Maura Johnston appears in the following:
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Who determines a hit? Last week, the Billboard charts met a new challenger. The Ultimate Chart ranks artists and singles not just by sales and airplay, but also by their status on streaming services and social networks. In a Soundcheck Smackdown, critics debate whether any pop chart can quantify success in the digital age. Later, Norwegian singer songwriter Sondre Lerche plays songs from his latest album, "Heartbeat Radio," live in our studio.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Dormant rock acts like Pavement, Soundgarden and Faith No More are reuniting for summer tours. But as music writer Michael Azerrad explains, not all fans want their favorite musicians to give it another go.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Lady Gaga's new music video for "Telephone" is raising product placement to a grotesque degree: Ten brands appear in the 9-minute video, including Virgin Mobile, Hewlett Packard, and Chevrolet. While that may be an extreme example, many artists are increasingly selling their image and songs to products. Some say these ...
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Google is poised to become a major player in the music industry. But the company with the “don’t be evil” motto is drawing criticism for its relationship with major labels and copyright detectives. Jon Healey of the Los Angeles Times explains Google’s rapid expansion into music. Then, writer Maura Johnston ...
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Lampooned and celebrated in equal measure, Super Bowl halftime shows are a lightning rod. Some of the biggest stars in music take the stage -- but not without controversy. Performances can be underwhelming, predictable and even censored. (Or not, in the case of Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction in 2004.) As ...
Friday, January 08, 2010
The music industry hit a peak in the '90s, but never quite recovered from the advent of mp3s and online filesharing. Yesterday, Nielsen, the company that keeps tabs on physical and digital music sales, rolled out a trove of data that surprised even some industry watchers. It seems that, even though album sales were down – about 8.5 percent, overall – digital music sales show BIG gains.
So the question is, are those sales enough to signal an end to the industry’s decades-long slump in sales? We're joined by Maura Johnston, writer and music business columnist for dailyfinance.com.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
He died in June, but Michael Jackson is still selling lots of music. Early this morning Michaeljackson.com went live with the new single, "This is It." How long will Michael Jackson's sales juggernaut keep on going? To help answer this, we talk with Maura Johnston, editor of the music blog Idolator.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
In the last 20 years the music industry has changed a lot: from vinyl to tapes to CDs and now streaming. Streaming is free music available online, but it is not downloaded so you don't have to worry about the RIAA knocking down your door. Joining The Takeaway with an overview of free music is Maura Johnston, editor of the music blog, Idolator.
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Kelly Clarkson has claimed to have broken up with the American Idol machine that spawned her - to the point of rebelling against mogul producer Clive Davis and titling her second album "Breakaway". On today's Soundcheck Smackdown, Ricardo Baca, pop music critic for the Denver Post, and Maura Johnston, editor ...
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Back in the swingin’ ‘70s, Peter Frampton won his fanbase on the strength of "Frampton Comes Alive." Today's concert recordings and DVDs don’t pack the same punch -- they often round out "deluxe editions" and pad record contracts. In another Soundcheck Smackdown, we debate the live album format with writer ...