The week of March 13, 2016

The 2016 Music Issue
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The plight of the modern YouTube music star

By Austin Powell

The true stories behind your favorite viral music videos.

Features

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‘People want to have a good time’: DJ Mel on spinning for Bernie Sanders

By Ramon Ramirez

The veteran soul and hip-hop DJ sounds off on SXSW, performing for the president, and that Bernie Sanders-David Bowie mashup.

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Meet the former radio DJ who wants to make radio great again

By AJ Dellinger

The former radio DJ has a compelling vision for the future of radio—and it’s streaming online.

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Here’s what iconic classical music would look like as emoji

By Josh Green

Who knew a violin emoji could be so powerful?

Opinion

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The real problem with Tidal

By Nico Lang

Kanye West couldn’t save Tidal—and no one else can either.

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Why Kesha’s Sony lawsuit could be a turning point for the music industry

By S.E. Smith

The music industry (not just Taylor Swift) should support Kesha at this critical juncture.