1. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

  2. Neil Young & Crazy Horse Tel Aviv Concert Canceled Over Security Crisis

    July 13, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their concert at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on July 17 because of the current security crisis in the region, according to a statement from Warner Bros. Records.  Neil Young, Jack White Cut a Vinyl Record on 'Tonight Show': Watch Neil Young…

  3. Russia Launches Song Contests As 'Alternative' To Eurovision

    May 27, 2014 12:13 AM EDT In the wake of this year's Eurovision win by cross-dresser Conchita Wurst, Russia's defense ministry is running a children and youth song contest, billed as "an alternative to bearded Eurovision," while another song contest, seen as having a similar mission, will take…

  4. Moscow Bans Parade Honoring Eurovision Drag Queen

    May 15, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Moscow authorities have turned down gay activists' application to hold a parade honoring drag queen Conchita Wurst, winner of this year's Eurovision song contest. Russian Politicians Slam 'Bearded Lady' Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Win Austrian Drag Queen Conchita…

  5. Russian Politicians Slam 'Bearded Lady' Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Win

    May 13, 2014 5:39 AM EDT Russian officials have made scathing remarks about Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Song Contest victory. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, known for his anti-Western views, slammed the choice of Wurst as the contest's winner in a post on his Twitter account: "Eurovision showed…

  6. Austrian Drag Queen Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Song Contest

    May 10, 2014 8:41 PM EDT The Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired power ballad that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The song, "Rise Like a Phoenix," helped Wurst --…

  7. Eurovision Spotlight Falls On Austria's Bearded Drag Queen

    May 08, 2014 4:00 AM EDT When Austria's entry takes the stage Thursday at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, the spotlight will slowly reveal a lone figure with wide sensual eyes, glossy painted lips, high cheekbones - and a man's full dark beard. Conchita Wurst - the alter ego of 25-year-old…

  8. Smoke DZA Talks 'Dream.Zone.Achieve' Album, Performs Two Songs: Watch

    March 24, 2014 11:58 AM EDT There's more than meets the eye when it comes to Smoke DZA. The rapper and R.F.C. Music Group label head has been in the game for over a decade, and his personal journey has been one to marvel at. On his upcoming album, "Dream.ZONE.Achieve," DZA breaks down his sonic excursion…

  9. (Don't) Call Me: Blondie Rejects Offer to Perform at Sochi Olympics

    February 10, 2014 9:30 AM EST Blondie has revealed that they rejected an offer to perform at the Sochi Olympics because of Russia's violations against human rights, including the country's recent anti-gay laws.  On her Twitter account, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry published a scan of the printed offer to…

  10. Lady Gaga, Vampire Weekend, Elton John Up for GLAAD Media Awards

    January 30, 2014 10:03 AM EST Elton John, Lady Gaga and Vampire Weekend are among the music nominees for awards presented by the gay advocacy group GLAAD. The outstanding music artist category also includes Goldfrapp and Tegan and Sara. The 25th annual  GLAAD Media Awards  celebrate fair and accurate representation of…

  11. Elton John Challenges Russia's New Anti-Gay Law

    January 23, 2014 3:42 AM EST Entertainer-songwriter Elton John is declaring his support of the Russian people, and he says they still accept him despite that country's harsh new anti-gay law. Passed last year, the so-called "gay propaganda" law bans promotion of "non-traditional sexual relations"…

  12. Pussy Riot Members Released From Prison

    December 23, 2013 8:59 AM EST Two jailed members of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot were released Monday following an amnesty law that both described as a Kremlin public relations stunt ahead of the Winter Olympics. Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were granted amnesty last week in a move largely viewed as the…

  13. Elton John Dedicates Russia Concert to Slain Gay Man, Condemns Discrimination

    December 07, 2013 2:06 PM EST Elton John devoted a Dec. 6 Moscow concert to a Russian man killed for being gay and condemned discrimination against the local gay community onstage. The singer became the first major Western artist to speak against the legislation since it was enacted last June. During the show held at…

  14. Madonna Joins Campaign to Support Russian LGBT Community

    December 05, 2013 4:16 AM EST Madonna has signed up for a campaign in support of Russia’s LGBT community. The U.S. singer, who has repeatedly expressed her outrage against the law on gay propaganda, has joined the Human Rights Campaign’s "Love Conquers Hate" initiative. As the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics…

  15. Promoter of Lady Gaga Concert in Russia Fined for 'Gay Propaganda'

    November 18, 2013 10:17 AM EST A St. Petersburg court has fined the organizers of last year's local show by Lady Gaga for "propaganda of alcohol consumption and homosexuality." The city's court #122 responded to a complaint by Nadezhda Petrova, a local resident, who claimed that during the show, her…

  16. Calle 13 Releases 'Multi_Viral' With Help from Julian Assange, Tom Morello: Listen

    November 13, 2013 3:58 AM EST Calle 13 has just posted their much Tweeted-about track “Multi_Viral,” which features spoken-word contribution from WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange and Palestinian artist Kamilya Jubran’s soulful singing.   Tom Morello’s guitar characteristically rages on “Multi_Viral,” which takes the…

  17. Selena Gomez Scraps Concerts in Russia Amid Visa Controversy

    September 19, 2013 6:16 PM EDT Selena Gomez has canceled several concert dates in eastern Europe after Russian authorities reportedly denied the pop star's visa request.  The "Come and Get It" singer was slated to perform in Minsk, Belarus today and in Kiev, Ukraine on Sept. 21, then travel to Russia for…

  18. Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' Comic Book Series Goes Digital

    April 17, 2013 2:19 AM EDT Coldplay announced on Tuesday the digital release of its "Mylo Xyloto" comic book series, based on the 2011 album of the same name. Written by filmmaker Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) with help from the British band, the six-part saga depicts an…

  19. Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba Trip Was Legal, But Questions Linger

    April 10, 2013 2:39 AM EDT Was Beyonce and Jay-Z's anniversary trip a holiday in Havana or a spectacular show of America's "People to People" Cuba policy in action? Thousands of American musicians and music industry personnel have visited Cuba over recent decades. In 1999, more than thirty…

  20. Alchemist Talks 'Russian Roulette' Album & Soviet Union Propaganda

    July 18, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Hip-hop may be the only genre in which an artist's record sales and commercial tie-ins seem to matter more than anything else -- sometimes even more than the music itself. But that's not the case with Alchemist , whose new album, "Russian Roulette," arrives July 18 on…

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