1. 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…

  2. SXSW: Lady Gaga Plays Offbeat Set, Tells Fans 'You Don't Need A F--king Record Label'

    March 14, 2014 4:33 AM EDT “I paid [her] $2.5 million, I better hear ‘Alejandro,’” said one dissapointed Doritos executive, whose request went unfulfilled The humor of playing Austin’s most prominent barbeque joint was not lost on Lady Gaga. For her headlining performance at Doritos’ Bold Stage, temporarily held at…

  3. Spandau Ballet Calls SXSW Car Accident an 'Absolute Tragedy'

    March 13, 2014 7:00 PM EDT During a Q&A at South By Southwest on Thursday afternoon, Spandau Ballet addressed the fatal car accident of the previous night which resulted in two deaths and 23 people injured. SXSW: Two Dead, 23 Injured After Car Plows Into Crowd Speaking to the crowd gathered at the Austin Convention…

  4. 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…

  5. SXSW: Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlie's Staying Open Following Car Crash

    March 13, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Festival also launches SXSW Cares Fund for Austin victims. Following last night's deadly car crash outside of the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's on Austin's Red River Street, the planned South By Southwest shows at those two venues will be going on as scheduled on Thursday night…

  6. SXSW: John Doe of X, Kieran Leonard Give Accounts of Fatal Incident

    March 13, 2014 2:37 PM EDT "It seemed like he was deliberately swerving to try to hit people, sort of like a video game," Leonard says of the suspect Billboard has spoken with artists and others who were at or around the scene of the fatal car crash on Red River Street in Austin during South By Southwest.…

  7. 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,…

  8. Exene Cervenka of X, Black Angels React to 'Horror' Outside SXSW Gig

    March 13, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Exene Cervenka, lead singer of legendary punk group X, emerged from her band's SXSW gig on Wednesday night to a scene of "horror" after a suspected drunk driver plowed into fans on Austin's Red River Street , killing two and injuring scores of festival goers. X, along with…

  9. Jack Antonoff's Bleachers Deliver Tight, Assured Live Debut at SXSW

    March 13, 2014 5:33 AM EDT Jack Antonoff was the biggest rock star in the room Wednesday night at Palladia’s Epic.Awesome.Showcase at Austin’s Cedar Door. But the fun. guitarist, playing the first-ever live show with his new band, Bleachers, had no use for big rock star trimmings. “Can you guys turn off the smoke? I…

  10. SXSW: Two Dead, 23 Injured After Car Plows Into Crowd (Updated)

    March 13, 2014 3:22 AM EDT A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional. The driver struck multiple pedestrians at about 12:30 a.m. on…

  11. 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…

  12. Carlos Vives Serenades Wife at BMI Latin Music Awards: 'How Can I Not Write Beautiful Songs?'

    March 12, 2014 3:10 PM EDT Award acceptance speeches are usually the kind of thing one tolerates politely. But Carlos Vives took things to a whole new level during the BMI Latin Music Awards March 11 when he got up to perform after accepting the BMI President’s award. Playing with a five-piece, pared-down version of…

  13. Coldplay, Imagine Dragons Launch iTunes Festival at SXSW

    March 12, 2014 2:39 AM EDT “We’ve been away a long time,” Coldplay’s Chris Martin told fans on Tuesday night at South By Southwest, “and I can’t think of a better place to come back into the world.” Or a more auspicious one. Coldplay’s first North American show in more than 14 months had the eyes of the world…

  14. SXSW 2014's 10 Must-See Shows: Lady Gaga, Skrillex, 50 Cent & More

    March 11, 2014 2:47 PM EDT As usual, SXSW has a lot to offer this year, with non-stop music taking over Austin, Texas through March 16. Deciding which concerts to hit is always a daunting task, but with the line-ups nearly solidified we're giving our intel on this year's 10 must-see SXSW shows. SXSW 2014:…

  15. Matrimony Announces Album Title, Release Date: Hear 'Southern Skies' Song (Exclusive)

    March 10, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Listen to a new track from the group's debut Columbia full-length, premiering on Billboard.com. The alternative folk troupe Matrimony will release its debut album, "Montibello Memories," on May 6 through Columbia Records, Billboard can exclusively announce. Before the Charlotte…

  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. 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. George Strait, Martina McBride Turn New Jersey Into Cowboy Country: Live Review

    March 03, 2014 5:51 PM EST The Prudential Center’s massive exterior LED screen announced “George Strait: Sold Out.” And the streets of Newark, N.J., have likely never seen so many cowboy hats, most pulled low against the cold March winds, as urban cowboys held their cowgirls close Saturday night and headed toward the…

  20. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

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