Taylor Swift’s new album is on track to sell a million copies in its first week, a milestone that will make it the only record this year to go platinum. Jeffrey Brown looks at how the young singer mastered marketing and social media, and why some stars still sell big despite a changing music industry. Continue reading
International pop star Sting is in the midst of an American and world tour with his ‘band’. This summer, that means a 45-piece band made up from members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who have been helping him re-create his past hits with a very different sound. He has a new album called “Symphonicities.”
Abigail and Lily Chapin have been singing and performing together since they can remember. Growing up in a family surrounded by musicians, they probably couldn’t help it. We met the sisters at a recent tour stop at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
In other news Wednesday, diplomats in the European Union worked on policies to quash the spreading debt crisis and Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of an Irish bishop embroiled in the child sex abuse scandal. Continue reading
Cindi Mayweather is a cyborg who is wanted for falling in love with a human, and the alter ego of Janelle Monae, a rhythm and blues singer whose 2007 album “Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase” boasts clever orchestrations, dynamic vocal stylings, and a political message that transcends the world of a made-up “Metropolis” by finding parallels in ours.