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. Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Adds T.I. to Growing Cast

    August 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Marvel's Ant-Man has announced several new castings, including rapper T.I. , Bobby Cannavale ( Boardwalk Empire ), Judy Greer ( Archer ) and John Slattery ( Mad Men ). The film, directed by Peyton Reed , began principal photography on Monday in San Francisco. It stars Paul Rudd  as its…

  3. Brazil's Controversial World Cup Stadiums Poised to Expand Its Touring Market

    August 13, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Brazil spent $4 billion to build or renovate 12 stadiums in preparation for the 2014 World Cup, a move that, like the rest of the country's soccer spending spree, generated more jeers than cheers. While a few of these stadiums will get some action during the 2016 Summer Olympics,…

  4. Chance the Rapper Breaks the Mold with ‘Everyday Wonderful: Arthur’

    August 11, 2014 6:04 AM EDT It is not every day that an artist kicks off a mass discussion on Twitter about a theme song from a '90s children sitcom, but Chance The Rapper managed to do so on July 30 with the release of his track “Everyday Wonderful: Arthur” that has resided on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140…

  5. 10 Up-and-Coming Reggaeton Artists to Watch

    August 10, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Here are 10 reggaeton acts following trailblazers like Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Tito el Bambino. Daddy Yankee rose to prominence a decade ago, along with fellow superstars and trailblazers Don Omar, Tito el Bambino and Wisin & Yandel, among many others. Today, these acts maintain…

  6. Mick Jagger, Sting Urge Scotland to Stay in U.K.

    August 07, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Mick Jagger , Judi Dench and Stephen Hawking are among dozens of celebrities and public figures in Britain who have signed a petition appealing to Scottish voters to vote to stay in the United Kingdom in a referendum in September. More on Scotland Scotland's T in the Park Relocating to…

  7. Former MTV Head Judy McGrath Elected to Amazon Board of Directors

    August 01, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath has been elected to Amazon's board of directors. An SEC filing for the appointment, which goes into effect on Oct. 1, says that Amazon will assign McGrath to the board's Leadership Development and Compensation Committee. More on Amazon Billy…

  8. Calle 13 & Silvio Rodriguez Release 'Ojos Color Sol' Video

    July 29, 2014 11:34 AM EDT The Puerto Rican urban duo Calle 13 shows a softer side on "Ojos Color Sol," featuring famed Cuban balladeer Silvio Rodriguez. The color-saturated new clip for the song features Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, whose chiseled features recall classic Hollywood heartthrobs, locked in…

  9. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Announces His 'Mission Statement' in Final Video

    July 21, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Yankovic spoofs corporate culture in Crosby, Stills & Nash-style track After "Tacky," "Foil," "Word Crimes" and more, it's about time "Weird Al" Yankovic released a "Mission Statement." For his last video release off new album "…

  10. Billy Joel’s Mother Dies At 92

    July 16, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Billy Joel's mother, who inspired him to write "Rosalinda's Eyes," has died in New York at age 92. Rosalind Nyman Joel died Sunday on Long Island, said Claire Mercuri, a spokeswoman for the singer and songwriter. The Billboard Cover Story - Billy Joel: A Song About Coming…

  11. Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Romeo Santos Among Premios Tu Mundo Nominees

    July 15, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Fans' choice awards air August 21 on Telemundo Marc Anthony, Shakira, Romeo Santos, Enrique Iglesias and Prince Royce are among the popular Latin music artists nominated for Telemundo’s 2014 Premios Tu Mundo awards. The winners will be decided by fans, who can vote now on the Telemundo…

  12. Latin Heavy Metal Supergroup De La Tierra Announce U.S. Tour

    July 15, 2014 11:51 AM EDT Members of Sepultura, Maná, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and A.N.I.M.A.L. to play seven cities De La Tierra, the heavy metal super group formed by members of Sepultura, Maná, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and A.N.I.M.A.L., will start their first U.S. tour on August 31 in Los Angeles.   “We all come from…

  13. 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…

  14. '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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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