1. Santana Indulges His Experimental Side on 'Corazón': Album Review

    May 06, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The best instrumentalists don't just play -- they speak. Instruments can move freely without language or diction hampering them, but that also makes it more challenging to deliver a message or establish an identity. Yet the sound of Carlos Santana's guitar is unmistakable: angular…

  2. Lily Allen's 'Sheezus': Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In 2006, Lily Allen bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb painted to look like a beach ball. Her debut, "Alright, Still," was equal parts sunshine and snark — a ska-pop album about skeevy pick-up artists, sexually dysfunctional exes and all the sordid stuff going on just below…

  3. Shakira, 'Shakira': Track-By-Track Review

    March 25, 2014 11:12 AM EDT Love, motherhood, rock roots, a dab of country here, a drop of reggae there, and of course, Latin dance rhythms. Shakira's "Shakira," her first studio album in four years, may at first blush sound as if it could be a disparate affair, but instead, it's a cohesive,…

  4. Pharrell, 'G I R L': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 7:46 PM EST It’s hard not to feel happy for Pharrell Williams. The eternally boyish producer, 40, is currently enjoying a career renaissance on the level of Mariah Carey in 2005 or Bryan Cranston in 2008, emerging after a presumed definitive career arc to star in a dazzling second act. If he had…

  5. 7 Latin Artists/Festivals to Watch in 2014: Kat Dhalia, Carlos Santana and More

    January 24, 2014 2:50 PM EST The influence of all things bilingual and bicultural is being felt in the new acts coming down the Latin pipeline, with young talents making early waves on both sides of the sonic and language divide. Likewise, a slew of new festivals are mining unverntured territories throughout the…

  6. Chart Highlights: Pitbull & Ke$ha, Beyonce & Jay Z Score New No. 1s

    January 20, 2014 4:55 PM EST The former pair takes over atop Pop Songs with 'Timber,' while the latter twosome's 'Drunk in Love' crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. Plus, new leaders for Demi Lovato, Avenged Sevenfold, Zac Brown Band and Elvis Crespo (also with Pitbull) Chart Highlights offers a…

  7. Shakira, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce: Whose New Single Is Best?

    January 15, 2014 11:57 AM EST Vote now! A plethora of pop divas are kicking off 2014 in high form, with new singles that could soon be hijacking your radio. Three high-profile singles -- a collaboration with Shakira and Rihanna, Miley Cyrus' latest "Bangerz" cut and Beyonce's latest Top…

  8. Shakira, Rihanna Team Up On 'Can't Remember To Forget You': Listen

    January 13, 2014 10:47 AM EST Shakira's new album receives March release date. Shakira and Rihanna's long-anticipated duet has at last arrived: "Can't Remember To Forget You," the enjoyably grandiose lead single from Shakira's forthcoming studio album, premiered Monday (Jan. 13)…

  9. Coachella 2014: 10 Non-Headliners To Watch

    January 09, 2014 2:32 PM EST From the Pet Shop Boys' first trip to Indio to A$AP Mob's latest star to a certain "Get Lucky" singer, don't miss these artists during the April fest. The initial jolt of the Coachella lineup reveal each year typically belongs to the headliners -- and 2014 is no…

  10. What Tessanne Chin's 'Voice' Win Means for the Jamaican Music Scene

    January 03, 2014 4:15 PM EST Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin's stratospheric ascent from relative obscurity, even in her birthplace, to international fame via her Dec. 17 triumph on NBC's singing competition "The Voice" is undoubtedly the island's biggest music story of 2013. Displaying…

  11. De La Tierra, Featuring Members from Sepultura & Maná, Release Single: Exclusive First Listen

    September 30, 2013 4:15 AM EDT Maná drummer Alex González, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, bassist Sr. Flavio from Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and Andrés Giménez, the singer and guitarist who led the Argentine band A.N.I.M.A.L. have unveiled the first single from their new metal side project De La Tierra. “Maldita…

  12. Huh Gak Drops Breezy Summer Single 'That You're Mine': Listen

    August 14, 2013 8:05 PM EDT The "Superstar K" balladeer taps rapper Swings for his latest single. Male soloist and winner of popular South Korean singing competition "Superstar K" Huh Gak released his new track, "That You're Mine," on Tuesday. The song immediately began dominating…

  13. Former 'Idol' Elise Testone Looks Ahead to Debut Album 'In This Life'

    August 09, 2013 12:10 AM EDT "American Idol" alum Elise Testone makes her home in Charleston, South Carolina, but last week, she returned to her New Jersey roots to celebrate a special occasion: her 30th birthday. The season 11 finalist ushered in the milestone with friends, family and fans who packed into…

  14. Los Bunkers, Babasonicos, Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas, Chico Trujillo: South American Winter Heats Up with New Music

    August 02, 2013 9:16 PM EDT Hear and see new music from Babasonicos' "La Lanza" to Chico Trujillo's new album. It’s winter in the Southern cone, and, musically, it’s getting pretty hot down there. The season has brought new songs and long-awaited albums from some of the region’s most popular…

  15. 2013 Mid-Year Staff Picks: 13 Albums You Might Have Missed

    July 03, 2013 2:35 PM EDT Listen to our favorite less-heralded releases of the year, including albums from MS MR, Big K.R.I.T. and Parquet Courts. The midway point of the 2013 calendar has come and gone, and this week at Billboard.com has been dedicated to taking stock of the past six months in music, be it through…

  16. Jamaican Musician Cedric Brooks Dies At 70

    May 04, 2013 6:44 PM EDT Cedric Brooks, a Jamaican saxophone player and influential roots reggae musician, has died. He was 70. One of Brooks' sisters, Paulette Keise, said he died Friday of cardiac arrest at New York Hospital Queens. She said Saturday that he suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes and…

  17. Diplo Is Busy: New Major Lazer, 13 Mad Decent Block Parties, 'Big' Song With Sia + More

    April 19, 2013 1:15 PM EDT After a six-month delay, Major Lazer released its highly anticipated sophomore album, “Free The Universe” on April 16th. The album dropped between the group’s shows at this year’s Coachella, which Diplo says was perfect timing. “It’s actually better that it took a little while now because…

  18. Iggy Pop and The Stooges Rip Through Nine New Songs At SXSW

    March 14, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Still raw, still powerful Iggy Pop and the Stooges may be punk pioneers and bona fide rock ‘n’ roll icons. But just like any other band, they came to South By Southwest this week to hawk a new album. The quintet’s fierce, nearly 70-minute showcase as part of the House of Vans at Mohawk…

  19. Simon Cowell Wants to Sign Emblem3 When 'X Factor' Ends

    December 07, 2012 8:45 AM EST As the final four "X Factor" competitors head into the semi-finals, it's not unlikely that any of them can (and likely will) be signed to major record labels even if they fall short of that $5 million winning prize. Among the most likely of pop stars is Huntington Beach-based…

  20. Morrissey, Blur Among Headliners for Mexico's Vive Latino Fest

    December 04, 2012 6:20 PM EST Morrissey, Blur, Argentine ska legends Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the British band Underworld are among the artists confirmed for the massive Vive Latino festival, to be held at Mexico City's Foro Sol stadium March 14-17, 2013. Morrissey and Mexican indie band Enjambre…

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