South by Southwest

  1. SXSWi's Growth in Attendance, Social Activity in One Big Infographic

    March 22, 2012 2:00 PM EDT For the past few years, Dallas-based digital marketers Agency Entourage have compiled information on some of the social and digital aspects of the SXSW Interactive festival, including its rapid and massive growth. They've tracked attendance, ...

  2. Paul Simon Documentary 'Under African Skies' Wins SXSW Audience Award

    March 18, 2012 1:34 PM EDT Joe Berlinger's documentary on Paul Simon's return to South Africa 25 years after the recording of Graceland won the SXSW Audience Award in the 24 Beats per Second Category. "Under African Skies" is the only music film to win a ...

  3. Be Sure Your Mobile App Is Something People Actually Need, SXSW Panel Stresses

    March 17, 2012 1:23 PM EDT The importance and utility of mobile apps was the topic of the day at the "Bringing The Arena To Your Phone" panel at day four of SXSW Music. Moderated by Will Mills (director of music content, Shazam), the panel consisted of Anthony Vol ...

  4. Cashmere Agency's Ryan Ford: SXSW Q&A

    March 16, 2012 6:04 PM EDT Cashmere Agency's Ryan Ford @ SXSW . (Photo: Erika Ramirez) After moderating SXSW panel "From the Blocks to the Blogs," Cashmere Agency's Vice President Ryan Ford chatted with us of SXSW, from what he's looking forward to ...

  5. SXSW Q&A: SoundCloud's Dave Haynes

    March 16, 2012 4:05 PM EDT SoundCloud's Dave Haynes @ SXSW (Photo: Glenn Peoples) On T-shirts, posters and stickers, SoundCloud logo - a cloud - was a familiar site around downtown Austin during SXSW Interactive. Billboard.biz ran into Dave Haynes, SoundCloud's VP ...

  6. Introducing Every App From the SXSW Trade Show

    March 16, 2012 2:36 PM EDT The consensus from SXSW so far appears to be that no single app is dominating the festival, although Highlight and some other apps did see their share of hype. One observer bets that Groupme may have been the breakout hit of SXSW just like last ye ...

  7. Artists Are the 'CEOs of their Own Brand,' SXSW Music Panel Says

    March 15, 2012 8:00 PM EDT SXSW Music's "Taking The Throne: Branding is the New King" panel tackled the concept of the artist as a brand, and how fans buy into that brand is quickly becoming the most important way to be successful in the music industry going ...

  8. A2IM's Rich Bengloff Chats About the Buzz In Austin

    March 15, 2012 6:10 PM EDT A2IM President Rich Bengloff paused to talk to Billboard.biz following the "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" panel at SXSW Music, where he was in town to attend the 7th annual A2IM member's breakfast Thursday morning. The breakfast b ...

  9. SXSW Diary: How Ambreen Razaq of the Windish Agency Handles 15 Artists, Not Eating @ SXSW 2012

    March 15, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Ambreen Razaq is one of Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW diarists and an agency associate at the Windish Agency. This year she has fifteen artists playing the fest including Purity Ring, Friends,Tycho and Com Truise. This is her third SXSW. Ambreen ...

  10. Lionel Richie Lights Up SXSW at Billboard Showcase

    March 15, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Lionel Richie performing at the Billboard SXSW showcase in Austin on Wednesday night (photo: Ben Sklar) With thousands of bands and fans having successfully descended upon Austin, Billboard said "Hello" to the 2012 South By Southwest Fes ...

  11. Samsung, Chevrolet, Foursquare, John Mayer Led SXSWi Social Media Chatter

    March 15, 2012 7:56 AM EDT South by Southwest Interactive conference is over, but a few top brands and companies left a considerable trail of social media chatter in their wake. Samsung, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare and Chevrolet were among the brands that got the most soci ...

  12. SXSW Q&A: SonicBids' Panos Panay

    March 14, 2012 3:41 PM EDT Panos Panay surveys the brand activation at SXSW Interactive from Java Jive in downtown Austin. (Photo: Glenn Peoples) Sonicbids had a big presence at 2012's SXSW Interactive, bringing nearly two dozen people - everyone from engineers to sale ...

