Human Interest

  1. Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones Regroup for DVD Press Conference, Not Tour

    September 21, 2012 11:58 AM EDT The surviving members of Led Zeppelin (L-R): John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page appeared at an event launching their new DVD "Celebration Day" and managed to evade all talk of a future reunion. (Photo: Getty Images) The three s ...

  2. Country, AC Lead Music Formats at 2012 Marconi Awards

    September 21, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Dan Seeman, Vice President and Market Manager for Hubbard Adult Contemporary KSTP-FM (KS 95) Minneapolis (left) accepts the 2012 Marconi Award for Legendary Station of the Year from Gordon H. Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of ...

  3. En Breve: Latin Recording Academy, Jarabe de Palo & more.

    September 19, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Latin Recording Academy Honors Hitmakers The Latin Recording Academy celebrates several legendary artists for Latin Grammy week, which begins Nov. 14, including veteran Spanish singer/songwriter Luz Casal, Argentine crooner Leo Dan, Puerto Rico-bo ...

  4. Univision, Eventus Partner for Celia Cruz-Branded Products

    September 17, 2012 7:32 PM EDT Univision Enterprises, a relatively new division of media giant Univision Communications, has signed an exclusive global agreement to license consumer products branded with the name an image of late salsa queen Celia Cruz. Cruz-branded products wi ...

  5. Psy Still No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, 50 Cent Makes 'Sexy' Return

    September 14, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Psy tops the Billboard Social 50 for the third week in a row as he continues to showcase his "Gangnam Style" song and its signature dance in the United States. Last week, he appeared on MTV's Video Music Awards broadcast (Sept. 6) w ...

  6. Latin Recording Academy Honoring Luz Casal and Rita Moreno, Among Others

    September 13, 2012 6:15 PM EDT The Latin Recording Academy is honoring several artists from around the globe, including Spanish singer/songwriter Luz Casal, Argentinian crooner Leo Dan, Puerto Rican-born Rita Moreno and Brazil's Milton Nascimento during a November ceremony ...

  7. Ne-Yo Talks About His Motown A&R Gig, Learning the 'Language of Executive'

    September 12, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Left to right: Universal's Barry Weiss, Ne-Yo and Motown's Ethiopia Habtemariam after announcing Ne-Yo's new role at Motown in January While walking the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, Ne-Yo took a moment to talk with Bill ...

  8. Young Acts Lead Finalists For Second Annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    September 11, 2012 9:30 AM EDT A trio of young acts that espouse different, bold sounds dominates the list of finalists for the second annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Telemundo Oct. 18. Presented by ...

  9. Taylor Swift, Dean Brody Take Home Canadian Country Music Association Honors

    September 10, 2012 10:33 AM EDT While Toronto has been buzzing with the 37th Toronto International Film Festival and music stars from Selena Gomez to Rob Zombie and Natalie Maines descending on the city to help promote certain films, two provinces west in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ...

  10. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  11. 6 Questions with CAT POWER

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, has moved to the beat of her own drum as an artist, delving into moody folk-rock on 1998's "Moon Pix", stark chamber pop on 2003's "You Are Free", Memphis blues on 2006's acclaimed & ...

  12. Cee Lo Green Inks First-Look Deal With NBC, Developing Semi-Autobiographical Scripted Comedy

    September 06, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Cee Lo Green is adding scripted TV to his repertoire. "The Voice" coach has inked a first-look deal with NBC to develop, produce and potentially star in new projects -- scripted and unscripted -- for the network under his newly launched ...

  13. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys Among Performers For 'Stand Up To Cancer' Benefit

    September 06, 2012 3:14 PM EDT This year, the "Stand Up to Cancer" benefit concert is back with perhaps its most star-studded show yet. Clear Channel radio stations have supported the cause in past years, but this is the first time any radio partner has galvanized all ...

