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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. With albums sales falling for the ninth consecutive year, and...

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.


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.


Fashion’s Music-Sensitive Major Movements

Throughout the past century, some of the major sub-culture movements rebelling against society gave birth to a few of fashion’s most major scenes and trends. As holds true with most movements, the beginning often worked around the birth of a new genre of music to tell the story of the people who no longer identified with the prominent culture surrounding them.


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.


The Art of the Pop Comeback

The pop music audience is a fickle one. What's popular now won't be forever. Today's Katy Perrys and Ke$has become tomorrow's Paula Abduls and Cyndi Laupers: hugely successful (for a time), and certainly remembered, but far from iconic.


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