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Music Testing

Saturday, April 20, 2002

A pop song’s got to have a hook if it expects to get some serious radio play. So stations are now researching these hooks by having listeners rate 10-second samples of potential hits. Are the listeners being served when statistics, not disc jockeys, choose what's played and when?

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Celine Dion’s Singing Crashes Computers

Saturday, April 13, 2002

Yes, the French-Canadian diva’s latest CD has built-in copyright protection software that won’t allow you to copy-or even listen to-her love ballads on your PC. And if a bill in Congress gets enough votes, consumers won’t be able to copy any new CDs they buy. Brooke talks to NPR Cultural ...

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Clear Channel

Saturday, April 06, 2002

America’s largest radio broadcast company has been accused of muscling the music and radio businesses for some time. Clear Channel’s hardball business practices have finally gotten the attention of Washington regulators and legislators, but can the beltway get the bully of the radio industry to back down? Bob talks to ...

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Mainstreaming Urban Culture

Saturday, January 05, 2002

Over the last two decades, hip-hop music has moved from underground to over-ground, becoming one of the most popular music genres in America. The mainstreaming of hip-hop has created not only a new cultural aesthetic, but a new advertising market as well. Brooke investigates the allure of urban culture.

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Cornel West’s CD

Saturday, January 05, 2002

During some time away from Harvard University, famed African American Studies Professor Cornel West cut a hip-hop album. His boss, President Lawrence Summers, dubbed West’s behavior “unbecoming of a Harvard professor.” Brooke and Bob discuss the implications of an academic spat.

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MTV Music Awards

Saturday, September 08, 2001

Years ago the making of music videos was a million-dollar industry. But as James Surowiecki explains, with MTV opting for more traditional programming, videos are becoming less important. Apparently though, no one thought to tell that to the recording artists: spending a pot-load of their advance on the best director ...

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CNN Music

Saturday, August 04, 2001

OTM loves the theme music to TV news shows. That’s why, when we heard that CNN is debuting an updated version of its long-running news program, CNN Headline News, complete with celebrity hosts and slicker graphics, we couldn’t resist getting a sneak peak of the new theme song. Bob sits ...

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MTV Grows Up

Saturday, July 28, 2001

Adolescence was far from awkward for this cable TV outlet. On its 20th anniversary, MTV has not only survived its teenage years, but influenced a generation of filmmakers, broadcasting and advertising executives, not to mention more than one generation of teenagers. Bob talks to New York Times pop music critic ...

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Motley Crue

Saturday, June 16, 2001

VH-1’s “Behind the Music” perfected and popularized the classic tale of the rise and fall of the rock-star. But what happens when the band defies the formula? Brooke talks to New York Times pop music writer Neil Strauss who, along with members of the heavy metal band Motley Crue, wrote ...

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Glastonbury

Saturday, June 16, 2001

Back in 1970 an English farmer decided it would be nice to invite some hippies round to listen to some free music in his fields. By the year 2000 over 100,000 people were camping out to listen to bands like Macy Gray, Oasis and Elvis Costello. This year though, technology ...

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The Death of the Single

Saturday, June 09, 2001

The 45 was once the dominant musical medium. From Elvis, to the Beatles, to the Supremes, that round little disc with the big hole in the middle defined the early rock 'n pop era. New technologies have since swept the single aside, but there are some die-hards who refuse to ...

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Pay for Play

Saturday, June 09, 2001

It's hard for a major corporate music company to generate much sympathy. But even these multi-national behemoths have challenges, most notably, reining in the powerful independent promoters that govern radio airplay. But with "Bootylicious", the newest single from Destiny's Child, one record label is trying to change that tune. Brooke ...

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Mainstreaming Urban Culture

Saturday, May 19, 2001

Over the last two decades hip hop music has moved from underground to over ground, becoming one of the most popular music genres in America, second only to rock. The mainstreaming of hip hop has created not only an new cultural aesthetic, but a new advertising market. Brooke investigates the ...

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Movie Musicals

Saturday, March 24, 2001

Movie musicals used to win both at the box office and at the Oscars, but now they are rarely even seen on the silver screen. Where has the traditional American movie musical gone? Its relocated to the small screen. On The Media’s Tony Maciulis has the story.

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Oscar Music

Saturday, March 24, 2001

If this weekend’s Oscar nominees for best song are any indication, movie music has become less about the movie, more about radio airplay, and definitely about big business. Brooke takes a look at how the “best song” has evolved from a Tin Pan Alley classic to a pop star hit.

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Lynn Cheney vs. Eminem

Saturday, February 17, 2001

The big-time rapper Marshall Mathers, known as Eminem, is up for four awards at the Grammys next week. The superstar has enraged people across the political spectrum with violent, homophobic and misogynistic lyrics. He says he means these things ironically, and that's how his young fans take it, but his ...

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Future of Music on the Internet

Saturday, January 13, 2001

The Coalition for the Future of Music Policy Conference was held this past week at Georgetown University. The CFM is a nonprofit group of artists, activists, and music professionals who are trying to address some of the issues that the big players -- the big internet and music firms -- ...

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