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.


A computer programmer used data analysis to crunch the numbers for six decades of pop music's hottest hits.

The copyright infringement lawsuits didn't kill off sampling. Musicians just figured out how to hide it better so artists often can't tell they're being sampled.

You want to wear the cool T-shirt the day after the concert; the band wants your cash to fuel life on the road. The Merch Cat app is geared at making both things happen.

But does name-checking a product in a song always mean a big sales bump?

Here's a riddle: If a musician creates an artificial intelligence that composes music, then who actually wrote the concerto?

Now that "Happy Birthday to You" is free to use, people everywhere will publicly sing it, right? Most likely. But the answer's not so clear.

Do we really prefer three-minute radio songs, or is that just what we're given?

Your favorite band has just digitally remastered and reissued all of its albums. You already own everything they've ever made — should you buy them all again?

Known for its Gold and Platinum Record awards, the Recording Industry Association of America's goal is to promote and protect the music industry. But how does that mission lead to a lawsuit against a 12-year-old girl?

Have you ever heard a brand new song on the radio and realized that it sounds familiar? Chances are the producers sampled a drum break or a bass line from a classic song, reworking it into a completely new piece.

Have you noticed in recent years that a lot of pop stars sometimes sound like singing robots? You've probably heard of the pitch-correcting software called Auto-Tune -- and its effect on modern music.

Have you ever listened to a song and wondered how the artist was able to make so many different sounds come together onto one recording? Since the 1950s, multitrack recording has made recording music easier -- and a lot more interesting.

The very term conjures up images of red balloons, burning beds and Eileen and Mickey spinning right round like a record. How do artists become one hit wonders?

Booking agents secure work for many different types of artists. Read this article to learn more about booking agents.

DJs use music mixing software to help them produce hot beats. Read this article to learn about music mixing software.

The process of remastering CDs and DVDs has become increasingly popular as we move further into the digital age. Read this article to learn all about the remastering process.

There's a reason why your favorite band's album sounds so good. Recording engineers are the backbone of album recording sessions. But what exactly happens behind the scenes?

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?

Being a roadie for a major rock band might sound cool, but there's a lot of hard work involved. What does it take to become a roadie?

Pro Tools software and hardware makes it easy to mix music on your computer. Learn all about Pro Tools in this article.

Pro Tools makes it easy to mix music, but there are several mixing tips that make the process even easier. Check out this article to learn about Pro Tools mixing tips.

Pro Tools plug-ins can make using Pro Tools software that much easier. Check out this article to learn about some of the top Pro Tools plug-ins.

You wouldn't be able to buy your favorite cd if it weren't for music distributors. Check out this article to learn more about the role of music distributors in the music industry.

Before TV, the Web and other modern distractions, families tuned in to radios for the latest serial dramas, comedies and soap operas. How did these formats take off? And who is the Shadow?

Starting a great recording begins with the proper miking techniques for your instruments. Learn the best miking techniques for your recording in this article.