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Music Industry

The Music Industry highlights the business side of making music and what it takes to have a hit, as well as how to not be that one-hit wonder.

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How Concert Tours Work

Going to see your favorite band's concert tour can be a rush. But there's a lot more that goes into putting on a concert tour than you can imagine. What happens behind the scenes?


Are Pop Song Lyrics Getting More Repetitive?

A computer programmer used data analysis to crunch the numbers for six decades of pop music's hottest hits. HowStuffWorks looks at his findings. See more »

Is Music Sampling Dead? Not So Fast

Music sampling has changed a lot because of lawsuits. There's even a side industry for people who want to be sampled. HowStuffWorks Now explains. See more »

See the Band, Buy the T-shirt (More Easily)

Musicians need help moving merch on the road, and at least one app wants to help. Learn more about Merch Cat at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Red Lobster Owes Beyoncé Some Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits

HowStuffWorks asks if mentioning a name brand in a song always mean a sales bump for the company, or was the Beyonce/Red Lobster thing a fluke? . See more »

Composing in Code: Musician-Programmers Are Changing the Way Music Is Made

Musicians are often drawn to programming. Learn how the two disciplines are joining up to push musical boundaries at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Now You Can Sing 'Happy Birthday' Without Looking Over Your Shoulder (Probably)

'Happy Birthday to You' has been ruled in the publc domain. Does that mean it's free? Almost. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

The Perfect Length for a Pop Song

Why are most radio songs between three and four minutes? Learn the science and psychology behind pop song length at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

What does 'digitally remastered' mean?

Sound engineers can remove flaws from recordings. Learn more about digital remastering at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the RIAA Works

The Recording Industry Association of America's goal is to promote and protect the music industry. Learn about the RIAA in this article. See more »

How Music Sampling Works

Music sampling takes an instrumental track from a classic song and reworks it into a new piece. Learn how music sampling works and the legal issues involved. See more »