1. Sergio Mendes & will.i.am Make 'Magic' on New Album: A Joint Q&A

    September 12, 2014 3:10 PM EDT As a 17-year-old, will.i.am fell in love with the music of Sergio Mendes after a fellow crate-digger turned him on to Equinox , Mendes' 1967 album with the Brazil 66. That appreciation led to the Black Eyed Peas leader buying all of Mendes' albums, tapping the pianist to play on the…

  2. 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…

  3. 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"…

  4. 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…

  5. 'Rio 2' Soundtrack With Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars + More: Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 24, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Can "Rio 2" follow in "Frozen"s Footsteps? As the soundtrack market heats up, another animated movie arrives with a companion album -- Listen to it here first When "Rio" was released in 2011, the soundtrack market was less than promising -- the animated feature…

  6. 'Rio 2' Director On Janelle Monae, Casting Bruno Mars: 'We Felt We Could Push It'

    February 13, 2014 5:31 PM EST Janelle Monae's participation in "Rio 2" owes to a meeting two years ago between the singer and director Carlos Saldanha at a Rock in Rio performance. "She had a few Brazilians in her band and I think that helped when I asked her if she wanted to sing in the sequel,"…

  7. Will.i.am Pre-GRAMMY Charity Event Raises $2.4M

    January 24, 2014 9:11 PM EST Los Angeles event features performances from Busta Rhymes, Chaka Khan, more It was an old-school party at will.i.am's annual pre-GRAMMY charity concert as veteran rap stars like Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh rocked a capacity crowd along with the likes of Bell Biv DeVoe, Chaka Khan and…

  8. No Joke! The 20 Biggest Tunes for 'Fools'

    April 01, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Another April Fools' Day is upon us, and although many "fools" will be busy pulling lame pranks on Monday (Apr. 1), the fools with a thirst for chart history should explore this list of the 20 biggest songs with the word "fool" in the title. From Aretha Franklin to…

  9. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 26, 2012 11:50 PM EST Ludovic Bource's Music for 'The Artist' Takes Best Original Score The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original song trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards…

  10. MusiCares: Paul McCartney & His Songs Kick Off Grammy Weekend

    February 11, 2012 11:45 AM EST Neil Young, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Katy Perry's Hat Chip In to Honor Macca, Raise Millions The Recording Academy's biggest MusiCares gala in the 22-year history of the event occurred Friday when Paul McCartney and a cast of stellar musicians entertained 2,800 guests with a dozen…

  11. Bret McKenzie on 'Muppet'-less Oscars: 'It's a Shame'

    February 08, 2012 1:00 AM EST Best Original Song Nominee Talks Oscars & 'Muppets,' Plus Future of Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie is up for a best original song Oscar later this month, not that "Man or Muppet" (from "The Muppets") will be performed live or anything. The Flight of…

  12. Oscars Not Performing 'Muppets,' 'Rio' Original Song Nominees?

    February 07, 2012 3:05 PM EST When the Academy Award nominations were announced last month, the Best Original Song category only included two candidates: "Real In Rio" from "Rio," and "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets." Now, it's possible that even those songs will be performed…

  13. Oscar Analysis: What Happened to Best Original Song?

    January 24, 2012 11:10 AM EST The convoluted system to select nominees for the Best Original Song Oscar, altered in 2009 when the Academy raised the number of best picture nominees to 10, came back to haunt the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday (Jan. 24). Oscar Nominations Announced: 'The Artist…

  14. Oscar Nominations Announced: 'The Artist,' 'Tintin,' 'Hugo' Up For Best Score

    January 24, 2012 9:25 AM EST Nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning (Jan. 24), and while "The Artist," "The Descendants," and "The Help" all got their expected due, this year's music nominations were a bit more surprising. This year's Best…

  15. Grammy Hall of Fame Adds Tina Turner, Paul Simon Hits

    November 21, 2011 3:15 PM EST Three of the biggest musical moments of the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen's album "Born in the U.S.A.," Paul Simon's "Graceland" and Tina Turner's single "What's Love Got to Do With It," are among the 25 recordings being inducted into the 2012…

  16. The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs Ever

    July 15, 2011 12:55 PM EDT To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, we're counting down the top 100 songs in the entire history of one of Billboard's signature (and smoothest) surveys. Some of the genre's earliest giants infuse the list, including Elton John,…

  17. Sergio Mendes Unveils 'Rio' Soundtrack in Los Angeles

    March 14, 2011 12:00 PM EDT S ergio Mendes used a sold-out four-night stint at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse to celebrate his 50 years in the record business and to uncage his latest efforts -- two of the five songs he has contributed to the animated film "Rio." He unveiled the songs at the end of a 80…

  18. Sergio Mendes, "Bon Tempo"

    June 18, 2010 1:37 PM EDT Summer, soccer and Sergio Mendes . Whether or not Mendes planned for his newest album, "Bon Tempo" (Good Time), to come out on the eve of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it's an ideal trifecta. On the set, the bandleader known for his blend of Brazilian bossa nova, roots rhythms and…

  19. Debi Nova, "Drummer Boy"

    April 02, 2010 3:08 PM EDT Already a star in her home country, Costa Rican newcomer Debi Nova is positioning herself to achieve the same global appeal with "Drummer Boy" that Pitbull did last spring with "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." Melody is the focal point on Nova's mainstream debut…

  20. Black Eyed Peas: Boom Boom Wow

    May 22, 2009 6:26 PM EDT 'Boom Boom Pow' blew up. Now the Black Eyed Peas are aiming at No. 1 with new album "The E.N.D." As individuals, we're misfits," says Fergie, the sultry female singer of the Black Eyed Peas. "Together, we're like one big misfit. People are always…

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