Pop Idols and Pirates

Pop Idols and Pirates

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The music industry has been waging significant battles in recent years, reacting to numerous inter-related crises provoked by globalization, digitalization and the ever more extensive commercialization of public culture. This book presents two inter-related cases of crisis and opportunity: the music industry's epic struggle over piracy and the 'Idol' phenomenon. Both are explicit attempts to control and justify the particular ways in which the music industry makes money from popular music through specific kinds of relationships with consumers. When understood in specific relation to the battle against piracy, Fairchild's analysis of 'Idol' and the emerging promotional cultures of the music industry it exhibits shows how multiple sites of consumption, and attempts to mediate and control the circulation of popular music, are being used to combat the foundational challenges facing the music industry.Music marketers seeded peerto peer networkswith specially chosen tracks, supplied club DJsand a€œmixtapea€ ... Themusic industry doesna#39;t only need to make technical connections with consumers, it needs to make emotional ones, too. ... This fact has been amply demonstrated byfans expressing their love for their favorite artistsby downloading andtrading their work without any money changing hands.

Title:Pop Idols and Pirates
Author:Dr Charles Fairchild
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2013-01-28


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