  14. Al Schlesinger, Former NARAS Chairman, To Be Honored By National Assn. of Record Industry Professionals

    September 04, 2012 11:20 AM EDT The National Assn. of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) is holding a tribute dinner for Al Schlesinger, the entertainment lawyer, on Sept. 12 at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, California. Tickets cost $60, and are on sale here . Te ...

  15. Academy Awards To Change Nomination Process For Best Original Song Oscar

    August 30, 2012 5:24 PM EDT Five songs will be nominated for Academy Awards in the Original Song category after the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved additional rules for the 85th Academy Awards. Changes in the Original Song categ ...

  16. Jencarlos Canela Signs With Universal Music Latin Entertainment

    August 29, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Jesus Lopez, CEO of Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Peninsula, and Jencarlos Canela. Miami singer/songwriter Jencarlos Canela, Whose 2009 debut album Búscame became one of the most successful Latin debuts in recent memory, has signed a recor ...

  17. How Neon Trees Made the Top 40 Leap in 19 Weeks

    August 28, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks" (Mercury/Island Def Jam Music Group) reaches the top 10 of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart in its 19th week, rising 11-8. It concurrently holds at No. 2 on Adult ...

  18. Madonna's 'MDNA' Tour Brings Big Numbers to North American Premiere Tonight

    August 28, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Madonna's "MDNA" tour hits North American shores tonight with a show at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. The European leg of the tour wrapped last week in Nice, France. The tour, which began May 29 in Tel Aviv, has grossed $1 ...

  19. Chris Nadler, Hot 97/Emmis Communications Exec, Dies

    August 25, 2012 4:16 PM EDT Chris Nadler, a longtime executive at Hot 97/Emmis Communications and a familiar face on the New York music scene for decades, died on Friday. Further details were not available at press time. A press release issued by Emmis on Saturday reads in p ...

  20. Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum To Announce CMA Awards Noms in NYC

    August 21, 2012 2:52 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Country Music Association Awards will be bringing a little twang to the big city when nominations are announced next month. Country superstars Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum plan to reveal nominees in five categories ...

  21. Grammy's Nominations Concert Heading to Nashville

    August 21, 2012 8:45 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- This year's Grammy Awards nominations will come with a Southern accent. The Recording Academy is moving its annual live nominations concert special to Music City. The show will air Dec. 5 live on CBS from Bridgestone ...

  22. Exclusive: Disney Channel's Bridgit Mendler's Debut Set For Oct., Partners With Vevo, Target

    August 20, 2012 6:45 AM EDT The debut album from Disney Channel star Bridgit Mendler, Hello My Name Is... , will be released Oct. 22 on Hollywood Records. Bridgit Mendler Signs with Hollywood Records "Hello My Name Is... cover art. Listed on Billboard's recently pu ...

  23. Alison Krauss, Russell Moore Lead Bluegrass Nominations

    August 17, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Many of the top stars in bluegrass music were in attendance Wednesday at Nashville's Loveless Barn as the nominations were announced for the 23rd Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards. Figuring prominently in the mix were Russell Moore ...

  24. RedOne Talks Cash Money Venture, Working With Slim and Baby, New Signings

    August 16, 2012 4:07 PM EDT Photo: Sam Comen In the wake of RedOne's new label deal with Cash Money , many thought the hitmaker would be signing on as the label's in-house producer. But the man behind the boards for top 5 smashes like Lady Gaga's "Just Da ...

  25. Lisa Marie Presley to Debut Collaboration With Elvis Tonight in Memphis

    August 16, 2012 12:35 PM EDT Lisa Marie Presley has planned a special treat for fans of her father. In honor of the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, she will debut a new collaboration with the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Thursday night's tribute con ...

  26. Hammerhead Shark

    August 16, 2012 12:23 PM EDT Hard Hats Another unique type of shark is the Hammerhead Shark. It has a long head that looks like they ends of a hammer on both sides of it. Many people are afraid of it due to the way that it looks. Yet it is very unlikely that they will attack ...

