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Beyoncé Finds a New Muse

Was anyone ready for the new-look Beyoncé? After creating a body of work that celebrated self-empowerment through sexuality, Queen Bey has released searing music that tackles themes such as black femininity, social inequality, spirituality, and marital politics. In other words, … Continue reading

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Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”: Art, Fashion, and the Record Album

The release of Kanye West’s new album, The Life of Pablo, is a testament to the enduring relevance of record albums even as people buy fewer of them year after year. Albums no longer possess any of the commercial power … Continue reading

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Keep Your Paws off Lady Gaga

Never underestimate Lady Gaga. The viral effect of digital has made it possible for artists to experience meteoric rises, falls, and rebounds within a matter of a few short years. If you didn’t know any better, you would think that … Continue reading

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Will the Music Industry Enjoy an “Adele Effect”?

When Forbes publishes its annual list of highest-earning musicians in December, Adele’s name will surely be on it. Her astronomical album sales, even surpassing the standards of the pre-digital era, will be a large part of the story. Within its … Continue reading

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Rihanna and Samsung Create an “Anti” Moment

Rihanna’s Anti went platinum in 15 hours. But before you think, “albums are back!” bear in mind a big caveat: Samsung bought one million copies of the album and gave them away. For Rihanna and Samsung, Anti going platinum is … Continue reading

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Millennials and Old People Rule the Music World

Music fans have always reserved the right to identify with the popular artists of their time while harshly judging the tastes of the generations that follow them. Those who came of age during World War II had Frank Sinatra, and … Continue reading

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Meet the New Music Moguls

How do the world’s highest-paid musicians make their money? Not by making music. As shown in the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid musicians of 2015, elite stars cash in from touring, forming endorsement deals with brands, and by … Continue reading

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Hey, Beyoncé: Let’s Call a Fraud a Fraud

Photo source: Wikipedia. This file was derived from: I Am… Tour 11.jpg Beyoncé has been busted again. Nineteen months after being criticized for lip-syncing during the presidential inauguration, she was caught lip-syncing at a recent concert in Paris (and doing so badly). … Continue reading

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Why Every Year Is the Year of Miley Cyrus

It’s time for the Miley Cyrus bashers to wake up to a stark reality: Miley Cyrus ain’t going away. Not in 2014. Not anytime soon. Why? Because when you peel away the layers of twerk-inspired controversy, Miley Cyrus is creating … Continue reading

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From Goldfrapp to Pink Floyd: How Great Album Covers Tell Visual Stories

Visual Storytelling through Memorable Album Covers from David Deal Album cover design is alive and well in the digital era. However, the role of the album cover has changed. The days are long gone when album cover art served to … Continue reading

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