Vampire Weekend, Feist, Hot Chip and A$AP Rocky, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Liturgy, Tim Hecker and Grimes are among the first acts announced for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival, which reveals its lineup bit-by-bit each year. The seventh annual indie music mecca takes place July 13-15 at Union Park in Chicago.
With Vampire Weekend receiving a Best Alternative Album Grammy nod for "Contra," Sonya Kolowrat, Senior Director of Publicity for the independent Beggars Group, attended her first Grammy Awards. Read her Grammy diary as she overcomes red carpet fears, works the national media, and parties with -- or maybe just near -- Jay-Z, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Heidi Klum and Kings of Leon.
This week, though Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, it does so while earning a dubious honor. With just 52,000 copies sold (down 32%), it earns the distinction of notching the lowest ever sales frame for a No. 1 album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.