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About pbuchanan620

Welcome to my Pop Music blog. My name is Peter Buchanan and I used to be both a DJ and music director at several radio stations, including Z95 in Chicago, before it was turned into a talk radio station. In my blog, I want to reveal my experiences as well as relate them to the state of the current record industry. Working at Z95 was one of the most amazing and frustrating experiences of my life. I got to meet so many stars, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Boy George, George Michael, etc. At the same time, I also witnessed the decline of a music industry that involved payola and chart manipulation. Pop stars in the 1980s became manufactured products of Record companies. After Z95 went back to WLS-FM and became a talk radio station again, I went to write for various entertainment publications such as Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, and Top 40. In the later part of the 1990s, I became a preacher and I still work part-time. I still follow the music industry religiously. I hope you enjoy my insight and stories!

Lady Gaga is number one on Billboard—What does that mean?

Lady Gaga, who just played a sold-out show at Chicago’s United Center, has the number one song on Billboard’s Hot 100 despite getting lukewarm reviews by critics and fans.  “Born This Way” isn’t number one because of airplay, but rather … Continue reading

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Is Pitbull overexposed?

Pitbull, otherwise known as Armando Perez, is heard on almost every song these days. On Chicago’s B96, he is featured on six of the top 40 songs. Is he becoming the next Akon? The next Timbaland? Will anybody hear from … Continue reading

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