1. MC5 Guitarist Goes for Cool Factor in Crafting SXSW Jimi Hendrix Stamp Concert

    March 11, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Wayne Kramer is proudly "a guy that comes from an era of being highly critical of the government -- and is still fairly critical of much of what our government does." But when it comes to putting rock stars on U.S. postage stamps, the MC5 alumnus is all for it. Kramer is curating an…

  2. Ask Billboard: Shakira's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 07, 2014 6:35 PM EST This week's mailbag looks at the top chart hits by ths week's Billboard cover act, Pharrell's rapid-fire rise to No. 1 on Radio Songs and Demi Lovato's career song and album sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings,…

  3. Inside the Lou Reed Tribute at SXSW: 20-Plus Acts, All-Star House Band to Create 'Austin Meets New York Street Vibe'

    March 07, 2014 9:40 AM EST Spandau Ballet, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega, Sean Lennon, Black Lips are all slated to perform at the first full-scale tribute of Reed, who died in October When Richard Barone was recruited to be part of this year's South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival, he wanted to…

  4. Chainsmokers' '#SELFIE' Blasts Up Dance Charts, Enters Hot 100

    March 06, 2014 7:03 PM EST The track storms 12-6 on Hot Dance / Electronic Songs and debuts at No. 55 on the Hot 100. Plus, Major Lazer shoots onto Dance/Electronic Albums and Audio Playground achieves its first Dance Club Songs No. 1 The Chainsmokers explode into the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic…

  5. Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart

    March 04, 2014 1:05 PM EST The song becomes one of the elite titles to spend at least 26 weeks atop an airplay ranking Hezekiah Walker's "Every Praise" joins an exclusive club of songs that have led an airplay chart (that Billboard currently produces each week) for half a year or more, as the track…

  6. International Artists Pay Tribute to Paco de Lucia

    February 27, 2014 8:57 PM EST The flamenco guitar master, who left behind an unreleased album, will be laid to rest this weekend in Southern Spain Paco de Lucia, who revolutionized flamenco guitar and influenced musicians around the world, will be laid to rest this weekend in his native Algeciras, after a public wake…

  7. Flamenco Great Paco de Lucia Dead at 66

    February 26, 2014 9:26 AM EST Paco de Lucía, the man whose name was synonymous with flamenco guitar and who popularized the music worldwide with his mix of virtuosity and accessible melodies, died of a reported heart attack this morning near the Mexican resort city of Cancún. De Lucía was 66. According to published…

  8. Backstage With St. Vincent: New Style, New Label and a Bold New Album

    February 24, 2014 11:52 AM EST The alt-goddess strikes a new pose with her first major-label album: "The music industry is the wild west" Inside a dimly lit and cavernous studio space in Manhattan's SoHo district, assorted members of the world's fashion elite jostle for rickety chairs while Annie…

  9. Artists from Rubén Blades to Enrique Iglesias Voice Support for Venezuela, Criticize Gov't

    February 21, 2014 9:02 PM EST Salsa greats and social activists Rubén Blades and Willie Colon have, separately, been the most outspoken of the many music artists who have expressed solidarity this week with protestors in Venezuela. In the case of Blades, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro spoke back. Earlier this week,…

  10. Shakira's Valentine's Gift? Sexy Album Art

    February 14, 2014 8:33 PM EST Shakira has given her fans a Valentine's gift of her own by revealing some skin in the new artwork of her upcoming self-titled album, posing straight into the camera in black lingerie-like garb, while holding a guitar. The Colombian songstress, who on Twitter alone has nearly 24 million…

  11. Laura Pausini to Give Exclusive Q&A at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    February 12, 2014 1:45 PM EST Italian pop music icon, singer-songwriter and record producer Laura Pausini will be featured in an exclusive Star Q&A session during the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference taking place April 21-24 in Miami. Pausini, who is celebrating 20 years of recording and is currently in the midst…

  12. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Complete List of 2014 Finalists

    February 05, 2014 9:52 AM EST The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards are out, with Romeo Santos leading the charge with entries in 17 categories. Prince Royce and Marc Anthony are close behind with 16 and 15, respectively. The late Jenni Rivera is an 11-time finalist this year, and other major…

  13. Romeo Santos, Marc Anthony and Prince Royce Top Finalists for 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    February 05, 2014 9:52 AM EST Fresh from landing his third No. 1 debut on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart with "Odio," featuring Drake, bachata star Romeo Santos led the charge as the top finalist for the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards , presented by State Farm and broadcasting live on Telemundo…

  14. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  15. Chart Highlights: Florida Georgia Line Lands Fourth Country Airplay No. 1

    December 23, 2013 5:15 PM EST The duo ties the record for the most career-opening leaders in the chart's history. Plus, U2 likewise makes an historic move and new No. 1s for Katy Perry and Toby Love Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  16. Feliz Navidad: 12 Songs for a Latin Christmas

    December 18, 2013 5:16 PM EST As predictable as a Christmas tree in the corner of the living room, the holiday evergreen "Feliz Navidad" has ensured that Merry Christmas is one phrase that everyone can say in Spanish. But José Feliciano’s modern classic is just the start of a Latin Christmas songbook that…

  17. Chart Highlights: OneRepublic Tops Adult Pop Songs, Beyonce Bows At R&B/Hip-Hop

    December 16, 2013 4:35 PM EST Plus, new No. 1s for late legend Donna Summer, Eli Young Band, Pop Evil and more 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 refreshed on…

  18. The Year In Latin 2013: Prince Royce and Marc Anthony Join Jenni Rivera Atop Charts

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST A year after her death, the memory of Jenni Rivera propels the artist to No. 1 on the year-end Top Latin Artists chart, a tally that takes into consideration airplay, downloads and streaming-but in Rivera's case, it was all about album sales.  Year-End Charts: Latin Artists | Albums …

  19. Chart Highlights: Rihanna Breaks Record For Most Pop Songs No. 1s

    December 09, 2013 6:05 PM EST Eminem's 'The Monster,' on which she's featured, becomes her 11th leader, pushing her past Katy Perry (10) for the list's top total. Plus, new No. 1s for Icona Pop, Parmalee, tobyMac and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  20. Jenni Rivera Plane Crash Probe Cites Negligence, Irregularities Among 'Series Of Factors'

    December 05, 2013 2:59 AM EST The plane crash in Mexico that took the life of Latin music star Jenni Rivera and four members of her entourage was the result of a “series of factors” that could have included the age of the 1969 Learjet, the age of the pilot, and owner negligence in reporting problems with the plane’s…

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