1. 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"…

  2. Pitbull Debuts Official World Cup Song: Listen to 'We Are One' Feat. Jennifer Lopez

    April 08, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. A whistling melody and stadium chants punctuate Pitbull's surprisingly breezy World Cup song, "We Are One (Ole, Ola)."  The official FIFA…

  3. Believe It: Fake Justin Bieber CD Planted Throughout Los Angeles

    April 02, 2014 9:03 AM EDT An artist is making it difficult to believe there's actually a copy of Justin Bieber's latest album for sale in Los Angeles stores. Paz, a 25-year-old electronic musician and artist, says he planted 5,000 copies of an album that appears to be Bieber's "Believe" but…

  4. Kendrick Lamar, Flaming Lips to Headline Inaugural Hudson Project

    April 01, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar, Flaming Lips, Bassnectar and Modest Mouse will headline the inaugural edition of The Hudson Project , a new three-day festival set for July 11-13 in Saugerties, NY. Located at Winston Farm in view of the Catskill Mountains and featuring four stages, an art village and gourmet…

  5. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: 'It's Rubbish'

    March 27, 2014 4:21 AM EDT After Joe Elliott’s 35 years fronting Def Leppard, fans might think they know the charismatic vocalist.  But there is another side to one of the most successful front men in hard rock history, one that listens to Tom Waits in the bath, would love to do an acoustic record and can barely…

  6. Fantasia Returning to Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    March 20, 2014 8:25 PM EDT After helping to fuel rave reviews when the show opened last November, Fantasia Barrino will be back on Broadway for a second stint as guest star of "After Midnight," the sultry song-and-dance tribute to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s. Evoking the wild nights of…

  7. Eric Paslay’s ‘Song About A Girl’ Makes Clichés Sound Fresh

    March 13, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Pickup trucks, tailgates, back roads, bonfires and alcohol: commercial country has been obsessed with a handful of topics for several years, and just about every sector of the business -- from the songwriters to the labels to radio -- has voiced some level of frustration about what seems…

  8. K.D. Lang On Her Broadway Debut: It’s a ‘Dream Come True’

    March 13, 2014 12:16 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter k.d. lang says making her Broadway debut was "a dream come true" and its effects on her music will be "profound." Lang took over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in "After Midnight," a musical celebrating…

  9. Vanessa Williams To Join Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    February 19, 2014 11:41 PM EST Vanessa Williams wants to stay up after midnight. The actress, singer and former Miss America watched the matinee performance of "After Midnight" on Wednesday and then broke it to the cast backstage that she has signed up for a stint in the Broadway show celebrating Duke Ellington&…

  10. 10 Best Beats From New York Fashion Week: AlunaGeorge, Barbra Streisand, and More

    February 18, 2014 10:10 AM EST Models have strutted out of town, fall 2014 fashions are packed away, and the tents are being deconstructed at Lincoln Center. Yes, New York Fashion Week has come to a close. But no need to frown, we rounded up our picks for the best beats from last week. From Lil Kim playing (and sitting…

  11. DJ Chelsea Leyland Talks Rihanna, Fashion Week Playlist & Styling Tips

    February 11, 2014 11:40 AM EST Go-to fashion DJ Chelsea Leyland first arrived to NYC to pursue acting. While going after her dream, this talented blonde quickly realized she belonged in music. Mixing music for a fashion event is not for the faint of heart. However, churning out the perfect beat at fashion week comes…

  12. Def Leppard Revisits Overlooked Album: 'It Went Against the Grain'

    February 10, 2014 11:02 AM EST "Slang" (1996) gets an expanded edition... "We could've put out 'Sgt. Pepper's' and I think it would have been the same because it was Def Leppard and we had gotten lumped in with all the crap metal bands of the 80s" Nearly 18 years later, the members…

  13. Olympic Hits: Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 07, 2014 10:05 AM EST Just as Olympic athletes have won over the years, so, too, have musical acts on Billboard charts thanks to the Games As the Olympics reclaim the world's sports spotlight in Sochi, Russia, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (Sticking only to…

  14. Rock Music Finds Winning Tough at GRAMMYs

    January 27, 2014 12:47 AM EST At the end of Sunday night’s ceremony, host LL Cool J noted that “here at the Grammy Awards, we never stop rockin’.” But you could have fooled us. With a paucity of major category nominations (only Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” for Record of the Year) rockers were consigned to the Rock…

  15. Madonna Could Be Performing With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at GRAMMYs

    January 25, 2014 4:58 PM EST The singer may sing "Same Love" with the rap duo Yesterday, it was confirmed that Madonna will be making an appearance onstage at the 56th GRAMMYs tomorrow (Jan. 26). Now, in the spirit of intriguing collaborations the ceremony generally provides, it looks like the pop diva could be…

  16. Metallica Eyes Start of Next Album Amid Other Projects

    January 16, 2014 7:15 PM EST The rockers could start work on the followup to "Death Magnetic" in a few weeks. Metallica is eyeballing the start of its next album, finally, after a busy couple of weeks ahead -- including guitarist Kirk Hammett's inaugural FEAR FestEvil in San Francisco, a GRAMMYs…

  17. Stevie Nicks on Her 'Fantastic' 'American Horror Story: Coven' Cameo (VIDEO)

    January 08, 2014 7:49 PM EST While rock superstar Stevie Nicks appears in the latest episode of FX's "American Horror Story: Coven" (airing Jan. 8 at 10 p.m.), don't expect to see Nicks add "actress" to her resume any time soon. "As far as being an actress?" Nicks tells…

  18. Lorde, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke Added To Grammy Performers List

    January 07, 2014 9:51 AM EST Chicago will join the "Blurred Lines" singer, while Metallica will also deliver a special performance. Katy Perry, Lorde, Robin Thicke and Metallica are the latest additions to the performers list at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, set to take place live from Los Angeles'…

  19. Hundreds of Phish Fans Arrested During Band's 4-Night NYC Concert Run

    January 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST The lead-up to Phish's New Year's bow at Madison Square Garden was marred by a high number of busts It wasn’t a Happy New Year for the hundreds of Phish fans arrested in New York City during the jam-band’s recent four-show run at Madison Square Garden. A total of 238 arrests were…

  20. TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang Tackle 'Iconic Duets'

    December 17, 2013 11:08 AM EST TG Sheppard and Kelly Lang have been married since 2007. In the years since their nuptials, many of their fans have been asking about a possible duets record. The two have obliged those requests with the release of "Iconic Duets" -- a collection that features their take on many…

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