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1991 saw the music industry turned upside down, and 30 years later, its echoes remain – ABC News

In the music industry in the ’80s, there were two worlds of music — the mainstream and the alternative. Then a new decade dawned, the worlds collided and music…



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In the 1980s the music industry was divided into two worlds.
On one side was the big-money mainstream world of MTV-approved pop and rock stars, the all-important singles and album charts, and pay-to-play commercial radio.
This is where you would find the likes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Michael Bolton.
On the other side was so-called “alternative music” a catch-all category that covered everything from punk and metal to gangsta rap and indie rock.
This was an underground world of indie…

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