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  1. Spoon Signs to Loma Vista; Album Expected Soon

    May 26, 2014 12:28 PM EDT Austin-based indie rock band Spoon has signed to Loma Vista, the label started by former Warner Bros. Records' chairman/CEO Tom Whalley. Loma Vista declined to comment on the signing but two sources verified the deal though exact terms were n ...

  2. Dave Grohl Talks Risky Foo Fighters Album, HBO Project, More

    May 26, 2014 9:09 AM EDT If Dave Grohl is gunning for the title of rock's top overachiever, he is well on his way. Since forming Foo Fighters in 1995, he has churned out seven albums that have sold a combined 11.1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan; he ...

  3. 20 Charges Added in South By Southwest Fatal Crash

    April 01, 2014 1:30 PM EDT A driver already charged with murder is facing 20 new charges of aggravated assault after he plowed into a crowd during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. Jail documents posted online Tuesday list the additional charges against 21-ye ...

  4. Facebook's 'Music Guy' Ime Archibong on Where They're Headed Next -- Think Fewer Buttons, More Apps (Q&A)

    March 17, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Ime Archibong has been at Facebook before and through its massive IPO , (the night previous to which the company held a hackathon, Archibong told us, which was as much about centering the company's values as it was breaking down code to i ...

  5. SXSW Crash Victim Dies After Hospitalization (Report)

    March 17, 2014 12:56 PM EDT A third person has died due to injuries resulting from a driver speeding into a crowd late last Thursday night during SXSW in Austin, CNN is reporting . It's the third death to result from the attack in which 23 people were hospitalized. The ...

  6. Has SXSW Sold-Out, Lost Sight of Its Mission?

    March 16, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Rapper ScHoolboy Q had a great time at his first South By Southwest a few years ago, but found himself getting angry this year as he played a series of shows at the annual music conference and festival. Related Articles The $1 Million Buy-In: B ...

  7. De La Soul's Trugoy On Giving Away Their Entire Back Catalog

    March 16, 2014 8:35 AM EDT Get ready for a lot of new De La Soul music. Related Articles De La Soul Gives Away Entire Catalog For Free Damon Albarn Plays SXSW’s Fader Fort With De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Gorillaz De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Tr ...

  8. SXSW Crash Suspect, Rashad Charjuan Owens, Was Aspiring Rapper, on Way to Perform

    March 14, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Rashad Charjuan Owens, the man charged with capital murder and is accused of plowing his car through SXSW early Thursday morning, leaving two people dead and 23 injured, is reportedly an aspiring rapper who was set to perform a late-night show i ...

  9. SXSW: Spandau Ballet Says South by Southwest Accident 'Is an Absolute Tragedy'

    March 13, 2014 6:33 PM EDT During a Q&A at South by Southwest on Thursday afternoon, Spandau Ballet addressed the fatal car accident of the previous night, which resulted in two deaths and 23 people injured. Speaking to the crowd gathered at the Austin Convention Center ...

  10. SXSW Accident - Music Industry Eyewitnesses: 'It Was Like Watching Evil'

    March 13, 2014 2:37 PM EDT Billboard has spoken with artists and others who were at or around the scene of the fatal car crash on Red River Street in Austin during South By Southwest. John Doe of the band X says the group's first reaction to last night's deadly c ...

  11. Two Dead As Car Plows Into SXSW Crowd, 23 Injured, 5 Critically (Updated)

    March 13, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A man and woman were killed early Thursday after a suspected drunken driver fleeing from arrest crashed through barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck the pair and others on a crowded street, police said. Exene Cervenka o ...

  12. Hugh Forrest, SXSW Interactive's Director, on Geek Growing Pains and Massive Success

    March 05, 2014 11:44 AM EST South By Southwest is fast approaching, kicking off this Friday for the 27th time with the tech-centered and wildly popular Interactive. Austin's ever-expanding conflagration of culture and business is often referred to as the sort of sprin ...

  13. Gaga Being Kept from Dorito's Stage During SXSW: Report (Update)

    February 26, 2014 11:51 AM EST Lady Gaga has reportedly been denied her spot on Dorito's stage during SXSW due to public safety concerns. The news was first brought to our attention by local website Austin360 . Billboard reached out to Doritos who declined to comment. Foll ...

