1. 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…

  2. Inside the Topanga Canyon Studio of Jacknife Lee, Producer for U2, Taylor Swift & 'Divergent'

    March 28, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The words "Abandon Taste" glow on a neon sign in the main room of Jacknife Lee's Topanga Canyon recording studio, part of a three-structure compound that also includes his home -- and a yurt. It's an ironic statement, considering Lee, real name Garret Lee, is the acclaimed…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. Pharrell's 'Happy' Gets a 'Sad' Remix From Woodkid

    March 26, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Clap along if you feel like *SOB*. Hate turning your frown upside down and dancing your troubles away? Woodkid has the downcast remix to Pharrell's No. 1 smash "Happy" that you've been waiting for. The French musician has released a "Sad" remix to "Happy…

  6. 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…

  7. The National Q&A: On 'Weird' New Film, Dead Project and What Makes a Bad Show

    March 18, 2014 2:40 PM EDT "Mistaken for Strangers" follows frontman Matt Berninger's relationship with his brother Tom. The indie rocker talks possible new music and enduring rough nights on the road. "Sometimes I walk off stage and I hate myself" The National spent a bulk of 2013 on the…

  8. Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves Talks Life in the Hype Machine & Debut Album: Q&A

    March 18, 2014 2:15 PM EDT "Maybe it’s just the universe sprinkling a little bit of fairy dust on five shitty kids from the rust belt," she says. It’s been less than a year since Perfect Pussy originally posted a four-track demo tape to Bandcamp, but Meredith Graves, 26-year-old frontwoman of the Syracuse…

  9. Musicians Embrace Magnises, a Black Card for the Younger Set

    March 18, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland launches a high-end, low-cost version of the AmEx status symbol. Wale & French Montana are among the card-holders. Getting better access doesn’t always mean having bigger bucks. Just ask Billy McFarland, the 21-year-old college dropout who launched…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year. Who makes the biggest bucks in music? Billboard’s annual Money Makers ranking of the top earners is more than a little bit country (Taylor storms in at No. 1), with plenty of hip-hop and a whole lot of rock’n’roll …

  17. Oscar Music Nominees Honored, and Drenched, at Society of Composers and Lyricists Event

    March 02, 2014 12:29 PM EST The heavy rains that pummeled Southern California on Saturday (march 1) created a divide between the film music industry at the annual Society of Composers and Lyricists champagne reception for Oscar nominees. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' Fight…

  18. Jill Scott, 'Frozen' Writers Perform at First-Ever Oscar Concert

    February 28, 2014 1:43 PM EST This year's five Oscar-nominated composers delivered the first-ever Oscar concert Feb. 27 at UCLA's Royce Hall, creating suites for orchestra from their film work. And between the light bounce of Alexandre Desplat's "Philomena" and the heaviness of John Williams'…

  19. Arcade Fire's Butler Brothers Discuss Journey from Houston to Haiti & 'Her'

    February 27, 2014 2:08 AM EST Win and Will Butler of Arcade Fire aren't your average brothers. Sure, they spent their youngest years at odds, as brothers will. But early on they discovered something that would inform the rest of their lives as creative partners at the heart of one of rock `n' roll's most…

  20. Chiodos, '3 AM': Exclusive Song Premiere

    February 25, 2014 11:00 AM EST The reunited post-hardcore band readies new album "Devil" The prospect of a new Chiodos album -- "Devil," due out April 1 -- is "something that's becoming more normal" for returned frontman Craig Owens. Owens, who co-founded the group in 2001, was gone for…

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