1. Artists from Rubén Blades to Enrique Iglesias Voice Support for Venezuela, Criticize Gov't

    February 21, 2014 9:02 PM EST Salsa greats and social activists Rubén Blades and Willie Colon have, separately, been the most outspoken of the many music artists who have expressed solidarity this week with protestors in Venezuela. In the case of Blades, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro spoke back. Earlier this week,…

  2. Simón Díaz, Beloved Venezuelan Singer, Dead at 85

    February 19, 2014 1:04 PM EST The folk singer was known internationally for his much covered song "Caballo Viejo" Simón Díaz, the folk singer affectionately known as “Uncle Simón” in his native Venezuela, has died at age 85. Díaz, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, died at his home in Caracas Wednesday…

  3. Toni Braxton & Babyface’s Triumphant No. 1 Return to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    February 13, 2014 8:00 PM EST The duo's album unseats Beyonce for the first time since its December debut Toni Braxton and Babyface return to the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as their duet set “Love, Marriage & Divorce” moves 67,000 in its debut week for a debut at No. 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  4. Draco Rosa Shutters L.A. Studio Phantom Vox With a 'Yard Sale'

    February 13, 2014 4:12 AM EST Phantom Vox, the West Hollywood studio owned by Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning artist Draco Rosa, is set to close at the end of the month. The studio has hosted musicians ranging from Mexican band Kinky and Spanish rock star Enrique Bunbury to Coldplay and Sara Bareilles. Over the past year,…

  5. Songwriters Hall of Fame Taps Ray Davies, Donovan for Class of 2014

    February 11, 2014 12:42 PM EST Ray Davies and Donovan are among the 2014 class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The organization announced Tuesday that "Midnight Train to Georgia" writer Jim Weatherly and English songwriter Graham Gouldman also made the cut. Mark James, the writer of "Always on My Mind"…

  6. Ruben Studdard Talks New Album, Big Weight Loss: 'This Time It's for Me'

    February 11, 2014 10:44 AM EST Ruben Studdard, aka the Velvet Teddy Bear, formally returned to the music scene this month with a new album, new single and new label.  Released Feb. 4 by Verve Records, "Unconditional Love" marks Studdard's sixth album since claiming the "American Idol" crown in 2003…

  7. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  8. Clay Aiken Considering a Run for Congress: Report

    January 03, 2014 12:30 PM EST "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is taking a serious look into running for Congress this year in his home state of North Carolina, according to a report in the Washington Blade . The singer, who also landed second-place on "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2012, has been…

  9. ‘Flume’ Wins Australia’s J Award

    November 22, 2013 5:37 AM EST Flume’s irresistible rise to the top is near complete with the electronic music producer today winning the J Award for his debut self-titled album. “Flume” beat out recordings from the likes of the Drones, RUFUS, Cloud Control, Jagwar Ma and Big Scary for the annual honor, awarded by the…

  10. Soul Train Awards Go Bigger for 2013, Promise '100% Live' Acts: 'No Tracks Here'

    November 04, 2013 4:44 AM EST Producers of the Soul Train Awards are prepping their biggest event yet. The 2013 edition of the urban music celebration takes place on Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas (it airs Dec. 1 on BET), where a new venue promises a grander, two-stage production worthy of the marquee names…

  11. Ruben Studdard Says He's 'Been Taught' By 'Biggest Loser' Experience

    September 26, 2013 10:47 PM EDT The former "American Idol" winner stars as the heaviest contestant on Season 15 of "The Biggest Loser."   Ruben Studdard didn't even get one last pig-out session before making his way to "The Biggest Loser" ranch. "You know, the funny thing is, I was…

  12. Latin Recording Academy and Eventus Join for Third Annual Acoustic Sessions

    September 20, 2013 3:26 AM EDT The Latin Grammy Acoustic Sessions, a series of invitation-only shows by well known Latin artists, will take place in five cities leading up to the Nov. 21 Latin Grammys.   On the night of Sept. 25, after Latin Grammy nominations are announced that morning, rock singer-songwriter Draco Rosa…

  13. Avalanches, Eddie Vedder, Neil Finn Contribute To Hunters & Collectors ‘The Crucible’ Tribute

    August 09, 2013 4:30 AM EDT The Avalanches, Eddie Vedder, Neil Finn and Missy Higgins lead an impressive cast of contributors for a new album which pays tribute to the works of veteran Australian pub rock group Hunters & Collectors. The 15-track set “The Crucible” will arrive Down Under on Sept. 27 through…

  14. Iconic Salsa Singer Rubén Blades Eyes New Label, Talks New Music, Brad Pitt Project

    July 13, 2013 6:43 PM EDT Rubén Blades, the venerable salsa singer/songwriter/actor, is eyeing the Los Angeles-based Nacional Records as a possible home for his new music, according to a source familiar with the ongoing conversations. Blades, who spoke this week at the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) in…

  15. Ruben Studdard to Star on 'The Biggest Loser'

    July 01, 2013 10:14 AM EDT Ruben Studdard has had a problem keeping weight off, especially after a divorce last year, but now the R&B singer made famous on one reality show is seeking a lasting solution on another.  Starting this fall, the former "American Idol" champ will compete on the 15th…

  16. Chart Highlights: 'Ooh' She Did It Again ... Britney Spears Debuts On Pop Songs

    June 24, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Spears' 'Smurfs 2' single blasts onto the radio airplay tally at No. 22. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk, Demi Lovato, J. Cole, Jake Owen and Marc Anthony Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  17. Breakaway Music Festival Announced: Empire of the Sun, Wu-Tang Clan Playing Stadiums in Columbus, Dallas

    June 11, 2013 11:00 AM EDT The inaugural Breakaway Music Festival concept, produced by rising young promoters Prime Social, will launch with two new events at Major League Soccer (MLS) stadiums in Columbus, Ohio, and Dallas, Sept. 14 and 21, respectively. The multi-genre events feature artists from indie, EDM, pop,…

  18. Alesso on Swedish House Mafia's Last Gig, His New OneRepublic Track: Watch

    March 24, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Alesso, who will perform on the Ultra Music Festival main stage Sunday night (March 24) right before Swedish House Mafia's last set ever, took a moment out of his hectic weekend for a video interview with Billboard.com's Code column editor Kerri Mason. The young DJ/producer opens…

  19. Paramore Treat SXSW to Next Single at Punk-Influenced Warner Sound

    March 14, 2013 9:17 AM EDT Tegan and Sara, Kitten and other acts joined the evening of rock in Austin The second night of the Warner Sound showcase, sponsored by Nikon, at SXSW was celebration of punk. The genre has few better flag-bearers this year than Paramore, a group making its first trip to SXSW since debuting…

  20. Warner Sound Live at SXSW: Watch Macklemore, Icona Pop and More Tonight at 9pm ET

    March 12, 2013 3:56 PM EDT Watch The Warner Sound's SXSW concerts live, March 12-14 at 9pm ET/8pm CT each evening. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paramore, Tegan and Sara and The Flaming Lips are just a few of the artists that will be performing live at The Warner Sound's South By Southwest showcases Tuesday…

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