Music and Myspace

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By Stephanie Mitchell  10/8/2009

The music business has come a long way. Music and technology have been growing together for decades and now every song, artist and video is at our demand with a few clicks on a Web page. The Internet has done wonders to the music business for national artists and local artists as well. Moreover, myspace alone has changed the development of new music for artists as well as production and promotion companies.

I think to really understand this era of music and the ease of finding what you want when you want it, it’s important to look back at the time before the Internet and myspace. There has always been a high demand for music. You can look back as far as the 1940s when the production of music was decreasing due to the war; however, soldiers in the war desired music as an escape mechanism and a reminder of home. During the 1950s was the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and vinyl records was the way artists such as Elvis Presley and Bill Haley got their music out to the roaring public. During this decade, FM radio began to broadcast music into homes. Development moved on during the colorful decade of the 1960s with cassette tapes and music festivals.

The 1970s worked in perfecting the cassette tape and VHS began to rise. A crucial time to music was during the 1980s with the kick off of the highly popular music channel, MTV. From there the art form of music and the business has been on the rise and doesn’t have any intention of slowing down. Young talents can simply create a myspace page linking the world to their music, background, pictures and even videos using another impacting Web site, you tube. With all of the advances already made in the 21st century it only leads me to think, what’s next? Also, from an artist perspective, how have the advancements personally helped them? Artists are able to receive much more recognition by doing promoting themselves and relying less on other people which save them time and money. Every artist I have spoken to says that they are very thankful for myspace. Myspace is perfect for this generation because society thrives on convenience and time. This generation also loves to have a good time and does not like to wait all night to find it! With a few simple clicks of the mouse, the artist as well as those looking for something to do, benefit from this advancement.     

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