Top 10 Landmark Moments in the Music Industry

Top 10 Landmark Moments in the Music Industry



a single moment can change everything welcome to watchmojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for their top 10 moments in the music industry we got something to help you keep MTV at your fingertips it's the MTV dial position sticker stick it on your stereo dial and it marks the exact spot where our sound comes in for this list we're not taking a look at musical performances or infamous moments those deserve lists of their own instead we've sought out the moments that most significantly impacted the music industry itself these moments are the game changers put on a Walkman and see the world in a whole new light number 10 Kelly Clarkson is the first American Idol the winner of American Idol 2002 is Kelly picture time when there were no TV music competitions yes such a time really did exist in 2002 American Idol took America by storm first finding a balancing act between tragically funny and genuinely impressive auditions and then blowing America away with amazing performances week after week by seemingly everyday average people the first star to steal our hearts was twenty year old Kelly Clarkson voted to victory by fans Clarkson became the first American Idol finishing off a season that launched a phenomenon Kelly take a second and just tell us how you feel what's on your mind right now as you are the American Idol while it may be off the air now this monumental moment gave hopeful singers somewhat of a shortcut to stardom and change the way the International superstars were crafted number nine you to zoo TV tour seeking a new identity at musical direction u2 reinvented themselves for this two year worldwide tour what they didn't know was that is changing themselves they were also changing the way touring was done on issues the man wanted to abandon their straight-edged image so they got rid of their strict stage designs and opted for an elaborate setup designed for sensory overload representing the despair television often seen in dystopian films the stage was filled with large screens projecting sharp cutting close-ups of the band and pre-recorded film footage live broadcast and electronic headlines it wasn't just a concert it was a multimedia event the effects of which are still present in live shows today number eight hey Yola scandal ah Paola sweet sweet record company mula for spinning a few Tunes nothing wrong with that except it's illegal when the payola scandal broke in the late 1950s it shook the music world and the US Congress held an in-depth investigation that accused the biggest names of the day including DJ Alan Freed and TV host Dick Clark television radio who came along Paola came up disc jockeys would play records for pay was well-known bigger still was how Paola influenced the music scene with Paola in the background during the early careers of rock and roll's recognized pioneers it's impossible to determine just how much of pop culture was shaped by bribes slipped inside a record sleeve number 7 the introduction of VEVO this music video streaming service seemingly popped out of nowhere one day the internet was full of grainy low-res music videos the next they were all there in glossy glorious high-res offering content from Universal Sony Music and a collection of smaller labels VEVO improved the music experience for all involved while fans were unhappy with the service at first they finally had easy access to high quality videos meanwhile labels decrease the amount of unlicensed content on the web not Bevo also attracted high-end advertisers so more money rolled into the one-stop shop helped artists and labels while managing not to alienate fans a very rare feat in the digital age number six billboard changes charts to actual sales prior to the mid-1990s the Billboard charts weren't necessarily reflective of popular opinion among fans it had some sort of semblance of the right idea but changes needed to be made at the time new singles could chart based solely on radio airplay in September of 1995 billboard chainstitch charts to reflect both a singles radio airplay and sales a combo that better reflected the songs popularity combining these factors reduced a label influence and placed more power in the hands of fans a few years later billboard again restructured his formula to allow songs that weren't commercially released singles again helping little-known songs get a foothold number five the release of Napster the real Shawn Parker may or may not have had the good looks and suave charm of Justin Timberlake I found it Napster but what we do know is that in 1999 at the age of 19 he and co-founder Shaun and John Fanning shook the foundations of the music industry with Napster the first groundbreaking audio peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster let users share their mp3 files with others for free it just seemed from every and every way it seemed like a better system all of a sudden the music game was online whether the industry wanted it or not Parker the face that launched a thousand lawsuits