1. Slain San Paolo Singer MC Daleste's Last Video Posted to YouTube: Watch

    July 15, 2013 9:48 PM EDT The search for the funk artist's killer continues in Brazil. As police in Brazil continued to search for the culprit in the onstage killing of funkeiro Daniel Pellegrine, known as MC Daleste, a music video made days before his death has been released on Youtube. The director of the…

  2. Spotify Responds to Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich Critiques

    July 15, 2013 8:24 PM EDT The Atoms for Peace members have taken to Twitter to criticize the streaming service's business model, pulling three albums. Spotify is spending Monday reacting to comments by producer Nigel Godrich that criticize the subscription service's business model. Godrich's…

  3. Placido Domingo Discharged from Hospital, Eyeing Return to the Stage This August

    July 15, 2013 12:36 AM EDT After spending several days in the hospital, opera singer Placido Domingo said Sunday that an early diagnosis for a blocked blood vessel by a medical team in Madrid saved him from possibly more serious medical complications. Speaking at Madrid's opera house alongside one of the doctors…

  4. Imagine Dragons: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 12, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Platinum sales, sold-out dates and a top five hit on the Hot 100 -- Imagine Dragons is the breakthrough band of 2013 This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. Dan Reynolds is knocking back some potato wedges "somewhere in Denmark,"…

  5. Fun Fun Fun Fest: Snoop Dogg, Slayer, Television Top Eclectic Austin Lineup

    July 10, 2013 11:40 AM EDT It will be an eclectic, nostalgia-filled weekend at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, with Snoop Dogg, Slayer, Television and MGMT among the headliners for the three-day event to be held November 8-10 at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas. Organizers announced the lineup on Wednesday for…

  6. Plácido Domingo Hospitalized With Embolism

    July 09, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Opera singer Placido Domingo is in the hospital after suffering a blockage in an artery of the lungs. Domingo's publicist says the 72-year-old is expected to make a full recovery but will have to miss at least two appearances scheduled for later this month. He was admitted to the…

  7. Brazilian Rapper MC Daleste Shot, Killed on Stage

    July 08, 2013 10:35 AM EDT Brazilian funk artist Daniel Pellegrine, known as MC Daleste, is dead after being shot in the abdomen Saturday night while performing in the city of Campinas. Pellegrine was mid-song when a bullet struck him, causing the 20-year-old performer to fall back in a sitting position before…

  8. Essence Festival 2013: Trey Songz, Charlie Wilson, New Edition Liven Up The Superdome

    July 07, 2013 12:57 PM EDT Essence was in full swing Saturday (July 6), as attendance thickened and Friday’s rain took a day off to allow a full day of non-stop singing and dancing. Daytime highlights included McDonald’s Black 365 Awards, which were filmed for their first TV airing on BET later this month. The show…

  9. Ask Billboard: Why Do Some Songs Fade Out And Others End Cold?

    July 05, 2013 9:05 PM EDT In our newest mailbag, insight into the minds of artists as to how they decide to end recordings. Plus, sales updates on Selena Gomez and Avril Lavigne and ... Is Lady Gaga's new single on the way soon? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  10. Lamb of God's Randy Blythe to Pen Memoir

    July 03, 2013 9:02 AM EDT Blythe's untitled book will center on his involvement in a fan's death in the Czech Republic Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe is prepping the release of his upcoming memoir, which has been picked up by Da Capo Press and scheduled to hit bookstore shelves in the spring of 2014.…

  11. Cirque du Soleil Founder ‘Heartbroken’ After Acrobat's Death

    July 02, 2013 12:48 AM EDT The founder of Cirque du Soleil says his tight-knit performance company, renowned for extravagant shows that challenge the boundaries of the body and the stage, is "completely devastated" after a veteran acrobat died in Las Vegas in a fall witnessed by the audience. Coroner's…

  12. Cirque du Soleil Performer Dies after Fall in Las Vegas

    July 01, 2013 1:40 AM EDT A Paris-born performer in Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" died after a fall during a show in Las Vegas. Sarah Guyard-Guillot was pronounced dead late Saturday night at a hospital after falling about 50 feet from the show's stage. Witnesses told the Las Vegas Sun that the…

  13. Paris Jackson 'Better,' But Misses 'Michael Jackson ONE' World Premiere

    June 30, 2013 10:37 AM EDT LAS VEGAS: One was not enough. Less than 20 months after the debut of the first Cirque du Soliel show paying tribute Michael Jackson, comes the second: "Michael Jackson ONE." Cirque president Daniel Lamarre said he'd planned two Jackson-inspired shows "from the first day…

  14. Lee Seung Chul Topples SISTAR for No. 1 on K-Pop Hot 100

    June 28, 2013 9:19 PM EDT Lee Seung Chul dethrones last week's chart reign by SISTAR with his new track, "My Love," on this week's Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart. Lee Seung Chul, considered by many as one of Korea’s best live performers, dethrones last week's chart reign by SISTAR with…

  15. Superchunk, Merge Records & The State of Independence: Billboard's DIY Issue

    June 28, 2013 3:14 PM EDT For our annual look at independent and DIY artists and businesses, Billboard uncovered the best (and worst) advice to follow -- starting with indie godparents Superchunk and Merge Records. The first tropical storm of the season is closing in on Chapel Hill, N.C., on this June night, but Mac…

  16. Bubbling Under: Avila Shakes Up Elvis Presley Classic

    June 28, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Avila, Kopecky Family Band, Gwen Sebastian and Rittz AVILA A dreamy new rendition of "All Shook Up" is gaining…

  17. Rising Brother-Sister Trio Taylor Made Keep Music in the Family

    June 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT “A huge part of the reason I do what I do is for my family” Family harmony is something that has long had a place in the pages of country music history -- going back to its beginnings. One act that is doing their part to carry that tradition forward is brother-sister trio Taylor Made.…

  18. Aussie Rapper 360 Plays With All-Star Line-up on New Album, Bound for Lollapalooza

    June 21, 2013 3:39 AM EDT Two years ago, Australian rapper 360 could walk into any pub in his own country for a quiet drink. Not any more. The tall, heavily tattooed artist is already hard to miss. But he’s become a national star since his sophomore album, “Falling & Flying”, exploded Down Under on its release…

  19. Ne-Yo on Beyonce's Album: 'They're Still Trying to Figure Out What They Want That to Be'

    June 19, 2013 9:35 AM EDT Talks working with Celine Dion and Jay-Z: "I heard some of the new stuff. It's amazing. With Jay-Z it's hard not to be amazing" Ne-Yo may be one of the busiest musicians in 2013. From supporting his late 2012 release "R.E.D.," his David Guetta/Akon single …

  20. Governors Ball 2013: Guns N' Roses, Nas and Kings of Leon Emerge From the Mud on Day 2

    June 09, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Azealia Banks, Icona Pop, Kendrick Lamar and Japandroids rock Randall's Island a day after a rain-soaked opener Day two of Governors Ball was a much sunnier affair than the rainy start on Friday , but it was far from dry. Festival goers splashed and sludged their way through the…

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