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18Feb 21
Taylor Swift’s Re-recorded Love Story Outperforms Original

Taylor Swift’s re-recorded Love Story outperforms original

Just before Valentine’s Day, Taylor Swift released her first re-recording, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version).” It was downloaded 10,000 times in 24 hours and had millions of on-demand streams. This new version is part of a bigger plan that Swift has to re-record her first six albums. Fearless (Taylor’s Version), the…

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17Sep 18

Video games are a big boost to the music industry

Video games didn’t even exist until the 1990s. Today many bands, musicians, and composers are finding success and earning their livings in video games. Some video games are as popular for their soundtracks as they are for their game play. Big names including Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, and Skrillex have…

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17Sep 18

John Legend worked hard for his success

Singer, actor, and producer John Legend didn’t always work in music. He used to have a corporate job. But he couldn’t shake his passion for music. So he spent his days at his job and his nights writing songs and performing small gigs. Even when he was rejected by all…

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Making a Career in Music

Making a Mandolin

Source: Julia Sumptner/Vimeo Creative Commons

Learn how Mike Dulak started a business making mandolins.

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What to Know About Being a Music Composer

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