The day after launching his PonoMusic player with the help of some 5,000 Kickstarter backers ponying up $1.6 million in less than 24 hours, Neil Young was all smiles at SXSW. “That’s a significant accomplishment,” Young told Billboard. “We’re just wondering how long it’ll keep moving like this, but it’s gone very well so far. It’s hard to ignore that there seems to be a market there for what we’re offering.”
After a successful launch for his PonoMusic service and player this week from South By Southwest, Neil Young is readying for the release of some other new projects this year -- including a new album, "A Letter Home," the album he recorded at Jack White's Third Man studio in Nashville, and a second book.
Award acceptance speeches are usually the kind of thing one tolerates politely. But Carlos Vives took things to a whole new level during the BMI Latin Music Awards March 11 when he got up to perform after accepting the BMI President’s award.
Reps from major streaming services, including Beats Music, Pandora, Rdio and Google Play, as well as TastemakerX, had a very friendly conversation about the song-selection process for each of their services, though not on everythingat Wednesday’s "Man vs Machine: The Curation Dilemma panel at SXSW."
Def Jam records celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW with a "Jam"-packed guest list at Stubbs last night which included co-founder Russell Simmons, Island Def Jam chairman/CEO Barry Weiss, COO Steve Bartels, 2 Chainz, Scooter Braun Pusha T, YG and many others.
Determined to launch 10 country festivals in 10 years, Live Nation's Brian O'Connell may take advantage of the fastest-growing genre in the festival space with a fest on New York's Governors Island in 2014.
Rdio will mostly likely not renew its business ties with The Echo Nest following Spotify's announced acquisition last week of the music intelligence platform. The music streaming site will be "transitioning away" from The Echo Nest, but not dropping them right away, according to a source knowledgable with the arrangement.
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 Glassnote's Daniel Glass for his seasoned perspective on the industry's annual Texas takeover.
At the world premiere of "The Case of the Three Sided Dream" at SXSW Film, filmmaker Adam Kahan floated the idea of Dave Chappelle as revolutionary saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The problem is the film may never be seen anywhere except at film festivals due to rights issues.