1. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

  2. Pedro Capo's 'Dream Come True' Debuts on the Latin Albums Chart

    August 21, 2014 2:39 PM EDT The Puerto Rican singer's new release, Aquila, debuts at No. 3 on the Top Latin Albums chart, and tells Billboard how "grateful" he is for the support of his fans. Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Pedro Capo debuts at No. 3 on Top Latin Albums with his latest set  Aquila . It…

  3. One Direction's Zayn Malik Barraged With Death Threats After '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Within just minutes of going online, a tweet by Zayn Malik managed to cause a storm of Middle East controversy for the One Direction singer Monday. Several weeks into Israel’s deadly military assault on Gaza, which has seen more than 1,000 Palestinians and 50 Israelis killed, Malik tweeted…

  4. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Bleachers, Lil Wayne & Drake Score New No. 1s

    July 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Pop Songs, Bleachers rise to No. 1 on Alternative Songs and Lil Wayne and Drake's collab crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  5. Chart Highlights: Usher Lands Lucky 13th No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

    July 07, 2014 5:35 PM EDT The crooner ties Drake for the most leaders in the list's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Shakira, Seether and Jake Owen, while Justin Moore countrifies Motley Crue ... with Vince Neil Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  6. Neymar’s Greatest Hits: A Look at the Brazilian Soccer Superstar’s Best Musical Moments

    July 07, 2014 12:30 PM EDT As the samba-loving soccer superstar's career hits pause, we look back at some of his best musical moments Soon after news came that Neymar was knocked out of the World Cup following a knee to the back in the July 4 match against Colombia, Brazilian singer Michel Teló sent a Tweet of…

  7. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  8. Top Ten Alternative 2014 World Cup Songs

    June 13, 2014 6:53 PM EDT With the opening of the global tournament, competition is heating up not only on the soccer field but in that of futebol-related songs too, with the tones of these rallying tunes ranging from synth-rock reflections to dance floor raves, satiric selections to protest songs, and the many…

  9. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On?

    May 30, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Instead of the sound of contemporary Brazil, it's the same old Samba for World Cup songs. "The Girl From Ipanema" turns 50 this year, and Verve/Universal is celebrating with a reissue of "Getz/Gilberto," the Grammy-winning Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto album that…

  10. Rubén Blades Q&A: Salsa’s Crossover Pioneer Gets Emotional on 'Tangos'

    May 28, 2014 3:42 AM EDT Rubén Blades takes an emotional turn with “Tangos,” a set of versions of his songs, including “Pedro Navaja,” “Pablo Pueblo” and “Juana Maya,” recorded with Argentine tango musicians. Blades brings tango’s characteristic drama to his classics without going over the top, for an album set to…

  11. La Ley Returns to Bring 'Sexy' Back to Latin Rock (Exclusive Q&A)

    May 15, 2014 2:03 PM EDT After a 10-year Absence, the Chilean Rockers Give their First English-language Interview to Billboard Back in February of 2005, La Ley, Chile’s best-known rock export, played together for the last time at the Latin Grammys. It was a farewell with loads of emotion but little fanfare.…

  12. Juan Formell of Los Van Van Dead at 71

    May 01, 2014 10:46 PM EDT A joke known in Havana and in Miami’s Cuban community may start making the rounds again, tinged with sadness this time, as fans and fellow artists mourn the loss of Juan Formell, the founder of Cuba’s 45-year-old dance band Los Van Van. The story goes that years from now, Fidel Castro…

  13. Caetano Veloso Leads Brazilian Cast for ‘I’m Alive’ Rainforest Alliance Project: Watch

    April 22, 2014 2:32 AM EDT Brazilian star Caetano Veloso and rocker Lenine are among the artists who have gathered in Rio’s Floresta de Tijuca rainforest to record new music based on Veloso’s classic “Nine Out of Ten” and “sing their love for the Earth.” The “I’m Alive - Rainforest Alliance Sessions” honors Earth Day…

  14. Sergio Mendes Talks 'Rio 2,' World Cup Music and The Legacy of Jobim

    April 09, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Sergio Mendes did his first music for film, 50 years after he started his recording career with "Dance Moderno" in 1961. Three years after celebrating his career with the compilation "Celebration" and the animated film "Rio," Mendes returns with "Rio 2"…

  15. International Artists Pay Tribute to Paco de Lucia

    February 27, 2014 8:57 PM EST The flamenco guitar master, who left behind an unreleased album, will be laid to rest this weekend in Southern Spain Paco de Lucia, who revolutionized flamenco guitar and influenced musicians around the world, will be laid to rest this weekend in his native Algeciras, after a public wake…

  16. Flamenco Great Paco de Lucia Dead at 66

    February 26, 2014 9:26 AM EST Paco de Lucía, the man whose name was synonymous with flamenco guitar and who popularized the music worldwide with his mix of virtuosity and accessible melodies, died of a reported heart attack this morning near the Mexican resort city of Cancún. De Lucía was 66. According to published…

  17. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  18. Carlos Vives, Marc Anthony and Draco Rosa Win Big at Latin Grammys

    November 22, 2013 12:40 AM EST The green carpet never happened as rain fell over Las Vegas, but there were no dampened spirits during the 14th edition of Latin Grammys which celebrated the well-known faces of music and some of the newer voices. More Latin Grammys Latin Grammys: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV Red…

  19. La Vida Bohème, Bajofondo Early Winners at Latin Grammys

    November 21, 2013 9:15 PM EST Despite rain and the cancellation of the famous green carpet, the 2013 Latin Grammy pre-telecast opened with a highly spirited performance by Venezuelan band La Vida Bohème, who later took the prize for best rock album. Sergio George was crowned producer of the year. The high-energy early…

  20. Latin Grammy Week: Miguel Bosé Talks Person of the Year Honor, the Business of New Talent and Jenni Rivera

    November 21, 2013 2:11 AM EST What do Ricky Martin, Juanes and Laura Pausini all have in common? This week they're joining forces to celebrate their friend Miguel Bosé during Latin Grammy week. Bosé, one of Spain's most celebrated singer/songwriters, is being feted this week in Las Vegas as the Latin Recording…

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