- Wendy Geller at Yahoo Music1 hr ago
One of the most anticipated performances at 2014's South by Southwest festival is from the iconic punk pioneers Blondie, who will be appearing at Yahoo's Brazos Hall Thursday night to rock out the crowd with their extensive catalog of ageless hits.
However, if you aren't able to catch a plane to Austin today, you can still enjoy the show from the comfort of your home: It'll be livestreamed via Yahoo Screen starting at around 12:45 a.m. ET. If you're out and about in the night hours, you can even watch it on your mobile!
Tune in right here Thursday night:
Blondie's livestreamed concert is being sponsored by the Smithsonian Channel in conjunction with the upcoming cable-TV premiere of the documentary "Blondie’s New York", which details the band’s rise to stardom and the recording of its breakout 1978 album "Parallel Lines." "Blondie's New York" will debut on the network on March 21 at 10 p.m. ET.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Yahoo Music3 hrs ago
Yahoo was pleased to host a SXSW showcase for Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music Wednesday night. Hundreds of festival attendees lined up hours before the show, anticipating sets from the roster's stars Pusha T, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott and others.
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The show delivered with high marks, scoring extra points for a number of bonus acts. Though everyone was G.O.O.D., a ranking was in order. See how they fared. 1. Big Sean Headliner Big Sean was on fire throughout the night, hitting the stage with his "black Brad Pitt" track "Sanctified," shouting out his fiancée, actress Naya Rivera, rocking with G.O.O.D Music labelmate Pusha T for their "Mercy" verses, and bringing out a crunktastic special guest – Rico the Lion from his "Guap" video – for that jam.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music4 hrs ago
Spandau Ballet were great crusaders of the 1980s British Invasion. They spent the decade wowing and wooing fans on both sides of the pond with their glamorous fashion sense, lushly exotic music videos, and, of course, their string of sumptuous pop hits, especially the ubiquitous prom ballad "True." But then they broke up acrimoniously in 1990. It was the end of an era.
But the '80s are back at Austin, Texas's South by Southwest festival this year. Along with sets by Blondie (whose Deborah Harry made a surprise appearance with obvious successors the Dum Dum Girls this week), Gary Numan, and the Alarm's Mike Peters, plus unexpectedly awesome concert moments like newcomers Hey Marseilles's cover of INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart," SXSW 2014 has marked the comeback of the one, the only, Spandau Ballet.
- Yahoo Music19 hrs ago
The Yahoo Music team has stayed on their SXSW '14 grind throughout the afternoon. Earlier today, editors Lyndsey Parker, Billy Johnson Jr., and Paul Rosales witnessed live performances from "Same Love" songbird Mary Lambert at the Yahoo's Brazos Hall and even a surprise appearance from Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry. As day turned to evening, the momentum continued with performances from the NY-bred Pains of Being Pure at Heart to some Glasgow rockers. Lyndsey Parker enjoyed a set from a band with a seriously memorable moniker: Casual Sex. Later in the evening, Billy Johnson Jr. looked on as setup began for Yahoo Music's #GOODMusic event.
- Paul Grein at Yahoo Music19 hrs ago
Coldplay's "Magic" is this week's top new entry on the Hot 100 at #24. It's the first single from the band's sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories," which is due May 19. Coldplay has had five top 20 singles (fewer, I would imagine, than you thought). Three of them were from the band's 2011 album, "Mylo Xyloto." But none of those three singles—"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," "Paradise" or "Princess Of China" (featuring Rihanna)—cracked the top 10. By contrast, one single from each of the band's two previous studio albums made the top 10. "Speed Of Sound," from "X&Y," reached #8. "Viva La Vida," from "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends," hit #1.
An act would probably rather have one megahit like "Viva La Vida" than three good-sized hits like the three hits from "Mylo Xyloto." In which category will "Magic" end up? Place your bets.
"Magic" is already in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. Digital sales rank: #7 (114K).
- Paul Grein at Yahoo Music23 hrs ago
Idina Menzel's"Let It Go" jumps from #17 to #9 in the wake of winning an Oscar for Original Song. The song appeared to be peaking at #18 prior to its Oscar win. "Let It Go" is just the second song in Oscar history that cracked the top 10 for the first time only after winning an Oscar. The first was "The Morning After" from the disaster movie "The Poseidon Adventure." The ballad hadn't even "bubbled under" the Hot 100 at the time it won the Oscar on March 27, 1973. But the award turned it into a smash. Maureen McGovern's recording reached #1 on August 4.
Pharrell Williams's "Happy," which was also nominated for Original Song, tops the Hot 100 for the third straight week. This marks the first time that recordings of two Original Song finalists appeared in the top 10 at the same time since February and March 1998, when Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" (from "Titanic") and LeAnn Rimes's "How Do I Live" (from "Con Air") were in the top 10 together for three straight weeks.
SXSW '14 Tweetcap: Mary Lambert Visits Yahoo! HQ, Jarvis Cocker Shares Stories, Debbie Harry Has Girl PowerMarisa Okano at Yahoo Music1 day ago
This edition of #YahooSXSW '14 Tweetcaps features a healthy itinerary of acts. Today, we've been lucky enough to welcome "Same Love" songbird Mary Lambert, alt-electro group Parade of Lights, and more for exclusive Yahoo Music seshes. Follow our editors Lyndsey Parker, Billy Johnson Jr., and Paul Rosales via Twitter and Vine as they continue their adventures in Austin, Texas.
Be sure to tune in for more social coverage of SXSW '14 throughout the week!
- Paul Grein at Yahoo Music1 day ago
Pharrell Williams turned this year's Academy Awards into the world's biggest album-release party. His first solo album in nearly eight years, "G I R L," was released the day after the Oscars, where he performed his feel-good smash "Happy" as a big production number. So wouldn't you expect "G I R L" to sell more than 112K copies in its first week?
It's a given that most albums don't sell like they used to. But some still do, as such varied stars as Luke Bryan, Eminem and Beyonce have proved in recent months. If anybody could defy downward sales trends you would think it would be Pharrell. He was featured on two of last year's biggest hits, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." His own smash "Happy" is second only to "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J as this year's best-selling hit. (It will pull ahead next week).
- Yahoo Music1 day ago
Def Jam's celebration of its 30th anniversary Tuesday at SXSW was really just a showcase with some music flashbacks and a set from two of its staple artists – Redman and Method Man. But it had some great moments. See our top 4 below: 1. Redman & Method Man
Without question, Red and Meth delivered the best set during the Def Jam show. It helped that Method Man laid a couple ground rules before they started their concert. Among them was a request that the audience maintain a high level of energy; an easy deliverable considering what the legendary rappers brought to the table.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music1 day ago
They say everything is bigger in Texas. And that old adage certainly applies to South by Southwest. While the Austin music festival once primarily showcased rising and unsigned acts, it now serves as a promotional platform for superstars like Kanye West, Justin Bieber…and even Lady Gaga, who plans to perform inside a giant Doritos vending machine on Thursday night.