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The 7 Most Important Secrets to Start Your Own Company

Elisheva Wexler | Posted 06.07.2014 | Small Business
Elisheva Wexler

Once confronted with the realization that my goal of creating an animated music video with a minimal budget and no directing experience was unlikely to yield a high quality product, I panicked.

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.

Legendary Queen of Pop Sings in Queens, NY

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

In honor of Women's History Month, I want to highlight Googoosh, this legendary singer of Iran, and her dedication to pursuing music and the arts.

Wanted: James Gadson's Drums

Susan Sisko Carter | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Susan Sisko Carter

Some nights he takes medication to sleep. Because he lies awake, trying to figure out who took his drums, his mics. Who took a part of him?

Audrey Evans and Alonza Bevan of Tumblewild Discuss Their Evocative New Album, When the World Had Four Corners

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.10.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

What do you get when you mix a founding member of chart-topping women's choral group Mediaeval Baebes with a founding member of chart-topping psychedelic rock band Kula Shaker?

A Reminder That Latinos Dominated Pop Music In 1999

The Huffington Post | Lauren Zupkus | Posted 03.06.2014 | Entertainment

Let's revisit the music scene in 1999: there were the inescapable boy bands, girl groups and a fair share of bizarre one-hit wonders (never forget, we...

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.

Meet Sonali: Musician and LGBT Ally Who Loves 'Who We Are'

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott De Buitléir

there is a sweetness and light to Sonali's music that makes it perfect for that happy-go-lucky kind of playlist. For as light as her music may be, however, there's no doubt that she can pack a punch with her latest single, "Who We Are."

An Open Letter to Beyoncé

Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum | Posted 04.29.2014 | Style
Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum

B, thank you for letting down your third wall, for sharing your inspiration, your fantasies, your truth with us. Even though I don't know you, I feel we have a little more in common than I realized before, and you are a stunning emblem of what it means to be a woman -- flaws and all.

Why I Love Me Some Bruno Mars

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I'm only watching the Super Bowl for ONE reason this year: Bruno Mars. Let me give you some background on that.

Catching up With Nina Persson of the Cardigans

Salvatore Bono | Posted 03.31.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

The voice of Sweden's Nina Persson is instantly recognizable. Her voice is inviting but vulnerable, it is hopeful but can be melancholy. The singer fo...

Nile Rodgers: A Man of Music and Philanthropy

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fresh from winning three Grammy Awards for his work with Daft Punk on their ubiquitous smash, "Get Lucky," legendary songwriter/musician/producer, Nile Rodgers, chatted about life, art and a new honor: his being selected for ICON MANN's "28 Men of Change."

Striking the Right Chord; Music and Marketing

Gail Federici | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Gail Federici

I love music. I was actually in the music business for about five years after we sold our hair care company in 2002, John Frieda PHC. It was a roller ...

Why I Will Never Want the 'Same Love'

Jay Dodd | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Jay Dodd

Macklemore has become a beacon of white gay hope and the face of "progress." As an independent artist, his fame and wealth are truly surprising and almost inspiring. However, he does a more destructive and problematic work, and his success, as validated by his new Grammy awards, speak to a larger injustice.

American Idle: Why We Don't Care About the Grammys

Stephan Said | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Stephan Said

Years from now, when people look back at this generation as one that created change on a scale not seen since the civil rights movement itself, they will know there was a soundtrack.

Ward, I Think There's Something Wrong with The Bieber

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.26.2014 | Celebrity
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

As a reporter for the Chicago Sun Times, I saw celebs crash and burn more times than I like to remember. Up close and personal, sometimes. Fame i...

A Pop Quiz On Pop Tunes For Boomers Only

Roz Warren | Posted 03.26.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

If you're a boomer, your brain is teaming with decades-old pop tunes that you just can't forget. The real reason you can never remember where you put your keys? Too many of your brain cells are clinging to every last lyric to 'Fire and Rain,' 'Free Bird' and 'Sweet Home Alabama.' Don't believe me? Just take this simple test:

Like a Wrecking Ball: In Defense of Miley

Scott Ellman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Celebrity
Scott Ellman

I don't condone Miley's antics. Nor do I think her behavior sets a positive example for anyone. But the world has to realize something: Miley Cyrus doesn't want to be a role model. And we have to learn to be okay with that.

Obama Does His Best Gaga Impression

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy

If President Barack Obama is interested in pursuing a career in music after his term is over, he might just be an absolute shoo-in for becoming a pop ...

Ghost of a Chance: A New Paradigm for Pop Music Success?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

Ghost's success continues unabated with the release of an EP entitled If You Have Ghosts, which was produced by none other than legendary musician/rock impresario David Grohl (who also contributed as a drummer).

This '40s Themed Pop Mashup Will Knock Your Bobby Socks Off

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

The latest Postmodern Jukebox medley turns back time to the 1940s, mixing up modern pop with a healthy dose of doo-wop. Old-school broadcast micro...

When Susie Woke Up -- My Foreverly Brothers

Sabine Reichel | Posted 03.08.2014 | Fifty
Sabine Reichel

The mark of a true fan is the relentless repetition of playing favorite songs over and over again, and it is to my mother's credit that she tolerated the daily Everly Bothers assault.

The Day The Music Died

Marlo Thomas | Posted 03.08.2014 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

The Beatles wouldn't be crossing the pond to America for another seven years, but all over the country, radios were blasting an infectiously bopping new tune that signified the arrival of a new sound. The song was called "Wake Up, Little Susie" -- a real toe-tapper, if ever there was one -- and it had been recorded by a pair of Midwestern siblings named the Everly Brothers.

The Best '80s Singles That Never Made the Top 40 (Pt. 2)

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.04.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

These 1980s pop singles should've ruled the charts -- or at least dented the Top 40, but for whatever reasons did not. But charts be damned, I'll love them forever.

Musicals in Popular Songs? A History

Alex Schattner | Posted 03.04.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

Stefani's take on Fiddler on the Roof's "If I Was a Rich Man" was the jumping off point for her solo career. I don't think the writers of Fiddler could have foreseen their tale of a humble, Jewish man's mid-life crisis inspiring a bleach-blonde Japanophile.