Google’s Music Offensive

Google announced a new addition to its roster of digital offerings, Google Music. This long awaited service followed trials of its beta version (see MBJ,…

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Beyond Social Media

The purpose of this article is to suggest some reasons for the failings of social media, as well as to offer suggestions for its better…

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Sponsors Take Over

In the 1960s and 1970s, the consensus among major artists was to avoid corporate sponsors. The only true sponsor was an artist’s record label. Musicians…

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The Occupy Movement and Music

Music is inseparable from its time in history and watershed events often leave their own legacy.  Revolutionary fervor produced “The Liberty Song”, “The Battle Hymn…

R.I.P. EMI

EMI, the British company, has been a driving force in the music industry since 1887, when Emile Berliner invented the Gramophone.  Since then, EMI has…

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The Rock in Rio Festival

Nearly two months ago, and after a ten-year hiatus,  Brazil witnessed the return of the Rock In Rio Festival. The event, considered the biggest of…