  14. SXSW: Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix Biopic, A$AP and Stax Records Docs Among Premieres

    January 30, 2014 3:00 PM EST Documentaries on Johnny Winter, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, A$AP Rocky and the soul music of Memphis will make their world premieres at the SXSW Film Festival while the Jimi Hendrix movie featuring OutKast's Andre Benjamin will make its U.S. premier ...

  15. Matt Shay Joins C3's Management Division

    January 13, 2014 9:30 AM EST C3 Presents, the Austin-based independent concert promotion, event production and artist management company, will announce today that Matt Shay will be joining C3's Management division as president.   Shay comes to C3 Management from Zeitgeis ...

  16. Clear Channel Announces iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin with Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood

    January 08, 2014 5:26 PM EST Clear Channel Media and Entertainment got such an overwhelming response to country music performers during the iHeartRadio Music Festivals, they've decided to start one geared toward country fans. The first iHeartRadio Country Festival will b ...

  17. South By Southwest to Launch Latin-Themed SXAmericas Addition in 2014

    October 24, 2013 2:30 PM EDT SXAméricas, a two-day event whose goal is to bring together Latin American SXSW participants with attendees working in the U.S. Latin market, will be held for the first time during the 2014 edition of the Austin music festival.   “Business peopl ...

  18. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 4:08 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an ...

  19. Lena Dunham, Jason Blum, Casey Neistat To Keynote 2014 SXSW Film Conference

    October 15, 2013 12:18 PM EDT Filmmakers Lena Dunham, Jason Blum and Casey Neistat will deliver keynote sessions at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival running March 7-15 in Austin, Texas. The festival announced its first batch of panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessi ...

  20. The Boss Returns to No. 1 on Hot Tours

    June 28, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen claims the top slot on the weekly Hot Tours ranking, leading the top 10 tours list for the second time this year.  His Wrecking Ball World Tour with the E Street Band last took the top ranking during the first week of April whe ...

  21. Chet Flippo on 'The Genre-Bustin’ Rise of Insurgent Country' (From The Billboard Archives)

    June 19, 2013 5:46 PM EDT With the passing of longtime music writer Chet Flippo , Billboard’s Nashville Bureau Chief from 1995 to 2000, we went back to our archives to read his voluminous music writings. Here we discovered a perfect example of Chet's shining long-fo ...

  22. Independent Study: Dead Oceans

    June 18, 2013 11:49 AM EDT Label: Dead Oceans Founded: 2007 Location: Austin, TX and Bloomington, IN Number of Employees: 26, incl. sister labels Next Release: Julianna Barwick, Nepenthe, Aug. 20 Distributor: Secretly Canadian Twitter: @DeadOceans Website: DeadOceans.com ...

  23. Backbeat: Matador’s Patrick Amory on Chaos in Tejas: ‘Much More Fun Than SXSW'

    June 04, 2013 2:20 PM EDT On Sunday, Enabler PR closed out its Chaos in Tejas , the annual Austin, TX music festival, with a showcase at the Holy Mountain bar . Currently in it’s ninth year, Chaos was founded by Ground Control Booking agent Timmy Hefner who in that time ...

  24. Q&A: Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning on 'Downloaded,' The Napster Revolution

    March 19, 2013 10:50 AM EDT They were wiry teenagers when they ignited the digital revolution, altering the music landscape forever with a little program called Napster in 1999. Now, 14 years later, Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker are older and wiser, but no less passionate ...

  25. Justin Timberlake Wows at SXSW Myspace Show

    March 17, 2013 1:17 PM EDT After wowing the nation through an early stream of his upcoming album,  The 20/20 Experience , and several televised performances, it's safe to say that Justin Timberlake doesn't have anything to prove. But at last night's SXSW ...

  26. 'A Band Called Death,' 'The Punk Syndrome' Win SXSW Film Audience Awards

    March 16, 2013 5:50 PM EDT "A Band Called Death,"  Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett's film about the punk progenitors Death, received the audience award in the 24 Beats per Second category at the SXSW Film Festival on Saturday. All Our SXSW Cover ...

  27. SXSW Backbeat: SPIN and Solange at Stubb's, Earl Sweatshirt at Green Label Sound's Barbecue

    March 16, 2013 1:34 PM EDT After the headlining act at MySpace's Saturday showcase was revealed to be Justin Timberlake , the next surprise guest to be unveiled would join the Afghan Whigs at FADER Fort on Friday night. Like most secrets this one wasn't kept lo ...

