1. Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn To Receive Lifetime Americana Honors

    July 08, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, conjunto musician Flaco Jimenez and blues musician Taj Mahal will receive lifetime achievement awards at The Americana Music Association Honors and Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, in September. Browne, who has lent his voice to a number of social policy…

  2. Plácido Domingo Talks Passion For Soccer Ahead of World Cup Performance

    July 04, 2014 10:45 AM EDT For Placido Domingo, opera and soccer go hand in hand. The Spanish tenor has performed during almost every World Cup since 1990 and plans a July 11 concert in Rio de Janeiro, just two days before the city hosts the final game. Shakira Confirmed to Perform 'La La La' at World Cup…

  3. Jose Feliciano Records New Single With 'The Madonna or Lady Gaga of Serbia'

    July 03, 2014 12:50 PM EDT The legendary "Light My Fire" artist talks about working on new music: "I'm always trying to reinvent myself." It's been 50 years since Jose Feliciano's first album, but even at 68, the Puerto Rican-born artist of "Light My Fire" and "Feliz…

  4. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  5. Latin Grammy Academy Honoring Willy Chirino, Los Lobos and Others

    July 01, 2014 7:27 AM EDT Cuban singer/songwriter Willy Chirino, Chicano rock band Los Lobos and Argentinean songstress/actress Valeria Lynch are among the honorees receiving special lifetime achievement awards by the Latin Recording Academy.   The special awards will be given during Latin Grammy week on Nov. 19, a…

  6. Judas Priest On Fall U.S. Tour: 'We're Ready To Go'

    June 27, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Frontman Rob Halford says the legendary metal group is "reconstructing the way we tour." With a 21-date U.S. tour announced for the fall, it's clear that reports of Judas Priest's touring demise after its 2011-12 Epitaph World Tour were greatly exaggerated. The iconic…

  7. Univision Ratings Scandal: 'Someone Needs to Put These Cheaters In Check'

    June 27, 2014 3:01 PM EDT A Univision radio executive manipulated Nielsen’s ratings devices, upending the lucrative Los Angeles market. The damage control is in full swing, and rivals are circling. The West Coast radio world was rocked in mid-June by revelations that a Univision executive had manipulated the ratings…

  8. Members Of Edith y El Tsunami Murdered In Mexico

    June 27, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Members of the grupero act are the latest musicians killed in that country. There has been yet another apparent murder of musicians in Mexico. The bodies of three members of grupero act Edith y El Tsunami were found inside the trunk of a car in the Mexican Western state of Michoacán. Vocalist…

  9. Billboard Announces New Deputy Editor Hire

    June 26, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Isabel González Whitaker, former features editor at InStyle, has been named deputy editor of Billboard magazine. "Throughout her career, Isabel has shown an impressive ability to create and manage dynamic, commercial content for print, online, mobile, and video,” said Tony Gervino,…

  10. M83's Anthony Gonzalez Buys L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Home

    June 17, 2014 3:48 AM EDT Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has sold his Silver Lake home to M83 member Anthony Gonzalez, reports the Los Angeles Times . The 4,000-square-foot Hidalgo Avenue home includes six bedrooms and five bathrooms, plus an open living room, dining room, media room, home office, and a kitchen with…

  11. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  12. Prince Royce Launches D'León Records and Signs Mexican Pop Singer Sofia Reyes

    June 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bachata crooner Prince Royce, who begins a major North American tour in July, is launching his own record label in partnership with Warner Latin Music.  The New York-born singer/songwriter, who in April took home four trophies at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, has personally asked…

  13. Plácido Domingo to Sing Before World Cup Final

    June 11, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Placido Domingo will sing before a World Cup final for the sixth time, announcing Wednesday he will perform at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on July 11. The concert featuring the 73-year-old classic musical star will take place two days before the final at Maracana Stadium. The show also…

  14. Morrissey Cancels Tour; Opener Kristeen Young Denies Getting Him Sick

    June 10, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Morrissey has cancelled the remainder of his US tour. According to a spokesperson, the former Smiths singer contracted a respiratory infection in Miami that resulted in a number of subsequent shows’ rescheduling. Today it was announced the infection has worsened and the rest of his tour,…

  15. Ringo Starr Producing His New Album; Talks Tour, Beatles & His 'Incredible Year'

    June 05, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Ringo Starr has had a ball celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America this year as well as some of his own honors. But, he says, it's put a bit of a crimp in plans for his next album. Starr tells Billboard that he's "probably two-thirds through…

  16. Why White Sea Is More Than An M83 Side Project

    June 03, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Morgan Kibby discusses her monumental new album and future with M83. While M83 diehards anxiously await the follow-up to the 2011 double-disc triumph "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming," which included the breakout single "Midnight City," fans of epic…

  17. Pamela Anderson Stars in New Morrissey Video

    June 02, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Morrissey has shared another spoken-word video to hype his forthcoming studio album "World Peace Is None Of Your Business." Morrissey stands atop Los Angeles' Capitol Records tower in the Natalie Johns-directed clip along with fellow animal rights activist Pamela Anderson.…

  18. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Passes Bruno Mars For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Solo Males

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Timberlake tallies his seventh leader - and debuts with Michael Jackson on 'Love Never Felt So Good.' Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  19. Bachata Star Romeo Santos Dazzles Fans at Los Angeles Concert

    May 24, 2014 11:20 AM EDT The hype surrounding bachata crooner Romeo Santos has been plentiful the last three years. It proved to be very real for the Bronx-born singer, who shook fans to their core this week at Los Angeles’ Staples Center as part of the first leg of a major tour.   Romeo, a well-chiseled figure with…

  20. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Madonna 'Vogue's To Top Of Hot 100

    May 19, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1990, the Material Girl struck a pose at No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Usher and Mariah Carey Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history May 19, 1990 Madonna had been inspired by…

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