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1000 strong for RILM!

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RILM’s Facebook page now has over 1000 followers! These people have instant access to all RILM news and each new post on Bibliolore, RILM’s blog. Do you prefer updates on Twitter? No problem—just follow our Twitter feed.

Below, 1000 musicians perform the Foo FightersLearn to fly.

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Social media, celebrity, and popular music

Popular music has played, and continues to play, a central role in bringing aspects of celebrity culture into the mainstream world.

Fame has been most consistently, deliberately, and insightfully thematized by popular music, which has also been at the center of every major development in social media— both in terms of new technologies and in terms of people’s engagement with and understanding of them.

This according to “Listen to me now: Social media, celebrity, and popular music” by Jason Lee Oakes (IASPM-US 19 and 20 September 2011). Above, Kanye West tweets about the travails of celebrity culture; below, the singer-songwriter Madelaine Zammit uses one social medium (YouTube) to sing about another.

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Lady Gaga’s social network

Lady Gaga went from nowhere to everywhere in just 18 months due to many factors—not least, to her unprecedented and canny use of social networking.

Gaga used Internet tools to craft her personal mythology, and continues to use them to keep in constant contact with her fans. She has millions of Twitter followers, and is the first musician ever to garner one billion hits on YouTube, where she uploads her videos for free.

This according to Poker face: The rise and rise of Lady Gaga by Maureen Callahan (New York: Hyperion, 2010). Below, the 2008 video that inspired the book’s title.

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