1. Take That, 'X Factor' Winner Matt Cardle Top U.K. Charts

    December 27, 2010 10:50 AM EST T ake That 's "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) added another 430,000 sales last week, according to the Official Chart Company, to continue its reign on the final U.K. album chart of 2010. "X Factor" winner Matt Cardle's "When We Collide" (Syco Music/Sony…

  2. Rihanna Reclaims Social 50 Crown, Don Omar Jumps to No. 2

    December 23, 2010 11:35 AM EST R ihanna returns to the top of the Social 50 chart after abdicating the No. 1 spot to the Black Eyed Peas (1-4) the past two weeks. This is her second week atop the list, having topped it upon its premiere last month. Latin superstar Don Omar makes a significant jump into the runner-up slot …

  3. Enrique Iglesias, Daddy Yankee Lead Latin Into Crossover Territory in 2010

    December 10, 2010 4:28 PM EST Latin music danced in 2010. It was a year of upbeat songs in which urban, tropical and pop music came together as never before, whether in collaboration by stars from historically segmented Latin genres or mixes from young artists built on bachata and other traditionally tropical rhythms.…

  4. Calle 13, "Entren los Que Quieran"

    December 03, 2010 3:39 PM EST By putting an illustration of a bomb on the cover of its latest album, "Entren los Que Quieran," and appearing as terrorists disguised as nuns in a violent video for first single "Calma Pueblo," Calle 13 simultaneously exceeded and parodied its reputation as provocateur.…

  5. Camila, Juan Luis Guerra Win Big at 2010 Latin Grammy Awards

    November 12, 2010 12:05 AM EST Latin Grammy voters gave a big thumbs up to developing acts by awarding Mexican trio Camila -- a group that has taken Latin pop in a new direction -- major awards during the 11th annual Latin Grammys. Their hit single, "Mientes," penned by lead vocalist Mario Domm with songwriter…

  6. Don Omar Talks New Album, 'Fast and Furious'

    October 08, 2010 4:23 PM EDT D on Omar first got a taste of acting when he landed a small part in the 2009 installment of the "Fast & Furious" film series. Now, having scored a role in the next chapter, he's deep in preparation for it. Omar plays Rico Santos, a member of Vin Diesel's posse in the…

  7. Billboard Bits: Amy Winehouse Disses Mark Ronson, J. Lo's Ex Auditioning for 'Idol'

    September 20, 2010 7:10 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Amy Winehouse Disses Mark Ronson on Twitter Amy Winehouse dissed longtime collaborator Mark Ronson on Twitter early Saturday (Sept. 18) for riding the coattails of her hit 2006 album "Back to Black." …

  8. Don Omar Featuring Lucenzo, "Danza Kuduro"

    September 10, 2010 5:31 PM EDT Reggaetón's self-proclaimed king tries his hand at another strain of urban dance music on "Danza Kuduro," from his forthcoming compilation album "Don Omar Presents: Meet the Orphans." Kuduro's high-speed, eminently danceable rhythms originated in Angola in the &…

  9. Israeli Raid On Gaza-Bound Flotilla Draws Mixed Artist Reaction

    June 11, 2010 12:10 PM EDT When the Pixies canceled their first-ever performance in Israel just three days before a scheduled June 9 gig in Tel Aviv, the veteran indie rock band became the latest in a string of acts to call off shows in the Jewish state. The Pixies' decision came a week after an Israeli commando…

  10. Aventura: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 26, 2010 11:37 AM EDT On a cold New York night in February, some serious Caribbean drama unfolded onstage at Madison Square Garden. Bachata kings Aventura were in the midst of their fourth sold-out show at the Garden, and vocalist Anthony "Romeo" Santos was playing the audience for all they were worth,…

  11. 50 Latin Stars Gather To Record 'Somos El Mundo'

    February 22, 2010 7:40 AM EST The atmosphere at Miami's Bongo's restaurant, perched on top of the American Airlines Arena, was almost festive as an endless stream of Latin acts began to file inside. They were there to record "Somos el Mundo," the Spanish-language version of " We Are the World ,…

  12. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, Francis Bean Cobain, Mars Volta and More

    February 04, 2010 5:56 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Flaming Lips , Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are among the recently announced headliners for the Bestival, the annual September gathering that marks the unofficial end of the summer festival…

  13. Calle 13 Leads Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 17, 2009 3:19 PM EDT With five nods to its name, Latin Grammy darling Calle 13 led the list of esoteric nominations for the 10th annual Latin Grammy awards. The eclectic Puerto Rican urban group, which has already won several Latin Grammys in the past, is up for awards in the Album of the year and Best Urban…

  14. Song Debut: Juliette Lewis's "Romeo"

    July 31, 2009 4:53 PM EDT An actress of startling range, Juliette Lewis has released an EP and two albums since 2003 with her band the Licks . Citing a desire to strike out in new directions, Lewis disbanded the group in 2009, forming the New Romantiques soon after. The resulting album, "Terra Incognita,"…

  15. Warrants For Jackson's Doctor Call Singer 'Addict'

    July 31, 2009 11:09 AM EDT Investigators probing Michael Jackson 's death looked for evidence related to the powerful anesthetic propofol when they searched his doctor's Las Vegas home and business, according to search warrants filed Thursday that alluded to the pop star being an "addict." Los…

  16. Omar Faruk Tekbilek, "Rare Elements"

    July 07, 2009 4:31 PM EDT The Turkish-born musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek is also a composer, and his music is the inspiration for this remix disc, the second installment in 5 Points Records' remix series. Tekbilek is a Sufi, and therefore his approach to music is mystical and worshipful. Handing his tunes to a…

  17. Flex Takes Eight Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 24, 2009 9:16 AM EDT Propelled by the runaway success of his hit single "Te Quiero," Felix Danilo Gómez, the Panamenian DJ and singer better known as Flex, was the big winner at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music awards presented by State Farm Insurance on April 23. Flex took home eight awards, including…

  18. Tom Waits / June 26, 2008 / St. Louis (Fox Theatre)

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For a huckster, Tom Waits certainly is generous. Do a quick internet search and there are more than 600 references of "Tom Waits" and the term "huckster" together. Snake oil, parodist, sly salesman, etc., a vocabulary of carnival-esque trickery have followed the man; as…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Madonna visits ABC's "The View" and reveals she hopes to release her then as-yet-untitled 10th studio album in late October or early November via Warner Bros. She adds that the album ("Confessi 2005 - Madonna visits ABC's "The View" and reveals she…

  20. Billboard Bits: Dave Matthews Band, Barack Obama, Liz Phair

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just as its summer tour is set to begin, Dave Matthews Band has announced that keyboardist Butch Taylor has left the group for unknown reasons. Just as its summer tour is set to begin, Dave Matthews Band has announced that keyboardist Butch Taylor has left the group for unknown reasons. "…

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