Sheila Raghavendran

Beatles or Bieber? Internet’s effect on music

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Girls’ tears form puddles on the floor, and their shrieks are piercing and almost too high-pitched to hear. The Beatles–mop top’s and all–have arrived, and couldn’t ask for a more deafening welcome.

The 21st century is completely dependent on the web; approximately 2.3 billion people surf the internet, according to the International Telecommunication Union. The first computer with internet was created in 1969–about five years after Beatlemania came to town. The rock group had to use other means of communication to stun the world with their epic sound.

1962 marked the first Beatles song heard on radio. Americans developed an obsession to The Beatles in 1964, when 73 million of them drooled over the fab appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. But The Beatles worked their way to fame: starting out with small gigs in Liverpool and Hamburg, and then earning the privilege of playing at larger venues and touring parts of the world.

Our current generation has an advantage that The Beatles and other music groups of the past couldn’t obtain: the internet. Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are all in the top twenty most visited websites of 2011, as listed by Google. Sharing music is made simple on these sites, and it is quite understandable for a singing sensation to erupt from millions of video hits.

Alike is the case of Justin Bieber. The twelve-year-old posted videos to YouTube–intending to share with friends and family–but tweens worldwide wore out the replay button, and Bieber’s channel was smacked with millions of views. The young star’s life instantly became the talk of the media, and before he knew it, Bieber was signed to singer Usher’s record label. If it wasn’t for YouTube, the “Baby” singer would still be living at home in Ontario, Canada: Bieber Fever, which is much like the craze of Beatlemania, wouldn’t have touched ground.

Author: sheilaraghavendran

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