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Songs That Made Me Want to Work in Music

Lily Golightly | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Lily Golightly

I've always known that I've wanted to work in the music industry -- my childhood was filled with mirror-dancing to Debbie Gibson and Tiffany with visi...

Rapper Warren G: 'Anybody Can Put Out a Rap Record Now'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.17.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Warren G has seen plenty of changes in the music industry -- especially as relates to rap and hip hop. While much of this evolution is unquestionably positive, the rapper says not all has been for the better.

Managing Management in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 06.13.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

These people are scrambling to earn a living just like anyone displaced in their job or industry. They're having to be creative to define a new income source from an industry that is full of parasites (sorry to be harsh, but it's true) looking to survive off the lifeblood of the next talent to take center stage.

Suspend Your Search for a Savior

Peter Himmelman | Posted 06.02.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

You have volition. You can make changes to your work. You have a say over your artistic output. You have the ability to exercise your will. Hanging around waiting for someone else's approval takes you out of the driver's seat and causes you to mistrust yourself.

Always Learning How to Choose Wisely

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.28.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

I can only hope that some day he will recall the problem-solving process I went through to arrive at a safe solution. He will definitely need that skill to survive in the music business.

Staying Healthy in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.12.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

For the few moments of shine an artist may experience at a concert or during a media interview, there are hundreds and hundreds of hours of grueling mental and physical tolls they've gone through to get there.

The Future of Digital Is Tangible

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tinatin Japaridze

As a millennial, I lament the fact that I honestly cannot remember the last time I actually purchased a physical, tangible medium that once meant so much more to me than a pair of fashionable pumps or a trendy dress ever could.

The Dave Clark Five: Dave Clark's Miscalculation

Harold Bronson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Harold Bronson

With a new documentary airing this month on PBS, The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over, it's clear we're not done revisiting this rich musical period.

Jonathan Geller: The 'Boy Genius' Behind BGR.com

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Andrew Benkovic

In the industry where everyone wants to be "the first to know," sources are key. Jonathan Geller, the "boy genius" behind Boy Genius Report, realized this at a young age. Not only is he talented, but he used the connections to grow his empire to what it is today.

Women as Music Producers: The Movement

Diane Propsner | Posted 05.28.2014 | Arts
Diane Propsner

Meet Ebonie Smith, a gifted music producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur who is committed to encouraging women to join her in her craft. This is her amazing story.

5 Myths About Launching a Music Career

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.19.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

The problem I've always had with reading definitive "how-to" lists is that depending on the individual, the lists may show too much bias one way or an...

You've Got to Go Along to Get Along

Buckwheat Zydeco | Posted 05.18.2014 | Entertainment
Buckwheat Zydeco

Music and the careers of musicians need to be tended to like growing crops; you have to pay attention, be patient, keep working on them and help them thrive.

Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus Should Get a Do-Over

Molly Fosco | Posted 05.17.2014 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

Sometimes the showiness is intentional and is a necessary part of the art itself. But sometimes it completely detracts from the real, raw talent. And isn't it the talent that makes music what it is? Maybe it's never truly existed, but I wish we could find a way back to that simplicity.

The GRAMMYs Pay Tribute to Music Teachers

Ryan Seacrest | Posted 05.11.2014 | Entertainment
Ryan Seacrest

From young students to fans, and from veteran music label executives to the artists who have graced the GRAMMY stage, there were inspirational music educators in our lives who ignited our passion. This is our chance to give back.

That Time That A Record Label Rejected U2

Posted 03.07.2014 | Entertainment

Who would have thought that U2, one of the world's most prolific and successful rock bands, would have ever been told they weren't good enough? UberFa...

Parent or Manager? The Challenges of Helping My Son Succeed

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

For most American parents, the balancing of a job and parenting children is enough. Add any sort of activities that require carpooling and tightly gripping a camera phone, recording the memories that will be broadcast on your Facebook page, and it's exhausting.

Paradise Lost: Why Our Desire to Protect U.S. Wilderness Should Not Cease

Marc Ross | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Marc Ross

My Colorado is much different than the Colorado of the early 20th century, when there were no gridlocked highways packed with millions of cars on traffic-choked interstates in eyesight of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains.

Russianette Comes to NYC

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.27.2014 | New York
Tinatin Japaridze

They say if you manage to stick around through the most critical period -- initial two years -- as a foreigner in New York, there's no going back.

The Art of Y: Redefining the Music Industry

Alex Schattner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

On Jan. 30, I spoke with singer/songwriter Lily Virginia. After several years in the making, her self-titled EP is debuting on March 8t...

Malcolm X and Nicki Minaj Got Nothing in Common: Offended By All Means

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

This album cover got me really questioning whether I should even think about supporting music that comes out of an industry that totally disregards my heritage and continues to use demeaning an misogynistic lyrics and now Photoshopped depictions of African American heroes.

Why Sinéad Shaved Her Head: 'It Was Dangerous To Be A Female'

OWN | Posted 02.05.2014 | OWN

When Irish singer/songwriter Sinéad O'Connor burst onto the music scene in the late '80s, the industry hadn't heard or seen anyone like her. With her...

And the Winner is... Beyonce's Booty!

David Alexander Bullock | Posted 03.31.2014 | Detroit
David Alexander Bullock

Everybody is raving about the performance of Jayonce's Drunk in Love. I must agree it was a great way to open the Grammy's. Who wouldn't want to see B...

5,178 Gigs: Pete Seeger as Celebrity Role Model

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

Here are the two points about Pete's career that are especially relevant to musicians trying to build their career in 2014.

Hot Ticket: G Love and Special Sauce With Jimi Jazz Back in the Mix.

Bill Prescott | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment
Bill Prescott

My older brother came home from Boston and declared, "I just quit my job, we got a record deal." This was the beginning of his career as a musician...

Shazam Has a Crystal Ball, It Seems

Kristin Juel | Posted 03.22.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin Juel

Anyone who knows me, knows how much this platform excites me. Last year, I wrote about how Shazam announced it could predict the 2014 emerging/breako...