalifa has also recruited up-and-comers Sage The Gemini, Mack Wilds, IAMSU! and DJ Drama for the 22-city sprint that starts in…

  8. Madison Avenue’s ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’ Grows up, Tops Chart

    April 17, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Madison Avenue’s “Don’t Call Me Baby” is showing impressive endurance.  The house track has been remixed for the first time and is currently enjoying a fourth week at No. 1 on the ARIA Club Tracks Chart, more than a decade after the original cut topped the Official U.K. Singles Chart.  “It…

  9. 'American Idol' Announces 2014 Tour Dates

    April 17, 2014 5:06 AM EDT Host Ryan Seacrest announced that tickets for the American Idol Summer Tour are going on sale on May 9. The 41-city tour will kick off June 24 in Binghamton, N.Y. and will wrap in Redmond, WA, on Aug. 23.  This summer's tour is a smaller affair than usual, foregoing typical stops at…

  10. Play Ball: Get Up Kids Talk Kansas City Royals’ 2014 Season

    April 12, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Guitarist Jim Suptic has seen the highs and lows (mostly lows) of being a K.C. fan April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview of their…

  11. Armin van Buuren Reigns at 'Intense' Madison Square Garden Concert

    April 12, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Armin van Buuren's first night of his Armin Only: Intense tour was a proof-of-concept writ large as the master DJ/producer stood behind his sunken decks at New York's Madison Square Garden Friday (April 11) commanding the arm-waving, glow-gloved crowd with a set that began with ice…

  12. Rock Hall Quotes: 20 Awesome Quips From Nirvana, Springsteen, Kiss & More

    April 11, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Sprinkled among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's epic induction of Nirvana, Kiss, the E Street Band, Peter Gabriel and more last night (April 10, 2014), were tons of bon mots and zingers from inductors and inductees alike. Nirvana on Lorde's perfection. Springsteen on E Street'…

  13. Armin van Buuren's New Solo Tour's 'Intense,' Prepare for 'Journey Together'

    April 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT ¨I start in a womb and nobody can see me," says Armin van Buuren of his Armin Only: Intense show. And he's not being figurative. The superstar DJ/producer literally starts DJing in an enclosed bubble on the stage before emerging, surrounded by musicians, dancers, vocalists and…

  14. Bruce Springsteen Makes It Right, Inducts The E Street Band Into Rock Hall

    April 11, 2014 10:20 AM EDT The long-awaited induction of Bruce Springsteen's veteran sidemen, the E Street Band, took place at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The bandleader himself inducted his bandmates past and present, taking the crowd through the long history of friendship and comradeship, hard times…

  15. Rock Hall Ceremony Wraps With Worthy Performances, Hatchets Buried

    April 11, 2014 4:25 AM EDT The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held Thursday night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, honored Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam), Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, KISS and Hall and Oates. It would be an evening of debts repaid, honor restored…

  16. Thievery Corporation, Zedd Zoom On Dance Charts

    April 10, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Thievery Corporation debuts its first album in nearly three years, as "Saudade" enters Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 2 with 7,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Featuring songs from five guest vocalists, the album's unique brand of…

  17. Nirvana on 'Fallon': Grohl & Novoselic Talk Cobain Ahead of Rock Hall Induction

    April 10, 2014 8:40 AM EDT On the eve of Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, surviving membersDave Grohl and Krist Novoselic took the couch on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. Acknowledging the "bittersweet"…

  18. Pharrell, Jay Z and Beyonce Among Webby Nominees

    April 08, 2014 4:54 PM EDT This year's list of nominees for Webby awards celebrating Internet achievement range from celebrities such as Beyoncé and Ellen DeGeneres to Google and GoPro, the maker of popular mountable video cameras. The organizations with the most nominations are Vice Media with 11, The New York…

  19. Play Ball: Pete Wentz & Mountain Goats Talk Chicago Cubs' 2014 Season

    April 08, 2014 4:00 PM EDT What would it be like if the Cubs won the World Series? Chi-town experts weigh in. April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview of their…

  20. Gimme Five: Betty Who Lists Her Go-To Karaoke Jams (Video)

    April 08, 2014 1:27 PM EDT Destiny's Child, Usher, and of course, Britney: see who else made the "Somebody Loves You" singer's list. On Tuesday (Apr. 8), Betty Who's magnetic sophomore EP "Slow Dancing" officially arrives at retail, offering five more lush pop delicacies from the…

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