1. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 percent to $840 million from $814 million in the…

  2. Karlos Rose Triumphs With Third Tropical No. 1

    September 18, 2014 4:48 PM EDT The Bachata singer becomes the youngest artist to post three No. 1s on Tropical Songs, while Plan B enters Top Latin Albums. At 18 years old, Karlos Rosé becomes the youngest artist to log three No. 1s on the Tropical Songs chart as "Niña de Mi Corazon" soars 12-1. (He beats…

  3. Bogota Music Market: 5 to Watch

    September 16, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Colombia is bursting at the seams with music. Bogota Music Market Highlights Burgeoning Colombian Music Scene At the recent Bogota Music Market (BOmm), which took place Sept. 11 and 12 in Colombia's capital, some 16 acts performed for an audience of nearly 1,000 artists, managers,…

  4. Bogota Music Market Highlights New Platforms, Burgeoning Colombian Music Scene

    September 15, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Salsa laced with rap, rock-edged blues, Andean countryside music played with drums and electric guitars, a symphony orchestra, and a singer of folk/rock fusion whose moves overshadow Shakira 's. It was an eclectic group of performers who took the stage before an audience of more than 1…

  5. Soda Stereo Sales Spike After Gustavo Cerati's Death

    September 12, 2014 2:35 PM EDT The death of one of Latin America's premier rock stars triggers digital sales of his band's biggest hits. Following the death of rocker Gustavo Cerati on Sept. 4, digital sales of his hits (as frontman of Argentinian rock band Soda Stereo ) have impacted Latin Pop Digital Songs .…

  6. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  7. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  8. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 With 'All About That Bass'

    September 10, 2014 1:31 PM EDT The pop newcomer's debut hit dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' after two weeks on top. It's all about Meghan Trainor on this week's Billboard Hot 100 , as her debut hit "All About That Bass" crowns the tally with a 2-1 climb. The positive-body…

  9. Joan Manuel Serrat to Be Honored as Latin Grammy Person of the Year

    September 09, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Spanish singer/songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat has been named the 2014 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and will be celebrated during a gala on Nov. 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Barcelona-born Serrat started playing music as a teen as he learned the craft both as…

  10. Gustavo Cerati Funeral to Be Held in Argentina

    September 05, 2014 4:34 PM EDT Argentine rock star Gustavo Cerati is being remembered with a funeral in Buenos Aires. Shakira, Ricky Martin & More Pay Tribute to Gustavo Cerati Cerati died Thursday , four years after a stroke put him in a coma. He is being buried after the Friday (Sept. 5) funeral arranged by his…

  11. Gustavo Cerati RIP: Shakira, Zeta Bosio, Ricky Martin Pay Tribute to Legendary Rocker

    September 04, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Legendary rocker Gustavo Cerati is mourned by his musical peers. The news of the death of iconic Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati flooded social feeds this afternoon, with many of his musical colleagues expressing their sorrow. After a stroke in 2010, the Soda Stereo front man, and revered…

  12. Late Latin Icon Gustavo Cerati: 10 Essential Tracks

    September 04, 2014 5:37 PM EDT A prolific musician, Gustavo Cerati had many incarnations: as founding member of Soda Stereo , as a soloist, as a producer and collaborator, and always, as a singer/songwriter of forceful but eminently melodic songs that became the soundtrack of generations. Cerati died Thursday (Sept. 4),…

  13. Latin Rock Icon Gustavo Cerati Dead at 55

    September 04, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Millions of fans mourn the loss of Latin America’s most emblematic rock star and one of the region's most celebrated artists of all time. Gustavo Cerati , the front man of the legendary Argentine pop-rock group Soda Stereo , who went on to a brilliant but too short solo career, has died.…

  14. Metallica, One Direction, Eminem, Among New Adds to Guinness World Records

    September 03, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Metallica , One Direction , Miley Cyrus , Eminem , Katy Perry and Shakira are all among the new additions to the Guinness Book of World Records ' new edition that will be out next week. Metallica's achievement comes for being the first and only band to ever perform a concert on all…

  15. Shakira Pregnant With Second Child

    August 28, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Shakira is expecting her second child. "Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you for all your well wishes!" she wrote Thursday on her  Facebook page . Shakira and longtime boyfriend Gerard Piqué are also parents to 19-month-old son Milan. "It takes a lot of energy from…

  16. Watch Cypress Hill’s B-Real Turn Pot-Head for Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 27, 2014 1:18 AM EDT Cypress Hill’s B-Real has given a boost to his “green” credentials by completing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in his own inimitable style.   The Californian rapper (real name Louis Freese) refuses to waste water, so he’s done a dry shower of sorts. “I know we’re going through a drought,” he…

  17. Whatcha Listenin' To? New App LISNR Feeds You Content Based on the Sounds Around You

    August 25, 2014 2:56 PM EDT The MIDEM-borne application takes "algorithm-ing" to a whole new level. Google and Facebook have pioneered the art of the web-based content algorithm, but what about for audio? LISNR, a Cincinnati-based mobile tech firm, is hoping to become that solution. A new app that debuts today…

  18. Grimes Declines Ice Bucket Challenge Over ALS Association's Animal Testing Policy

    August 24, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Dozens of musicians have accepted the widely popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which aims to raise funds and awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease. But Grimes has politely rejected her nomination by Richie Hawtin because of the ALS Association’s involvement with animal testing. Watch…

  19. Chris Martin, Jay Z, Adele and More: 10 Music Stars Who Haven't Taken the Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 22, 2014 9:59 PM EDT Since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on July 29, it's become a viral sensation raising more than $40 million in donations to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Gwyneth Paltrow Calls Out Ex Chris Martin for Ice Bucket Challenge The brilliant…

  20. Shakira's Illegally Copied Song Puts Sony on Hook for Damages

    August 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT The 2010 song 'Loca' came without proper authorization from a Dominican Republic songwriter. On Tuesday, after conducting a bench trial, a New York federal judge concluded that a subsidiary of Sony Music was liable for copyright infringement for Colombian superstar Shakira 's …

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