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Lorde, Imagine Dragons lead Billboard nominations

New Zealand's singer-songwriter Lorde answers questions from the press ahead of her performance in Mexico City, Mexico, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The 17-year-old was named as a finalist in 12 categories for the Billboard Music Awards, announced on Wednesday, ahead of the May 18 awards ceremony. AP

Newcomers Lorde and Imagine Dragons are the top contenders at next month’s Billboard Music Awards.

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Beyonce, John Legend fete Michelle Obama at birthday bash

First lady Michelle Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday bash featured performances by pop stars Beyonce and John Legend, and appearances by a host of A-list celebrities, one prominent guest said Sunday.

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2014 Grammy Awards shapes up for a stunning show


There really isn’t any other award giving body in the music industry that is more prestigious, meaningful and important as the Grammy Awards.

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NASA responds to Beyonce’s Challenger sample use

In this Feb. 3, 2013 file photo, recording artist Beyonce performs at Super Bowl XLVII, in New Orleans. Beyonce stopped short of apologizing for using a sample of audio from the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in a statement released on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, to ABC. The pop superstar explained the use of the short snippet at the beginning of her song "XO" from her new self-titled album after it brought criticism from the wife of the commander at the helm of the Challenger when it exploded in 1986 and others. AP

NASA officials say the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster “should never be trivialized” in response to a new song from Beyonce that features an audio sample recorded just after the craft exploded on takeoff, killing all seven crew members.

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Bon Jovi has year’s top-grossing global tour

U.S. rock band Bon Jovi performs during "Because We Can" tour in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.(AP Photo/Paul Jeffers)

NEW YORK  — Bon Jovi not only has the year’s top tour, but the rock band has achieved a career high. The New Jersey-based act’s worldwide tour grossed $259.5 million this year, topping Pollstar’s annual top 20 list and setting a record for the band itself. Beyonce is second with $188.6 million. She ended her [...]

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Beyonce talks surprise album, success at NYC event

Beyonce performs onstage on her Mrs. Carter World Tour, on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. AP

Beyonce had her doubts minutes before her new album’s surprise release, despite all the hard work she put in on the songs and videos.

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Beyoncé consolidates her gains in smashing surprise album

BEYONCÉ. There’s more to pop music than potent hooks and perfunctory themes.

In her smashing fifth solo album, Beyoncé proves there’s more to pop music than potent hooks and perfunctory themes about love, sex and heartbreak.

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Beyonce sells 617,000 albums in 3 days on iTunes

In this Feb. 3, 2013 file photo, Beyonce performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Beyonce’s surprise album has sold surprisingly well: Her fifth solo effort sold more than 600,000 units in its first three days, setting a record for first-week domestic digital sales.

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One-name wonders are singular standouts

BEYONCÉ. “Brand” name.

Our recent piece on Paraluman, Dolphy and other local stars who go by only one name made us curious about foreign luminaries who are also well-known “singular” brand names. It turns out that there are even more of them out there, many of them musicians and sports heroes!

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Beyonce cancels Belgium show under doctor’s orders

Beyonce Knowles. AP FILE PHOTO

Beyonce is cancelling her Tuesday concert in Belgium because of dehydration and exhaustion.

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Beyonce trip to Cuba ‘hypocritical’ – senator

Beyoncé poses after a news conference in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

A Republican senator said entertainers Beyonce and Jay-Z missed a chance while in Cuba to see firsthand the effects of political oppression.

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Treasury: Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba trip licensed

US singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, right, tours Old Havana as a body guard, left, and tour guide, right, accompany them in Cuba on  April 4. R&B's power couple is in Havana on their fifth wedding anniversary. AP

US Treasury officials say the trip by Beyonce (bee-AHN’-say) and Jay-Z to Cuba was licensed as an educational exchange.

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