His life as a Chicago musician is starting to feel normal again

Nov 18, 2021
After more than a year and a half of working online, Seth Shulman is teaching lessons in person and back to a more regular show schedule.
People listen to music at a September festival in Brooklyn, New York.
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How NFTs could change the music industry ... for better or worse

Nov 2, 2021
The Grammys' announcement is an example of how the technology underlying cryptocurrency is influencing how musicians make their money.
EDM artist Steve Aoki, seen here at a 2019 performance in New York City, partnered with an Italian digital artist to produce a multimedia NFT during the pandemic.
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Vinyl records are selling at twice the clip of a year ago with no signs of slowing down

Sep 20, 2021
Foot-square covers, bonus tracks and poster inserts — what's not to like?
A shopper browses through vinyl albums in Paris, France's Lucky Records Store in March 2021. Vinyl sales have skyrocketed over the past year.
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Summer music festivals start comeback tour, with some pandemic tweaks

Jul 8, 2021
After most events were canceled in 2020, there are still questions about how comfortable concertgoers may be with crowds.
Bands and festival organizers are bringing back live music audiences this summer, said industry consultant Karen Allen.
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As the CCP celebrates its centennial, how communist is China's economy?

Jul 6, 2021
Starting in 1978, China’s ruling Communist Party has steadily embraced market reforms and transformed the country into the world’s second largest economy. What remains of the Chinese socialist system?
Young Chinese listening to punk music at the MIDI rock music festival in June.
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Nashville music industry wants more help with reopening from city

May 31, 2021
In "Music City," independent venues and musicians say they could use more resources to bring audiences back.
Daniel Walker (left) and Amy Dee Richardson stand on the porch outside Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge.
Paige Pfleger

Live music is coming back, but shows will look different

Apr 26, 2021
Limited audience capacity and higher ticket prices are some of the changes concertgoers can expect this summer.
Bad Bunny on stage in Los Angeles in 2018. Presale ticket purchases for his 2022 tour set a record on Ticketmaster.
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Apple is investing in a company that lets musicians own their work

Mar 31, 2021
UnitedMasters helps artists distribute music, but it is unclear if this type of alternative model will further disrupt the major record label system.
Taylor Swift is one notable example of an artist at odds with a major record label over the rights to their own music.
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African American music museum joins Nashville’s downtown lineup

Feb 15, 2021
The new interactive museum joins the city's Country Music Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame and songwriting museum as tourist draw.
Guests enjoy interactive displays in the center of the museum, while walls feature a “takeover” performance by artist Prince.
Colleen Phelps

You heard that song on TikTok first, or was it Roblox?

Feb 2, 2021
Warner Music's quarterly report shows that social media and gaming platforms are increasingly important to the industry.
When it comes to music during the pandemic, apps like TikTok are front and center.
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