Wayne Coyne on stage performing with The Flaming Lips at Sasquatch Music Festival Memorial Day weekend.
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June 8, 2011 After unsold tickets and canceled tours marred last year's summer concert season, the industry has regrouped in an effort to win back fans who have grown tired of high ticket prices and fees.
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To be fair, they're all pop, right?
December 13, 2010 Almost a quarter of Billboard's Hot 100 of the year are songs about partying.
September 20, 2010 The songwriter-producer has a all-access pass to the top of the charts, but what is it that makes a Dr. Luke song is hard to pin down.
Beyonce as her onstage alter ego Sasha Fierce at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009.
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August 12, 2010 Female performers like Beyonce create alter egos to reach out beyond themselves and to their fans.
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April 24, 2010 When ASCAP handed Dr. Luke the Songwriter Of The Year award in the pop category, they knew what they were doing.
January 25, 2010 An economist and TV producer hired a comedy duo to perform a rap song they wrote that pits the ideas of John Maynard Keynes against those of lesser known theorist F.A. Hayek. The resulting 6 1/2-minute music video tells the story of Keynes and Hayek going out for a night on the town. While drinking and rolling with their homies, they lay out the basics of their theories.
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Ke$ha's debut album sold more than 150,000 copies in its first week.
January 15, 2010 Described by the artist as a celebration of "boys, boots, beer, boobs" and another B-word not suitable for Saturday-morning radio, Ke$ha's debut album has sold more than 150,000 copies in its first week. (The first single, "Tik Tok," is a best-seller in its own right.) Here, the pop star talks about her success and tells the stories behind her songs.
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January 6, 2010 The nation's No. 1 movie has taken in $1 billion in three weeks. The No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 right now is "Tik Tok," by pop sensation Ke$ha -- who set a download record with the single. We're here to argue that these two No. 1 smashes -- the sci-fi flick and the dance-pop party song -- have something in common: They're both totally derivative.
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