  13. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  14. Backbeat: Teengirl Fantasy, Bear In Heaven Play Pitchfork Party While Kosha Dillz Self-Promotes

    March 14, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Tuesday night at SXSW always feels like a microcosm of a city in transition: the conference's Interactive component's ends and tech-geeks are celebrating its end while the Music nerds are arriving downtown, debating whether to go hard on ...

  15. SXSW 2012: The Billboard Survival Guide

    March 14, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Forget Coachella and Bonnaroo -- SXSW might be the year's wildest music festival. With thousands of bands spread over hundreds of stages (and backyards, parking lots and Lance Armstrong's bike shop), planning a schedule is a Herculean fe ...

  16. Backbeat: Heartless Bastards Rock RootMusic's Music Tech Mashup at @SXSWi

    March 14, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Music tech gatherings abounded in Austin Tuesday evening as SXSW's interactive conference ended, and the music attendees arrived in greater numbers. Billboard.biz missed the SXSW Music Tech Meet-Up at the Belmont (sponsored by Songkick, MXP4, ...

  17. SXSW Q&A: Justin Kalifowitz of Songtrust, Downtown Music Publishing

    March 14, 2012 8:20 AM EDT (Photo: Glenn Peoples) Music publishing isn't the most active segment of SXSW Interactive, but Justin Kalifowitz, President of Downtown Music Publishing and Co-founder of publishing royalty collection startup Songtrust , was in learning mode ...

  18. SXSWi: Can There Be Too Much Technology?

    March 14, 2012 7:19 AM EDT AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- At South By Southwest's 2012 interactive conference, there was, as usual, no shortage of eagerness for new developments and excitement for gadgetry. What's the future of online scrapbook Pinterest? Will the location ...

  19. Backbeat: Zya Music Creation Service Launch Makes A Big Splash At SXSWi

    March 13, 2012 11:41 AM EDT (L-R): Matt Serletic (CEO and Co-founder, Music Mastermind), Bo Bazylevsky (President and Co-founder, Music Mastermind), Dean Serletic (SVP Marketing, Music Mastermind). (Photo: Glenn Peoples) The launch party for music creation product Zya was ha ...

  20. BandPage Hits 500,000 Artists, Rolls Out New Facebook Features

    March 12, 2012 5:29 PM EDT BandPage today announced that it had reached the 500,000 artist landmark (up from 250,000 just six months ago), with half a million musicians now using Facebook's most popular music app. To mark the milestone, and to celebrate its 2-year anni ...

  21. How 14 Companies Are Making SXSW A Music Marketing Mecca

    March 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT It may seem like every band and brand is heading down to Austin this month for the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (running March 9-18), but the music portion of SXSW has lost some buzz in recent years to the behemoth that is now ...

  22. SXSW Film: 'Sunset Strip' Screens; a Flaming Lip Scores; Goh Nakamura Performs

    March 11, 2012 9:57 AM EDT The rains washed away the glamor of the red carpet at the SXSW Film conference screening of "Nature Calls," Todd Rohal's film starring Patton Oswalt. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Heavy rains continued Saturday as the SXSW Film Festival slogg ...

  23. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  24. A Guide to Music at SXSW Interactive: Jay-Z, Flying Lotus, SoundCloud, Gigs, Parties, More

    March 07, 2012 12:30 PM EST SXSW Interactive has forged a reputation as not only a breeding ground for the hottest new tech companies and apps on the market (Hi Foursquare), but also as a place that can introduce the world to companies that can change the way humans interact ...

  25. Foursquare To Introduce Fan Exclusives At SXSW With fun., Counting Crows, Asher Roth

    March 07, 2012 12:05 PM EST Foursquare today announced the creation of "specials" for concerts, a new feature that will allow artists to create promotional pushes, give away prizes, and offer exclusive rewards for fans who check into their concerts using the servic ...

  26. Lionel Richie to Headline Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST Hello, Austin. We have what you're looking for. Lionel Richie, whose timeless hits include "Easy and "Endless Love," will headline Billboard's annual showcase at South by Southwest's Music Festival on March 14 at Aust ...

