1. Exclusive: Wyclef Jean Announces 'Clefication' Album & Avicii-Assisted Single

    August 28, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Five years after the release of From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion , Wyclef Jean preps his seventh studio album, Clefication . Wyclef has been hiding away in a Stockholm-based studio with Ash Pournouri, founder of At Night Management and manager to Avicii . Pournouri is co…

  2. Shakira Delivers Winning Performance at World Cup Closing Ceremony

    July 13, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Santana, Wyclef, Brazilians Ivete Sangalo and Alexandre Pires have crowd in Rio roaring In a winning World Cup closing show joyful enough to cheer up Brazilian fans mourning the performance of their national team, Shakira came onto the stadium field in Rio singing “Dare (La,La,La).” Video…

  3. Video for World Cup Anthem 'Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)' Debuts (Watch)

    July 01, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Santana, Wyclef and Alexandre Pires to perform the song at the July 13 closing ceremony in Rio. The new video for “Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)” Santana, Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires’s official World Cup Anthem, promises a performance at the World Cup Closing Ceremony that will…

  4. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 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…

  5. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On?

    May 30, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Instead of the sound of contemporary Brazil, it's the same old Samba for World Cup songs. "The Girl From Ipanema" turns 50 this year, and Verve/Universal is celebrating with a reissue of "Getz/Gilberto," the Grammy-winning Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto album that…

  6. Pitbull, Lopez World Cup Song a Flop?

    May 25, 2014 6:12 PM EDT The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord - the wrong one with many in host country Brazil. Since the recent release of FIFA's "We Are One (Ole Ola)," hordes of fans in Brazil have been slamming the official 2014 Cup theme. Many expressed their…

  7. Rihanna Insults Teenage Fan For Wearing Similar Outfit

    May 16, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Sure, Rihanna may be getting honored with a CFDA Fashion Icon award in June and has been named an icon at the American Music Awards, but that doesn't mean she's exactly the friendliest role model around. At least, not after she cyberbullied a fan for wearing a prom ensemble modeled…

  8. Kelly Rowland, Spike Lee Featured on Soccer-Themed Visual Album

    May 12, 2014 10:12 AM EDT "Beats of the Beautiful Game," curated by Pepsi, will be released June 10 ahead of the World Cup Pepsi is pairing singers and filmmakers to release a visual album that celebrates soccer during the World Cup. Spike Lee, Timbaland, Idris Elba and Kelly Rowland are some of the artists…

  9. Santana, Wyclef, Avicii, Alexandre Pires 'Find a Way' to the World Cup

    April 29, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Featuring the Brazilian drum beats that have become the soundtrack theme of the 2014 World Cup, and Santana’s signature electric guitar, the FIFA single “Dar Um Jeito” (“We Will Find A Way”) is now out on digital music outlets and Vevo. Wyclef, Avicii and Brazilian singer Alexandre…

  10. Latin Conference World Cup Q&A: Carlos Vives, David Correy, RCA's Tom Corson & More (Video)

    April 23, 2014 8:20 PM EDT At the Billboard Latin Music Conference on Tuesday (April 22), the important intersection of soccer and Latin music was the subject that hitmaker Carlos Vives, "X Factor" finalist David Correy, RCA president Tom Corson, EA Music Group president Steve Schnur, Coca-Cola director of…

  11. Sergio Mendes Talks 'Rio 2,' World Cup Music and The Legacy of Jobim

    April 09, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Sergio Mendes did his first music for film, 50 years after he started his recording career with "Dance Moderno" in 1961. Three years after celebrating his career with the compilation "Celebration" and the animated film "Rio," Mendes returns with "Rio 2"…

  12. Pitbull Debuts Official World Cup Song: Listen to 'We Are One' Feat. Jennifer Lopez

    April 08, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. A whistling melody and stadium chants punctuate Pitbull's surprisingly breezy World Cup song, "We Are One (Ole, Ola)."  The official FIFA…

  13. Avicii, Carlos Santana, Wyclef to Perform World Cup Closing Anthem

    March 28, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Swedish electro DJ Avicii, guitar legend Carlos Santana, Brazilian Latin Grammy winner Alexandre Pires and Haitian-American rapper Wyclef Jean have joined the World Cup chorus. More World Cup SXSW: Pitbull Joined by Austin Mahone & G.R.L., Debuts World Cup Song 'We Are One'…

  14. Oscar Music Nominees Honored, and Drenched, at Society of Composers and Lyricists Event

    March 02, 2014 12:29 PM EST The heavy rains that pummeled Southern California on Saturday (march 1) created a divide between the film music industry at the annual Society of Composers and Lyricists champagne reception for Oscar nominees. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' Fight…

  15. Jill Scott, 'Frozen' Writers Perform at First-Ever Oscar Concert

    February 28, 2014 1:43 PM EST This year's five Oscar-nominated composers delivered the first-ever Oscar concert Feb. 27 at UCLA's Royce Hall, creating suites for orchestra from their film work. And between the light bounce of Alexandre Desplat's "Philomena" and the heaviness of John Williams'…

  16. CODE Picks of the Week: Plastic Plates & Sam Sparro, Andrea Oliva and More

    February 21, 2014 5:26 PM EST Each Friday CODE brings you the freshest new tunes of the week. Listen to them here. Plastic Plates featuring Sam Sparro, “Stay in Love” [Plastic Plates] Sam Sparro’s voice is a rare bird that only the most skilled of producers knows how to work from just a pretty canary to solid gold. New…

  17. Pharrell, U2, Karen O Score Oscar Nominations

    January 16, 2014 9:35 AM EST "Frozen" highlight "Let It Go" also scores an Academy Award nod. U2, Pharrell Williams and the bassist of Arcade Fire are all contending for trophies at the 86th annual Academy Awards -- as is a film about the singers who sang the oohs, ahs and la-la-las on thousands of…

  18. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  19. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Britney Spears & Paloma Faith

    September 20, 2013 2:44 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Britney Spears Pouring on the rock star edge, Britney Spears stepped out in a sleek number to announce her residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on ABC’s "…

  20. Ricky Martin to Fans: Write My World Cup Song

    September 13, 2013 4:34 PM EDT Sony will launch "Super Song" contest in December to create a track for upcoming World Cup album, but it will NOT be the official anthem Ricky Martin is inviting fans to enter an international contest created by Sony to write a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil song which he will record.…

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