1. Palestinian Wins 'Arab Idol,' Named UN Goodwill Ambassador

    June 23, 2013 10:50 AM EDT The winner of the Arab Idol reality show can't stop adding titles. After winning the popular contest, singer Mohammed Assaf was named a special ambassador Sunday by the U.N.'s Palestinian refugee agency and the Palestinian president. On Saturday night, Assaf became the first…

  2. Eats Everything feat. Justin Martin, 'The Gettup': First Listen

    June 07, 2013 1:39 PM EDT The U.K. producer on his two-year ascent to house stardom, and his close musical relationship with fellow “idiot” Justin Martin. “Man, it’s hot,” exclaims Eats Everything, aka Dan Pearce, as much to himself as anyone around him. It’s early evening on Saturday June 1, and he’s standing under…

  3. Taylor Swift: Billboard Music Award Wins Were a 'Wonderful Feeling'

    May 25, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Country superstar talks about winning eight trophies and her personal highlights of BBMA night. The biggest stars in music lit up the stage of Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena for the Billboard Music Awards. But no one beamed brighter than Taylor Swift, who netted eight awards.…

  4. George Jones Honored at Stagecoach, Grand Ole Opry and All Around Nashville

    April 29, 2013 11:50 AM EDT A single candle was lit at Nashville's Ernest Tubb Record Shop, where only a handful of Jones CDs remained on the shelves Over the weekend following the passing of George Jones, the singer's voice could be heard all around classic country circles. Nowhere was the loss of Jones…

  5. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Jenni Rivera's Emotional Tribute, Romeo Santos' Dream Project + More Backstage Highlights

    April 26, 2013 1:55 AM EDT Tributes flowed for the late Jenni Rivera as the likes of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ana Barbara and Romeo Santos took turns in the spotlight. Here's a taste of what happened behind the scenes at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. FULL WINNERS LIST SH*T HAPPENS: Rap duo Akwid…

  6. Billboard Latin Music Awards 2013: Winners List

    April 25, 2013 11:00 PM EDT The 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards lit up Miami on Thursday, April 25, with Don Omar and the late Jenni Rivera coming away as the night's biggest winners. Check out a full list of winners below: Full List of Winners (in Red): Artist of the Year: Don Omar Prince Royce Jenni Rivera…

  7. PSY Pays Tribute to Beyonce At South Korea Concert, Debuts 'Gentleman' Live

    April 13, 2013 12:47 PM EDT Popular K-pop acts G-Dragon, 2NE1 and Lee Hi joined PSY on-stage PSY made a major announcement last month (March) when he revealed he'd debut the follow-up to his global smash "Gangnam Style" at an April 13 concert in South Korea. While PSY ended up premiering his second…

  8. Coachella 2013: Stone Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Light Up the Desert on Day 1

    April 13, 2013 8:44 AM EDT Daft Punk's album teaser, How to Destroy Angels, Tegan & Sara, Alt-J, Johnny Marr and more action onstage and backstage at California's massive music festival ŸAdditional reporting by Nicole Pajer COACHELLA 2013 • COACHELLA PHOTOS • Watch: Coachella Live Stream • Analysis:…

  9. Margaret Thatcher & The Rise & Fall of the Great British Pop Protest Song

    April 09, 2013 6:17 AM EDT In early 1997, I interviewed the Spice Girls who were already massive in their U.K. homeland but had yet to release their debut single “Wannabe” in America. Amid frequent and voluble declarations of their Girl Power manifesto, Geri Halliwell blurted out, “We love Margaret Thatcher!” My…

  10. KING Talks New Album, 'In the Meantime' Single & Prince's Best Advice

    April 08, 2013 1:51 PM EDT KING, comprised of twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother and friend Anita Bias, called forth collective sighs of fulfillment when performing at the dimly lit, The Sayers Club in L.A. on Tuesday (April 2). Their 30-minute long set was the first for the ladies since completing their…