had to defend Napster against the Recording Industry Association of America every major label and of course Metallica war was waged but Napster's damage was already done music was now online there wasn't a whole lot I can do about it it sort of was what it was the company needed to make a clean break from its past and trying to move forward and so I sort of realized that that was the N number for Apple introduces iTunes you agree that Apple may charge your credit card or PayPal account for any products purchased in the iTunes Store can somebody please explain to me what is going on for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction for Sean Parker's Napster there was Apple's iTunes rooted in 1998 Sound Jam MP Apple purchased the service in 2000 modified its coding and released it to the public a year later iTunes met music fans online moving purchasing power to the Internet it was the Internet's counteractive measure against peer-to-peer sites like Napster servicing listeners who had moved on from CDs to mp3 players with an online presence the industry cut down on illegal downloads and also offered new options like the ability to purchase individual songs that were not singles and soon the purchasing of music videos pitted against illegal downloads iTunes helped save the industry from collapse number three the Walkman the Sony Walkman the wound the story goes like this a co-founder of a major consumers electronics company let's call it Sony and let's call him Masaru Ibuka wanted a way to listen to offerors on long trans-pacific flights he talks about it with one of his audio engineers Nobu Toshi Kihara and one year later in 1979 the world has its first walkman a brand name turned generic trademark the Walkman was originally a portable audio cassette tape player marketed to the public accurately as a new way to listen to music on the go portable and easy to store it changed music as it let listeners enjoy their favorite songs anywhere they went never has so much genius been coached in a so little space number two the launch of mtv video killed the radio star the Buggles hit was the first music video shown when MTV launched on August 1st 1981 but was it true while MTV did derail the careers of some and rocketed more visually friendly artists into superstardom the idea of a music video wasn't new but around the clock coverage was MTV works like a radio station providing 24 hours of music and personality through its VJs or video jockeys suddenly MTV not the radio became the new hub for everything music and almost immediately sales reflected MTV's playlists will be doing for TV what FM did for radio now visuals were just as important as the music itself just take a look at MJ's 1.5 million dollar bestseller thriller we can all thank MTV for that before we reveal our number one pick here are a few honorable mentions celebrating 10 years in the compact disc from the people would Sonne somewhere there's music cafe to somewhere there's a number one the phonograph is invented can you imagine a world where if you wanted to listen to music the only way was to catch it live no iPods no Spotify no radios no CD or cassette players no boom boxes no nothing just your neighbor singing in the shower that world existed but not after Thomas Edison you know the lightbulb guy invented the phonograph in 1877 the phonograph wasn't the first device to record audio it was the first effective one and the only one that could reproduce the recorded audio it gave artists the ability to record thanks the ability to listen and most importantly it gave music accessibility in every way the phonograph redefined music and essentially started the industry so do you agree with our list what moment do you think most impacted the music industry we'll be right back to introduce the other VJs and the other folks who are going to be with us on MTV for more fascinating top tens published daily be sure to subscribe to watchmojo.com 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30 thoughts on “Top 10 Landmark Moments in the Music Industry

  1. Things I would add to the list:
    1. Creation of Eurovision
    2. Darude – Sandstorm
    3. Creation of YouTube
    4. Blackpink performance in Coachella
    5. BTS live in SNL

  2. I haven't completed the video yet, and I know it says no performances, but come on… LIVE AID was pretty monumental.

  3. Oh God i just can't believe my eyes mojo didn't put Queen Live aid concert on this list. Watchmojo is a total shit. I feel so depressed.

  4. An adulation of vevo (without even mentioning youtube) right after the payola scandal: i like this kind of humour 😀

  5. Bohemian Rhapsody, We will rock you, We are the champions?

    It’s queen if you’re a mindless baboon and were wondering

  6. There are some countries that added tax in iTunes (i.e VAT, Added Sales Tax or GST). In October of last year; the Government of NZ has enforced digital purchases (Including iTunes) to include GST.

    GST was introduced to NZ in 1986, Canada in 1991, Australia in 2000 and Malaysia in 2015.

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