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In pop music, a whole new way of doing business
In pop music, a whole new way of doing business

January has always been slump month when it comes to new pop music. Musicians tend to turn bearlike around this time, hibernating until conditions seem friendlier. Yet the resourceful pop lover will be anything but bored right now, with so much to reap from the eternally sunlit realm of the Internet. On Christmas — the year's slowest retail day — one-man brain trust Damon Albarn offered a new album, "The Fall," to fans of his cartoon band the Gorillaz at no cost; he'd made the 15 tracks on his iPad during an October tour. New Year's Eve saw MIA release a new mix tape, VicKI LEEKX, which begins with the phrase "we chose the right format," an...

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