Metallica and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music along with its founder and director and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, have been selected laureates for the 2018 Polar Music Prize. Likening Metallica to composers such as Wagner and Tchaikovsky, the band was recognized for the visceral speed and physicality of their music, as well as its accessibility.
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.
One day before a looming bankruptcy deadline for parent iHeartMedia, Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, and Luke Combs were among the big winners at the fifth iHeartRadio Music Awards last night. The evening was hosted by Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled and included live performances from Ed Sheeran, Eminem featuring Kehlani, Cardi B, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, and N.E.R.D and G-Eazy.
SXSW 2018 kicks off in Austin today, and as one of the music industry's biggest festivals, making the most of it can be challenging, owing to the often overwhelming number of shows and industry events taking place. Here we look at some best practices to follow, whether you're a veteran attendee or going for the first time.
One of the main reasons industry players attend SXSW is for the networking opportunities which it provides. After the dust settles and everyone goes back to their real lives, however, how does one maintain and build on the connection which they've made?
Chris Stapleton leads the 2018 ACM nominations with 8, Thomas Rhett is just behind with 6 and Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert each had 4. The 53rd annual ACM Awards will air on April 15th from Las Vegas on CBS.
Love it or loath it, SXSW is an important time for the music industry and those involved with it, presenting a vast wealth of opportunities for growing your brand, networking, and also enjoying the show. With so many options, we here assist in how best to break down your time at SXSW, whether you're a first-timer or seasoned vet.
Leading international music conference Midem has launched the 2018 edition of its Midemlab music-related startup competition, with Kima Ventures, Ticketmaster, Google, and Tencent joining the jury. Midem will be in Cannes, France June 5-8.
Warner Music UK is celebrating its most successful BRIT Awards ever with Its artists won six of the eleven awards (six of eight in UK categories) , more than any other music company. These awards follow a strong showing Warner Music at the Grammy Awards in New York last month.
New artists beat the old guard at the 2018 Brit Awards which saw grime artist Stormzy and pop music singer-songwriter Dua Lipa take top honors at the annual awards show, winning British Male and Female solo artist, respectively.
Watch all of the action from the biggest night in UK music, live as it happens free her. It's hosted by Conor Maynard and Yasmin Evans and features performance by Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Foo Fighters, Jorja Smith, Justin Timberlake, Rag'n'Bone Man, Rita Ora, Sam Smith and Stormzy.
Fast Company has named its annual Most Innovative Companies list for 2018. Unsurprisingly, Spotify took the #1 spot in the Music category and #9 for all companies "for pointing fans toward new artists." But most of the other names in music's innovative top 10 are far less well known.
Like President Trump, Neil Portnow and too many other men refuse to admit without equivocation that they are part of the gender problem. Until that changes, not much else can. Is 12%, for example, or even 17% representation for women in music so much better than 9% that it deserves an announcement? The Recording Academy thought so, issuing a letter with its own analysis of women musical creators and performers.
[UPDATED] Concert discovery platform Bandsintown is producing its first ever showcase at SXSW. Dubbed the music conference's first ever data driven showcase, participating artists were chosen from Bandintown's Big Break program made up of touring acts that have grown from 100 to 5,000 or more followers on the platform in last 6 months.
The Arcade Fire, Jessie Reyez and the late Gordon Downie were among the top nominees for the 2018 Juno Awards. Arcade Fire landed nods for album of the year and alternative album of the year for “Everything Now” and also picked up nominations for Single of the Year, Group of the Year and Album Artwork of the Year.