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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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Hundreds of small music venues are struggling to stay open

Jan 11, 2021
Live music venues have largely gone dark during the pandemic, along with the economies of many historically vibrant music scenes throughout the country.
The closed Roxy nightclub and music venue on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. With many performance venues shuttered, musicians have fewer opportunities to develop their sound.
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What makes Christmas music so lucrative?

Dec 23, 2020
The Christmas music industry churns out money-making covers every year, but it’s not so easy to pen a new classic.
Queen Of Christmas, Mariah Carey performs her holiday smash hits at the Beacon Theatre in 2014 in New York City.
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There's only one Spanish-language Christmas classic topping the charts

Dec 22, 2020
That's despite Latin music’s growing strength in the industry.
Only one Spanish-language song has cracked the lucrative Christmas charts: Jose Feliciano’s "Feliz Navidad," released in 1970.
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Why Bob Dylan may have sold his entire catalog of music

Dec 7, 2020
Under his estimated $300 million deal with Universal Music, royalties for his songs will go to the company.
Bob Dylan performs at the Grammy Awards in 2011.
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Taylor Swift is rerecording her old songs to control the licenses

Nov 17, 2020
The new recordings are bound to sound different than the originals. Which versions will fans choose?
Taylor Swift has unsuccessfully tried to buy her master recordings before. Above, Swift at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Musicians adapt with live tours still canceled

Oct 21, 2020
The bars where lots of bands played have limited capacity, if they’re open at all.
A still from René Kladzyk's music video for her song "True Romantic," released in August.
Ralph Diaz

Nicki Minaj-Tracy Chapman copyright battle sets stage for future of music recording

Sep 14, 2020
Is it fair use to copy someone's work in the beginning stages of musical experimentation?
Artists often create something with someone else’s work, and then run it by the original artist. That's what Nicki Minaj, pictured, did with Tracy Chapman's song "Baby Can I Hold You."
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Can't stop K-pop! BTS tune tops Billboard 100 in a first.

Sep 1, 2020
The boy band's single, "Dynamite," blasts it way to No. 1 on the chart. Korean pop music has its hardcore fans, and now the perky genre is officially a phenomenon in the U.S.
BTS performs in Los Angeles in 2019. K-pop is a big part of South Korea's cultural exports.
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