Punters cheer at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival. Revenue from live performances is growing.
In Australia, musicians' total income actually went up last year. While the music industry still faces many challenges, there is now a world-wide push to boost artists' royalties paid by streaming services such as Spotify.
A saxophone player busks in New York: as technology transforms their industry, quite a lot of musicians are leaving the field.
Whenever you listen to a streamed song, like it but don't buy it and instead stream it again, you are casting a vote for the future nonexistence of professional musicians.
Leonard Cohen in 2012 accepting an award for his song lyrics.
Leonard Cohen, who has died at 82, had both a tragic vision and a voice that was warm, funny and closely observant. His unique gaze helped fans see the world anew.
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Results of the first large-scale study to specifically investigate the musical features that might increase the 'earworminess' of a song.
Real or Fake?
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ABBA are reportedly planning a 'virtual and live experience'. What might this actually entail?
Auto-Tune was originally developed as a tool in the oil exploration industry, but now it's widely used in pop music.
Fans criticised Sia for a ‘lacklustre’ concert.
Sia is being sued for what her fans felt was a lacklustre show. But pop history is littered with live disasters.
This big budget series about the rock business failed to connect with its market.
Prince performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
For those on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Artists, their life expectancy is on par with the people of Chad, the nation with the lowest life expectancy in the world.
Leave had a 20 point lead over Remain in a recent YouGov poll – but this Brexit referendum concerned Britain’s membership of the Eurovision Song Contest, not Europe.
Prince makes a surprise appearance during ‘American Idol’‘s 2006 finale.
By confronting powerful record companies and streaming services, Prince paved the way for other musicians to demand artistic freedom and their fair share of profits.
Prince singing at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
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Prince's relationships with women as expressed in his songs were complex. But by performing so lustfully, he granted everyone permission for pleasure.
Australia’s 2016 Eurovision contestant Dami Im performing with Conchita and Guy Sebastian in Sydney earlier this year.
Australia has struggled to forge cultural ties with the Asia-Pacific region. But SBS's deal to develop an Asian Eurovision could change this - there is more to the event than music, costume reveals and wind machines.
She has been through some trying times of late, but the Madonna machine has not been derailed.
Madonna, who attacked "sexist" criticism of her Rebel Heart tour, has always had a troubled relationship with feminism. And there is little about pop's perfectionist workaholic that is rebellious today.
Kanye functions as a mirror for the most visible and occasionally garish values of his time.
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Many have long forgotten the simple fact that Kanye West is one of the greatest producers of hip-hop in its history. A decade-long six-album streak of critically acclaimed albums rivals the greatest icons of pop.
The musician's shape-shifting sense of style helped him recruit new audiences.
How Bowie sprinkled stardust on the work of generations of musicians.
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The icon has left so much of himself in popular culture, art and fashion.
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Bowie's fast-moving and ground-breaking ideas about sexuality and gender allowed millions of young people to come to terms with their sense of difference.
It’s comforting to think that technology has its limits, that the album persists.
The hard numbers of sales, downloads, streams, and billboard charts seem to do all the work for us. But do these measures tell us anything meaningful about music's nature and value in 2015?