1. Gil Scott-Heron Honored by Kanye West at Harlem Memorial Service

    June 02, 2011 6:15 PM EDT K anye West was among those who paid respect to spoken word artist and "bluesologist" Gil Scott-Heron , who passed away at age 62 last week , at a memorial service in Harlem's Riverside Church Thursday (June 2). The service, which was open to the public, closed with West…

  2. Tim Robbins to Release First Album in July

    June 01, 2011 1:52 PM EDT Actor Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band will release their first album July 19 on 429 Records and tour North America beginning July 8. Robbins, who won a supporting actor Oscar for "Mystic River," has been active musician for decades, creating the music for his film "Bob…

  3. Gil Scott-Heron Honored on Twitter by Eminem, Usher & More

    May 28, 2011 12:07 PM EDT When news broke of the passing of Gil Scott-Heron last night (May 27), artists such as Eminem , Usher , Snoop Dogg , Diddy immediately took to Twitter to pay their respects to the pioneering musican, poet and activist. Here's a look at what some of them had to say about the man, the…

  4. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 5/28/2011

    May 28, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @iamdiddy : RIP Gil Scot-Heron @iamwill : I would like to…

  5. Gil Scott-Heron Dies in New York at Age 62

    May 28, 2011 1:18 AM EDT Musician Gil Scott-Heron , who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday at age 62. A friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone listed…

  6. Gil Robbins, Highwaymen Member & Folk Singer, Dies at 80

    April 10, 2011 5:57 PM EDT Gil Robbins, a folk singer, guitarist and member of the early 1960s group the Highwaymen , has died. He was 80. Robbins died Tuesday at his home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico, Tracey Jacobs said Saturday night in an email to The Associated Press. Jacobs is a publicist for Robbins' son, the…

  7. Sergio Mendes Unveils 'Rio' Soundtrack in Los Angeles

    March 14, 2011 12:00 PM EDT S ergio Mendes used a sold-out four-night stint at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse to celebrate his 50 years in the record business and to uncage his latest efforts -- two of the five songs he has contributed to the animated film "Rio." He unveiled the songs at the end of a 80…

  8. Tito 'El Bambino,' "Invencible"

    March 03, 2011 5:29 PM EST Tito "El Bambino," who made a name for himself as the romantic half of reggaetón duo Hector y Tito, garnered breakout Latin mainstream success with 2009's "El Patron" and the romantic, danceable single "El Amor." For his follow-up, Tito was hard pressed to…

  9. Esperanza Spalding Nabs Best New Artist Nod from Grammys

    December 02, 2010 12:26 PM EST Last night's Grammy nominations announcement had some asking "Who?" in regards to Best New Artist nominee Esperanza Spalding , but the jazz bassist/vocalist/composer has seen her share of the lime -- err, purple -- light. Besides appearing on the bill for Prince 's…

  10. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber in '10 Most Fascinating People,' T.I.'s New Song with Christina Aguilera

    November 29, 2010 7:20 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber Named One of Barbara Walters' '10 Most Fascinating People' Justin Bieber was one of the 10 people to make it on Barbara Walters' annual "Most Fascinating People" list. He…

  11. Dallas Mavericks Remake Kanye's 'Power' Video, Plus More 'Twisted Fantasy' NBA Teams

    November 29, 2010 4:37 PM EST In between battling injuries and ending the San Antonio Spurs' winning streak, the Dallas Mavericks have apparently been taking a page from Kanye West's playbook. The NBA team unveiled a remake of West's controversial "Power" clip (a.k.a. "moving painting")…

  12. Kanye West Announces 'Dark Twisted Fantasy' Title and Details

    October 05, 2010 10:35 AM EDT After weeks without an official title, Kanye West 's fifth effort will be called "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," the rapper announced on Twitter this morning. The news arrives after West confirmed on Twitter yesterday that the album, originally titled "Good Ass Job,…

  13. Billboard Bits: Kanye Cancels Good Friday, Bieber Makes $300K a Show

    September 30, 2010 6:18 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Makes $300K Per Concert Justin Bieber gets paid a minimum of $300,000 per concert, according to recent reports. The lofty sum is double the price of Weezer ($150K) and Drake ($155K), though the teen…

  14. New Kanye West Track, 'Lost In The World,' Hits Net

    September 29, 2010 11:51 AM EDT A new Kanye West track titled "Lost In The World" hit the net today (Sept. 29) -- the third song from Ye's as-yet-untitled forthcoming album tentatively due in November. Kanye West - "Lost In The World" Feat. Gil Scott-Heron and Bon Iver by Some Kind of Awesome "…

  15. Alejandro Sanz, Juan Luis Guerra Lead Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 08, 2010 12:45 PM EDT Latin Grammy darlings Alejandro Sanz and Juan Luis Guerra , along with past nominee Jorge Drexler , led the nominations for the 11th edition of the awards with four nods each, tying Mario Domm, the lead singer and songwriter of pop group Camila . The nominees for the 2010 Latin Grammys, which…

  16. Esperanza Spalding, "Chamber Music Society"

    August 31, 2010 5:31 PM EDT Esperanza Spalding is certainly not shy of ambition. The singer, bassist and composer lit up the jazz world with 2008's "Esperanza," and where she could have offered more of the same this time out she's instead raised the proverbial bar on "Chamber Music Society,"…

  17. Brian Wilson Reaches Back For 'Gershwin' Project

    August 06, 2010 2:30 PM EDT In 2004, Brian Wilson scored a critical and commercial victory by releasing a completed version of "Smile," the legendary "Pet Sounds" follow-up he'd originally begun work on in 1966. Six years later, the Beach Boys mastermind is reaching even further back in time for…

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Sting

    July 22, 2010 4:15 PM EDT 'LOVE' IS ...: As previously reported , Eminem 's "Love the Way You Lie" rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , becoming the rapper's fourth chart leader. The song's coronation is likewise noteworthy for featured artist Rihanna , who, in just more than five…

  19. Salsero Gilberto Santa Rosa Branches Out With New Album

    June 25, 2010 1:27 PM EDT Salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa has a velvety, entreating voice that's made him an icon of the genre, with more than 20 albums under his belt, a successful-and vibrant-touring itinerary, a steady sales record and a string of radio hits that will keep him busy playing for years to come.…

  20. Israeli Raid On Gaza-Bound Flotilla Draws Mixed Artist Reaction

    June 11, 2010 12:10 PM EDT When the Pixies canceled their first-ever performance in Israel just three days before a scheduled June 9 gig in Tel Aviv, the veteran indie rock band became the latest in a string of acts to call off shows in the Jewish state. The Pixies' decision came a week after an Israeli commando…

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