  27. Janelle Monae Named the New Face of CoverGirl

    August 14, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Janelle Monáe is the latest gorgeous face to grace the glossies of CoverGirl's advertisement campaigns, joining the likes of P!nk, Taylor Swift, Drew Barrymore, Sofia Vergara and Ellen DeGeneres. "I believe it's time that women trul ...

  28. Marvin Hamlisch Funeral Attended by Liza Minnelli, Bill Clinton, Sir Howard Stringer, Joe Torre, More

    August 14, 2012 3:34 PM EDT The flowers in the hearse were a tribute to Hamlisch's song "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows." (Photo: Dan Rys) Celebrities and luminaries of all types congregated at the Temple Emanu-EL in Manhattan Tuesday (August 14) to pay the ...

  29. Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Juanes Among Tr3s' Best Latino Artist of the Year Nominees

    August 14, 2012 8:42 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Romeo, Juanes and Wisin & Yandel have been nominated for bilingual cable network Tr3s'Latino artist of the year and the winner will be crowned during a transmission of the "2012 MTV Video Music Awards," ...

  30. Taylor Swift Announces 'Red' Album, New Single

    August 13, 2012 8:35 PM EDT Taylor Swift is one artist who knows how to make a splash, and that was apparent in her YouTube webcast on Monday night. She interacted with her legion of fans, answering plenty of questions and dropping the news that the music world has been wait ...

  31. Jennifer Lopez Signs with CAA

    August 13, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has signed with CAA for representation in all areas. The move marks a return for multi-hyphenate Lopez, who had been repped by UTA, had was last with the Century City-based agency in 2003 and is said to want to focus on film and mus ...

  32. Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Bret McKenzie Nominated For World Soundtrack Awards

    August 13, 2012 2:54 PM EDT Songs performed by Madonna, Mary J. Blige and Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie are in contention for the World Soundtrack Awards 2012 handed out at the Ghent International Film Festival. The World Soundtrack Academy hands out awards in three cat ...

  33. NBC Cuts The Who, Ray Davies, Muse From Olympics' Closing Ceremony Broadcast

    August 13, 2012 10:49 AM EDT Some Olympics fans found yet another reason to be unhappy with NBC on Sunday night. The network edited out or greatly delayed parts of the closing ceremony, including performances by Muse, Ray Davies of the Kinks and a second song by George Michae ...

  34. Mel Stuart, Directed 'Wattstax,' 'Willy Wonka', Dead at 83

    August 10, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Mel Stuart, who documented in soulful style the legendary Wattstax music festival and brought to life Roald Dahl's musical fantasy "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," died Thursday night of cancer at his home in Los Angeles. ...

  35. Rihanna, Lady Gaga Top Forbes List Of Most Social Stars

    August 10, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Who is the most social of them all? Forbes has released its list of social networking superstars -- 10 kings and queens of the status update and the enticing tweet. The magazine used a simple formula, adding a star's Twitter followers with hi ...

  36. Bubbling Under: Meital, Teengirl Fantasy, Tyler Barham, and Oscarcito

    August 09, 2012 6:50 PM EDT Meital Makes Her Move Pop singer Meital has been making a stir with her eye-catching (and somewhat controversial) videos, earning more than 4 million views on her official YouTube channel. Now she has the Billboard charts in her sights as her danc ...

  37. Are Adele, Rolling Stones, Spice Girls, Madness, George Michael, One Direction, Kate Bush and/or Muse Playing Olympics Closing Ceremony?

    August 09, 2012 8:31 AM EDT LONDON -- Kate Bush is one of the biggest music names mentioned here as a potential performer at Sunday's star-studded closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The singer's name is being bandied about in the British media alon ...

