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Loleatta Holloway 1946 – 2011

Soul singer Loleatta Holloway has died aged 64 from heart failure. Chicago-born Holloway began her career singing gospel music with her mother in the Holloway Community Singers. After a few minor single releases and appearances in stage shows, the singer signed with the Atlanta-based Aware record label where she released two albums: 1973's Loleatta and Cry to Me in 1975.

Jet Harris MBE 1939-2011

Jet Harris MBE 6 July 1939 – 18 March 2011 Jet Harris MBE, who helped pioneer British rock 'n' Roll as bassist with The Shadows has passed away aged 71 after battling throat cancer. Born Terence Harris, he received the nickname 'Jet' due to his prowess as a sprinter at school.

SXSW round-up and pictures

PRS for Music’s very own Jules Parker, Gemma Kenyon and Chris Carey have been at SXSW all week, contributing to industry panels and assisting with the British Music Abroad showcase events. Here is a glimpse of what they got up to as the festival drew to a close …

PRS for Music SXSW log

PRS for Music’s very own Jules Parker, Gemma Kenyon and Chris Carey are at the 25th SXSW in Austin, Texas, contributing to industry panels and assisting with the British Music Abroad showcase events. Here is a glimpse of what they have been up to…

Smiley Culture 1962-2011

Reggae and UK rap pioneer David David Emmanuel aka Smiley Culture died at his home following a police raid on 15 March 2011. Born David Emmanuel in 1962, he attended Tulse Hill School in south London, gaining the nickname "Smiley" there.

Crystal Fighters – what SXSW did for us

Crystal Fighters create electronica from traditional Basque instruments, guitars and synthesizers. The East London-based band formed in 2007, released some tracks and remixes through Parisian label Kitsune, and visited SXSW for the first time in 2010. The band’s Graham and Gilbert share their experiences with M…

The Big Radio Seminar

The Big Radio Seminar is an educational session that addresses the issue of licensing music for your community radio station. The seminar will include insider tips, practical advice and real-life music licensing solutions.

“Nothing compares to the juggernaut that is SXSW”…

Sheffield’s The Crookes mix kitchen-sink realism with indie-pop guitars and catchy melodies. The band went to SXSW last year, building an international head of steam and winning fans from America to Japan. Guitarist Alex Saunders talks to M about his experiences…

British Music Abroad hosts SXSW party for UK songwriters

UK songwriters and composers will gather in Texas this Friday at the 25th South By South West (SXSW) showcase to celebrate British music overseas. The party has been organised by British Music Abroad – a partnership between the UK Trade and Industry (UKTI) body, PRS for Music Foundation, Wales Arts International and Arts Council England.

It’s SXSW week

SXSW is one of the most anticipated events in the music industry calendar, and 2011 is no exception.