Pidgin Palace Chats: How Internet Memes are Changing the Music Industry
September 10, 2021 6:00pm
Every year, internet memes are becoming more and more central to the popular music landscape. From “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X to “Stay” by Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi, which recently reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, countless hit singles in the last several years have been propelled into virality through the creation of memes circulated across social media platforms, particularly TikTok. But the prevalence of TikTok as a generator of virality can also be seen as a continuation of a longer trajectory of music memes, like the “Rickroll” and the Soulja Boy dance craze emerging on platforms like 4chan and Myspace in the mid 2000s. Why are music memes so prevalent and how are they altering the nature of music marketing and what it means to make music in a social media-driven landscape? Join us for our third installation of Pidgin Palace Chats with Alexandria Arrieta (popular music researcher from USC Annenberg), Lili Huang (Commercial Specialty + AAA Radio Promoter at Terrorbird Media), Madelynn Elyse (owner and founder of Shark Attack), and moderator Danny Vinik.
Must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend in person. Masks encouraged. Free parking is available in the dirt lot across from BRINK (1100 S 6th Ave). Enter through BRINK. Please arrive early as doors will be locked once promptly at 6pm.