This year, some changes are afoot at SXSW, including the noticeable absence of last year's presenting sponsor Citi and longtime festival partner Pepsi's logo. And yet plenty of new brands are stepping in where others may have pulled back; Subway and Pennzoil, for example, are platinum sponsors, and additional events from Airbnb, DirecTV, and Neiman Marcus are in the works.
For its first Three Artists, One Song campaign in nearly two years, Converse is teaming with Diplo, Frank Ocean and the Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for "Hero," which will be available for free download on Monday, March 10.
"Bubbling Under" alums American Authors score their first No. 1 on an airplay chart with "Best Day of My Life," couple Dawn & Hawkes score a Hot Shot Debut with their cover of the Beatles' "I've Just Seen a Face" from their "Voice" audition, Wisin scores his second No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay with the aid of Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin, and more in today's Chart Moves.
Who are the rising young executives driving our business forward? Billboard's annual Power Players special feature "40 Under 40" will identify these individuals -- and we invite our readers to offer their nominations online here. Individuals born After May 1, 1974 from all aspects of the music industry are eligible.
Spotify's acquisition of the Echo Nest signals the growing importance of data - Lady Antebellum, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi to be honored at 2014 Grammy on the Hill Awards - Pink and Sony Music prevail in a legal dispute over an administration error - The Orchard acquires global music channel BalconyTV - and much more in this morning's Fix.
Lady Antebellum will be honored with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award during the Recording Academy's 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards, to be held April 2 in Washington, D.C. House of Representatives majority whip Kevin McCarthy and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will also be honored.