Last decade -- during the brief lull between MTV's lack of music videos and YouTube's still-to-come emergence -- Weird Al Yankovic wondered if the medium he had utilized better than any pop-music parodist ever had become obsolete.
This week 36 years ago, the first extraterrestrial volcano was discovered on Jupiter's satellite, Io, the compact disc was demonstrated for the first time by Phillips, "The Deer Hunter" topped the box office and the following songs were the most popular in the United States according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
Craig Copeland, a 44-year-old teacher at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, was voted by Men in Blazers listeners as the winning U.S. Soccer World Cup theme song for his version of "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music."
Paige Hanson, a senior attacker on the national champion North Carolina lacrosse team, was honored earlier this month as one of the NCAA's Elite 89 Award winners with a trip to the NCAA men's basketball Final Four and a Bruce Springsteen concert.
Rising country star Kip Moore could have recorded the follow-up to his 2012 debut album in Nashville's plushest studios, but the 33-year-old "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" singer chose a bare-bones setting that literally had more roaches than luxuries.
For the country singer Jason Aldean, success can be measured many ways: more than 8.5 million albums sold, 12 No. 1 hits on country radio and being named the 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music are a few examples that could work.