1. Mike Doughty Opens 'Book of Drugs,' Says J.Lo & Music Thieves Saved His Life

    December 07, 2011 4:40 PM EST On His Soul Coughing Music: 'I Think It's Really, Really Bad' Mike Doughty's 2011 was not bad, not bad at all. The veteran singer/songwriter saw his latest collection of hypnotic, wistful, sometimes absurd acoustic-based missives, "Yes And Also Yes," land the…

  2. 'Glee' Star Charice's Dad Stabbed to Death in Philippines

    November 01, 2011 9:35 AM EDT The estranged father of singer Charice Pempengco of the hit TV show "Glee" was stabbed to death in her hometown in the Philippines, leading the teen star Tuesday to pull out of a concert in Singapore. The singer apologized to her fans for having to skip the show scheduled for…

  3. Justice Returns: 'Audio, Video, Disco' Fuses Electro With Arena Rock

    October 21, 2011 3:25 PM EDT It was the year 2007, and dance music was at a crossroads. On one side: the synthesized, instrumental rhythms of underground dance, created by dominantly faceless producers to feed a global yet dwindling network of touring DJs. On the other: mashup artists like DJ AM and a bevy of imitators,…

  4. Swedish House Mafia Announce Massive Headlining Gigs in New York, London

    September 23, 2011 4:15 PM EDT Swedish House Mafia 's Masquerade Motel event in March 2011 practically shut down Miami Beach, with thousands of partiers dancing on the sand. Now, the DJ/producer trio is ready to go even bigger. The Swedish dance collective announced today that it will play a couple of historic…

  5. Billboard Mexican Music Awards Finalists Announced!

    August 25, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Further, underscoring the growing importance of digital distribution and promotion to the genre, for the first time in the history of the Billboard awards on Telemundo, digital track sales are being factored into the formula determining the finalists for the top artists and top songs…

  6. Inside The School of Rock

    March 31, 2011 12:06 PM EDT When Chris Catalano became CEO of School of Rock, the first step he took was to address the company's mission statement. Founder Paul Green liked "saving rock'n'roll one kid at a time" when he conceived the idea for the school in 1998, but Catalano deemed that vision …

  7. Mumford & Sons to Jump On 'Railroad Revival' Spring Tour

    March 07, 2011 5:32 PM EST After enjoying a breakout year and performing at the Grammys, Mumford & Sons will take their victory lap on a rustic railroad alongside Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show . The three groups will play six outdoor shows in seven days together on the Railroad…

  8. Stooges Bassist, Former Minuteman Mike Watt Makes 30-Song Rock Opera

    March 04, 2011 3:00 PM EST M ike Watt made indie rock history in the '80s with provocative San Pedro, Calif., art-punk minimalists the Minutemen , going on to form alt-rock band Firehose after Minutemen leader D. Boon's death. For the last 15 years, Watt has crafted ambitious, eccentric solo albums, and since…

  9. Billboard Bits: New Katy Perry Song Leaks, Cee Lo Working with Gwyneth Paltrow

    December 30, 2010 6:08 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. New Katy Perry Song, 'Part of Me,' Hits the Web "Part of Me," a new dance track from Katy Perry , made a splash on YouTube when it leaked online yesterday (Dec. 29). "You're not gonna…

  10. Enrique Morente, Flamenco Star, Dies at 67

    December 14, 2010 4:49 PM EST E nrique Morente , one of the great living flamenco singers and a composer and musician who pushed the boundaries of the genre to unimaginable directions, died Dec. 13 in a clinic in Spain. Morente suffered complications following an ulcer operation. Morente's prowess as a singer was…

  11. Latin Grammy 2010 Predictions: And the Winner Is...

    November 10, 2010 5:00 PM EST It's time again for us to make our annual predictions for the Latin Grammy Awards, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Thursday night (Nov. 11.) Alejandro Sanz , Juan Luis Guerra , Jorge Drexler and Camila lead the nominees , but who will emerge…

  12. Alejandro Sanz, Juan Luis Guerra Lead Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 08, 2010 12:45 PM EDT Latin Grammy darlings Alejandro Sanz and Juan Luis Guerra , along with past nominee Jorge Drexler , led the nominations for the 11th edition of the awards with four nods each, tying Mario Domm, the lead singer and songwriter of pop group Camila . The nominees for the 2010 Latin Grammys, which…

  13. Charice's New Dream: Becoming a Lawyer

    July 14, 2010 8:56 AM EDT C harice Pempengco has a long-term plan that involves a different stage than the ones she has occupied since Oprah Winfrey dubbed her the "most talented girl in the world." Win a Charice-Signed Billboard Chart "I want to be a lawyer," the Filipina singing prodigy said in…

  14. Concha Buika & Chucho Valdes, "El Último Trago"

    October 30, 2009 3:26 PM EDT It's not surprising that the Afro-Spanish singer Concha Buika is a favorite of the filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. Her husky handling of the copla, a Spanish torch song with flamenco flourishes, and other styles suitable for late-night listening are as knowingly decadent as Almodovar's…

  15. Chart Beat Thursday: Happy (Early) Holidays

    October 22, 2009 6:49 PM EDT IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE ...: More than a week before Halloween, and five weeks before Thanksgiving, the Billboard 200 is being decorated with a sleighful of yuletide albums. Five new holiday sets enter the Billboard 200, led by Bob Dylan 's "Christmas in the Heart…

  16. Rivera Family To Unite For Regional Mexican Summit

    September 16, 2009 11:53 AM EDT The Rivera family -- stars Jenni Rivera , Lupillo Rivera , Juan Rivera and their father, industry icon Pedro Rivera -- will all sit together on a unique and historic industry panel during Billboard's Regional Mexican Music Summit in October. Considered the leading family of regional…

  17. DePedro, "DePedro"

    August 11, 2009 2:29 PM EDT Spanish singer-songwriter Jairo Zavala, well-known in Spanish rock circles for his work with Amparanoia and Vacazul, became a touring member of Tucson, Ariz.-based rock band Calexico in 2004. So on his solo debut, "DePedro," for which Zavala records under the same name, members of…

  18. April 8, 2009

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in mainland China with a gig in Shanghai. 2001 – Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, of the Buena Vista Social Club dies after performing at a concert in Basel, Switzerland. 2001 – Van Stephenson, a former member of the country group BlackHawk,…

  19. This Day in Music

    October 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Badfinger drummer Michael Gibbins dies in his sleep at his home in Florida at the age of 56. The cause of death is not made public. 2005 - Badfinger drummer Michael Gibbins dies in his sleep at his home in Florida at the age of 56. The cause of death is not made public. 2003 - Irish…

  20. 6 Questions: Daddy Yankee

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Daddy Yankee's studio is located in a modest house that looks just like any other in Carolina, a town on the outskirts of San Juan, Puerto Rico that is home to the reggaeton movement. Daddy Yankee's studio is located in a modest house that looks just like any other in Carolina, a…

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