1. Op-Ed: John Legend Demands Change After Eric Garner & Ferguson Decisions

    December 12, 2014 11:30 AM EST When Common and I wrote the song "Glory" for the stunning new film Selma , we drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries who strived and sacrificed to achieve racial equality in the face of seemingly hopeless odds. As I watched the final version of…

  2. David Bisbal Debuts New Song 'Closer Tonight' in Bubbly Freixenet's New Year's Eve Ad

    November 26, 2014 10:30 AM EST Spanish pop star David Bisbal has debuted his swinging new English-language song “Closer Tonight” in a New Year's Eve ad for Freixenet bubbly. The track with a jazz hot vibe will be included on a gold edition of his album Tu y Yo , set for Dec. 9. David Bisbal Surprises Fan With Ride…

  3. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  4. J Alvarez, Conjunto Primavera & Noel Torres Among Latin Grammy Street Party Performers

    September 16, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Regional Mexican and urban acts will dominate the 2014 Latin Grammy street party concerts, which kick off Oct. 5 in Chicago's Plaza Garibaldi. Artists confirmed to perform during the series, which will be played in five cities, include Conjunto Primavera , J Alvarez , J Balvin , Los…

  5. Justin Vernon and Astronautilus Tease New Project

    August 06, 2014 3:21 PM EDT It looks like Bon Iver founder Justin Vernon is embarking on yet another side project, this time with cerebral rapper Astronautilus . The project, "announced" via a post on label Totally Gross National Product's website , is titled De Oro (or the forthcoming record is titled De…

  6. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  7. Lollapalooza Brazil 2014: Phoenix, Arcade Fire, Lorde Rock São Paulo

    April 08, 2014 2:00 AM EDT The third edition of Lollapalooza Brazil took place for the first time at the Interlagos racecourse in São Paulo on Saturday and Sunday (April 5-6). The two-day festival brought fans from all over the country who fought the heat during the weekend to see their favorite bands including Muse,…

  8. Top 10 Best GRAMMY 2014 Moments: Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Beyonce and More

    January 27, 2014 1:07 AM EST The 56th GRAMMYs provided both the expected and unexpected. Sure, Jay Z was an announced performer, but who knew he'd say the funniest line of the night. Taylor Swift sat at the piano for her entire time on stage, but somehow still stole the show with her dance moves. And there were…

  9. Pharrell's Mountie Hat at GRAMMY Awards Is a Hit on Twitter

    January 26, 2014 9:49 PM EST This year's Grammys carpet is surprisingly polished, with the likes of Anna Faris, P!nk and Alicia Keys sporting simple, glamorous gowns usually reserved for non-music related red carpets. But one, uh, interesting fashion spot of the night -- and, quite possibly, in Grammys history --…

  10. Pitbull's FIFA World Cup Song a Collab With Jennifer Lopez, Claudia Leitte

    January 23, 2014 1:43 AM EST FIFA and Sony Music today named "We Are One" by Pitbull featuring Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte the official song for the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, which kicks off June 12 in Sao Paulo. The song will be released by Sony in the coming months and…

  11. Amiri Baraka, Poet and Activist, Dead at 79

    January 09, 2014 8:02 PM EST The writer authored several nonfiction music books in addition to recording his own music Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died.…

  12. Mexican Pop Icon Gloria Trevi Moves to Block Planned Biopic

    December 11, 2013 6:30 PM EST Lawyers representing Mexican pop icon Gloria Trevi have sent a cease-and-desist letter to the producers of the Mexican biopic Gloria for use of an "unauthorized" script about the singer-songwriter's life. Shooting on Gloria (working title) began on Nov. 29, several weeks after…

  13. Gloria Trevi Biopic To Go Ahead Without Authorization

    November 17, 2013 11:42 PM EST Shooting begins later this month on "Gloria," a biopic about Mexican pop singer Gloria Trevi from Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings" producer Barrie Osborne. Osborne is producing alongside Alan Curtiss ("Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"), Mexico&…

  14. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  15. Illya Kuryaki Wins Big at Argentina's Premios Gardel

    August 22, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, the funky rap-rock duo comprised of Dante Spinetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur, were the big winners at the Premios Gardel in Buenos Aires last night (Aug. 21). They won five awards, more than any other artist, for their album, "Chances," released…

  16. George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin’s Murder, Musicians React on Twitter

    July 13, 2013 10:58 PM EDT George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, was found not guilty in a Florida court today (July 13). The jury of six women deliberated for 16 hours and 20 minutes before arriving at their verdict. Zimmerman was also found not guilty of the…

  17. Bobby McFerrin Dedicates 'Spirit' of Father in New Album

    July 04, 2013 12:32 AM EDT For Bobby McFerrin, breaking new ground has always been synonymous with his music. His concerts are a mixed bag of musical styles drawing from jazz, classical, blues, and numerous other styles. He's performed unaccompanied, scatting and riffing with his four-octave range, and at times,…

  18. Surving Kombo Kolombia Band Members Lead Police to Bodies

    January 28, 2013 11:21 PM EST The Colombian-style music group was playing at a ranch in northern Mexico when at least 10 gunmen entered the warehouse where the private party was being held and forced them and several crew members into waiting vehicles, a survivor of the attack told authorities. Nuevo Leon state security…

  19. Bubbling Under: Rudimental's 'Love' Takes Over

    November 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Rudimental, Liz Longley, One Night Rodeo and Sean Riva. Rudimental Dance collective Rudimental made a splash earlier this year on…

  20. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Talks 'Battleship' Movie, Feist Debuts First 'Metals' Single

    August 12, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Discusses Her 'Battleship' Film Role The movie adaptation of the classic, yet plotless, game Battleship may be eliciting a few eye-rolls around the Internet, but pop-star-turned-"Battleship…

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