1. Jenni Rivera, Big-Voiced Queen of Banda, Dead at 43

    December 09, 2012 10:55 PM EST Jenni Rivera , the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexican female star of her generation was confirmed dead after the small private plane in which she was traveling in Mexico crashed. Rivera was 43 years old.   RELATED: No Survivors in Jenni Rivera…

  2. Chart Highlights: Adele's 'Skyfall' Rises On Adult Charts

    October 15, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Plus, new airplay No. 1s for Maroon 5, Carrie Underwood and Leslie Grace Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com…

  3. M83, 'Reunion': Track Review

    September 25, 2012 10:00 AM EDT M83 "Reunion" (3:55) Producers: Anthony Gonzalez, Justin Meldal-Johnsen Writer: A. Gonzalez Publisher: EMI Music M83/Mute "My body is a lightning rod," Morgan Kibby whispers on "Reunion," a standout from M83's 2011 double-album, "Hurry Up, We're…

  4. Los Lobos Celebrate 'Kiko' 20th Anniversary in L.A.

    August 22, 2012 9:24 PM EDT The band revisited the album at the Grammy Museum on Tuesday "Kiko," the album that elevated Los Lobos from rootsy party band to ambitious musical trailblazers in 1992, had its 20th birthday celebrated in front of 200 fans and guests at the Grammy Museum on Aug. 21. "We're…

  5. M83 to Score Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion'

    June 29, 2012 3:53 PM EDT M83 will provide the score for sci-fi film "Oblivion," according to The Playlist . "I've wanted to do soundtracks for so long," M83's Anthony Gonzalez told The Playlist. "Starting with such an ambitious project, especially in the sci-fi category, means a lot…

  6. 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…

  7. Afghan Whigs, Louis C.K. to Play ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror Fest

    February 24, 2012 11:15 AM EST The I'll Be Your Mirror event hosted by All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) is returning to Asbury Park, NJ in September, with The Afghan Whigs, Louis C.K. and The Roots among the confirmed acts. Co-curated by ATP and Greg Dulli of the reformed Whigs, I'll Be Your Mirror USA 2012…

  8. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  9. Jim Ward Rejoins Sparta with 'New Appreciation' for Bandmate Hajjar

    October 26, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Jim Ward says that he's coming back into Sparta after a three-year hiatus with a new outlook on things. Ward tells Billboard.com that his work away from the band -- leading the group Sleepercar and recording a series of solo EPs that have been grouped together on the new album "…

  10. M83 Delves Into Diaries For Double Album 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming'

    October 14, 2011 3:25 PM EDT If popular opinion deems the album dead-a victim of the low-commitment, easy-selling single -- then what of the double album? A favorite format of titans like the Beatles , Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd , the double album is a declaration of artistic conviction, of creative bounty -- and of…

  11. Mana Inspires Awe with Four-Night Stand at Staples Center

    June 27, 2011 12:36 PM EDT Behind a veil-thin curtain, the glow illuminating Maná lead singer Fher Olvera's upper torso Thursday night (June 23) in Los Angeles helped bring to light a soulful rendition of the band's latest hit, "Lluvia al Corazón." It also confirmed that the most popular Spanish…

  12. Bon Iver Debuts at No. 4 on U.K. Charts; Derulo Has Top Single

    June 27, 2011 8:24 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (Interscope/Universal) started a second stint (and third week in total) as the U.K.'s No. 1 album yesterday, as Jason Derulo debuted atop the singles chart with "Don't Wanna Go Home" (Warner Bros./Warner Music). Earlier this month…

  13. Mana Talks Reggaeton, Immigration, Success at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 29, 2011 1:21 PM EDT Wednesday afternoon's Q&A with Maná , moderated by Billboard's Leila Cobo, was clearly the centerpiece of the Billboard Latin Music Conference and the most crowded panel of the day -- and no wonder. As Cobo reminded the audience in her introductory remarks, the Mexican rock…

  14. Ask Billboard: From 'S&M' To Disney Acts

    April 15, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. RIH-GARDING RIH…

  15. Maná, "Lluvia al Corazon"

    April 08, 2011 10:00 AM EDT "Lluvia al Corazón," Maná 's latest single that has topped Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, enshrines the Mexican rock band's signature sound from beginning to end. The song starts off with Fher Olvera's characteristically husky voice singing over a clean…

  16. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Wants Usher for Tour, Jack White/Danger Mouse Collab Hits Net

    March 31, 2011 7:24 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Wants Usher for Tour Britney Spears may have lost Enrique Iglesias as a touring partner this week, but she has other options in mind. "I think Usher 's really great right now," she…

  17. Maná Confirmed for 'Star Q&A' at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    March 16, 2011 12:00 PM EDT M aná , the world's top Latin rock band, is confirmed as the "Star Q&A" at the upcoming Billboard Latin Music Conference, presented by State Farm in association with AT&T. For the first time ever in their 20-year career, all four members of Maná - Fher Olvera, Alex…

  18. Maná's 'Drama y Luz' Album: First Listen

    March 04, 2011 3:11 PM EST Nearly five years after its last studio album, "Amar Es Combatir," Maná -- the mega Mexican rock quartet from Guadalajara, Mexico -- is ready to present its new material. "Drama y Luz" (Drama and Light) was initially slated for a Fall release, then a December release, but…

  19. Maná: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 04, 2011 12:20 PM EST Fher Olvera, lead singer of Mexican rock quartet Maná , lived with the music for weeks. Then a story came to him: A medieval nun cloistered behind convent walls falls deeply in love with a priest. Her passion is finally punished with death. "I can't say exactly where I got the idea…

  20. Drive-By Truckers, "The Big To-Do"

    March 05, 2010 3:20 PM EST Drive-By Truckers know all about big to-dos, whether it's releasing a full-blown "Southern Rock Opera" or such sweeping conceptual pieces as "The Dirty South" and their last studio album in 2008, "Brighter Than Creation's Dark." By those standards the…

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