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Marketing 102: How Indie Artists are Thriving in the “New” Music Biz

Beyoncé recently set the world on its ear when she released an album sans promotion and immediately ascended to the top of the charts. A tremendous feat nonetheless, but an artist of her caliber and recognition has earned the cache […]

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2013 Soul Train Awards Spotlight: Luke James

New Orleans-born crooner Luke James may be new to mainstream audiences, but this hardworking singer has been doing what he loves since the late 1990s.

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2013 Soul Train Awards Spotlight: 1500 Or Nothin’

Many unfortunately see the education in liner notes as a lost art form in the age of digital cataloging your music. But as far as

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Back to Basics: Has Modern R&B Lost Its Way?

Gone are the days when the soulful sounds of lyrical heavyweights such as Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin and others dominated urban airwaves, only

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On Artists and Activism

By now, most of us have not only heard the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, but we have expressed words of

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Beyonce – Rise Up

Along with her role as Queen Tara in the movie Epic (which opened on May 24), Beyonce contributes to the film's soundtrack with an

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Who is Black Music’s Madonna?

While Madonna is the Queen of Pop in the pop/rock spectrum of music, who can lay claim to the title from on the pop/R&B side?

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Chopped & Screwed R&B: What Gives?

You’ve heard these records several times without even noticing.  A rapper’s voice is slowed down to a lazy baritone while the DJ repeats certain vocal

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Beyonce & Andre 3000 – Back to Black (Radio Rip)

Fans have been preparing for Beyonce and Andre 3000’s collab-remake of Amy Winehouse’s hit “Black to Black” from The Great Gatsby soundtrack, and it’s

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When Fans Attack: Artists vs. Consumers in Cyberspace

Whether it’s Nicki Minaj’s “Barbies” or Lady Gaga’s “Monsters,” hardcore fans feel the need to prove their loyalty to said artist. It’s a relationship artists



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