  27. The Only Tools You'll Need For SXSW 2012

    March 07, 2012 5:45 AM EST Evolver.fm's Eliot Van Buskirk (Right) with Spotify's Daniel Ek in a keynote interview at SXSW 2010 (Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com) Each year, those of us lucky enough to attend the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas face the same questions: ...

  28. Goh Nakamura-Starring Film 'Daylight Savings' One of 74 To Premiere at SXSW

    March 06, 2012 10:30 PM EST On the streets of Austin, Texas, between March 9-17, Goh Nakamura is likely to not stand out too much, especially if he if he is carrying his guitar case. He lives about an hour outside of San Francisco, has a couple of self-released albums and hi ...

  29. SXSW Interactive What to Watch For: Apps, Panels, More

    March 05, 2012 6:00 AM EST While South by Southwest's Interactive (SXSWi) and Music festivals are essentially two separate events, they do have one major thing in common: music. Many music companies will be at both conferences, having meetings, speaking on panels and n ...

  30. Exclusive: Converse Is New Fader Fort Sponsor at SXSW; Santigold, Zola Jesus to Perform

    February 28, 2012 12:22 PM EST After eleven years as one of the biggest unofficial events at South by Southwest, the Fader Fort is going legit. This year's Fort will be an official SXSW showcase for the first time, and will be named The Fader Fort Presented by Converse to ...

  31. TV On The Radio, Battles, Gotye Featured @ 2012 SXSW Film

    February 08, 2012 4:58 PM EST Short films about TV on the Radio, a Chopin piano competition and a lyrical absurdist who the Beatles signed to Apple Records in the 1960s will be screened during the SXSW Film festival in Austin, Texas, March 9-17. The Film Conference and Festiva ...

  32. Bob Marley, Mumford & Sons, Ginger Baker Docs to Premiere at SXSW Film Festival

    February 01, 2012 4:38 PM EST Documentaries on Mumford & Sons' U.S. train tour, drummer Ginger Baker and the world of concert poster artists are among the films receiving their world premieres at the SXSW Film Festival Conference in Austin, Texas this March. Kevin Mac ...

  33. Tips on Finding Your Next Favorite Band with SXSW, Last.fm, Spotify

    January 06, 2012 9:43 AM EST The holidays are over, leaving us with 356, 339, and 357 shopping days until Christmas, Hannukkah, and Kwanzaa respectively. Let's use that time productively, shall we? You might not want to think about this now, having recently braved the cr ...

  34. Bruce Springsteen to Be Keynote Speaker at South by Southwest 2012

    December 01, 2011 11:24 AM EST The South By Southwest Music and Media Conference and Festival announced this morning that Bruce Springsteen will be keynote speaker for next year's event. The keynote will take place on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the Convention Center in Au ...

  35. Business Matters: SXSW 2011 Had $167 Million Impact on Austin

    August 23, 2011 7:19 PM EDT SXSW'S Multi-Million Dollar Trickle Down on Austin -- A new study puts the financial impact of 2011 South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals (SXSW) at $167 million -- $44.6 million of operational output (festiv ...

  36. Foursquare Partners with Songkick For Live Music Check-Ins

    August 18, 2011 2:01 PM EDT Foursquare, the popular social networking site that allows users to broadcast their current location to friends, has announced partnerships with Songkick, ESPN and MovieTickets.com to help users further narrow down their current locations. The par ...

  37. The .Biz Q&A: NXNE's Managing Director Andy McLean

    June 16, 2011 12:57 PM EDT Three months after the music industry converged on Toronto for the business-heavy Canadian Music Week (CMW), the city is hosting another music festival and conference, North By Northeast (NXNE). Now in its 17th year, the confab has grown to includ ...

  38. Foursquare's Jonathan Crowley Talks About Company's Push Into Music Biz

    March 30, 2011 4:48 PM EDT One of the more intriguing new mobile and social media services available today is the location-based check-in "game" Foursquare . Ever since it burst into the mainstream last year, the music industry has struggled to figure out ways to ...

  39. South By Southwest 2011 Was More Dangerous Than Usual: A Recap

    March 22, 2011 6:33 PM EDT The vast majority of the estimated 200,000 people who flocked to Austin for this year's South by Southwest festival played nice, patiently lining up to see buzz bands and keeping any drunken impulses under control. But a few people didn' ...

