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A crowd gathers at Hollywood's Amoeba Music for a free weekday concert in 2007. A new shift to Friday album releases could spell logistical trouble for independent record stores like this one. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An image from a video made by photographer Aaron Mischel which featured the song "Happy" by the band Secrets in Stereo. Aaron Mischel/YouTube hide caption

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Neil Portnow (left), president and CEO of The Recording Academy, talks with Lee Thomas Miller, head of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, at a music licensing hearing in 2014. Paul Morigi/WireImage for NARAS hide caption

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One of the record presses on the floor at the Quality Record Pressings plant in Salina, Kan. Courtesy of Acoustic Sounds hide caption

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Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West and Jay Z onstage at the Tidal launch event. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images hide caption

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Some of A$AP Mob at BET's 106 & Park Studios in July 2013. Standing, from left to right, ASAP Bari, ASAP Yams and ASAP Illz. In front, from left to right, ASAP Ferg, ASAP Twelvyy and ASAP Rocky. John Ricard/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs stands in front of a projection of iTunes at a presentation in 2004. Ian Waldie/Getty Images hide caption

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Bill Adler (center) with LL Cool J (left) and Fab 5 Freddy at LL's mother's house in 1988. Daniel Root/Courtesy of Bill Adler hide caption

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The cast of WKRP in Cincinnati, recently reissued on DVD by Shout! Factory, which collected licenses to include most of the original music broadcast on the show. Courtesy Sony Pictures Television hide caption

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Jr. Gong, Stephen Marley, Cham, Sean Paul — the list goes on. A massive jam session ensues and nearly everyone leaps onstage to spit some lyrics. To call this reggae history is no hyperbole. Empress K/For NPR hide caption

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Casey Kasem, in 1975. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Minya Oh, who reviewed Illmatic in The Source in 1994 under the pen name Shortie and is now a radio personality on New York's Hot 97 who goes by Miss Info. Here she poses for a portrait backstage at a vitaminwater Fader uncapped event in 2012. Roger Kisby/Getty Images hide caption

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Faith Newman in late 1993 or early '94 at Sony Studios with, from left to right, DJ Premier, Large Professor, Nas, Q-Tip and L.E.S. — all the producers on Illmatic except for Pete Rock. Courtesy of Faith Newman hide caption

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American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, whose song, "Gone, Gone, Gone," went to No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Each time it's played in public, the song's writers get a royalty, which is tracked and collected by ASCAP. Bigger hits usually translate into bigger checks. Buda Mendes/Getty Images hide caption

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