How to find new indie music
Hey there, music lovers! I’m back again with some more tips to help you discover some new artists that are usually hidden right under your nose but are often overlooked. If you didn’t see Version 1.0 of this post last year, check it out here. This list focuses on the ways to discover new music via the web.
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An opinion piece on the Hip-Hop game in 2013: Undeniably, the biggest waves in the music industry this year have been made by Hip-Hop artists. Even with the return of Pop artists like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus (who have each managed to create their own splashes with chart topping summer releases), the blogosphere and social media buzz have all been centered around Hip-Hop releases, even if individual artist record sales will never amass that of Lady Gaga and Ms. Perry. From the rival summer album release date between Yeezy, J. Cole, and Mac Miller, Jay-Z’s mass-marketed Magna Carta… Holy Grail record, Big Sean’s recent album release with his track Control featuring Kendrick Lamar and the most talked about verse of the year, mega-producer Mike WiLL getting signed to Interscope Records and producing Miley Cyrus’ up-coming release Bangerz, and Drake’s highly anticipated album release, it would seem that this year Hip-Hop’s major breadwinners are expected to rake in some serious dinero (I’m sure we’ll get some specifics on their financials in their rhymes from their future albums).
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My thoughts on the mainstream music industry today and how we can change it for the better.
We’ve all become quite familiar with certain household names in music such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Rihanna, etc. and sometimes we feel a bit too familiar as some of these artists have become the signature artists of our generation. Throughout the years of their long, fruitful careers we can solemnly think back to all of the one-hit wonders and could-have-beens who’ve graced us with their talents but couldn’t firmly plant themselves into the music industry as well as the artists we have come to know and love who survived the takeover of technology and adjusted their marketing strategies in accordance with the age of social media. But have you actually stopped to think how long we’ve been listening to these artists? For instance, Rihanna has now enjoyed life in the mainstream for eight years, Katy Perry worked her way into the mainstream world in 2008, and Jay-Z has been blasting from my father’s boombox in my house since I was a young child. Undeniably, these artists have talent, charisma, and fantastic brand strategists, but sometimes I wonder why the mainstream market (mainstream radio in particular) only plays out the same artists for an entire generation…
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