The Polaris Music Prize announced its ‘long list’ of nominations for 2018, with artists such as Arcade Fire, Gordon Downie, Sloan and U.S. Girls making the cut. 225 albums were considered by the 203 member jury for Long List selection.
Eight-year-old Yoyoka Soma covered John Bonham's drum part on Led Zeppelin's "Good Times Bad Times" as her entry into the 2018 Hit Like A Girl drum contest. She made it into the finals with a joyous performance that crushes the classic tune. WATCH:
Midem attendance for 2018 was up by 9% over last year, according to organizers Reed Midem. The global music industry conference, which was held June 5-8 in Cannes, France, hosted 4800 delegates from 80 countries.
At a ceremony at New York City's Columbia University on Wednesday, Kendrick Lamar accepted his Pulitzer Prize for music for his album "DAMN." He is the first rapper to receive the award.
[UPDATED] Irving Azoff has responded to an open letter-slash-lawsuit by former MusiCares VP Dana Tomarken involving accusations, primarily about the Recording Academy, that tangentially veer into Azoff-related concerns.
Kelly Clarkson began the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night with a tribute to the victims of Friday's mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. "I'm a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year. And once again, y'all, we're grieving for more kids that have died for just no reason at all," said Clarkson.
The Americana Music Association has announced its 2018 nominees. Jason Isbell led the nominees with four nods, including for his album "The Nashville Sound," which earned two Grammys last year. Margo Price and Brandi Carlile, each received three nods for artist, song and album of the year.
Kosha Dillz reports from the ASCAP 'I Create Music' Expo: "There are many people to meet here. I reconnected with my old bassist, I got tons of free candy from the sponsors, and I was recognized by tons of friends. Also because I write for Hypebot, I got a really cool pass that lets me frolic around."
Last.fm have researched the last 16 years of music awards and festivals to find out if we are crediting female artists as much as we are listening to them. As each year comes and goes, the elephant in the room for the music industry is whether the popularity of female solo artists is mirrored in their inclusion in both; festivals and award ceremonies. Last.fm have compiled all its listening data and found a relatively narrow split between genders, but the story isn’t the same for those topping the bill and taking home the trophies.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards serve as the conclusion to the Billboard Latin Music Conference which was held this week in Las Vegas. Daddy Yankee was the top winner, along with Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber and Shakira. Ozuna won artist of the year and Maluma took home the social artist of the year award.
Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album Damn. Lamar is the first rapper to win the award which has previously only gone to classical and jazz artists, including Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman.
Jason Aldean made his first return to Las Vegas since the mass shooting at the Route 91 country music festival in October of last year and is headed home with the entertainer of the year award from Sunday night's Academy of Country Music Awards.
Folk Alliance International has released their post-conference report. This year’s 30th-anniversary celebration took place in Montreal, Quebec, February 13-17, and welcomed a record 2,855 attendees from 35 countries around the world.
The music industry provides a number of fun an unique gatherings at which artists can connect and network with their peers in the business. Here we look at eleven such industry conferences to keep an eye on in the coming year.
Coming on the heels of another busy SXSW, Ari Herstand here explains the value of participating attending and participating in major music industry conferences and conventions, and how to most effectively capitalize on such events once you're there.
"This still needs to be read because there is a pain in my neck that didn't exist," write indie rapper Kosha Dillz as he returns from his 10th SXSW. "I need to let you know that there is life after horrible wi-fi, flirty business texts and hope for new business. In fact how can we make that all happen? The best way is to take care of yourself. My mouth hurts, I lost my car keys. I still haven't shaved."
24 top Latin songwriters have been nominated to fill 6 slots in the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. Voting is open to the public here until midnight on April 15. The full list of Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 2018 nominees:
YouTube is walking back a statement by Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen to “frustrate and seduce” music fans by increasing the number of ads they'll encounter while using the platform.
Just as SXSW 2018 wound own on Sunday, a new bomb blast rocked Austin. So far authorities have been unable to find the perpetrator of this deadly series of bombings; but they have arrested a man on for emailing a bomb threat that led to the cancellation of The Roots concert at SXSW on Saturday.
Speaking at SXSW, YouTube Head Of Music Lyor Cohen was his usual bullish self predicting the future of the music industry. "The industry is going to return and grow by ads and subscriptions. People are willing to pay, and we'll convert them to paid subscriptions," said Cohen.
In the late 1990s, consumers across the globe began using a resource in the comfort of their own homes that was destined to revolutionize information consumption – the internet. Twenty years later, computer advancement and faster connections have altered virtually every aspect of daily life and have, for better or worse, begun to enter the realm of politics.
In Austin on Monday, police warned residents and tens of thousands of visitors in the city for SXSW to be on the lookout after a series of package bomb attacks in the city left one person dead and two seriously injured.
I showed up yesterday to SXSW and no place to stay for a few nights and since it's my 10th year, I don't always mind not having everything perfect. I flew in my team this year , we have video guys, this guys, tour managers, 8 shows, and a ton of content we need to create for other people who didn't make it here , to find our trip here, and also curate our own shows, get backline. So yes, we are busy, but it doesn't mean we can't do SXSW even better than we already are.
iHeartMedia's likely bankruptcy was reportedly pushed to later today to avoid distracting from the company's signature iHeart Radio Awards show, which was televised live on Sunday night. The delay also gave negotiators more time to prepare for an organized restructuring of the company's $20 billion in debt.