1. New York Dolls Manager Marty Thau Dies

    February 17, 2014 4:30 PM EST Marty Thau, who discovered and managed the careers of the New York Dolls and Suicide, among many others, passed away in Petersburg, VA, at the age of 75 last Thursday, after complications from renal failure. New York City native Thau, the self-declared "chairman" of the…

  2. Andy Garcia Shows 'Cachao' More Love, Says He's 'Threatening to Record' an Album

    February 17, 2014 3:15 PM EST Andy Garcia has directed another tribute to his longtime musical idol, Israel Lopez "Cachao." The pioneering Cuban bassist and mambo originator, first profiled by Garcia in his 1993 documentary "Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos," is the subject of a six-minute film produced for…

  3. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Solange Knowles & Jennifer Lopez

    February 14, 2014 7:00 PM EST Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Solange Knowles Solange Knowles dazzled in emerald at the Miu Miu Women’s Tales 7th Edition “Spark & Light” screening held at Diamond Horseshoe on Tuesday (Feb. 11) in New…

  4. DJ Mustard: How the Producer's 'Ratchet' Revolution Became the Sound of 2014

    February 14, 2014 1:26 PM EST The DJ Mustard sound, like a Van Gogh painting or a good avocado, is easy to spot when you know what to look for. It's taut and spare, snappy and insistent. There are usually gruff chants in the background, like the song is a boozy party where a dance circle has just taken shape. …

  5. Avicii, Katy Perry Make Historic Moves On Dance Charts

    February 14, 2014 11:00 AM EST Avicii becomes the first act in the relatively short 13-month history of Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart to occupy the top two positions, as "Wake Me  Up!" enjoys a record-extending 23rd week at No. 1 and "Hey Brother" rises 4-2. The latter track…

  6. 20 Best Love Songs By Real-Life Couples

    February 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Whether it’s a chart-topping pop pair, an R&B/hip-hop power couple or a country king and queen, it’s the natural inclination for a musically inclined romantic couple to collaborate – or for a platonic pair of singer to find love during heated recording sessions. In honor of Valentine’s…

  7. Conor Oberst Shares New Song, Announces Tour

    February 11, 2014 8:58 PM EST "Upside Down Mountain" is out May 20 It's been nearly three years since Conor Oberst last released a record. The Omaha singer-songwriter dropped Bright Eyes' "The People's Key" in February 2011, following releases from Monsters of Folk and the Mystic Valley…

  8. Chino Moreno Proud of ††† (Crosses) Experiment, Says Deftones 'Eager to Start Writing' Again

    February 11, 2014 2:46 PM EST With the release of its first full-length album, ††† (Crosses) is about to shift into high gear according to singer Chino Moreno. "It feels a little more for-real to me now," the Deftones frontman, who formed ††† in 2011 with pals Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom, tells Billboard. The…

  9. 'Frozen' Star Idina Menzel to 'Let It Go' at Oscars

    February 11, 2014 9:40 AM EST Fans of "Frozen"'s Academy Award-nominated song "Let It Go" will get to enjoy it on the Oscar stage. Star Idina Menzel will perform the song during the live telecast of the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, Oscars show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced…

  10. 'Frozen' Cast Perform Music From the Movie in L.A.

    February 11, 2014 4:36 AM EST The cast of “Frozen” gave the film’s music its first-ever live performance Feb. 9 at Vibrato Grill in Los Angeles . Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Santino Fontana and the evening’s host Josh Gad sang their numbers to an audience that included the songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert…

  11. 'Book Of Mormon' Musical Sets Box Office Record

    February 11, 2014 3:10 AM EST “The Book of Mormon" has a new reason to boast: It just set the record for the highest weekly gross in history for a national tour. The musical took in $2,802,606 over eight shows for the week ending Sunday at Atlanta's 4,678-seat Fox Theatre. It takes the crown from "Wicked,…

  12. Ricky Martin's World Cup Song Written By Elijah King; Salaam Remi to Produce

    February 10, 2014 4:00 PM EST Ricky Martin will record a 2014 World Cup song written by Elijah King, an artist who has made several appearances on the Billboard Latin charts since 2009. Sony Music announced today (Feb. 10) that King is the winner of Sony's "Supersong" World Cup song contest. The…

  13. St. Vincent Performs at Diane Von Furstenberg’s 40th Anniversary Show

    February 10, 2014 11:50 AM EST “If I can’t show it / you can’t see me / What’s the point of doing anything?” St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, sings on “Digital Witness,” a musical thinkpiece about life in the age of Instagram. That lyric, from her self-titled fourth solo album (due Feb. 25) on Loma Vista/Republic, doubled…

  14. Paul Simon and Sting Merge Voices, Styles in Tour Opener: Live Review

    February 09, 2014 10:38 AM EST Paul Simon and Sting apparently meant it when they decided to title their joint concert tour On Stage Together. On opening night at Houston's Toyota Center the two veteran headliners spent plenty of time in each other's company, standing side by side for 10 of the two-hour…

  15. U.S. Version of 'The X Factor' Canceled

    February 07, 2014 7:18 PM EST Announcement comes following Simon Cowell's return to show's U.K. counterpart Fox has pulled the plug on "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that there will be no fourth season of the singing competition. The writing has been on the wall, given the expensive…

  16. Third World Reggae Star William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke Dead at 65

    February 05, 2014 11:45 AM EST William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, the husky-voiced lead singer of internationally popular reggae band Third World, died of leukemia at his home in Florida, longtime friends and colleagues said Monday. He was 65. Former bandmate Colin Leslie said the singer died Sunday in Orlando a week…

  17. Fashion Week: 10 Epic Music Moments

    February 05, 2014 9:54 AM EST With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week taking over New York City Thursday (Feb. 6), we dug through the archives and stitched together a list of 10 legendary moments where music and fashion converged during fashion weeks the world over. As was proved last fall during Spring 2014 shows, when…

  18. Pharrell Williams to Perform on The Oscars

    February 04, 2014 11:45 AM EST After nabbing three Grammys and singingwith Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers during last month’s awards ceremony, Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards, it was announced Tuesday. The singer-songwriter-producer, who has also served as a music consultant for the…

  19. Junior Prom's 'Junior Prom' EP: Exclusive Premiere

    February 03, 2014 11:50 AM EST Listen to the Brooklyn duo's five-song debut before they hit the road with Panic! At The Disco. Junior Prom, the Brooklyn duo of Mark Solomich and Erik Ratensperger, has created an arresting debut EP on Elektra Records after turning heads last year with the tracks "Sheila Put The…

  20. Shakira Returns to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    January 30, 2014 7:05 PM EST Justin Bieber jumps to No. 2, while Pitbull leaps into top 10 Justin Bieber’s run-ins with law enforcement dominated the online headlines last week, and in turn, the social network chatter helps lift Bieber 4-2 on Billboard's Social 50 chart. Meanwhile, Shakira returns to the No. 1 on…

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