This week in music – April 8, 2011

Alyssa Dunehew / Sun Star Contributor
April 8, 2011

I’ve come to realize that I really don’t spend much time looking through music on iTunes. I get my music suggestions from a ton of other websites I’ve randomly discovered over the past year or two. iTunes normally charges $1.29 for music, and most of the less

69 cent songs.

popular or older music is sold for 99¢, but they also add weekly to their mixes they sell for 69¢. I know I’m probably the last to realize how great this, but really, it is great. Looking through their list of Alternative songs this week, I found some great old hits that I haven’t heard in years. These include “Black” by Pearl Jam, “Dark Blue” by Jack’s Mannequin,  “Famous Last Words” by My Chemical Romance, “Good Girls Go Bad” by Cobra Starship, “Killing In the Name” by Rage Against the Machine, and “Starstrukk” by 3OH!3.

If you’re one of those people that’s sitting there asking, “Well, so what? It’s music for 69¢. I can still find it for free somewhere else”, please realize that yes, it’s a marketing strategy, but there’s more to it. iTunes is making money off of old songs that everyone already has, but so are the artists. If not for iTunes, at least look into the 69¢ songs to benefit the artists. Most of the songs that are marked down are being sold at this price because they’re good, even if they’re not as well known anymore. The big “69¢ Songs” icon is drawing attention to itself for a reason; don’t forget to keep enjoying the classics.

Another discovery this week was the #newmusic trend on Twitter. This will amaze you, I promise. If you have a Twitter account, look for this trend. Every 30 seconds or so, some underground artist is linking their Tweets to their own music. I’ve found some promising music listed here within the past few days, and not everything is one genre or the other. Have a look!

To wrap things up, “This Is What Rock n Roll Looks Like” by Porcelain Black ft. Lil Wayne was released as a single on FOiT. I was really excited to see that Lil Wayne had teamed up with someone I’d never heard of, especially someone that looks and sounds like Porcelain Black. The beginning of the song was good, and I liked it, but it left me hanging. I kept waiting for some awesome hot beat to drop, but instead, it slowly eased into the first verse. No big bass, nothing. I was disappointed. Back on April 1, Birdman commented on Lil Wayne’s “new energy” in a Billboard.com article. I sure hope his upcoming music will be better than the work he put in for the “Rock n Roll” single.

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