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"WAP" Proves Music’s Dirty Secret: Censorship Is Good Business

Making clean versions of explicit songs means taking advantage of every possible revenue stream.
The New York Times

TikTok Accepts The Caretaker Challenge

What Happens When TikTok Looks To The Avant-Garde?

Rethinking Appropriation and Wokeness in Pop Music

Over the last decade, the language and aesthetics of social justice have become the social currency of the music industry

How the 'Requiem for a Dream' Song Became the Default…

Twenty years later, versions of Clint Mansell's 'Lux Aeterna' can still be heard in sports games, trailers, and ads

Before Pun Went Platinum

The Unsung History of New York Latinx Rap

How Bandcamp became the toast of the COVID age

With artist-friendly Bandcamp Fridays and initiatives that benefit progressive causes, the online music platform has become beloved beyond its indie…
Los Angeles Times

19 things I’d tell people contemplating starting a record label

Brassland co-founder Alec Hanley Bemis explains what he's learned during almost two decades of running a label.
The Creative Independent

An Oral History Of Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’

This is the oral history of Radiohead’s “OK Computer.”

Top composers used to head to Hollywood. Now they’re into…

Composers are ditching blockbuster films to take on the challenge of video game music

Plunderphonics, or Audio Piracy as a Compositional Prerogative

This paper was initially presented by the author at the Wired Society Electro-Acoustic Conference in Toronto in 1985

How Much Is an Album Worth in 2020

As some artists release records that feel like footnotes to bigger businesses, others double down on their value.
The New York Times

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