Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Music discovery in strip clubs? It’s a thing.

Where do you find the hottest and coolest new music? Online, indie record stores, recommendations from friends. But what about strip clubs? Stay with me for a moment. Record industry folk have discovered that strip clubs are great barometers when it comes to predicting which new songs are going to be hits.  If a new song gets the dancers and the audience going in peeler bars, it could indicate that the song has the ability expand to mainstream audiences.

This has proved especially true for hip hop. This is why record industry people are paying close attention to what new songs get played in strip clubs and why they’re also forging relationships with strip club DJs. These DJs are starting to wield considerable influence when it comes to breaking hits.

So if you want to know what could be the next big thing in music, head over to the local jiggle joint. Tell everyone that you’re there for research.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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