1. Weekly Chart Notes: Kanye West Brings 'God' To Billboard Charts

    June 28, 2013 5:15 PM EDT A theological debate infuses the charts department this week. Meanwhile, Phillip Phillips, Pink and Plumb net more traditional chart honors One of the oddest discussions in memory took place among the members of the Billboard charts department this week. "Is God an artist?" Thanks…

  2. Black Sabbath Snare First No. 1 UK Album in 42 Years

    June 17, 2013 8:39 AM EDT The reunited Black Sabbath have established a new U.K. chart record for the longest gap between No. 1 albums. Their new set "13" (Vertigo/Universal) debuted at the summit yesterday (Sunday), 42 years and eight months after their second album "Paranoid" hit the peak, thus…

  3. Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

    June 11, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  4. 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,…

  5. Gloria Trevi Sings Telenovela Theme, Goes Independent

    June 04, 2013 11:50 PM EDT "No Soy Un Pájaro" ("I’m Not a Bird") is the new Gloria Trevi song and theme of the telenovela "Libre Para Amarte" ("Free to Love You") on Televisa, which airs in Mexico beginning June 17. It’s the singer’s debut on a telenovela soundtrack.…

  6. Beyonce Headlines 'Chime for Change' Charity Concert for Women in London

    June 01, 2013 10:30 PM EDT Beyonce and a few famous friends — including John Legend , Jennifer Lopez and Madonna — turned the home of English rugby into a fortress for women's rights at a star-studded charity concert . Beyonce headlined a concert at Twickenham rugby stadium in London in support of Chime for…

  7. Beyonce, Madonna Join 'Sound of Change' Concert

    May 29, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Beyonce and Madonna will be lending their support to the "Sound of Change Live" concert, being held in London on Saturday to raise funds for over a hundred worldwide projects that support women and girls. A billion people are expected to watch the concert, which is taking place…

  8. Natalie Cole Crosses Over: Spanish Album on the Way

    May 27, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Yes--or in this case, sí­-Natalie Cole's first album in Spanish includes a duet with her late father. And like "Unforgettable," the song that won a Grammy Award in 1992 and foreshadowed today's holographic performance trend, the black-tie rumba "Acercate Mas" (…

  9. President Barack Obama Honors 'Living Legend' Carole King At White House Concert

    May 23, 2013 12:04 AM EDT President Barack Obama, saluting Carole King's five decades as an award-winning singer-songwriter, said Wednesday that music often is a place where people seek comfort and inspiration during trying times. Two days after much of Moore, Okla., was flattened by a powerful tornado that…

  10. Don Omar: Wisin & Yandel Are Breaking Up

    May 04, 2013 5:48 PM EDT Reggaeton star Don Omar said at his concert late Friday that the popular Puerto Rican reggaeton duo of Wisin and Yandel is breaking up. Accompanied by Yandel, Don Omar praised his future as a soloist. Manager Edgar Andino neither confirmed nor denied the announcement in an interview with…

  11. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Jenni Rivera's Emotional Tribute, Romeo Santos' Dream Project + More Backstage Highlights

    April 26, 2013 1:55 AM EDT Tributes flowed for the late Jenni Rivera as the likes of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ana Barbara and Romeo Santos took turns in the spotlight. Here's a taste of what happened behind the scenes at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. FULL WINNERS LIST SH*T HAPPENS: Rap duo Akwid…

  12. 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…

  13. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Watch the Red Carpet & Backstage Live 4/25 at 6pm ET

    April 25, 2013 1:00 PM EDT The 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm, will air live from Miami tonight (April 25) on Telemundo at 7 p.m. ET but tune-in right here on Billboard.com beginning at 6 p.m. to watch a live video stream of the stars on the red carpet and backstage! 2013 Billboard Latin…

  14. Gloria Estefan Talks Career, New Album at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 25, 2013 8:20 AM EDT It takes a lot of hard work to keep the crown as queen of all Latina musical artists. But Gloria Estefan makes it look easy. Latin music's premier female artist -- with seven Latin Grammys and more than 100 million albums sold -- has a new album, a Broadway show about her life, a…

  15. Paul McCartney Supports U.S. Campaign for Gun Control

    April 18, 2013 5:03 AM EDT Paul McCartney is used to winning, and bringing about change. On Wednesday, his considerable influence wasn’t quite enough. The former Beatle joined Tony Bennett's campaign for tightening U.S. gun laws -- Voices Against Violence. The British legend encouraged Americans to send a…

  16. Joey + Rory Finish New Gospel Album

    April 09, 2013 8:15 AM EDT Joey + Rory have just wrapped-up work on an “inspirational” set of gospel standards and new “faith-based” songs.  “It’s kind of an inspirational album, of old gospel songs that I grew up singing and listening to my mum sing,” Joey Martin told Billboard on the ACM Awards red carpet. “It’s…

  17. Musicians React to Death of Producer Phil Ramone

    March 30, 2013 7:46 PM EDT Tony Bennett, John Legend, Josh Groban and many other artists paid tribute on social media. Remembering Phil Ramone • Musicians react to Ramone's death on twitter • Ramone looks back on legendary career in 1996 Billboard interview • Ramone remembered by Streisand, Wonder and more…

  18. 'Game of Thrones' Character Playlist: 25 Songs For Season 3

    March 27, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Why Stannis would blast Mumford & Sons, King Robert would drink up to Rihanna and Robb Stark can appreciate A$AP Rocky. The wait for the third season of "Game of Thrones" finally comes to an end on Sunday night (Mar. 31), with the brilliantly bloody HBO drama…

  19. Tony Bennett 'Can't Wait' to Cut Album With Lady Gaga

    March 22, 2013 4:52 AM EDT They haven't hit the studio yet, but Tony Bennett says he "can't wait" to record his next album with Lady Gaga. The 86-year-old says in an interview Thursday that he and the pop star will record "a big swing album." He says "we have it all worked out…

  20. Gloria Estefan to Speak at Billboard Latin Conference

    March 12, 2013 5:38 PM EDT Superstar Gloria Estefan has been confirmed for a Superstar Q&A session during the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, taking place April 22 to 25 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami. Estefan, perhaps the most iconic Latin diva in the world, will sit with Leila Cobo,…

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