1. Fania All-Stars, Daddy Yankee Honored at ASCAP Latin Music Awards

    March 19, 2014 5:36 PM EDT The thread that connects the past and present of Latin music was in full display March 18 at the annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, with legendary musicians Fania All-Stars sharing the stage with today’s stars in what became one of those once-in-a-lifetime musical moments. “I want to thank…

  2. Willie Nelson and Keith Urban Wrap Inaugural U.S. iTunes Music Festival at SXSW with Classics

    March 16, 2014 10:21 AM EDT A sampler plate of country music closed out the inaugural U.S. iTunes Music Festival on Saturday (March 15) at South By Southwest, giving the genre a wide and varied berth after four previous days of rock, pop and rap. The exuberant crowd at the ACL Live at Moody Theater was up for all of it,…

  3. SXSW 2014: A Look Back at the Fest's Top Films

    March 15, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Credit the last two editions of the South By Southwest Film Festival with raising the bar on music documentaries, screening the Oscar winners "Searching for Sugar Man" and "20 Feet From Stardom" early in their film festival travels. But it also offered homes for "…

  4. Lou Reed Tribute: An Epic, Weird Night at SXSW for 'One Motherf---er of a Songwriter'

    March 15, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Alejandro Escovedo, Lucinda Williams, Spandau Ballet, Chuck Prophet, the Black Lips, Suzanne Vega and Sean Lennon were among the artists at the first full-scale tribute to Lou Reed since his death The absence of a full-scale, high-profile tribute to the late Lou Reed has been glaring, and…

  5. Grand Ole Opry House Turns 40: Watch President Nixon Perform on Opening Night

    March 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A little lesson in country music history -- it's all about perspective. The Grand Ole Opry -- the radio show made famous by WSM since 1925 -- has had several homes over the years, with possibly the most iconic one being the Ryman Auditorium, which housed the show from 1943-1974, as well…

  6. Ginuwine Reflects on 15th Anniversary of Classic Album '100% Ginuwine'

    March 14, 2014 1:20 PM EDT Everybody knows “Pony.” Ginuwine’s 1996 debut single is synonymous with sex and the timeless art of titillation, immortalized by its own video , Internet meme and the 2012 male stripper drama “Magic Mike.” But the R&B singer born Elgin Lumpkin, Timbaland’s first solo artist and…

  7. Rolling Stones Panel at SXSW Clicks Into Musical Tribute

    March 14, 2014 4:07 AM EDT The Grammy Museum extended its 50 Years of the Rolling Stones panel at SXSW to a tribute concert Thursday at the Red Eyed Fly that featured a baker's dozen acts interpreting the music of the Rolling Stones. Acts alternated between the faithful and the fully re-imagined, the sturdiest…

  8. Eli Young Band Scores First No. 1 On Top Country Albums Chart

    March 13, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The act joins David Nail and Kevin Fowler in setting new bests on the ranking A trio of artists set new career benchmarks in the top 10 of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, led by Eli Young Band's first No. 1 and best career sales week. The group's fifth album, "10,000…

  9. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at SXSW: 'I Cried and I Laughed'

    March 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Director Martin Shore's new documentary "Take Me to the River" had its world premiere in Austin, Texas, Tuesday night. A musical celebration and Memphis history lesson filled with legendary artists new and old, it makes an ideal programming pick for the synergistic South by…

  10. Eli Young Band Performs 'Drunk Last Night' and 'Dust' for Billboard: Watch

    March 12, 2014 1:20 PM EDT The Eli Young Band have been criss-crossing the United States in support of their new album "10,000 Towns," which debuts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 this week. One of those stops was in Manhattan, where they took time out of their schedule to perform a couple new tracks for…

  11. Rick Ross Rules With Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    March 12, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams' second solo album starts at No. 2, and Lea Michele scores a Top 5 debut. Rapper Rick Ross collects his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Mastermind" arrives atop the list. The set sold 179,000 copies in the week ending March 9,…

  12. Mel Tillis Recovering from Heart Surgery

    March 10, 2014 11:51 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame singer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend. According to a statement from his daughter, Pam Tillis, the 81-year-old singer required a "routine heart procedure," but is expected to make a full recovery. "In…

  13. Lea Michele's Debut Album Aiming for Top 10

    March 07, 2014 7:21 PM EST "Louder" could debut within the top five with 50,000 to 60,000 in sales "Glee" star Lea Michele is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources forecast the actress/singer's debut set, "Louder," to sell upwards of 50,000 to 60…

  14. Inside the Lou Reed Tribute at SXSW: 20-Plus Acts, All-Star House Band to Create 'Austin Meets New York Street Vibe'

    March 07, 2014 9:40 AM EST Spandau Ballet, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega, Sean Lennon, Black Lips are all slated to perform at the first full-scale tribute of Reed, who died in October When Richard Barone was recruited to be part of this year's South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival, he wanted to…

  15. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert Pop Corks On Country Charts

    March 06, 2014 4:54 PM EST The former's 'Riser' shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and the latter's 'Bottoms Up' is the toast of Hot Country Songs Dierks Bentley nets his fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "Riser" arrives with 63,000 sold, according…

  16. Lady Gaga to Headline Stubb's at SXSW

    March 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Lady Gaga is heading to South By Southwest after all. After reports last week that the singer was denied a permit to perform at the Doritos 56-foot vending machine-shaped #BoldStage on the corner of Austin’s 5th and Red River Streets, the "Artpop" singer is set to headline the…

  17. 'Annie' Trailer Appears Online: Watch

    March 06, 2014 4:07 AM EST     Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz get the unenviable task of updating the classic musical. It's a hard knock life -- for die-hard Annie fans.   The first trailer for Columbia's modern-day update of the classic musical debuted Wednesday, offering a preview of what…

  18. Rick Ross, Pharrell Aiming for Top Spots on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 05, 2014 4:10 PM EST Rick Ross is on course for his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. The rap king's just-released set, "Mastermind," may sell between 150,000 and 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 9 (so say industry forecasters). Meanwhile, the red-hot Pharrell -…

  19. Chart Highlights: American Authors Are 'Best' On Adult Pop Songs

    March 03, 2014 4:35 PM EST The band takes its breakthrough single, 'Best Day of My Life,' to the top of the tally. Plus, moves for Pharrell, Cher, Mariah Carey, Ray LaMontagne, Juanes & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  20. Casting Crowns Rock Live at Billboard, 'Thrive' as Christian Music's Biggest Band: Video

    March 03, 2014 2:08 PM EST Watch the band perform two songs, including "House of Their Dreams" from hit album "Thrive," at Billboard's studio. When a band is hammering out its record deal, it's not unusual to have the group's manager in the room and, likely, the act's…

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