1. Jake Owen Shows Signs of Growth at Western Kentucky University: Live Review

    April 25, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The April 24 show mostly focused on cuts from Owen's 2013 album, "Days of Gold" Jake Owen has witnessed some of the best live shows in the business, having paid his dues as the opener for such country superstars as Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. So one could only assume the RCA…

  2. Mr. Scruff Talks New 'Friendly Bacteria' Album and Staying Out of the Box

    April 24, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Seated against a cozy backdrop of more vinyl records than he can count, Mr. Scruff looks right at home surrounded by his sounds. The veteran Manchester disc jockey – born Andy Carthy – has earned the smile that sits well framed by his namesake beard. His freewheeling “Keep It Unreal” DJ…

  3. 615 Spotlight: PawnShop Kings Talk EP

    April 23, 2014 4:00 PM EDT For brothers Joel and Scott Owen, who comprise The PawnShop kings, the term "home" is entirely relative to the situation at the moment. That's how Scott describes their growing-up experience. "We spent most of our youth growing up in California," he told Billboard. …

  4. Arcade Fire's Secret Post-Coachella Show: Aaron Paul Arrives at the Roxy With Pizza?

    April 22, 2014 11:59 AM EDT The band plays the tiny, 500-person capacity club following a triumphant two-weekend headlining bow. Following a pair of stellar headlining performances at Coachella over the last two weekends, on Monday night Arcade Fire played a semi-secret show at tiny club Roxy (capacity: 500) on the…

  5. Adidas' Music Gamble: Why They're Betting on Pharrell Williams and Kanye West

    April 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT More than just a marketing coup, Kanye West's defection from Nike -- where he helped design the coveted Air Yeezy sneaker -- to Adidas in December signaled a redoubling of the 64-year-old publicly traded German brand's fashion-focused strategy for sneaker dominance. Although…

  6. Country Hall of Fame Doubles in Size, Readies New Class of Inductees

    April 21, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Last week's Grand Opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame was celebrated in the fashion that one might expect in Nashville – with a lot of music from some of the city’s heaviest hitters. The Hall, which has been located in its’ downtown location since 2001, commemorated a 210…

  7. SXSW Suspect Facing Four New Assault Charges

    April 20, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Rashad Owens, the 21-year-old driver accused of fatally running down South by Southwest attendees in March, is facing four new charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Austin-American Statesman . 20 New Charges Filed Against SXSW Crash Suspect Fourth Person Dies…

  8. Play Ball: Kings of Leon & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Talk Detroit Tigers' 2014 Season

    April 16, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and the Detroit-based indie pop duo talk Tigers April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview of…

  9. Lily Allen Is Not Crazy: The Outspoken Brit Talks 'Sheezus' Comeback Album

    April 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Her five years off were packed with lows (meltdowns, label shakeups) and highs (marriage, kids), but with new album "Sheezus," pop's outspoken Brit is ready to put behind the "ego and narcissism" of her early work and prove what a nice person she is — but not before…

  10. Outside Lands 2014: Kanye West, Tom Petty, The Killers Top Lineup

    April 08, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto and Death Cab For Cutie are also going to San Francisco, Aug. 8-10 Hip-hop superstar Kanye West, who rented out San Fancisco's ballpark last fall so he could propose to Kim Kardashian, will return to "The City By the Bay"…

  11. Darius Rucker, Scotty McCreery and More Take a Swing at ACM Golf Benefit

    April 06, 2014 2:09 AM EDT The clubs were a-flying Saturday morning in Las Vegas, as Darius Rucker hosted the 2014 ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Las Vegas. "It's such a great cause," said Rucker, who also hosted the event last year. "They do such great work, and to be a part…

  12. Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves to Team for 'CMT Crossroads' in June (Exclusive)

    April 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The "CMT Crossroads" concert series that pairs country acts with artists outside their genre will celebrate its 50th episode on June 13 with Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry, airing 10 p.m. ET on CMT. The intimate performance will tape in Los Angeles this month, and for the first time…

  13. 20 New Charges Filed Against SXSW Crash Suspect

    April 01, 2014 1:35 PM EDT A driver already charged with murder is facing 20 new charges of aggravated assault after he plowed into a crowd during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. Jail documents posted online Tuesday list the additional charges against 21-year-old Rashad Owens. An arrest report says…

  14. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  15. Big Money Luxury Sneakers: The $1,000 Kicks Justin Bieber, John Legend and More Wear

    March 28, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Street meets chic as everyone from Pharrell to John Legend steps out in a new breed of luxury sneaks. Designer men's sneakers that are every bit as vibrant as the ruby-red Adidas Originals that Pharrell wore at the Academy Awards are blowing up thanks in part to their growing…

  16. Fourth Person Dies From Injuries in SXSW Crash

    March 27, 2014 4:25 PM EDT The tragic car crash which occurred in Austin on March 18 during SXSW has claimed another victim. DeAndre Tatum, 18 years old, passed away from injuries sustained in the violence which occurred on the evening of March 13. The news was verified by the Austin Police Department. DeAndre Tatum,…

  17. Merle Haggard Tribute Album Gets Release Date

    March 20, 2014 11:47 PM EDT Broken Bow Records -- a label that has gained a reputation in Music City for their unique and trend setting ways of doing things -- will soon be paying tribute to a country music legend who has done things in his own trailblazing way for over five decades, Merle Haggard. On April 1, the label…

  18. Third Person Dies of Injuries From SXSW Crash

    March 17, 2014 1:06 PM EDT A woman who was critically injured during last week's car crash in Austin during South By Southwest has died, police and hospital officials confirmed Monday morning. It is the third fatality stemming from the crash. Sandy Thuy Le, 26, died at University Medical Center Brackenridge,…

  19. SXSW Car Crash: Suspect, Victim Identified

    March 13, 2014 6:52 PM EDT Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, has been identified as the driver who allegedly killed two people and injured 23 others during Austin’s SXSW festival Wednesday night. Related Articles Mowhawk, Cheer Up Charlie's Staying Open Following Crash Musicians Give Account of Fatal Incident SXSW…

  20. SXSW Carries On in Wake of Fatal Crash; New Details on Victims, Suspect

    March 13, 2014 1:35 PM EDT UPDATE: Suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens Organizers of South By Southwest planned to carry on with all daytime events in the wake of last night's deadly car accident that left two dead and 23 injured. At a press conference at the scene on Thursday morning,…

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