1. SXSW: Brendan Benson Comfy as Label Head, Says Raconteurs Comeback's 'Off the Table'

    March 16, 2014 6:00 PM EDT -year-old singer/songwriter Brendan Benson looks relaxed as he sits on the patio outside his hotel restaurant during SXSW, and who can blame him? After years as a cult-figure road warrior (and, for a brief stint, the co-songwriter foil to Jack White in the much-more-popular-than-cult-figure…

  2. B.A.P to Return Stateside for Four 'Live on Earth 2014' Tour Dates

    March 13, 2014 8:47 PM EDT Less than a year after its last U.S. concerts, the K-pop boy band will hit the NYC, L.A., Chicago and Dallas areas After a selling out all four dates on its first U.S. trek last May , K-pop boy band B.A.P. is coming to America for four more concerts. The sextet will visit both the East and…

  3. 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.…

  4. Jay Z & Kanye West Give SXSW A Bromance For the Ages

    March 13, 2014 5:45 AM EDT In a sort of one-off relaunch of their "Watch The Throne" tour, rap titans Jay Z and Kanye teamed up again last night for a celebratory -- if not revelatory -- show at the Austin Music Hall during SXSW, filling the small-for-them 4,600-seater to the point of nearly popping.…

  5. Orange Caramel Become Mermaids & Sushi in Adorably Bizarre 'Catallena' Video: Watch

    March 12, 2014 9:45 PM EDT The quirky K-pop trio combine Indian disco and Pakistani folk music for a scrumptious single It's a twisted tale of three little mermaids in Orange Caramel's "Catallena" video. The quirky female trio -- a sub-unit of sexy girl group After School -- returns with a new disco…

  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. 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,…

  8. Beck Announces North American Tour

    March 11, 2014 7:02 PM EDT Hot off the release of his second-highest charting album ever, Beck has announced a small slate of North America live dates for the coming months. The singer-songwriter's first show, April 9 in Santa Barbara, Calif. will act as a warm-up to his previously announced appearance at…

  9. 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…

  10. 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 …

  11. Inside the Hendrix Film's Beatles Coup and Why They 'Bet the House' on Andre Benjamin

    March 09, 2014 4:46 PM EDT The Beatles, Cream, the Animals, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones play roles in the development of Jimi Hendrix in 1966 and 1967, a 12-month period that saw the guitarist emerge from Curtis Knight's rhythm section to form the Experience and take a starring role in the Monterey Pop…

  12. Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 08, 2014 5:05 PM EST Soundgarden was anything but 'superunknown,' when it unleashed its epic album of that name 20 years ago today on March 8, 1994. The Seattle quartet had existed for a decade: they were among the first acts to record for Sub Pop and a leading band in the Seattle scene that would…

  13. 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…

  14. Girls' Generation Explains 'Mr.Mr.' Video, Reveals 2014 Resolutions: Exclusive Video Interview

    March 07, 2014 8:30 PM EST The K-pop ninesome earned its best chart position yet on the Billboard 200 this week If exciting chart moves in both the United States and in South Korea weren't indication enough, Girls' Generation's K-pop comeback has been an internationally-recognize event. While the group&…

  15. Soyu & Junggigo's 'Some' Fends Off Top Idols for K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1

    March 07, 2014 7:15 PM EST Chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring 2NE1, Girls' Generation, CNBLUE, Sunmi, TVXQ! and more. Even as the biggest idols return to the K-Pop chart -- and, for two, even the Billboard 200 -- Soyu Junggigo and Lil Boi's collaboration track refuses to budge from…

  16. Pop Shop Podcast: ScHoolboy Q, MKTO Interview, Iggy Azalea & More

    March 06, 2014 11:05 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  17. 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…

  18. 2NE1 Sets New U.S. Record for Highest-Charting, Best-Selling K-Pop Album With 'Crush'

    March 05, 2014 9:55 PM EST The female quartet snags the accomplishment without revealing any album material prior K-pop notches its biggest sales week yet for an album, thanks to 2NE1. The girl group's new album "Crush" opens at No. 61 on the Billboard 200, selling 5,000 copies in the week…

  19. Girls' Generation Hits the Billboard 200

    March 05, 2014 8:32 PM EST The girl group's new EP surpasses America's previously highest-charting K-pop album For the first time as all nine members, Girls' Generation earns a spot on the Billboard 200 with its new EP, "Mr. Mr." The all-Korean set hits No. 110, selling just over 3…

  20. ScHoolboy Q's 'Oxymoron' Debuts at No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    March 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST As forecast, ScHoolboy Q's major-label debut,"Oxymoron," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 139,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the new album is ScHoolboy Q's first in a joint…

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