1. 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…

  2. Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel Ride Oscar Gains On Hot 100

    March 12, 2014 1:50 PM EDT Following their performances at the Oscars on March 2, Williams' "Happy" leads the chart for a third week, while Menzel's "Let It Go" soars into the top 10 After their well-received live performances at the Academy Awards, broadcast on ABC on March 2…

  3. Pharrell Williams and Comme des Garçons Collaborate On 'Girl' Fragrance

    March 12, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Pharrell Williams, who recently snatched his seventh Grammy award and was nominated for an Oscar, is about to make fans even happier by creating a signature scent. Williams is set to join forces with Comme des Garcons on a fragrance range for men and women. In conjunction with Pharrell’s…

  4. 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,…

  5. Skrillex, Diplo, G-Dragon & CL's 'Dirty Vibe': Listen to the EDM/K-Pop Collaboration

    March 11, 2014 7:00 PM EDT The English banger isn't the first time the K-pop stars have teamed up with Western super producers As previously reported , Skrillex dropped 11 new tracks via his Alien Ride app leading to announcing a surprise album "Reccess." What might be the most surprising -- 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. Childish Gambino Talks 'Titanfall' Game, Reddit, and Not Quitting Acting Career: SXSW Q&A

    March 11, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Xbox celebrated the arrival of “Titanfall,” one of the year’s most highly anticipated first person shooters, with a huge launch party in Austin, Texas Monday (March 10) night. The Microsoft Studio on Congress Avenue was lined with large flat screen televisions and Xbox One systems hooked up…

  8. 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…

  9. Chart Highlights: One Direction, Katy Perry, U2 Score New No. 1s

    March 10, 2014 4:15 PM EDT D dominates an airplay chart for the first time, Perry's 'Dark Horse' rules Rhythmic Songs and U2 nets a record-setting No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  10. Yardnoise's Chad Hugo, 'Face Your Destiny (Manny's Theme)': Exclusive Video Premiere

    March 10, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Chad Hugo has followed his partner Pharrell Williams into the film music ring, composing half a dozen themes for the Manny Pacquiao documentary, "Manny." One of the film's directors, Ryan Moore, has used footage from the film to create a music video for the track "Face…

  11. Zedd, Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant Rock Out With CGI in 'Find You' Behind-the-Scenes Clip

    March 10, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Green screens, beers and the snowy Sequoia National Forest are just part of the magic found in Zedd’s new video for his track with Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant, “Find You.” Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes video here, and see Koma (comically) school Zedd on what exactly a green screen…

  12. Parahoy! Day 3: Paramore Break Out the Deep Cuts

    March 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Paramore's final performance onboard the cruise brought out tracks that haven't been played live since the band's earliest days. By day three of the Parahoy! Cruise, the guests had gotten their sea legs. The morning opened with the Norwegian Pearl docking at the Bahamas&…

  13. Morning Fix: Spotify Obtains $200M Credit Facility; Ben Horowitz Talks Music Tech, Bitcoin, 'Yeezus'; Lady Gaga to Present SXSW Keynote; Chipotle Sues Frank Ocean

    March 10, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE SXSWI: VENTURE CAPITALIST BEN HOROWITZ ON 'NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT' MUSIC TECH INVESTMENTS, BITCOING POTENTIAL, 'YEEZUS' (Q&A) Fresh off a chat with Nas (yes, Nas) given to the Austin Convention Center's largest room,…

  14. Pharrell Williams’ ‘G I R L’ Grabs Top Spot in U.K.

    March 10, 2014 6:18 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has followed the million-selling U.K. success of his “Happy” single with a No. 1 debut for his “G I R L” album (Columbia/Sony). Sunday's (March 9) new Official Charts Company sales data also saw London DJ-producer Route 94 go straight to the top of the singles chart…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Ask Billboard: Shakira's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 07, 2014 6:35 PM EST This week's mailbag looks at the top chart hits by ths week's Billboard cover act, Pharrell's rapid-fire rise to No. 1 on Radio Songs and Demi Lovato's career song and album sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings,…

  20. MisterWives Keeping Busy On The Road Ahead Of Recording Debut Album

    March 07, 2014 4:48 PM EST "It's going to be amazing to be able to live and breathe the making of an album," says the group's Etienne Bowler. Before she linked up with four male musicians to form MisterWives (the name a gender-corrected take on the term "sisterwives") in late 2012,…

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