1. Common, Kevin Hart & More Diversify Film Academy Membership

    June 27, 2015 3:10 PM EDT After widespread criticism of the film academy's overwhelmingly white slate of Oscar nominees this year, the organization has announced a roster of potential new members that skews younger and more diverse. Kevin Hart , Common , Emma Stone, Dev Patel and Whiplash writer-director Damien…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Jazz Great Bud Shank Dies At 82

    April 06, 2009 9:26 AM EDT Bud Shank, a flutist and alto saxophonist who worked with such famous acts as the Mamas and the Papas, has died. He was 82. Shank died Thursday of pulmonary failure at his home in Tucson, according to his Web site and JazzTimes magazine. No phone numbers were listed for Shank's home. A…

  13. Chart Beat: Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou Harris and more! THE STATE OF CAPITOL: The stars have aligned for the Hollywood-and-Vine label. With Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" moving up one rung from 2-1 and Katy Perry's "I Kissed…

  14. Chart Beat

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action on Mariah Carey/Madonna/Elvis Presley, James Brown, Fantasia and more! 'BODY' WORKS; 'MINUTES' ADDS UP: Elvis Presley has had a lot of great chart weeks over the last 52 years, but this wasn't one of them. Mariah Carey surpasses the King…

  15. Top Artists Sought For World Peace Concerts

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST World Peace One, a not-for-profit global peace advocacy group, has targeted some of the top acts in the world for a series of international concerts to begin May 17. World Peace One, a not-for-profit global peace advocacy group whose mission is to bring peace to the world through a 10-year…

  16. will.i.am Content With Artist Signings

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am isn't looking to sign any new acts to his joint-venture label with Interscope, he told Billboard.com last night (Feb. 7) ahead of the 4th Annual Peapod Foundation Be Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am isn't looking to sign any new acts to his joint…

  17. Live Earth Rio Draws Biggest Crowd In The Series

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT An estimated 400,000 people audience attended the Rio de Janeiro edition of the Live Earth concert series on a sunny day (July 7) of music, oddities and a lot of speeches. An estimated 400,000 people audience attended the Rio de Janeiro edition of the Live Earth concert series on a sunny day …

  18. 18OnTV

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 30 - May 6, 2007. MONDAY, APRIL 30 "Stereophonics: Language. Sex. Violence. Other?," STARZ! Cinema Featured Artist(s): Stereophonics. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist(s): Kirsten Dunst, Rob Magnotti, Dinosaur Jr.…

  19. 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Here are the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists. The honors will be handed out during an April 26 ceremony in Miami. Winners are determined by actual performance on the Billboard charts. Here are the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalists. The honors will be handed out during an…

  20. Billboard Bits: Black Eyed Peas, Feist, Mice Parade

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas, Nas, Common, John Legend, Macy Gray, Sergio Mendes and Frankie J will perform tomorrow night (Feb. 8) at the third annual Peapod Foundation Benefit at Hollywood club Avalon. Mary The Black Eyed Peas, Nas, Common, John Legend, Macy Gray, Sergio Mendes and Frankie J will…

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