SXSW to Launch Australia Festival in 2023

Austin’s South by Southwest conference and festival is headed to Australia. The Texas-born event is bringing its famed celebration of the technology, film and music industries to Sydney across seven days and nights from Oct. 15-22, 2023, it was announced Wednesday (June 29).

SXSW Sydney will bring together the industries of music, gaming, film, television, technology and innovation much like the American version that launched in 1987. SXSW Sydney will be a collaboration with Australian promoter TEG and The New South Wales (NSW) Government along with its tourism agency, Destination NSW. The new edition will serve as the official annual Asia-Pacific installment of SXSW as the event builds on its more than three-decades-long foundation.

“We couldn’t be more excited and honored to work with TEG and the New South Wales Government via Destination NSW on an event that brings to Australia the professional opportunities and unexpected discoveries that make SXSW unique,” said SXSW CEO Roland Swenson in a release. “The purpose of SXSW is to help creative people achieve their goals, and Sydney is the ideal city to serve as a home for the cross-collaboration that exists within the many industries we bring together.”

SXSW in Austin was one of the first major live events to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference and festival returned in 2021 with virtual events before resuming in-person concerts, panels, parties and more in March 2022.

“SXSW is an event without equal internationally that has launched the careers of so many creative professionals,” said TEG group CEO Geoff Jones, who will lead production for SXSW Sydney. “Through showcasing the creator industries of the Asia Pacific to the world, SXSW Sydney will establish a new SXSW touchpoint, enabling the international and cross-sector connections that deliver the most innovative products and content.” Later in the statement, Jones revealed that Colin Daniels will serve as SXSW Sydney’s managing director.

In April 2021, it was announced that SXSW had signed a “lifeline” deal with P-MRC, a joint venture between Penske Media Corporation and MRC, making P-MRC a stakeholder and long-term partner with the Austin festival. P-MRC is the parent company of Billboard.

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Banda MS Notches 18th No. 1 on Regional Mexican Airplay Chart With ‘Hay Que Hacer Dinero’

Banda MS hits No. 1 for an 18th time on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart thanks to “Hay Que Hacer Dinero,” featuring Eden Muñoz, which rises to the top on the July 2-dated ranking.

“Hay Que Hacer Dinero” ascends 5-1 with a 34% increase in audience impressions, to 6.9 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 26, according to Luminate.

With the new champ, the Sinaloan band breaks from a tie with Banda El Recodo for the second-most No. 1 titles among all acts on Regional Mexican Airplay. Calibre 50 leads the category with 22 leaders. Muñoz, who scored his first No. 1 as a solo act less than two months ago with the three-week ruler “Chale!” (starting with the May 21-dated chart), captures his second.

Here’s a rundown of the Regional Mexican Airplay No. 1 scoreboard:

22, Calibre 50
18, Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga
17, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga
16, Conjunto Primavera
16, Intocable
16, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho
16, Los Tigres del Norte
13, Christian Nodal
11, Gerardo Ortiz
11, La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas

Concurrently, “Hay Que Hacer” breaks into the top tier on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart with a 15-6 climb in its sixth week. The push prompts a 23rd top 10 for Banda MS, which now ties with Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga for the third-most, trailing Marco Antonio Solis’ 27 top 10s and Calibre 50’s 25.

Elsewhere, “Hay” debuts at No. 49 on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data. With the new arrival, Banda MS adds a 32nd career entry, while Muñoz his second as a soloist.

A First for Chencho Corleone: ‘Desesperados’ With Rauw Alejandro Hits No. 1 on Latin Airplay Chart

Puerto Rican Chencho Corleone earns his first No. 1 in a lead role on a Billboard radio chart as “Desesperados,” with Rauw Alejandro, tops the Latin Airplay ranking (dated July 2)

“Desesperados,” promoted to radio through Duars/Sony Music Latin, lifts 4-1 it its 14th week thanks to a 22% boost in audience impressions, to 10.6 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 26, according to Luminate. The track displaces another Sony Music Latin title from the lead: Prince Royce and Maria Becerra’s “Te Espero,” sending it to No. 5 after its one-week reign.

