Ten albums have been named to the Polaris Music Prize short list for Canadian album of the year. “These 10 titles traverse language and culture and highlight the beauty and richness of Canada’s musical life in 2018,” said Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan.
MTV's 2018 Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, Aug. 20th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Starting today through Aug. 10, fans can vote for their favorite artists across eight categories.
Kevin Breuner Of CD Baby joins Michael Brandvold on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to talk about the 4th annual DIY Musician Conference being held August 24-26th in Nashville. CD Baby expects another standing-room only event, welcoming 1500 independent artists.
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Kevin Breuner Of CD Baby joins Michael Brandvold on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to talk about the 4th annual DIY Musician Conference being held August 24-26th at the Omni Nashville. CD Baby expects another standing-room only event, welcoming 1500 independent artists.
In this recap of the A2IM's recent Indie Week music conference, Amy Hanna looks at the event's focus on inclusivity and representation, as reflected in the conference's panels discussing gender inequality and the music industry's involvement in the #MeToo movement.
Vanessa Reed of the PRS Foundation has announced that the organization's initiative to commit to a 50/50 music industry gender balance by the year 2022 has been joined by more than one hundred music related festivals.
South by Southwest has launched its PanelPicker accepting programming and panel proposals. Music Showcasing applications and Film submissions are also open for next year’s event. SXSW will be held March 8-17, 2019 in Austin, Texas.
Last week's American Association Of Independent Music Libera Awards in New York City celebrated the best in independent music. Hosted by comedian Kate Wolff and sponsored by SoundExchange and BuzzAngle, the evening included a special celebration of Merlin’s 10th Anniversary.
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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.