  11. MS MR Talk Debut LP 'Secondhand Rapture,' Meeting Usher

    March 22, 2013 3:12 PM EDT New York-based gloom pop duo MS MR are readying their debut album, “Secondhand Rapture,” for release on May 14 via Columbia and revealed the album’s artwork on Friday. The album was produced by the band’s Max Hershenow, with additional mixing and production from Tom Elmhirst (Amy Winehouse…

  12. Ultra Music Festival Weekend 1, Day 2: 11 Things Seen and Heard

    March 17, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Zedd strips, Chuckie shouts, Porter Robinson rocks and Yeasayer make it awkward in Miami ... A Recap of Day 2 As if Friday's eight-hour opening day wasn't enough, Ultra Music Festival stretched from noon to midnight on Saturday, offering fans twelve jam-packed hours of…

  13. Justin Timberlake vs. JC Chasez: Why *N SYNC Only Spawned One Superstar

    March 14, 2013 5:30 PM EDT Billboard.com's Pop Shop examines the solo career of *N SYNC's other vocal star. In February 2004, the National Football League had a tough call to make. The cold reality of Super Bowl XXVIII's "Nipplegate" -- you know, when budding pop superstar Justin…

  14. Swedish House Mafia: Billboard Cover Story

    March 08, 2013 2:00 PM EST Checking in with the reigning dons of the dance scene as they prepare to go their separate ways This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. There is no alcohol in the green room. There is Cozy Chamomile herbal tea, a fruit bowl, a plate of red…

  15. Rhye Stays Mysterious on 'Woman,' Preps Spring Tour

    February 26, 2013 3:15 PM EST Pop duo has shied away from the spotlight before the March release of their debut LP. "Woman," the debut album from L.A.-based dream-pop duo Rhye (due March 5 via Loma Vista/Republic Records), consists of lush ballads arranged for piano, violin and synths, with Sade-inspired…

  16. Joey Bada$$ Talks New Album, Performs With Pro Era: Video

    February 26, 2013 11:30 AM EST Joey Bada$$ adjusts to life as a hip-hop's new golden boy. In January, the same month he celebrated his 18th birthday, lanky rapper Joey Bada$$ was named creative director of Ecko Unltd., the pioneering streetwear brand founded by Marc Ecko in 1993. As creative director, Bada$$, born…

  17. Carly Rae Jepsen Breaks a Heart in 'Tonight I'm Getting Over You' Video: Watch

    February 22, 2013 7:37 PM EST Watch the 'Call Me Maybe' star look for love in rooftops and bedrooms. Carly Rae Jepsen's done waiting for someone to call her, maybe. Her video for "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" finds the singer holding hands with a handsome, hoodie-clad beau, though something&…

  18. Whitney Houston Tribute: Chrisette Michele Sings 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'

    February 11, 2013 12:00 PM EST To remember Houston on the sad anniversary of her passing, watch Chrisette Michele sing Whitney's 1987 smash as part of a week-long tribute that will also include Melanie Fiona and Jessica Sanchez. Remembering Whitney • Photos: Whitney Houston's Life • Photos: Michele's…

  19. Nightclub Fire Draws Focus On Brazil’s Carnival

    February 08, 2013 4:52 AM EST Just over a week since a nightclub fire killed nearly 240 revelers in southern Brazil, Carnival festivities hit full stride Friday, raising questions about the safety of those who will pack party spaces across the nation. In the days following the deadly blaze at the Kiss club in the…

  20. Beyonce Is Super Bowl XLVII's Top-Tweeted Musician: Brand Bowl

    February 04, 2013 2:41 AM EST Not only was Beyonce the likely ratings winner of Sunday’s Super Bowl , she was far and away the winner on Twitter, as well. Billboard teamed up with Boston.com’s Brand Bowl to track the most talked-about artists on Twitter and the relative sentiment attached to them, powered by Infomous.…

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