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.


Learn More / Page 2

How Pro Tools Software and Hardware Works

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

Pro Tools Mixing Tips

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.

Top Five Pro Tools Plug Ins

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.

How Music Distributors Work

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.

How Radio Shows Work

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?

5 Miking Techniques and Tips

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

5 Home Recording Studio Essentials

Stocking your home recording studio with proper equipment can be a daunting task. Find out what some home recording studio essentials are in this article.

How Becoming a Music Agent Works

Becoming a music agent takes time, contacts and in some cases, investing your own money. Learn more about what it takes to become a music agent in this article.

How Music Producers Work

Becoming a music producer takes training, talent and a long list of contacts. Learn more about what it takes to become a music producer.

How Live Sound Engineering Works

There's a lot more factors than the band that can make a great concert. Live sound engineering is a crucial part of any concert-going experience. Learn more about how live sound engineering works.

How Audio Post Production Works

Behind the scenes, professional audio post production engineers work hundreds of hours to make sure that every snippet of dialogue, every sound effect, and every second of the film score are perfectly blended to create a cohesive and powerful cinematic experience. Learn how audio post production works.

How Recording Sessions Work

The time spent in the studio is referred to as a recording session where songwriters, musicians, sound technicians and producers work together to create a unique sound. Find out more about how recording sessions work.

How Recording Studios Work

Recording studios are where the magic happens in the music business. Learn about the history and technology of recording studios.

25 Best-Selling Albums of All Time

It's not easy to sell albums in the very competitive music industry. See our list of the 25 best-selling albums of all time, including "Thriller" and "Back in Black."

17 Notable Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Millions of Americans tune in to watch the Super Bowl halftime performance each year. Check out our list of 17 notable Super Bowl halftime shows, featuring performances by New Kids on the Block and Prince.

12 One-Hit Wonders

Some artists will always be known for their one successful song. See our list of 12 one-hit wonders, including Debby Boone and Lipps Inc.

John Lennon

John Lennon is best known as a member of the Beatles, but his life was defined by much more than that. He grew to become one of the most influential musical artists the world has ever known. Learn about the life of John Lennon.

How Making It Works: Antigone Rising

The road to music stardom is paved with the souls of those who never "made it." HowStuffWorks talked to Kristen Henderson guitarist for the breakout band Antigone Rising. Find out what it takes to succeed in the music biz.

How Music Licensing Works

Music licensing is something that happens constantly. The music you hear on the radio in a restaurant or in a department store is all licensed. Find out when and why we have to pay to play.

How Top 40 Radio Works

If you grew up listening to Casey Kasem’s Top 40, you probably waited with bated breath to find out which song made it to No. 1 that week. Well, the Top 40 is still around. Learn how a song makes it into that elite list.

How Record Labels Work

Your band's hitting it big in the clubs, you've got a demo and you're ready to shop for a record label. Find out what record labels can do for you and learn about the differences between the big guys and the indies.

How Music Royalties Work

The last time you bought a CD did you wonder how much of the sticker price was actually going to the artist who performed? How does a Platinum-selling musician end up broke? Find out what musicians are actually being paid.

How Recording Contracts Work

We've all heard the stories - artist "x" suing label "y" over some unfair clause in a contract and label "y" suing artist "x" over some contract breach... How complicated can this stuff be? Find out.

How the Club Circuit Works

If you want to make money as a musician and you're not signed to a record contract yet, you need to be playing clubs. But club gigs are not so easy to come by. Find out how to get started in the club circuit.

How Cutting Your Own CD Works

Looking to create a demo CD of your work? If you don't have the money to pay for time at a pro recording studio, there are other avenues. Find out what you'll need to cut your own music CD at home.