  38. Chavela Vargas, Famed Mexican Singer, Dies At 93

    August 05, 2012 9:53 PM EDT MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Chavela Vargas, who defied gender stereotypes to become one of the most legendary singers in Mexico, died Sunday at age 93. Her friend and biographer Maria Cortina said Vargas died at a hospital in the city of Cuernavaca, where ...

  39. Producer RedOne Partners With Cash Money

    August 03, 2012 9:26 AM EDT (Photo: Sam Comen) RedOne may not be a household name, but the superstar artists he's worked with -- among them Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull -- certainly are. Yet in a move that will surely raise the Moroccan-born produc ...

  40. 40 Under 40: John Zarling

    August 02, 2012 4:06 PM EDT John Zarling VP of Promotion and Media Strategy, Big Machine Label Group Website: bigmachinelabelgroup.com Twitter: @bigmachine Promotion With Imagination The Big Machine Label Group is one of the fastest-rising companies in the music industry, an ...

  41. 6 Questions With Rob Zombie

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Rob Zombie's idea of summer fun isn't lounging in a hammock on some Caribbean beach and sucking down a colorful drink with a cocktail umbrella. In fact, this summer the founder of heavy metal band White Zombie and cult director of such m ...

  42. 40 Under 40: Joie Manda

    August 02, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Joie Manda President, Def Jam Recordings Website: DefJam.com Twitter: @joeyie Life Is Good With Hits Def Jam president Joie Manda, 38, makes his management approach work. Manda, who became the first executive to assume the lead at the famed label ...

  43. Amanda Palmer Talks Twitter: 'It's Replaced Google and Management'

    August 02, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Amanda Palmer has had quite a year. The former Dresden Doll-turned-social media maven made waves with a Kickstarter campaign that netted her over a million dollars towards her new album, largely based off her highly engaged fanbase with whom she c ...

  44. Beyonce Documentary in the Works: Report

    August 01, 2012 10:04 PM EDT Beyonce will be directing herself in a new film, according to the Los Angeles Times . The singer is reportedly prepping a movie about her life and career, including both concert footage and interview segments. Per the Times, Beyonce is also a prod ...

  45. Rihanna, Drake Lead MTV Video Music Award Nominations

    July 31, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Get More: 2012 VMA , Music NEW YORK (AP) -- The MTV Video Music Award nominations are out, and Rihanna and Drake are leading the pack with five nominations each. Last year's big winner Katy Perry isn't far behind, with four nominations. ...

  46. Tony Martin, Romantic Crooner, Dies at 98

    July 30, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Tony Martin, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs from the Depression era into the 21st century, has died. He was 98. Martin died of natural cau ...

  47. Madonna Dismisses Paris Backlash, Blames Issues On 'A Few Thugs'

    July 30, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Madonna's intimate performance at the Olympia club in Paris last Thursday (July 26) -- planned as a peace-making show after she insulted political figure Marine Le Pen during an earlier Paris performance -- drew boos and "refund!" c ...

  48. Paul McCartney Paid One Pound ($1.57) For Olympics Gig

    July 30, 2012 2:45 PM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Don't spend it all in one place, Paul. London Olympic organizers say former Beatle Paul McCartney and other star performers who took part in Friday's opening ceremony essentially donated their time - receiving a mere pound ...

  49. iTunes-Exclusive Beatles Compilation Headed to Top 40 on Billboard 200

    July 27, 2012 7:30 PM EDT The new iTunes-exclusive Beatles compilation, "Tomorrow Never Knows," is headed to the top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Based sales forecasts from industry sources, Billboard projects that the album may sell between 10,000 and 1 ...

  50. Actress Lupe Ontiveros, Star of Films 'Selena' and 'Zoot Suit,' dies at 69

    July 27, 2012 12:04 PM EDT Lupe Ontiveros, the Mexican American actress who appeared in "Selena" with Jennifer Lopez and who was one of the original cast members of the musical play "Zoot Suit," has died. She was 69. Ontiveros' son, Elias, said his ...

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