1. The Rationals' Scott Morgan on Scott Asheton: Stooges Drummer 'Found Himself' In Music

    March 17, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Scott Morgan met Scott "Rock Action" Asheton when both were in their early teens in Ann Arbor, Mich., and they were close friends and musical colleagues until Asheton's death over the weekend at the age of 64 . Their two bands, the Stooges and the Rationals, played side by side…

  2. Why Kat Dahlia's Vocal-Cord Problems Won't Kill Her Career: the R&B Newcomer Battles Back

    March 17, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Fresh off a photo shoot, Kat Dahlia is being rushed through the streets of Manhattan in a black car. It's early March, two weeks after she released her contagiously funky new single "Crazy" and three months away from the arrival of her debut album, “My Garden,” a pivotal time…

  3. 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…

  4. Ginuwine Reflects on 15th Anniversary of Classic Album '100% Ginuwine'

    March 14, 2014 1:20 PM EDT Everybody knows “Pony.” Ginuwine’s 1996 debut single is synonymous with sex and the timeless art of titillation, immortalized by its own video , Internet meme and the 2012 male stripper drama “Magic Mike.” But the R&B singer born Elgin Lumpkin, Timbaland’s first solo artist and…

  5. 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…

  6. SHINee's Key & INFINITE's Woohyun Turn Bromance Into Funky Duo: Watch Toheart's 'Delicious' Debut

    March 12, 2014 8:38 PM EDT The popular boy band members combine for what might be K-pop's feel-good track of 2014 While Pharrell's "Happy" spends another week atop the Billboard Hot 100 , there's another feel-good anthem in town. Under the name Toheart, K-pop stars Key and Woohyun -- members of…

  7. 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…

  8. New Order, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Jam for Tibet

    March 12, 2014 9:50 AM EDT Fans jumped high in their seats. Others raced to the front of the stage. The rest of the audience yelled excitedly. Carnegie Hall is a seated venue, but music lovers watching Iggy Pop and members of New Order on Tuesday night were eager and lost in the music at the 24th Annual Benefit Concert…

  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. 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…

  11. Scott Kalvert, 'Basketball Diaries' Director, Dead at 49

    March 08, 2014 8:47 AM EST The filmmaker's death is being investigated as a possible suicide by the L.A. Coroner's Office. Scott Kalvert, best known for directing 1995's "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was found in his home in Woodland Hills on…

  12. Morrissey Announces New Album, 'World Peace is None of Your Business'

    March 07, 2014 9:32 PM EST The album is "provisionally" slated for a June or July release The title of Morrissey's first album in five years references world peace, but it's not exactly a hopeful proclamation. Morrissey zine True to You has confirmed that the former Smiths frontman's new album…

  13. Shinedown's Smith & Myers Cover Adele's 'Someone Like You': Exclusive Premiere

    March 07, 2014 1:12 PM EST Shinedown's Brent Smith and Zach Myers are ready to drop another slate of classic covers -- this time including Adele's wrenching breakup classic "Someone Like You." The award-winning song is part of Smith & Myers' "Acoustic Sessions" project,…

  14. 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…

  15. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Drake Lead Hot Rap Songs' 25th Anniversary Rankings

    March 06, 2014 2:08 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have had a monumental run since the 2012 release of their debut album, "The Heist." The duo has performed numerous sold out-shows and recently garnered four Grammy Awards. Now, there's another achievement that the rapper and producer can tuck…

  16. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 50 Artists, Most Top 10s, Most No. 1s

    March 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rap Songs chart , which made its debut on March 11, 1989, we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top 100 rap songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the top 50 Hot Rap Songs artists, the artists with the…

  17. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    March 06, 2014 1:15 PM EST To honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally's top 100 tracks ever. Rap is a victorious genre. Having built its history on songs of overcoming the harshest of hard-knock lives, in addition to observances of all of life'…

  18. 'Annie' Trailer Appears Online: Watch

    March 06, 2014 4:07 AM EST     Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz get the unenviable task of updating the classic musical. It's a hard knock life -- for die-hard Annie fans.   The first trailer for Columbia's modern-day update of the classic musical debuted Wednesday, offering a preview of what…

  19. Sky Ferreira Decries Online Bullying, Defends Justin Bieber's Privacy

    March 05, 2014 3:53 PM EST "Treating people like shit because you feel like shit doesn't help anyone," says the "Night Time, My Time" singer. Sky Ferreira blasts online bullies in a new Facebook post, defending herself against those who have anonymously criticized her "pop star"…

  20. 'Glee' Recap: 'Trio' Avoids Post-Hiatus Blues as an All-NYC Episode Inches Closer

    March 05, 2014 3:38 AM EST After such a solid return from hiatus last week, it’s the usual Glee MO to fall into a lull and drop all the interesting points from the week previous. With luck, “Trio” mostly avoids this fate -- Rachel and Santana are still feuding and nowhere near an easy resolution, the rest of NYC is…

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