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Radiohead's Thom Yorke, celebrating his major label emancipation. (Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

Jukebox Jury: Do Artists Still Need Record Labels To Be Successful?

THE CASE: Technology has made it considerably easier for musicians to go the D.I.Y. route, yet getting signed to a big label is still very important to certain kinds of artists, especially in the pop and hip-hop worlds. For new acts, the radio and marketing support provided by major labels can make the difference between success and obscurity.

02/08/2013

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Jukebox Jury: Should Artists’ Careers Continue After Death?

THE CASE: When our musical idols passed away in generations past, they left behind a legacy to remember them by. That wasn’t enough for superstars like Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse – or perhaps more accurately, their estates – thus spawning posthumous releases featuring outtakes and half-finished material.

02/05/2013

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Jukebox Jury: Is There Room For Feelings In Hip-Hop?

Welcome to Jukebox Jury, our new music debate show where experts face off and a jury of fans decides the winner. THE CASE: Emotions in hip-hop aren’t exactly new.

01/29/2013

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