1. Seu Jorge & Nina Miranda, 'Sambãio': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 22, 2014 2:11 PM EDT The "Life Aquatic" actor/singer appears on Gilles Peterson's upcoming "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" compilation timed to the World Cup DJ and producer Gilles Peterson dug deep into the sounds of Brazil to record "Brasil Bam Bam Bam," a winning alternative World Cup…

  2. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  3. Director of Nina Simone Film Sues Over Production Company's Hijacking

    May 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Cynthia Mort is taking legal action after being cut out of decision-making on a biopic about legendary jazz singer Nina Simone that she spent years trying to develop. Although Nina still is being credited to her, Mort is unhappy she's being associated with a movie starring Zoe Saldana…

  4. Rodriguez's 'Shock' at Death of 'Sugar Man' Director: 'He Was a Very Talented Man'

    May 14, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Rodriguez paid the best possible, and unspoken, tribute he could to the late "Searching For Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjelloul on Tuesday night: He played a show. The singer-songwriter who became an international icon thanks to Bendjelloul's Academy Award-winning…

  5. Santana Indulges His Experimental Side on 'Corazón': Album Review

    May 06, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The best instrumentalists don't just play -- they speak. Instruments can move freely without language or diction hampering them, but that also makes it more challenging to deliver a message or establish an identity. Yet the sound of Carlos Santana's guitar is unmistakable: angular…

  6. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  7. Stephen Colbert Replacing David Letterman on 'Late Show'

    April 10, 2014 12:23 PM EDT CBS said Thursday that Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the host of "Late Show," effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina…

  8. Ed Sheeran Shares 'x' Track List

    April 09, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Now that lead single "Sing" has reached the masses , Ed Sheeran is dishing out more details of his upcoming sophomore album, "x." On Wednesday morning (Apr. 9), the U.K. singer (and latest Billboard cover star ) shared the standard and deluxe track listings to his new full…

  9. Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake to Play Finland Despite U.S. Sanctions

    April 08, 2014 7:34 AM EDT The Russian owners of Helsinki, Finland's Hartwall Arena are facing visa bans and asset freezes following Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine U.S. sanctions against a Russian-owned arena won't stop Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour from getting to Finland in…

  10. 'Slam' Star Saul Williams Cast In Tupac Musical

    April 07, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Casting is in place for the world premiere of "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the Broadway musical about struggling inner-city lives, inspired by and set to the music and lyrics of rap legend Tupac Shakur. Heading the cast of the non-biographical musical drama is Saul Williams, the…

  11. Ed Sheeran Un-Zipped: On His Pharrell-Produced Single, Being a Sex Symbol and Turning Betrayal Into Song (Cover Story)

    April 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The sensitive singer-songwriter grapples with the big time as Taylor Swift's pal, a hot Pharrell collaborator and a new status as a one-man arena band Ed Sheeran has found the perfect way to shield himself from fans: He is walking down lower Broadway carrying a load of five boxes…

  12. Sanctions May Trip Up Concerts By Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake in Finland

    April 03, 2014 9:20 AM EDT U.S. sanctions against close allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin are putting concerts by American artists at Finland's largest concert venue at risk. In the coming months, tours from Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake are scheduled to stop at Helsinki's Hartwall Arena, which…

  13. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  14. RuPaul Nets Highest Charting Album Ever, Plus A 'Drag Race' Chart History

    March 06, 2014 8:12 PM EST RuPaul notches his highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 as his new studio set, "Born Naked," sashays in at No. 85. Until this week, RuPaul had notched just one entry on the chart, when his breakthrough debut set, "Supermodel of the World" hit No. 109 in 1993. The…

  15. Chart Highlights: American Authors Are 'Best' On Adult Pop Songs

    March 03, 2014 4:35 PM EST The band takes its breakthrough single, 'Best Day of My Life,' to the top of the tally. Plus, moves for Pharrell, Cher, Mariah Carey, Ray LaMontagne, Juanes & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  16. Bastille, Sam Smith, Arctic Monkeys Enjoy Post-BRIT Awards Sales Spikes

    February 24, 2014 4:26 AM EST Winners and performers at last week’s BRIT Awards ceremony dominated the new sales charts when they were published by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (Feb. 23). Best British Breakthrough act Bastille returned to the album summit with “Bad Blood” (Virgin/Universal) and Critics’ Choice…

  17. Jennifer Lopez TV Drama 'Shades of Blue' Ordered Straight To Series at NBC

    February 22, 2014 11:46 AM EST NBC is making a big bet on Jennifer Lopez: the network has made a straight-to-series 13 episode order for the "American Idol" judge's star vehicle. The drama, "Shades of Blue," will center on a on Harlee McCord (Lopez), a single mother and dirty cop recruited to work…

  18. Nina Persson Talks 'Animal Heart' Solo LP, The Cardigans' Future

    February 10, 2014 12:05 PM EST "We're in a little bit of 'I'll do anything, just as long as we can do things together' period," the singer says of her best-known band. Nina Persson has performed under several different monikers over the years – most famously as the frontwoman for The Cardigans…

  19. George Michael Releases Piano Ballad 'Let Her Down Easy': Listen

    February 03, 2014 8:31 PM EST The Terence Trent D'Arby cover will appear on "Symphonica," out March 17 A few weeks after announcing a new album for this March, George Michael is back with its first single. The former Wham! singer debuted "Let Her Down Easy" on Magic Radio UK today (Feb. 3),…

  20. Chart Highlights: Pharrell Hat-ches A Hit With 'Happy'

    January 27, 2014 6:25 PM EST One of the stars of last night's Grammy Awards soars onto multiple charts with his latest single. Plus, new No. 1s for Bastille, Kid Ink, Lorde, David Nail and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

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