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'What's Going On' - The Story Behind the Song

Marvin Gaye was undoubtably one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, he went from being one of Motown’s biggest stars to being one of the biggest artists in the world. The nineteen sixties saw Motown Records become arguable the greatest hit making factory the world has ever seen and the record company helped nourish some of the greatest pop and RnB artists of all-time. ‘The 1960s would be Motown's golden years. When the decade started, Shop Around by the Miracles was the second bestselling single in America (it sold a million copies). The next year, Motown signed the Supremes, then known as the Primettes. The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder soon followed. In

The Perks of an Artist Manager

One would admit that the music industry is a very hostile place; a place where no one is truly safe from the consequences of failure and in particular failure to make money. This was as evident as ever in 2009 when British major label giant EMI reported it had lost almost two point five billion dollars; just a few years later and it was all over. In this ever changing environment many industry professionals agree that knowledge of the business has become more and more important for anyone working or hoping to work in music. For many up and coming artists DIY is the norm. Ninety-nine percent of bands start this way, they put on their own shows, promote them, write the music and often organise

Why I disagree with Noel Gallagher

Last night I came across a video on You Tube that featured Noel Gallagher giving advice to young bands. In the video Noel spoke about the lack of truly great songs nowadays and the importance of a great song. However, during the interview he said ‘It Doesn’t matter about your hairdo, your hairdo doesn’t mean anything’. True, there has been a lack of bands reaching that top, top level. However, sadly a great chorus alone Is not good enough in today’s music industry. Obviously music is the most important part of the equation, but branding is crucial too and far too many talented songwriters fail to construct an effective brand to back their music. With the accessibility of promotional tools su

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