31 - MTV & Megastars

31 - MTV & Megastars - 31 MTV & Megastars Early...

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Early 1980s Disco crash 6 major record companies control 2/3 of the global record sales (in the 2010s, that number is down to 4 major companies MTV launches in 1981 cable television boom Used to focus on showing music videos & later showed reality tv Fastest growing cable channel in history Dramatically alters pop music landscape Criticized for closing down ideas about what individual tunes should be like & mapping only a single vision to music Breaking the color Barrier o Channel initially focuses on white “rock” artist o In 1983, out of 800 MTV videos, 16 featured black artists o Considered strange since there were so many popular black musicians o Had to change policy b/c Michael Jackson became so popular Michael Jackson (1958-2009) Thriller (1982)7 top o 10 singles o 37 weeks at #1 o 40+ million albums sold worldwide Songwriter, showman (starts at age 5 in Motown)
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