Juanes is set to release his sixth studio album, Loco De Amor (Crazy with Love) on March 11, and he is calling it the best record of his career. The Colombian star teamed up with Steve Lillywhite — producer for U2, The Killers, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey, Dave Matthews Band and many others — and credits the English producer for pushing him to the limit.
Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the previous week. We hope to give a fighting chance to the bands you haven't heard of.
This week’s Mixtape Monday features brand new tracks from Slow Club, Chloe Howl, PAWS and many more artists that released some great tunes over the past week. Once again, this is just a great way to share some fun new tracks with friends like we used to do back in the day, but with a digital twist!
Yes, Lady Gaga will be performing at South By Southwest this week. That accomplishment seems less than thrilling as Billboard reports 81 percent of all performing artists in the country will appear at the festival*. More noteworthy will be Gaga's gig the day after her music performance, when she'll deliver the annual SXSW Keynote Speech. The pop star will give the speech as part of a conversation led by Fuse's John Norris on Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Austin-Downtown. Read this
During a recent interview with the Associated Press, super producer Pharrell recalls some of the top hits he's produced. Read this
A battle of the genders is about to take place over recent comments from pop star Shakira regarding her relationship with Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique and how it affects her career. The performer told Billboard that he didn't permit her to appear with men in her music videos. Read this
People of the world have very little in common as a whole. That makes it tough for the United Nations General Assembly to find anything to bring us all together, you know, that aren't wars or the Olympics. One trend has struck with equal enthusiasm across the planet however: "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. Hence the international law body has gotten Mr. Williams to serve as the ambassador for International Day of Happiness on March 20. Read this
A downside to A-List status is the tabloid headlines. Lady Gaga has largely avoided the typical relationship-trouble-substance-abuse-weight-gain fare reserved by ill-esteemed publications for the Kim Kardashians of the world, but she has taken a beating recently from those who claim the performer is struggling to support her act financially. Arthur Fogel, the chairman of Live Nation's global touring division, says that rumors of struggling ticket sales for her "artRave: The ARTPOP Ball" tour are ridiculous. Read this
Remember that whimsically eerie Chipotle ad that featured Fiona Apple covering "Pure Imagination?" Well, it turns out that the slot was originally meant for Frank Ocean until he back out of the campaign. Ocean might owe thousands of dollars to the company as Chipotle is now suing him.Read more »
Strad Fest L.A. is a fiddler’s dream: It will bring together eight rare Stradivarius violins in three musical programs presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on March 27-29.Read more »
Full casting has been announced for Carnegie Hall's one-off concert performance of 'Guys and Dolls' on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. And, following in the well-established tradition of classically-inflected musical theater concerts, the line-up is stellar.Read more »
Stephen Jay Carlton, the former executive director of the Peninsula Symphony, is currently facing felony charges that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the California orchestra, prosecutors said yesterday.Read more »
Last night, Rick Ross stopped by The Arsenio Hall Show to perform material off his new album, Mastermind, and he invited a few friends on stage with him: Kanye West and Big Seanfor "Sancitified". Hall introduced Ross saying he is "so gangsta his beard has warrants."Read more »