  28. SXSW Backbeat: Usher and The Afghan Whigs Surprise The Fader Fort While Lil Wayne Health Scare Shocks Backstage

    March 16, 2013 1:12 PM EDT Andy Cohn , president and publisher of the Fader, gave himself the best birthday present imaginable Friday night. One of his all-time favorite bands, The Afghan Whigs , headlined a closing-night set with surprise guest Usher that practically r ...

  29. SXSW: David Lowery and Co. Lash out Against Industry 'Pimps'

    March 16, 2013 11:16 AM EDT Passions ran high Friday evening at what was described by its organizers as “an artists’ panel” in the Austin Convention Center for SXSW. The distinction was deliberate -- too many panels and presentations at this conference had failed to rep ...

  30. Backbeat: The Warner Sound's Third Night at SXSW, No Slow Down in Sight

    March 15, 2013 5:54 PM EDT Wayne Coyne was perhaps even more excited about seeing Justin Timberlake on Saturday than he was playing his own showcase. The lead Flaming Lip sat down for an interview with Billboard before playing 2002’s Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots in it ...

  31. Backbeat: Kid Cudi, Diplo, Hit-Boy Rock Myspace's Secret SXSW Show

    March 15, 2013 3:50 PM EDT Myspace kicked off their three-day Secret Shows series, presented by Chevy , with a hip-hop heavy showcase featuring Hit-Boy, Kid Cudi and Diplo. Although Kid Cudi, who is performing nowhere else at SXSW besides Myspace, announced his performanc ...

  32. A Day in the Busy Life: Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment Go to Austin

    March 15, 2013 11:29 AM EDT Not just anyone would get a call from Alicia Keys to perform alongside her; so when Kendrick Lamar did, he went with it. The night before hopping on a red-eye to this year's SXSW festival, Kendrick Lamar performed two songs ("Swimming ...

  33. Backbeat: C.C. Adcock & Dege Legg Hit Austin For ‘James Booker’ World Premiere at SXSW

    March 15, 2013 11:24 AM EDT Musician and producer C.C. Adcock, right above, and musician-writer Dege Legg came to Austin from Lafayette, La., to check out the world premiere of the documentary "Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker" Thursday afternoo ...

  34. Backbeat: Enabler PR, Don Giovanni, Sacred Bones and Suicide Squeeze Team for Holy Mountain Showcase in Austin

    March 14, 2013 1:14 PM EDT Last night, Enabler PR teamed up with indie labels Don Giovanni Records , Suicide Squeeze Records , and Sacred Bones for their official showcase at Holy Mountain. The night's eclectic lineup -- including singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson an ...

  35. New Doc Premiering at SXSW Explores the Tumultuous Life of Legendary New Orleans Pianist James Booker

    March 14, 2013 11:03 AM EDT Harry Connick Jr. deciphers the work of his piano mentor James Booker in Lily Keber's film "Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker," that receives its world premiere today at SXSW. He explains in the film that Booker&# ...

  36. Robyn Hitchcock's SXSW Journal, Entry #1: Shifting Genres, Circular Fashion

    March 13, 2013 6:56 PM EDT Robyn Hitchcock, co-founder of the highly regarded Soft Boys and prolific solo artist (among other things), will be writing about his experiences down in Austin for Billboard.biz each day of SXSW. The Austin dawn is raked by merciless sunlight a ...

  37. Deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin Talk 'Digi-Gritty' of Electronic Music in Austin

    March 13, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Surely there were major gearheads and big electronica fans who found the discussion between superproducers Richard Hawtin and Joel Zimmerman -- aka Deadmau5 -- at SXSW today fascinating, but for most first-day music-conference attendees and thos ...

  38. Nielsen Study: Music Industry Could Add $450 Million to $2.6 Billion in Incremental Revenue With Premium Content

    March 12, 2013 8:07 PM EDT The music industry has lost billions of dollars in revenue over the last decade. Nielsen says the industry can use generated at least a half billion in incremental revenue by allowing fans to better connect with artists.   Nielsen's study w ...

