Inside 2020’s Wild Reinvention of the Music Business

Brian Hiatt
·2 min read

Whether it’s a Godzilla-sized Travis Scott stomping through the world of Fortnite, hit songs breaking through snippets on TikTok, K-Pop conquering the U.S., live-streamed concerts suddenly bringing in serious revenue, or Instagram Live artist battles landing at the center of pop culture, it’s not hard to find signs of a music industry transforming itself faster than ever.

In the latest episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, Amy X. Wang, Samantha Hissong and Ethan Millman join host Brian Hiatt for a look at these changes, and the innovators behind them, as captured on the fascinating second annual edition of Rolling Stone’s Future 25 list.

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