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You're not imagining it. That endless chorus of "Hey! Hey! Hey!" you're hearing in the background of one song after another is really there, and it's as unchanging as it sounds. Its crowning moment may have been its use as a key production element of the seven-week number-one hit "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, but this ubiquitous "Hey!" has been slowly filling the airwaves for years...

Justin Bieber's Music Mondays Revitalize Death of the Album Discussion

In mid-October, Justin Bieber surprised his legions of fans with a low-key Twitter announcement that he would be a releasing a new song every Monday for 10 weeks. The series of "Music Monday" singles, which Bieber is referring to as his "#journals," serve to promote the singer's second feature film, but are not attached to an album.


Beyonce: is Good Music the New Marketing?

It was a rough year for album sales and pop divas have been hit the hardest: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears all disappointed with their first weeks on sale. Kelly Clarkson's Christmas album was outsold by the cast of Duck Dynasty, and Miley Cyrus' albums sales don't reflect the size of hit singles "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball."


2013's Best Mixtapes

Mixtapes can be a golden resource for any hip-hop artist. They can be a springboard for new ideas and mediums by which big artists can try out new styles with no record label interference. A mixtape is essentially a “free album,” meaning the same length and style as a typical album but available to the public at no cost.


She's Just Being Miley: The Making of a Superstar Era

In its 2008 episode "Britney's New Look," South Park made a very bold prediction, naming Miley Cyrus the heir to Britney Spears' throne in the center of the media circus. Cyrus' career had been fairly innocent up to that point; her Disney hit Hannah Montana was still in its second of four seasons and her pole-dancing performance of "Party in the USA" on the VMAs was still a year away.


Lorde: A New Type of Indie Heroine

"It feels so scary getting old" is not the lament of a typical 16-year-old, and yet it's the unexpectedly affecting refrain of Lorde's "Ribs," a standout track on her impressive debut album Pure Heroine.


Music Should Be Enough

“Music should be enough!” tweeted Sebastian Ingrosso, a former member of the popular group Swedish House Mafia. This tweet was in response to the recent heart-breaking news in the electronic dance music scene.


One Hit Wonders

There are only a few things in the music industry one can rarely predict, and the rise and fall of a potential one-hit wonder is one of them. Some artists appear destined for lasting success, yet have disappeared from the scene as quickly as they came upon it, while some who break through with a first hit have managed a string of successes thereafter.


Nostalchic very chic

A cascade of ambient pulsations, hip-hop beats and experimental sounds, British electronic artist Lapalux has been creating a name for himself since his debut album, Nostalchic, received an above-average rating of 7.4 from Pitchfork Media. Lapalux was picked up on Flying Lotus’ record label Brainfeeder, and if you’re a fan of fly-lo, this up and comer will not disappoint.


5 Great Covers You Probably Thought Were Originals

I was driving around with a friend of mine when “Hey Joe” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience came on the radio. A great song, we both agreed, and I added that the lyrics make it sound like an old blues number. My friend laughed and said that it indeed was an old blues number; “Hey Joe” had been around for years before Hendrix recorded his version.


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