  39. Arhoolie Records' 50 Years of Roots Music Celebrated in Film at SXSW

    March 12, 2013 5:58 PM EDT Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz built his label by recording blues, conjunto, Cajun music, zydeco and New Orleans brass bands in places where other producers would not go -- so it only made sense to celebrate the film about Strachwitz ...

  40. 'Muscle Shoals' Documentary Picked Up By Magnolia Pictures During SXSW

    March 12, 2013 5:16 PM EDT "Muscle Shoals," Greg Camalier's documentary on the recording studios and musicians of Muscle Shoals, Ala., became the first music documentary to secure a distribution deal at this year's SXSW Film Festival, with Magnolia Pic ...

  41. 'Wild Ones:' Rockabilly Label Waves the White Flag to Digital at Doc Screening in Austin

    March 12, 2013 4:59 PM EDT "I hate iTunes," Wild Records owner Reb Kennedy said after a Tuesday screening of the film about his label and artists, "Los Wild Ones." "And I hate to compromise. But we lost to iTunes," Kenndy continued. Wild Reco ...

  42. Vevo Launches Vevo TV, Multi-Platform Ad Model At SXSW

    March 12, 2013 3:12 PM EDT   “It will help differentiate us from YouTube, create more engagement with our users and help us expand over the top.” That’s how Rio Caraeff, CEO of Vevo, summarized Vevo TV, a new multi-platform programming initiative announced at South By Sou ...

  43. Harry Connick Jr., Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson Bring Christmas to Austin

    March 11, 2013 5:17 PM EDT The biggest collection of Texas musicians onscreen is in, of all things, a Christmas movie. Set in Austin and starring Harry Connick Jr., the cast of "When Angels Sing" includes Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Sarah Hic ...

  44. 3M's Virtual Presenter at SXSWi Recalls Tupac Hologram

    March 11, 2013 4:32 PM EDT One of the most head-turning displays at SXSW Interactive is 3M's life-size avatar that brings to mind the Tupac hologram at last year's Coachella festival. Called the Virtual Presenter , the digital avatar interacts with visitors and ...

  45. Backbeat: Guy Oseary, Ashton Kutcher, Scooter Braun And Many More At A-GRade’s Power-Packed SXSW Party

    March 11, 2013 3:50 PM EDT There are moments when South By Southwest Interactive becomes a lot like Hollywood, where crowds of people huddle outside an exclusive party and everyone is on the phone, calling favors to anyone who can let them in. Spotify and Path’s 120 Clu ...

  46. Backbeat: BMI Dinner With 'Milius,' 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' 'Our Nixon' Directors and Composers at SXSW Film

    March 11, 2013 3:45 PM EDT   BMI was host to its annual SXSW dinner Sunday at Manuel’s that brings together directors, composers members of the media where the conversation generally concerns the quality of the films screening the anticipated premieres. Read All Our Backb ...

  47. Scooter Braun and Guy Oseary: ‘My First South By Southwest’

    March 11, 2013 2:23 PM EDT They’ve made their names managing two of pop’s biggest stars -- Madonna and Justin Bieber, respectively -- but Guy Oseary and Scooter Braun have spent the better of the last 18 months extending their attention and investment portfolios to tech a ...

  48. OK Go’s Damian Kulash, Warner’s Livia Tortella and Jeff Goodby Talk Monetizing Music via Video at SXSW

    March 11, 2013 12:07 PM EDT Would OK Go be a much bigger band today had Billboard’s YouTube-based Hot 100 methodology existed seven years ago? And how does an old-school label like Warner Bros. make a long-term star out of a guy like Baauer, who didn’t even make an officia ...

  49. Anti-Piracy Critics Lash Out at Congress, Entertainment Industry During SXSWi Panel

    March 11, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Academics, an attorney and an Internet entrepreneur gave the SXSW Interactive audience an earful on the problems caused by U.S. copyright law during the panel "Copyright & Disruptive Technologies" at the Austin Convention Center Su ...

  50. Lupe Fiasco Talks Creative Director Role At Higi, His New Health And Wellness App, During SXSWi

    March 10, 2013 1:08 PM EDT While it was still three days before South By Southwest Music officially kicks off, at least one high-profile musician made an early stop to Austin Saturday to plug a new technology venture. Lupe Fiasco, the Chicago-raised rap star currently cli ...

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