Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant was presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award yesterday (March 17) at the South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Plant, who was unable to attend February's Grammy ceremonies in Los Angeles, received the trophy from Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, who was on hand to surprise the singer prior to a keynote interview.
Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the second installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Todd Martens and Melinda Newman soak up M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, Mavis Staples, Earlimart, the Frames, Embrace, Blue Merle and Kathleen Edwards.
Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the first installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Todd Martens and Melinda Newman soak up Elvis Costello, Mary Gauthier, Shooter Jennings, Tom McCrae, Sleater-Kinney and Magnola Electric Co.
In the somewhat strange setting of an enormous Austin Convention Center ballroom, Elvis Costello sat yesterday (March 16) for a public interview that marked the beginning of Texas' annual South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival.
Life is still sweet atop the Billboard Hot 100 for 50 Cent, who is No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week with "Candy Shop" featuring Olivia. The cut also notches a second No. 1 week on the Hot 100 Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay lists, while staying atop Hot Digital Songs for a sixth week and both Hot Rap Tracks and Rhythmic Airplay for a third.
A TV weatherman who befriended the family of Michael Jackson's accuser testified today (March 17) in the singer's child molestation trial that he gave them gifts and helped raise money even though they never asked him for anything.
Selected profiles of noteworthy acts that will perform during this year's South by Southwest Music & Media Conference March 16-20 in Austin, Texas: Phoenix, Little Birdy, Wolfmother and Martha Wainwright.