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It might sound abstract, subjective or even a little made up, but rather than the formal elements of pop music recording, it is important to talk about a flavor, a feel, or simply a sound. The right sound for a specific song one of those “I don’t know what it is, but I know it when I hear it” phenomena. It has to do with what is the exact voice, exact pace, and exact arrangement for that...

Feminist anthems to live by

Feminism is rocking our world – quite literally. From Emma Watson’s United Nations speech to social media sites to international fights for gender equality to pop culture, it’s an issue that is constantly discussed.


I know I'm not your favorite record: Falling in and out of love with Fall Out Boy

If you had to pick one band that defined the mid 2000’s, you might pick Blink-182, a band known for their fast paced rhythms and feel good lyrics. However, if you were also into lyrics that seemed to let on more than the song’s otherwise peppy music suggested, the band to go for was Fall Out Boy.


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.


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.


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