1. Latin Conference: Italian Veteran Laura Pausini Is 'Not a Diva'

    April 24, 2014 1:49 PM EDT By 2004, a decade after making her recording debut at the age of 18, Laura Pausini had sold over 25 million albums worldwide, an eye-opening accomplishment for anyone, much less an artist largely cut off from the lucrative English-language market. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage…

  2. ZZ Ward Premiere: Watch 'Last Love Song' Music Video

    April 24, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Watch the official visual for Ward's latest single, to be used in a new promo for "Pretty Little Liars." "Last Love Song," a highlight from pop-rock singer-songwriter ZZ Ward's 2012 debut album "Til the Casket Drops," has been tapped to appear in the…

  3. Tom Petty, Fun., Max Martin Honored at ASCAP Pop Awards

    April 24, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Tom Petty did something at the ASCAP Pop Awards on April 23 that he rarely does on the concert stage -- he ad libbed. Songwriting, songwriters and artists, “is the job most people in the band don't want. It's long, lonely work -- you sit there waiting for magic," he told a full…

  4. String Cheese Incident, 'Song in My Head': Exclusive Album Premiere

    April 24, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Over the last several years, Colorado-based jamband String Cheese Incident have intentionally slowed things down, trading long touring stretches for days at home and musical side-projects, only coming together for festival gigs and one-off runs. Studio work, too, took a backseat. But next…

  5. Kanye West, Rick Rubin Thank Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards For Roland 808s Honor: Watch

    April 24, 2014 11:18 AM EDT The pair teamed to create an unusual thank-you video that will be shown at the ceremony. Kanye West and legendary producer Rick Rubin will be honored with the Roland 808's award for their contributions to hip-hop during the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, to be held April 25 at the…

  6. Latin Conference World Cup Q&A: Carlos Vives, David Correy, RCA's Tom Corson & More (Video)

    April 23, 2014 8:20 PM EDT At the Billboard Latin Music Conference on Tuesday (April 22), the important intersection of soccer and Latin music was the subject that hitmaker Carlos Vives, "X Factor" finalist David Correy, RCA president Tom Corson, EA Music Group president Steve Schnur, Coca-Cola director of…

  7. Happy Ninth Birthday YouTube: From 'Me at the Zoo' to a Billion Monthly Visits

    April 23, 2014 5:23 PM EDT As groundbreaking recorded media events go, YouTube's first upload is about as banal as Thomas Edison reciting "Mary Had A Little Lamb" on the first phonograph record. In the eighteen-second clip "Me At The Zoo," uploaded for the world to see nine years ago today,…

  8. Kaskade Pairs Running With Dance Music for Spark Run Race Series (Exclusive)

    April 23, 2014 9:01 AM EDT Kaskade's fans are used to breaking a sweat to his music, but not quite like this. The American dance music star tells Billboard that he will be producing a series of 5K nighttime running and walking events in at least five cities this summer. Called “The Spark Run,” each race will…

  9. Latin Conference: Vevo's Rio Caraeff, Google Play's Adrian Harley Discuss Creativity, Catering to the Consumer

    April 23, 2014 8:38 AM EDT Can Rio Careff save the music business? That was a question readily floated around industry circles in 2009. That year, Caraeff -- who raised Universal's mobile division to nearly half (45%) of the label's digital revenue before going on to head all of digital -- launched Vevo, the…

  10. Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Tops Britain’s All-Time Downloaded Chart

    April 23, 2014 3:52 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been revealed as the most downloaded track of all-time in the United Kingdom. The controversial hit (which features T.I. and Pharrell Williams) is one of only two songs to sell more than 1.5 million downloads, according to a new countdown compiled by the…

  11. 'The Voice' Recap: Bottom Three Plead for Viewers' Save With Last-Minute Performances

    April 22, 2014 11:07 PM EDT FYI, there's only one night per season where "The Voice" only sends home a single singer. For a show with spinning chairs, boxing rings, duets, playoffs and steals, that's just way too stale. Instead, the NBC singing show opts for double eliminations, which are determined…

  12. How K-Pop Got on the UK's BBC Radio 1 (Something Other Than Psy, That Is)

    April 22, 2014 9:10 PM EDT Korean superstars G-Dragon and Shinwa were broadcasted on mainstream British radio thanks to a 22-year-old K-pop fan from the countryside A few weeks back, British radio listeners very well may have double checked their radio dials when they heard Korean music playing on their airwaves. The…

  13. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  14. Latin Conference: Studio Heads Behind 'Instructions Not Included' Want Everyone's Eyes

    April 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Music has the power to transform films -- that becomes especially true when the film is considered a Latino movie. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage Or at least that's what the heads of Pantelion Films attest. Pantelion is the first major Hispanic Hollywood studio that aims to…

  15. Katy Perry Plays Elderly Dancer, Spoiled Princess In 'Birthday' Video Teaser: Watch

    April 22, 2014 12:37 PM EDT Want to watch Katy play a depressed clown, a wise-cracking rabbi and an animal trainer? Of course you do. Katy Perry has described her upcoming music video for new single "Birthday" as "the most insane one I've ever done"… and judging from the two-minute teaser clip…

  16. Aloe Blacc: 4 Steps To His Success

    April 22, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Aloe Blacc's "Lift Your Sprit" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in March after his vocal turn on Avicii's 2013 hit "Wake Me Up"  and his own new single "The Man" turned up the buzz. Now that he's also been a mentor on "The Voice" and…

  17. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Don't You Wanna Danica?

    April 22, 2014 6:18 AM EDT Party Anthem Night turned out to be the perfect “Dancing With the Stars” episode to attend liiiiiiive, as this is pretty much the flagship theme of the show (People Gone Wild) just as much as last week’s Disney motif. At the time, I’d regretted delaying my visit to Planet Mirrorballus because…

  18. Caetano Veloso Leads Brazilian Cast for ‘I’m Alive’ Rainforest Alliance Project: Watch

    April 22, 2014 2:32 AM EDT Brazilian star Caetano Veloso and rocker Lenine are among the artists who have gathered in Rio’s Floresta de Tijuca rainforest to record new music based on Veloso’s classic “Nine Out of Ten” and “sing their love for the Earth.” The “I’m Alive - Rainforest Alliance Sessions” honors Earth Day…

  19. Rock In Rio Heading To Las Vegas, Site Will Resemble An 'Amusement Park'

    April 22, 2014 12:13 AM EDT A giant roulette-like Ferris wheel. Themed streets boasting the sights and sounds of Brazil, U.S. and U.K. A 400-foot zip-line that zooms festival-goers across the crowd. A flying DJ booth and more than 100 musical acts on six stages.    These are just a few things to expect from the U.S.…

  20. Marc Anthony's Big Move: Inside His Salsa Return & Future Plans

    April 21, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Marc Anthony is backstage at the American-Airlines Arena in Miami, hopping from one foot to the other, like a boxer. His feet are clad in black patent leather shoes, and his slim frame dons a starched white shirt, black tailored pants and a fitted tuxedo jacket. He stares at the floor,…

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