1. Gregg Alexander Reflects on Joe Cocker's Peerless Talent & Ridiculous Rock Hall Snub

    December 23, 2014 9:50 AM EST I can still remember the first time I heard Joe Cocker sing, which is what they always say is the sign of a truly great singer or song: if you can remember the first time. I was in a "music appreciation class" (whatever the hell that is) before I even hit my teens and our teacher…

  2. This Ain't No Buena Vista: Meet Five Cuban Artists to Watch

    December 19, 2014 9:02 AM EST All of these artists, like many other musicians from Cuba, have already performed in the United States, and their albums are available through all of the U.S. digital music services. President Obama’s announced changes in current Cuba policy may increase Cuban artists’ presence on U.S.…

  3. Fatal South by Southwest Crash Brings First Wave of Lawsuits

    December 18, 2014 7:26 PM EST The initial wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accuse organizers of safety lapses after a driver struck a crowd of concertgoers . Fourth Person Dies From Injuries in SXSW Crash The lawsuits filed Thursday (Dec. 18) in San Antonio are the…

  4. Alejandro Fernandez Earns Fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums

    December 18, 2014 5:44 PM EST Plus: Romeo Santos & Voz de Mando each notch new airplay No. 1s. Alejandro Fernandez earns his fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums as his  Confidencias Reales  debuts with 3,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Willy Chirino Op-Ed: Why U.S.-Cuba Thaw Is No…

  5. Muted Hurrahs For Easing of Cuban Sanctions

    December 17, 2014 7:29 PM EST Industry Is Optimistic, but Still Evaluating President Obama’s announcement that he planned to “normalize” relationships with Cuba was met with muted response from the Latin music industry. The demureness could simply be attributed to the season; Christmas is around the corner. But also,…

  6. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  7. Billboard Year in Music 2014: The Story Behind Carlos Santana's No. 1 Spanish-Language Album, 'Corazon'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Hall of Famer Corazon 6 Weeks on Top Latin Albums The idea for Carlos Santana 's first Spanish-language album was hatched between the guitarist and his manager, Michael Vrionis, over dinner in 2012. "He asked me, 'Have you ever wanted to do a Latino Supernatural ?'…

  8. The 10 Best Latin Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:25 PM EST What do Romeo Santos and the trio of Niña Pastori , Lila Downs and Soledad have in common? They’ve all performed with Carlos Santana . And they made Billboard's year-end list of the best Latin albums of 2014. Read on for more rootsy sounds and unabashed romance hailing from all over…

  9. The 10 Best Latin Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:25 PM EST We admit we love to dance. So we couldn't help but include tracks like “Bailando” and “6 A.M.” among our list of the best Latin songs of the year. But a little bit of rock, rap and, of course, love also made the cut. Read on for which singles had the most impact in 2014. (And see our…

  10. 2015 Golden Globe Nominees: Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Trent Reznor & More

    December 11, 2014 9:52 AM EST The 2015 Golden Globe Awards nominees were revealed Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press. In the musical categories, a nice collection of hit-making artists and musical legends get nods.  One complaint: No love for The Lego Movie 's "Everything Is Awesome!!!"? Best…

  11. Earl Hayes & Stephanie Moseley Tried to Reconcile Before Killing, Police Say

    December 10, 2014 6:11 AM EST Rapper Earl Warren Hayes and his estranged wife were trying to reconcile and she was optimistic about their chances only days before Hayes killed her and committed suicide, a police detective said Tuesday. The bodies of Hayes, 34, and 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley were found Monday…

  12. The Year in Latin 2014: Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias Lead Songs and Albums

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST The year in Latin music saw the continuation of a tropical wave, as Romeo Santos and Marc Anthony maintained their presence at the top of the charts. It was a male dominated year across Latin genres, led by veteran Enrique Iglesias and newer artists like J Balvin and Remmy Valenzuela…

  13. Exclusive: Santana & Wyclef Talk Woodstock, Fusion & More

    December 08, 2014 2:25 PM EST Watch an exclusive video excerpt from 'The Living Room Tour' sessions. Carlos Santana sat down for an interview and jam session with Wyclef Jean as part of Bang & Olufsen's The Living Room Tour sessions. In an exclusive excerpt for Billboard , Jean and Santana spoke about…

  14. Carlos Vives Shines at Sold-Out Miami Show: Watch Him Sing With 4-Year-Old Fan

    December 08, 2014 2:19 PM EST It's a raucous party at AmericanAirlines Arena, even with nostalgia & tears. For all its danceability and party ambience, Carlos Vives ' brand of folk/rock/pop is impregnated with melancholia. It's no accident that Gabriel García Márquez and his magical realism and Vives…

  15. Grammy Latin Nominations Cast a Wide Net

    December 05, 2014 4:55 PM EST Latin Grammy winners like Carlos Vives, Juanes, Calle 13 & Camila compete against virtual unknowns. A mix of well-known acts and total outliers ruled the Latin nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards . While many big names hailing from many countries -- most armed with critically acclaimed…

  16. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  17. Puerto Rican Music and Media Executive Carlos "Topy" Mamery Dead at 54

    December 02, 2014 1:23 PM EST Married to Puerto Rican Diva Yolandita Monge, Mamery was Recently Appointed VP/GM of SBS Puerto Rico Puerto Rican producer, manager, concert promoter and music executive Carlos “Topy” Mamery has died unexpectedly. Mamery, 54, reportedly suffered a massive heart attack the morning of Dec. 2.…

  18. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. 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 our charts are…

  19. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1987, Belinda Carlisle's 'Place' Was at No. 1

    December 01, 2014 8:05 AM EST The solo Go-Go reigned at last with the pop gem 'Heaven Is a Place on Earth.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Elvis Presley and Pearl Jam. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Dec. 1, 2012 A…

  20. Why 'Interstellar's' Unorthodox Sound Mixing Could Win It an Oscar

    November 30, 2014 12:02 PM EST The Academy moved beyond recognizing primarily orchestral work when voters rewarded Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' electronic score for The Social Network four years ago. A couple of this year's choices tread even fresher ground: Hans Zimmer 's largely pipe organ–based music…

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