Urban chart-topper Yandel, fresh from debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s top Latin Albums chart last year, and regional Mexican star Noel Torres will headline the 5th annual Billboard En Concierto concert series, presented by State Farm in association with Pepsi.
While hordes of musicians were landing or sorting out their hotels on the first day of the SXSW Music, Paul Lamere gave a presentation to a small room in downtown's convention center centered on his experiments with music and data and the backbone of what the Echo Nest will be working on for its new overlords.
Espinoza Paz and Roberto Tapia, two regional Mexican stars who have also emerged as critically acclaimed and commercially successful composers, were the top winners at BMI’s 21st annual Latin Music Awards, taking home BMI Latin Songwriter of the Year and BMI Latin Song of the Year awards, respectively.
Neil Young presented his final thesis on a long-simmering project: the Pono music player at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW. But things got awkward when Pono CEO John Hamm took the stage for a Q&A session with Young and USA Today technology reporter Mike Snider.
Billboard polled a brain trust of veteran music execs to get expert strategies for how best to approach the massive music conference; and to explain why, exactly, it's still worth the ticket to Austin. Today, Billboard.biz talks to Madeleine Bennett, marketing director for Mtheory, for her seasoned perspective on the industry's annual Texas takeover.
The Clio Awards have announced the launch of Clio Music, a new awards series honoring creative ingenuity and brilliance exclusively in music marketing and advertising. Billboard will be the media partner.
Reach Music Publishing and the Boardwalk Publishing Group have formed a joint venture publishing partnership. In its first move, the new initiative signed former Village People lead singer Victor Wills, handling his share of songs including "YMCA," "In the Navy," and "Go West."