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The Global Music Machine
  The rise of pop music
  Dominating the music industry
  Competing in a world market
  Becoming a star
  The power of radio
  Fighting piracy
  Digital age

pop music

Western pop music is produced, marketed and consumed throughout the world.

It has grown over the last fifty years, from Elvis Presley and The Beatles to today’s top stars, to support a global industry worth $30 billion.

How has this growth happened? How is pop music listened to and purchased around the world? What is it like to be a pop star, and how does the industry operate? And what does the future hold for pop?
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