1. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  2. 'La La La,' 'Waka Waka,' or 'Hips Don't Lie': Which Shakira World Cup Performance Is Best?

    July 14, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Shakira opened the 2014 World Cup closing ceremony in Rio with "La La La" to a roar from the crowd in Rio’s Maracana Stadium. It was the singer’s third winning World Cup performance. Pittbull vs. Shakira: Whose World Cup Song Is Best? In 2006, Shakira sang and belly-danced to “Hips…

  3. Shakira Delivers Winning Performance at World Cup Closing Ceremony

    July 13, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Santana, Wyclef, Brazilians Ivete Sangalo and Alexandre Pires have crowd in Rio roaring In a winning World Cup closing show joyful enough to cheer up Brazilian fans mourning the performance of their national team, Shakira came onto the stadium field in Rio singing “Dare (La,La,La).” Video…

  4. Demi Lovato Backs Same-Sex Marriage for Online Campaign: Watch

    July 10, 2014 12:04 AM EDT Singer Demi Lovato is voicing support for same-sex marriage in a new web video. The former Disney Channel star and judge on Fox's canceled The X Factor is the face of a re-launch of the Human Rights Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality . HRC promises more celebrity…

  5. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  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. Video for World Cup Anthem 'Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)' Debuts (Watch)

    July 01, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Santana, Wyclef and Alexandre Pires to perform the song at the July 13 closing ceremony in Rio. The new video for “Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)” Santana, Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires’s official World Cup Anthem, promises a performance at the World Cup Closing Ceremony that will…

  8. This Week In Billboard Chart History: New Kids On The Block 'Step' To No. 1

    June 30, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1990, the boy band completed its five-step program to the summit. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and Phil Collins Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 30, 1990…

  9. Prince's 'Purple Rain' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky. Had Prince run for president that year, he would have certainly carried his native Minnesota—the only state Ronnie lost—and he probably would’ve cleaned up most other places. The…

  10. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

  11. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKinsey, with FIFA set take in $1.4 billion from…

  12. Sia to Perform, Michael Stipe & Demi Lovato to Appear On Logo's 'Trailblazers'

    June 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Sia, Michael Stipe, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pete Wentz are the latest confirmed appearances for "Trailblazers," a Logo TV special set to tape Monday, June 23 in New York City and air Thursday June 26 at 9 p.m. EST/PT to commemorate the one-year anniversary of…

  13. BBC to Reunite Genesis for Documentary

    June 16, 2014 4:25 PM EDT The BBC on Monday unveiled an ambitious music strategy, including new shows, partnerships and other initiatives, such as a music awards show.  The U.K. public broadcaster said its plans, which also include a Genesis documentary that will reunite the band's original members for the first…

  14. Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' in Paris Exhibit Pays Tribute to Women

    June 13, 2014 9:13 PM EDT Pharrell Williams is putting on a show -- an art show in Paris, that is. Following the March release of his album, "G I R L", the singer continues to celebrate women with his new art exhibit of the same name at Galerie Perrotin in Paris. The display features 48 pieces handpicked or…

  15. 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…

  16. World Cup Brazil: Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull Perform at Opening Ceremony (Video)

    June 12, 2014 3:41 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez sambaed on the stage of the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil Thursday afternoon (June 12), accompanying Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte during a performance of the official song "We Are One." Leitte, a star in Brazil,…

  17. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. With Pride Month here, Billboard reflects on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT…

  18. Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' v. J Balvin's '6 AM': Which Is Summer's Best Song En Español?

    June 10, 2014 9:54 AM EDT It's a summer for (flamenco and reggaeton) dancing in the streets: Enrique Iglesias ' "Bailando," with Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, has emerged as summer 2014's leading Latin song.  The runaway single from "Sex and Love" is currently no. 1 on five of…

  19. Top 10 Latin Summer Songs of 2014 (Video)

    June 05, 2014 4:18 AM EDT There’s one time of year when caliente, that tired adjective for Latin music, feels fresh and yes... hot! Celebrate summer 2014 with this list of ten seasonal singles for summer dancing, romancing, or warming up to watch a World Cup match. 10. “Me Interesas,” Noel Torres Norteño/banda…

  20. Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, Tegan and Sara Confirmed for LGBT ‘Trailblazers’ Special

    June 04, 2014 7:03 AM EDT Against Me! singer/songwriter Laura Jane Grace and Tegan and Sara are among the artists confirmed to appear on Logo TV’s "Trailblazers" special, an hour-long program that honors pioneers in the fight for LGBT rights. Brooklyn Nets’ basketballer Jason Collins -- the first male…

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