1. Talib Kweli: My Life Was Threatened at Ferguson

    September 08, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Lost in Talib Kweli ’s combative CNN interview with Don Lemon in August was his account of the hostile treatment by police that he and his fellow activists encountered at the protests over Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo. Billboard talked to the hip-hop artist about his experiences on…

  2. Pharrell's 'Happy' Is Even Happier in Sign Language

    August 18, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Fan-made videos from around the world have brought Pharrell Williams to tears . Well, there's been another endearing rendition of "Happy," this one courtesy of the kids at Camp Mark Seven's Deaf Film Camp, which offers filmmaking instruction to deaf and hard-of-hearing…

  3. Stax Records Musical: Lawsuit Explores Who Owns the Rights

    August 12, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Just last month, Concord Music Group announced that it was developing a Broadway musical about the iconic music label Stax Records, which launched the careers of such soul artists as Otis Redding , Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & the MG's amid the racial tension of the civil rights era.…

  4. OutKast, YG Bring Few Surprises To First Night of Drake's Two-Day OVO Fest

    August 04, 2014 3:58 AM EDT Drake’s fifth annual OVO Festival, held in his hometown of Toronto, expanded to two days for the first time this year. But for the first of two nights on Sunday, OVO was less about Drake (who was set to headline the following night) and unbilled appearances from his many A-list friends.…

  5. YouTube Product Management Head Shiva Rajaraman Leaves for Spotify

    August 01, 2014 7:31 PM EDT YouTube is losing another top employee. Product management head Shiva Rajaraman is leaving the streaming video service for Spotify. His departure comes as YouTube prepares to launch a music streaming service of its own. More YouTube News YouTube's Music Industry Liaison Chris LaRosa to…

  6. Prince Royce's 'Soy El Mismo' Hits No. 1, Premios Juventud Spurs Digital Sales

    July 24, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Plus: Romeo Santos' 'Eres Mia' rises on Hot Latin Songs, J Balvin climbs with '6 AM' and Jenni Rivera's daughter makes a No. 1 debut Shooting 6-1 on Tropical Airplay , Prince Royce 's "Soy El Mismo" grants the 25-year-old bachata singer his ninth…

  7. YouTube's Music Industry Liaison Chris LaRosa to Depart for Startup

    July 23, 2014 1:38 PM EDT It's still full steam ahead for YouTube's music service, however. Chris LaRosa, a product manager responsible for liaising with publishers and labels on behalf of YouTube, has left YouTube/Google, a source has confirmed to Billboard. LaRosa was with YouTube for seven years,…

  8. Alex & Sierra Set to Release Debut Album ‘It's About Us,’ Drop 'Scarecrow' Video (Watch)

    July 16, 2014 2:52 AM EDT X Factor season three winners Alex & Sierra are set to release their debut Columbia/Syco album, "It's About Us," which is available for pre-orders today on iTunes . Fans pre-ordering the record, set for release on Oct. 7, will get a taste of the 13-song collection with…

  9. Gerardo Ortiz Denied Mexican Hometown Concert By Public Officials

    July 04, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Regional Mexican star Gerardo Ortiz, who began touring in Mexico this year after nearly being killed there three years ago, was not allowed to perform several scheduled shows, according to a spokesperson for the singer.   Published reports indicate that public officials in the northwestern…

  10. Latin Grammy Academy Honoring Willy Chirino, Los Lobos and Others

    July 01, 2014 7:27 AM EDT Cuban singer/songwriter Willy Chirino, Chicano rock band Los Lobos and Argentinean songstress/actress Valeria Lynch are among the honorees receiving special lifetime achievement awards by the Latin Recording Academy.   The special awards will be given during Latin Grammy week on Nov. 19, a…

  11. Governors Ball 2014: Outkast Corrects Course With Energetic Outing in NYC

    June 07, 2014 9:48 AM EDT In April, when Outkast set off their 2014 reunion tour with a problematic, unfocused set at Coachella's first weekend, critics suggested many different scapegoats: a flawed setlist, a disengaged Andre 3000, overlong solo sets from he and Big Boi, a festival crowd that was too young…

  12. Outkast Brings Amazing Set & Apparent Tension To Private NYC Party: Live Review

    May 15, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The veteran rappers performed at Adult Swim's private Upfront showcase on Wednesday night. Watching Outkast perform "B.O.B." live in 2014, surrounded by gentlemen in shiny suits and women swilling free cocktails, is a strange experience. On one hand, you're watching "…

  13. Ray LaMontagne's 'Supernova' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    May 08, 2014 5:16 PM EDT The folk-rocker lands his third leader on the list. Plus, chart action for Whitechapel, Grateful Dead, Pixies and Coldplay Ray LaMontagne notches his third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, and second leader on Folk Albums , with "Supernova," which opens with 40,000…

  14. Santana Indulges His Experimental Side on 'Corazón': Album Review

    May 06, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The best instrumentalists don't just play -- they speak. Instruments can move freely without language or diction hampering them, but that also makes it more challenging to deliver a message or establish an identity. Yet the sound of Carlos Santana's guitar is unmistakable: angular…

  15. Pharrell Williams Launches Sprint's HTC One (M8) Phone with High Tech, Sound Sessions Concert

    April 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT On Tuesday (April 29) night, Hot 100 leading man (for 10 straight weeks now) Pharrell Williams packed out New York City’s Webster Hall to headline the Sprint Sound Session, a concert event to launch the mobile service provider’s new HTC One (M8) phone. Songs that he’s produced either as…

  16. Outkast Returns to Georgia for CounterPoint Fest

    April 28, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Despite the wet and muddy conditions, the energy was high for Outkast's performance in their home state at the CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival. Organizers suspended the festival due to heavy rain and inclement weather, pushing Outkast's set back more than an hour Sunday night…

  17. Billboard Latin Music Awards Vevo Playlist: Top Latin Videos (1989-2014)

    April 18, 2014 11:58 AM EDT To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, Billboard partnered with VEVO   and delved into its video library, going all the way back to 1989 to find the videos of the top songs of the year spanning a quarter a decade. Our video selection was based on chart…

  18. Enrique Iglesias, Wisin, Sean Paul to Perform at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 17, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Cristian Castro and Michel Teló have also been added for the April 24th show Enrique Iglesias, Wisin, Sean Paul, Cristian Castro, and Michel Teló have joined the all-star lineup set to perform at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The newly announced performers will join Chayanne, Marc…

  19. Coachella 2014: 10 Best Performances

    April 14, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella • Photos: Backstage at Coachella • Justin Bieber Joins Chance The Rapper • Pharrell Enlists All-Stars • Arcade Fire Brings Out Debbie Harry • Is Gwen Stefani Cameo a Hint? • Lana del Rey Debuts Single • Jay-Z & Beyonce Invade • Lorde Makes…

  20. Andre 3000's Coachella Overalls: What's Going On with the Outkast Star's Outfit

    April 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Along with too-short cut offs, crop tops and feather/flower combinations that appear to be something of a 1960s caricature, you could call overalls somewhat of a Coachella staple. And last night, Outkast's Andre 3000 (better known in film circles as Andre Benjamin) sported a pair of…

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