1. Bachata Sensation Prince Royce Wants To Be Latin's Next Crossover King

    February 13, 2015 2:44 PM EST Prince Royce is literally trying to find his voice. Eyeing a pop breakthrough with his first English-language album, the Bronx-born bachata star met his vocal coach for the first time only 10 minutes ago. But they're already locked in, working through each line of the 25-year-old's…

  2. Don Covay, Hitmaking R&B Singer/Songwriter, Has Died

    February 03, 2015 8:36 PM EST R&B singer and songwriter Don Covay , who wrote songs popularized by The Rolling Stones , Aretha Franklin and Little Richard has died. According to EurWeb.com , Covay died in his sleep on Saturday morning, Jan. 31, following two decades of battling with debilitating illness resulting…

  3. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  4. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  5. Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez Talks Shtick, Drug Trips, and Bob Dylan Lyrics on 'Into the Wide'

    November 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Delta Spirit 's fourth full-length, Into the Wide , was conceived in what the then Brooklyn-based five-piece called "the Rat Cave," a Greenpoint studio they had built that was subsequently ruined by Hurricane Sandy. After patching up and packing up, frontman Matt Vasquez,…

  6. Debbie Harry to Headline John Lennon Tribute Concert

    October 08, 2014 10:50 PM EDT Debbie Harry will perform at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. The announcement Wednesday by the nonprofit Theatre Within came a day before what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now…

  7. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

  8. Miley Cyrus, 'Bangerz': Track-By-Track Review

    October 01, 2013 12:44 PM EDT Set aside, at least for a moment, the knowingly outrageous outfits, the frequent tongue unfurling and anything involving the word "twerk." On a purely artistic level, Miley Cyrus is currently living out the dream of any singer-songwriter who has felt pigeonholed by either an…

  9. NBA Finals Showdown: Music of Miami vs. San Antonio

    June 06, 2013 4:19 PM EDT Which Finals city has the coolest musical history? Vote now! On Thursday night (June 6), the 2013 NBA Finals tip off with one of the most exciting championship match-ups in recent history. LeBron James, the greatest player on the planet, leads the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs,…

  10. Weekly Chart Notes: Oh, How The Years Go By

    March 22, 2013 10:52 AM EDT Jason Aldean's '1994' enters the Billboard Hot 100, marking the chart's latest hit whose title doubles as a year. "I was a junior in high school in '94 and Joe Diffie was huge," Jason Aldean told Billboard last year. "I went to the Cherry Blossom…

  11. Green Day's SXSW Debut a 'Punk Rock Extravaganza'

    March 16, 2013 9:33 AM EDT One of South By Southwest's most pervasive myths is that Green Day scored its major label deal there during the 90s. Not quite. SXSW 2013: Photo Highlights From Austin Snoop Lion Roars in Live Debut Sound City Players Make Noise Grohl Talks Future of S.C. Players REVIEW: Chance the…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer Continues The 'Harlem' Hit Parade

    February 22, 2013 7:05 PM EST While Baauer's new Hot 100 leader, the viral 'Harlem Shake,' encapsulates the Hot 100's evolution to include YouTube data, the New York neighborhood has a rich chart history. Baauer's "Harlem Shake" soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 this week, as…

  13. Ask Billboard: Phillip Phillips Goes 'Home' To Hot 100's Top 10

    August 14, 2012 1:15 PM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PHILLIP PHILLIPS GOES 'HOME' TO TOP 10 Dear…

  14. Bob Seger 'Sifting Through' 70 Songs for New Album

    June 13, 2012 5:30 PM EDT The Singer Is Honored By His 'Heartening' Songwriters Hall of Fame Nod With a Songwriters Hall of Fame induction looming, Bob Seger plans to come up with more new songs as he continues to make progress on his next album. "I've got five (songs) that I really, really like,…

  15. 'American Idol' Recap: Phillip Edges Jessica in Final Performances

    May 22, 2012 11:00 PM EDT The opening of Tuesday night's episode of "American Idol" presented the juxtaposition and similarities between the two remaining finalists. They both came from different sides of the United States, but of course shared the same common dream: becoming the winner of the show'…

  16. Prince Royce Enters 'Phase II' of Career

    April 09, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Prince Royce -- aka Geoffrey Royce Rojas -- is 22 going on 23, but his smooth baby face makes him look younger, giving him a naive appearance that belies the savvy with which he conducts himself. At Miami's Hit Factory recording studios, fresh from performing at the Vina del Mar festival…

  17. iHeartRadio Fest Saturday: Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney Own Sin City

    September 25, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Night two of the the iHeartRadio Music Festival played out far different than the first night. On Saturday (Sept. 24), the bill at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was filled with acts that are more genre specific than on the previous night, and most of them were more interested in presenting their…

  18. Jerry Leiber of Hit Songwriting Team Dies at 78

    August 22, 2011 5:06 PM EDT Pop music lyricist Jerry Leiber, whose partnership with Mike Stoller created such timeless hits as "Jailhouse Rock" and "There Goes My Baby," helping to shape the identity and commercial potential of early rock and roll, died Tuesday of cardio pulmonary failure. He was 78.…

  19. Lady Gaga To Mentor 'American Idol' Finalists

    May 06, 2011 12:35 PM EDT L ady Gaga is coming to "American Idol." The Grammy-winning singer will mentor the final four contestants on the May 11 episode. James Durbin, Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina will perform songs written by Leiber and Stoller, who wrote most of Elvis Presley 's…

  20. 2010 Latin Grammys: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 12, 2010 8:52 AM EST Not all the action at the 2010 Latin Grammys took place on the stage. Here's 10 memorable moments that you dind't see on TV. 1. Alejandro Sanz , winner of Best Male Pop Album, gave a sharp answer when asked if Bolivian president Evo Morales had influenced Hugo Chávez's decision…

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