  40. South By Southwest: Execs Tell Their Favorite Places And Ways To Do Business

    March 22, 2011 2:50 PM EDT Despite its spring-break reputation, plenty of real business gets done at SXSW. Amid thousands of bands, tens of thousands of attendees and heaven knows how many thousands of gallons of alcohol served, you've got deals being made in every noo ...

  41. Telekinesis SXSW Diary: Insane Television Watching, Heaps of Sunscreen, Chris Walla

    March 21, 2011 2:30 PM EDT A Room With A View. The author shoots Austin's famed 6th Street from the balcony of the Driskill Hotel where "it was calm and nice to watch the craziness from." (Photo: Michael Benjamin Lerner) I think there are two types of SXSW go ...

  42. Odd Future Cuts Set Short At Billboard SXSW Showcase

    March 20, 2011 12:20 PM EDT It's been one long, thrilling and occasionally bumpy trip to SXSW for Odd Future, and the L.A. rap group's gig at Billboard's Saturday night (Mar. 19) showcase was no different. Check out all of our South by Southwest coverage here. ...

  43. Kina Grannis SXSW Tour Diary: TV on the Radio, Charles Bradley, 'Community'

    March 19, 2011 10:11 AM EDT (Kina Grannis, one of .biz's SXSW diarists, got her start, like so many musicians these days, by posting her videos on the web. But what launched her career was entering and winning a contest that got her song "Message From Your Heart&qu ...

  44. Mona, Walk the Moon & Jimmy Kimmell: Scott Schumaker's SXSW 2011 Diary

    March 17, 2011 5:30 PM EDT SXSW DIARY: Scott Schumaker, Bright Antenna Records, Thursday, March 17, 2011 Two songs into their fiery set at Antone's last night, Nick Brown, the lead singer of Mona, rasped, "This is like the first day of 6th grade and cheerleader tr ...

  45. Panelists On SXSW's 'Artist Compensation Of The Future' Don't Know What's Next, Either ...

    March 17, 2011 5:26 PM EDT Perhaps the biggest question for every artist at SXSW -- if not every artist making music today, save a lucky few -- is "how are we going to make money?" You can tweet up a storm, have enough Facebook friends to mount a small army, and h ...

  46. CNN Makes Over Its Image With Diner, Bands, Beer At SXSW

    March 17, 2011 12:39 PM EDT Gold Motel rocks the CNN diner at South by Southwest on Wednesday (photo: Jason Gross) From the outside, the slowly rotating neon sign looks like a scene out of "Happy Days" -- but looking closer, you see nothing less than a major news o ...

  47. SXSW: 10 Things Seen And Overheard Wednesday

    March 17, 2011 12:25 PM EDT Whether you enjoy Raphael Saadiq's killer sets or Mischa Barton spottings, there was a ton of fun, wacky experiences to soak in yesterday (Mar. 17) at the 2011 SXSW festival. Check out 10 things that caught our attention in Austin yesterday, ...

  48. SXSW Interactive 2011: The News Beyond The Fluff

    March 17, 2011 11:47 AM EDT SXSWi 2011: Beyond the experiential. (Photo: Amy Price) SXSWi, the interactive portion of the annual SXSW conference, ended on Tuesday. Much -- perhaps too much -- was written about the experience of SXSWi and too little about the companies and th ...

  49. Scott Schumaker, of Bright Antenna Records, SXSW Diary: Look at That Foo Fighters Line!

    March 16, 2011 5:15 PM EDT (Scott Schumaker is managing Jedi for Bright Antenna Records . Tweet him: @brightantenna) Wednesday 3.16.11 The 16-passenger white van and trailer invasion began last night. It was a noticeable shift. Until 6:00 pm the Austin Conference Center was ...

  50. SXSW Central 2011

    March 16, 2011 9:00 AM EDT March 18, 2011 |PANEL Tips On Harnessing The Obsessives At SXSW 'Super Fans' Panel You know those kids who own every single song and poster from a certain artist, have tattoo of their music hero stamped on their neck and have built a vir ...

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