Pop lyrics seem to have taken a turn towards the "me" and "I" variety, according to a new study. The study analyzed three decades of songs, and concluded that song lyrics have become more narcissistic in recent years, reflecting current youth culture. Is that really true? Maura Johnston, music editor for The Village Voice, lends her thoughts on this topic.
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The music industry hit a peak in the '90s, but never quite recovered from the advent of mp3s and online filesharing. Yesterday, Nielsen, the company that keeps tabs on physical and digital music sales, rolled out a trove of data that surprised even some industry watchers. It seems that, even though album sales were down – about 8.5 percent, overall – digital music sales show BIG gains.
So the question is, are those sales enough to signal an end to the industry’s decades-long slump in sales? We're joined by Maura Johnston, writer and music business columnist for dailyfinance.com.
He died in June, but Michael Jackson is still selling lots of music. Early this morning Michaeljackson.com went live with the new single, "This is It." How long will Michael Jackson's sales juggernaut keep on going? To help answer this, we talk with Maura Johnston, editor of the music blog Idolator.
In the last 20 years the music industry has changed a lot: from vinyl to tapes to CDs and now streaming. Streaming is free music available online, but it is not downloaded so you don't have to worry about the RIAA knocking down your door. Joining The Takeaway with an overview of free music is Maura Johnston, editor of the music blog, Idolator.
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