1. AEG Live Boss Says Info on Michael Jackson's Health was Conflicting, Tears-Up Recalling His Death

    June 14, 2013 4:27 AM EDT The head of the company promoting Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts testified Thursday that he received conflicting and confusing information about the singer's health days before his death. AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said he was concerned about information from high…

  2. AEG Live Chief Tells Court Michael Jackson ‘Had Control Of His Life’

    June 13, 2013 2:46 AM EDT The head of AEG Live LLC told jurors Wednesday that he knew Michael Jackson as a sophisticated, forceful businessman and not the drugged-up performer who's been described throughout an ongoing civil trial filed over the singer's untimely death. Jackson was a far more complex…

  3. AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips Testifies About Emails on Michael Jackson’s Condition

    June 07, 2013 1:51 AM EDT The head of the company promoting Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts told jurors Thursday that he never consulted a mental health professional to help the singer despite two high-level show workers suggesting it was necessary. AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips testified about…

  4. Emails Reflect AEG's Execs' Concern On Michael Jackson's Health, Court Told

    May 30, 2013 5:13 AM EDT Jurors hearing a lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live LLC have been shown emails in which top company executives expressed fears about Michael Jackson's health and the amount of time they had to get the singer prepared for his ill-fated series of comeback tours. The messages were…

  5. Email Warned of Michael Jackson’s Waning Health, Court Told

    May 24, 2013 7:57 AM EDT A stage manager working on Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" concert warned an AEG executive days before the star's death that he was in a physical and mental decline and needed help, according to an email shown to jurors Thursday in court. "I have watched…

  6. No Background Check on Michael Jackson's Doctor, Says Lawyer

    May 21, 2013 9:22 PM EDT AEG Live LLC did not conduct any background checks or supervise the doctor who was later convicted of killing Michael Jackson, a corporate attorney testified Tuesday in a lawsuit claiming the concert promoter was negligent in hiring the physician. AEG Live General Counsel Shawn Trell told…

  7. AEG Attorney: Kenny Ortega Worked Without Contract on Jackson Concert

    May 20, 2013 9:35 PM EDT Michael Jackson's doctor was not the only person working on the singer's ill-fated "This Is It" tour without a fully executed contract, a corporate attorney for concert promoter AEG Live LLC testified Monday. The tour's director Kenny Ortega was being paid based on…

  8. Michael Jackson Refused Help for Painkillers

    May 03, 2013 9:10 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother sat in court Thursday as a police detective testified that she told him the family had tried drug interventions for the singer, believing he was addicted to painkillers. But Detective Orlando Martinez said Katherine Jackson told him her son refused any help,…

  9. Don Omar, Jenni Rivera Win Big at Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 25, 2013 11:01 PM EDT Don Omar, an artist who in the past few years has been defined by his hit singles, and Jenni Rivera, whose chart success was driven by album sales, were the top winners at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The awards, presented by State Farm, were broadcast live on the Telemundo…

  10. Billboard Latin Music Awards 2013: Winners List

    April 25, 2013 11:00 PM EDT The 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards lit up Miami on Thursday, April 25, with Don Omar and the late Jenni Rivera coming away as the night's biggest winners. Check out a full list of winners below: Full List of Winners (in Red): Artist of the Year: Don Omar Prince Royce Jenni Rivera…

  11. Bebo Valdés, Cuban Music Giant, Dies at 94

    March 22, 2013 8:06 PM EDT The pioneering musician was a founder of Latin jazz. Bebo Valdés was a big man whose music revealed a huge heart. The gentle giant of Cuban music, who died Friday (March 22) at age 94, was one of the founders of Latin jazz, and a pioneer in bringing Afro-Cuban sacred rhythms to popular…

  12. 'Smoking Gun' Email Suggests Link Between AEG and Michael Jackson's Death: Reports

    March 05, 2013 5:16 AM EST A “smoking gun” email that allegedly links concert promoter AEG Live to the 2009 death of Michael Jackson was revealed this week in connection with the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother and children. The exchange between AEG Live co-CEO Paul Gongaware and Jackson’s “This Is It”…

  13. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Don Omar, Romeo Santos & Jenni Rivera Among Top Finalists

    February 05, 2013 9:57 AM EST Don Omar has done it again. After leading the 2012 list of finalists for the Billboard Latin Music Awards with 16 finalist nods, he returns in 2013 with 18 nods, including Artist of the Year; Social Artist of the Year and Streaming Artist of the Year. Full List of Finalists…

  14. Dave Grohl's 'Sound City': The Billboard Cover Story

    February 04, 2013 12:25 PM EST With a unique release strategy for his film, the Foo Fighters frontman intends to spread his rock gospel far and wide This is an excerpt. Click here to buy a copy and check out the iPad edition . In 1982, the Los Angeles band Fear released The Record, a pounding document of punk snarl…

  15. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Readers Respond

    February 01, 2013 7:45 PM EST Readers offer more examples of duets that officially aren’t. I.e., songs that sound like duets but, for various label/legal reasons, were credited only to one act. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  16. Ask Billboard: 20 No. 13 Hits For 2013

    January 15, 2013 9:05 AM EST So many great songs have peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's a look at 20 (plus a whole bunch more). 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…

  17. Ask Billboard: 20 No. 13 Hits For 2013

    January 15, 2013 9:05 AM EST So many great songs have peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's a look at 20 (plus a whole bunch more). 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…

  18. Oh 'Baby': Four Years of Justin Bieber's Headlines

    January 02, 2013 7:57 PM EST Justin Bieber has been making news for things besides music for years - even when he's not there. Here's a look at some of the 18-year-old's more recent headlines: - Jan. 1, 2013: A paparazzo is struck by a car and killed in West Los Angeles while pursuing photos of Bieber'…

  19. Justin Bieber Calls on Lawmakers to Act Following Paparazzo's Death

    January 02, 2013 5:15 PM EST Justin Bieber is calling for new legislation following the death of a photographer that was killed while attempting to photograph the singer's Ferrari. "My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim," Bieber said in a statement on Wednesday. "Hopefully this…

  20. Jenni Rivera Was a Dodgers Fan to the Core

    December 10, 2012 10:00 PM EST For Jenni Rivera, Dodgers Stadium felt "like home."   In an interview at the stadium, where she sang the national anthem and "God Bless America" on the Latino-themed Viva Los Dodgers Day last summer, the L.A.-born and Long Beach-raised Regional Mexican star remembered…

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