Music Week 60th anniversary special: The story of the '80s

Ah, the 1980s. The decade when luxury and excess would intertwine with the music industry like never before. This was when MTV and the music video went mainstream, while the Def Jam empire took off and hip-hop began to boom. Of course, this 10-year period began with the death of John Lennon, who was killed in New York in December 1980. On the airwaves, the commercial ILR chart arrived to compete with the BBC’s traditional Top 40 run-down, ...

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