While Corleone claims his best performance among three Latin Airplay entries, Rauw clocks his ninth No. 1, all earned within a two-year period, dating back to “TBT,” with Sebastian Yatra and Manuel Turizo, in July 2020.

The surge in “Desesperados” impressions gives the song its corresponding lift on Latin Rhythm Airplay, which measures the most-heard Latin rhythmic songs also through audience impressions metrics. There, the song jumps 2-1 in its 15th week.

The move also secures Corleone his first leader in a lead role on Latin Rhythm Airplay and second overall. His maiden champ arrived almost eight years ago, through his featured role in Tito El Bambino’s five-week ruler “A Que No Te Atreves” in September 2014. As the song held atop the survey in its third week, it concurrently topped Tropical Airplay for one week (October 2014).

Corleone’s chart rewards continue across Latin charts. His first collaboration with compatriot Bad Bunny has sustained his Hot Latin Songs domination for a seven-week run (and counting): “Me Porto Bonito” leads the all-metric tally (a blend of airplay, streaming activity, and digital sales) thanks to 22.7 million official streams, up 5%, in the week ending June 23

While “Me Porto” holds strong at No. 1 on Latin Streaming Songs, it’s the only Spanish-language track in the top 10 on the overall Streaming Songs survey, at No. 6, among a collection of five Drake debuts and four other English-language songs.

In addition to its streaming count, “Me Porto” traces its Hot Latin Songs domination to 1,000 downloads sold. The song remains at No. 2 on Latin Digital Song Sales for a second week.

Alanis Morissette Pays Tribute to Former Bandmate Taylor Hawkins During London Concert

Alanis Morissette paid tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins during her concert at the O2 Arena in London on Tuesday night (June 28).

During her performance of “Ironic,” images of Hawkins played on the screen on stage behind her, ending with the words “In Memory of Taylor Hawkins.” Hawkins played in Morisette’s live band for the tour in support of her album, Jagged Little Pill, in 1995. He played drums for the artist until 1997, when he joined Foo Fighters.

“During his stint as Alanis Morissette’s drummer, long before he became a Foo Fighter, we would bump into each other backstage at festivals all over the world, and our chemistry was so obvious that even Alanis herself once asked him, ‘What are you going to do when Dave asks you to be his drummer?’” Dave Grohl wrote about his history with Hawkins in his 2021 autobiography, The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music.

The beloved drummer died unexpectedly in March at age 50 after he was found dead in his Bogotá, Colombia, hotel room, according to local news reports. His death was announced via a social media statement from the band’s accounts on March 25, with no immediate cause of death given. “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the statement read. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever.”

Morissette is set to perform at one of two tribute concerts remembering the late star. She will join Miley Cyrus, Gene Simmons, Nikki Sixx, Chad Smith, Luke Spiller, Jon Theodore, Brad Will and Pat Wilson, among others, to perform at the show on Sept. 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.

The London tribute to Hawkins will take place on Sept. 3 at Wembley Stadium. Liam Gallagher, Josh Homme, Chrissie Hynde, Brian May, Mark Ronson, Stewart Copeland, Geddy Lee, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor, Omar Hakim, Chris Chaney, Wolfgang Van Halen and more are scheduled to perform.

Marshmello Is Dropping a Limited-Edition Coca-Cola Flavor That Might Surprise Fans: ‘I Wanted to Do Something Different’

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Marshmello and Coca-Cola are gearing up to release the beverage giant’s first-ever flavor co-created by an artist. Arriving next month, the limited-edition collab features an unexpected flavor blend that might be perfect for summer.

Although fans are probably expecting marshmallow-flavored Coca-Cola, the EDM DJ opted for something fruity: strawberry and watermelon, fused with the classic Coca-Cola taste.

