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What's Up With the Single?:Album Sales and the Malleability of the Promotional Song

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.24.2015 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

The power residing in the single is malleable. Perhaps the time has come for musicians and label executives to begin treating singles and albums as two separate entities.

Streaming Music Finally Makes More Money Than CDs

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 03.19.2015 | Technology

Wait, people still buy CDs?

Michael Jackson's Xscape Origins: The First Review

Charles Thomson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Charles Thomson

Hundreds of books have been written about Michael Jackson, but this is one of the very few must-reads to have been published since his death, forgetting his much-debated private life and shedding light on the one area most people appear least informed about; his work.

Mentoring More Women in Music Production

Diane Propsner | Posted 03.17.2015 | College
Diane Propsner

In 2013, Gender Amplified produced a highly successful music festival, which was held at her alma mater, Barnard College in NYC. Ebonie is at it again, this time partnering with the Apollo Theater Education Program to facilitate a music engineering and production workshop.

KC And The Sunshine Band Frontman Talks Recovery After Going 'Crazy On Drugs'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.10.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

You know KC and the Sunshine Band from some of their biggest old-school hits, including "Get Down Tonight," "That's The Way (I Like It)" and "(Shake, ...

Mentors We Don't Realize Exist

Patrick Hess | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
Patrick Hess

Sitting around arm and arm with my siblings, aunts and mother eight years ago as my dad struggled for each breath is a moment in my life I will never forget.

Artist Development: A Key to Unlocking Your Purpose in Life

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

What makes an "artist" an artist is actually in their point of view, their intention, their approach and in the way they live their lives. In this light, becoming an artist isn't a destination; it's a way of traveling.

An Open Letter to Artists, Present and Future

T-Boz and Chilli | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
T-Boz and Chilli

We are at a place in time when fellow artists can raise one another up and sponsor one another into an age of creative freedom. And in the future ahead, what we have to look forward to, as a community, is a new wave of creative expression.

Copyright is Broken. Can Congress Fix It?

William Buckley Jr. | Posted 02.11.2015 | Media
William Buckley Jr.

With the exception of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, enacted in 1998, just one year before Napster and the beginning of online piracy, many of today's copyright laws and regulations date back to 1976.

The Waiting Game in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 02.04.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

It was during this conversation that I witnessed Spencer's eyes sparkle in a different way. For him, he knew that he had ability and some talent. He also knew he wasn't a prodigy. For Spencer, he came to understand that this mentor was talking about the layaway plan.

Vinyl Isn't As Big Of A Thing As You Think

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.22.2015 | Entertainment

In comparison to recent years, vinyl has made a significant surge, clawing back from what seemed like extinction. With a 52 percent increase in vinyl ...

Multi-Platinum Winning Songwriter and Poet IN-Q Talks Poetry and How to Break Into the Music Industry

Quora | Posted 03.08.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

It's easy to build on an idea if it sparks me. That being said, sometimes it's harder to find the spark than it is to fan the flames, so I am very aware of making sure I take every opportunity that comes my way.

The Top 5 Makeup Mavens in Music

Napoleon Perdis | Posted 02.16.2015 | Style
Napoleon Perdis

I've selected five of my favorite musical artists not just crushing the competition with their work, but also with their choice of beauty looks. These aren't just the ladies I'm rocking out to; these are the ones that have really impressed me makeup-wise.

Let the Music Play... Err, Stream

David Sable | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
David Sable

Look, I don't mean to give you a history lesson or bore you with my routine. My point is simple: The debates around format or how people listen are foolish and wasted. Follow the music.

Arbitrate or Mediate But Don't Litigate Entertainment Disputes

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 01.24.2015 | Entertainment
Stacy Slotnick

Gone are the days when media moguls and professional athletes would voluntarily hang around the courthouse to litigate contract disputes. Today the entertainment and sports industry increasingly use arbitration and mediation to resolve conflicts.

The Power of Tenacity in the Entertainment Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 01.23.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

Learning how to keep going when mental and physical exhaustion occur, who to trust along the way, how to stay productive when money or resources are limited, improving and mastering your creative skills, or learning how to be a better time manager are all important skills.

I'm a Pop Singer and Spotify Works for Me

Catey Shaw | Posted 01.12.2015 | Technology
Catey Shaw

To spend more of our time trying to push people back to buying records is an exercise in futility. The smart ones will find a different way. Spotify could be that way, and if it isn't, it can definitely help transition us into a world where streaming is key, and CDs are just plastic circles.

Taylor Swift May Have Pulled Out Of Spotify But Don't Praise Her Just Yet

Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.05.2015 | Entertainment
Ryan Kristobak

Swift leaving Spotify isn't bad, it's just silly. As an artist who is making a significant amount more money than the vast majority of her peers, her actions come off disingenuous.

Christians in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

Why is it so commonly accepted to have everyday workers in real world situations represent their faith whenever possible, but if a Christian chooses a career in the music industry, their music must be conforming to church praise and worship lyrical standards and style?

Dionne Warwick: 'No, There Aren't' Any Dionne Warwicks In Music Today

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 10.27.2014 | Black Voices

We're ten months into 2014 and the year has yet to generate so much as one platinum single, a development suggesting that the era of singers racking u...

5178 Gigs: Our 40th Musical Anniversary

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

It won't be noted in any of the trade papers, but Oct. 15 marks the 40th anniversary of my first public performance with my wife and musical partner Suzanne Smithline.

Protecting Your Heart in the Music Business

Patrick Hess | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

Early on in the process of building my son's music career, I sought advice from an industry veteran who is also a faith-based family man like I try to be. I asked him what I could do as a father and manager of my son to help him most. His advice was simply three words: 'Protect his heart.'

Montgomery Gentry's Message to Female Fans: "Check Your Headlights"

Brittany Hodak | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Brittany Hodak

What do you get when you take one of country music's most successful duos, add a new hit song, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the female anatomy, and a philanthropic focus? Montgomery Gentry's "Check Your Headlights" bundle on new digital music service GhostTunes.com.

Miriam Linna Is Nobody's Baby -- Her First Solo Album Shimmers and Soars

Holly Cara Price | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

After moving to the States at a very young age from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, she became the drummer in the original lineup of the Cramps. Linna was a drummer -- a chick drummer -- and this was pre-Bangles, Go-Gos, Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, White Stripes. There were no chick drummers in the 1970s. People took notice. Joey Ramone, for instance.

The Music Industry Formula for Success Does Exist

Patrick Hess | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

Most recipes have an order or priority when adding ingredients. They are sometimes laid out in a particular order because it makes the end meal taste better. In the case of music, the order isn't always as critical as the time needed to prepare and cook the meal.