1. 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…

  2. Spandau Ballet Makes U.S. Return With SXSW Film Premiere and Concert

    March 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wednesday's gig marked the British New Romantic band's first Statesdie performance in nearly 30 years Having finished their first performance in the U.S. in more than 28 years, Spandau Ballet will wait until George Hencken's documentary, "Soul Boys of the Western World,…

  3. Paramore & Beyond: The 10 Most Awesome Things We Saw at Parahoy!

    March 12, 2014 7:10 PM EDT The best of four days at sea with Paramore, Teegan & Sara, New Found Glory and more The maiden voyage of the Parahoy! cruise finally came back to shore yesterday. The four-day excursion to the Bahamas might have been filled with angsty music, but that didn't stop the good vibes…

  4. Former New Found Glory Guitarist Accused of Lewd Acts With a Minor

    March 12, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Steve Klein was arraigned in December on two felony charges along with possession of child pornography Steve Klein was booted from New Found Glory back on Dec. 11 for unspecified "personal differences." Today, those differences became very clear. Court documents went public today…

  5. Def Jam Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 2 Chainz and Pusha T Rocking, Kanye West Watching

    March 12, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Def Jam records celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW with a star-studded showcase, which included performances by 2 Chainz, Pusha T, YG, and a host of top picks from the Def Jam Roster. 
 The event, which took place at Stubbs BBQ, was sponsored by web hosting companyMedia Temple and…

  6. Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar Team for 'It's On Again' on 'Spider-Man 2' Soundtrack

    March 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT The Neighbourhood, Pharrell, more also to appear on April 22-released soundtrack A song written by Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar and Hans Zimmer has found its way onto the "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" soundtrack. "It's On Again," produced by Pharrell, will be…

  7. Skrillex's OWSLA DJ Duo Alesia Debuts New Song Via Splice Beta Program: Exclusive

    March 10, 2014 5:55 PM EDT The 2009 album "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" was a joint project between former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Brian Eno. The collaborative effort between the two seasoned songwriters was largely done over email: Byrne or Eno would send digital copies of…

  8. Juanes' Worries Pay Off With 'Loco de Amor': Video Exclusive

    March 10, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Watch Juanes his thoughts on new album 'Loco de Amor' behind-the-scenes at Billboard's interview session & photo shoot. Tucked in a nondescript industrial complex in North Miami, Cherokee Studios East is the kind of place you would never suspect existed if you didn't…

  9. New Found Glory Talks New Album, Becoming a Four-Piece Aboard Parahoy! Cruise

    March 09, 2014 10:52 AM EDT "We're going to be announcing a fall tour pretty soon in the States. And people can expect to have a new album before that tour." After 16 years as a quintet, veteran pop-punkers New Found Glory are now a four-piece. Late last year, they dismissed original guitarist/part time…

  10. Parahoy! Day 2: Tegan & Sara Showcase 'Heartthrob'

    March 09, 2014 10:07 AM EDT "I feel like we're at Coachella but on the ocean," gushed Tegan Quin Paramore didn't perform on the first full day at sea (and second overall) of Parahoy! but their supporting cast and plenty of maritime amusements kept the three thousand or so fans in a (mostly) angst…

  11. Parahoy! Day 1: Paramore Rock the Norwegian Pearl Out to Sea

    March 08, 2014 10:00 AM EST The lyrics of Paramore's "Daydreaming" might as well be changed to "daydrinking all of the time." "How many of you here have ever been on a cruise before?" asks Tegan & Sara' s Tegan Quin midway through the duo's 9 PM set on Parahoy!'s…

  12. Juanes Breaks Down 'Loco de Amor' Album: Video Track-By-Track

    March 07, 2014 3:01 PM EST "Loco de Amor" is “really crazy about love,” Colombian rocker Juanes says of his new studio effort during his special Billboard video interview delving into each of the album's tracks. “It’s about obsession, delirium, what happens with human relations.” The new album, which…

  13. 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…

  14. Chainsmokers' '#SELFIE' Blasts Up Dance Charts, Enters Hot 100

    March 06, 2014 7:03 PM EST The track storms 12-6 on Hot Dance / Electronic Songs and debuts at No. 55 on the Hot 100. Plus, Major Lazer shoots onto Dance/Electronic Albums and Audio Playground achieves its first Dance Club Songs No. 1 The Chainsmokers explode into the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic…

  15. Mysteryland vs Electric Daisy: Insomniac and ID&T Reveal Lineups for Memorial Day Weekend Festivals

    March 06, 2014 4:29 PM EST What are you doing this Memorial Day? If you’re an EDM fan in New York, you are officially spoiled. Live Nation’s Insomniac and SFX’s ID&T announced their lineups for their competing events this May 24-25. If there were any lingering questions about competition between the two rave…

  16. Is '#Selfie' The Next 'Harlem Shake'?

    March 06, 2014 12:35 PM EST EDM duo the Chainsmokers debut on The Hot 100 with viral hit. The "selfie" has become so ubiquitous that Oxford Dictionaries named the term its 2013 Word of the Year. Rising DJ duo The Chainsmokers, New York natives with a knack for humor and insight into the club scene, acted on…

  17. Monster Truck, 'The Lion': Exclusive Video Premiere

    March 05, 2014 10:00 AM EST Rising hard rockers Monster Truck roll on with a string of North American tour dates and a crunching new track, "The Lion." The Canadian newcomers are coming off a thundering start in their homeland, where they won breakthrough group of the year at the 2013 Juno Awards. They’ve…

  18. Big Scary's 'Not Art' Wins the Australian Music Prize

    March 05, 2014 1:51 AM EST Alternative rock duo Big Scary has won the 9th annual Australian Music Prize -- and the A$30,000 ($27,000) winner’s check -- for their sophomore release “Not Art” (Pieater/Inertia). Big Scary, comprising Tom Iansek and Joanna Syme, took out the prestigious award at a ceremony today in…

  19. World Cup: Seu Jorge, Os Mutantes Featured in New ESPN Ad (Exclusive)

    March 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST “Beauty is everywhere in Brazil,” intones singer-songwriter Seu Jorge, the funky samba stylist best known in the States for playing versions of David Bowie songs in Wes Anderson’s movie “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” Sounding like a Brazilian Barry White, Jorge, speaking English…

  20. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's Grammy-Winning Partnership Becomes a Tour & Musical

    March 04, 2014 12:58 AM EST Steve Martin has found a lot of inspiration from very talented people over the years: actors such as Diane Keaton and Martin Short, and writers like David Mamet and Dennis Potter, for instance. Edie Brickell fires his imagination in much the same way. "A collaboration like with Edie is…

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