“I wanted to do something different,” Marshmello explained to Billboard while shooting footage for the soda campaign in Los Angeles on Tuesday (June 28). “I had a different flavor in mind originally and then we started messing around with other crazy flavors. I [chose] strawberry [and] watermelon just because you wouldn’t think that [would come from me].’

“Everybody’s like, ‘You’re going to do a marshmallow flavor?’ That’s why I really didn’t want to do it, so we just started messing around with different flavors,” he continued. “We had a million flavors in front of us. We homed in on [strawberry and watermelon] and that was that.”

As a Cherry Coke fan, Marshmello wanted to choose intriguing flavors that blend well with Coca-Cola’s signature taste. The collaboration took several months of remote and in-person meetings, though Marshmello and his manager spent two days at Coca-Cola’s headquarters where they and the team “crafted the whole plan,” from flavor options to designing the limited-edition can.

The special can ditches Coca-Cola’s signature red colorway for a sleek white, with striking visuals and Spencerian script that pay homage to Marshmello’s signature aesthetic.

“They showed a lot of different ideas,” he explained. “My manager [and I] were sitting there and we saw some sort of, I don’t know what the picture was, some sort of prototype. It was a blank can, and we were like, ‘What about that?’ Because it looked so sleek. It was just so plain, in a cool way, and we just ran with that idea.”

Marshmello’s Limited-Edition Coca-Cola will debut in the U.S. on July 11, followed by select dates globally. The 12-ounce collectible can will also come in a sugar-free version.

Ahead of the drop date, Marshmello will host an immersive takeover on his Twitch channel on July 9 at 5 p.m. ET. Fans will be able to participate in a one-of-a-kind adventure and access exclusive metamerch courtesy of Zepeto.

Beginning July 25, fans will be able to scan the QR code on the can to be instantly transported to the Coca-Cola Creations hub, where they can generate a unique art piece while listening to Marshmello’s new track “Numb” featuring Khalid.

The Coca-Cola Creations platform debuted in February with the limited-edition Coca-Cola Starlight, followed by Coca-Cola Byte. The special-edition Creations feature offers “unique innovations and unexpected collaborations,” and Marshmello hopes to continue collaborating with the brand in the future.

“Honestly, it’s been amazing,” he said of working with Coca-Cola. “The whole team and Coca-Cola is amazing and they’re super receptive to what I want, and vice versa. I trust them. They wanted my input in making [the collaboration] personal to me. It was a great experience.”

Jack in the Box Celebrates J-Hope’s ‘Jack in the Box’ Album by Giving BTS ARMY a Gift

Jack in the Box is all in on supporting J-Hope‘s upcoming debut solo album. On Wednesday (June 29), the fast-food chain announced it would be giving fans a free drink in the K-pop star’s honor.

“I love anything named after me annnddd Sprite. This Friday use the code ANDSPRITE in the Jack in the Box app to redeem a FREE Medium Sprite with any purchase. #IYKYK #JackInTheBox,” the company tweeted, referencing the title of J-Hope’s LP, which also happens to be Jack in the Box, as well as the idol’s well-documented love of Sprite.

Jack in the Box has been teasing its excitement over the BTS member’s coming studio set — out July 15 — ever since it was announced, writing, “I knew J-Hope was my bias for a reason…can’t believe he wrote an album in my honor” on Monday evening and followed it up just an hour later with an amusing riff on the popular Spider-Man pointing meme.

Meanwhile, J-Hope is readying the release of the album’s first single, “MORE,” which will be unleashed on Friday via Big Hit Music as the very first solo release in the wake of the band’s not-quite-hiatus to focus on their music careers as individual artists.

Even with a stream of solo projects likely on the way, BTS continues to reign supreme as a band. Earlier this month, they released their new compilation album Proof, which shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and earned the septet their sixth career chart-topper, and they’re currently working on their upcoming video game BTS Island: In the SEOM.

Check out Jack in the Box’s J-Hope-centric Sprite deal below.