The Music Issue
Letter from the Editor

In our story Black and Country—Then, Now, and What Comes Next, Amara Hall, a Nashville-based talent producer, likens the way she listens to music to making a gumbo. “I'm not just out here listening to Allison Russell. I'm also out listening to Denitia as much as I'm listening to Angie K as much as I'm listening to Miley Cyrus,” she says to her fellow interviewees. It’s all in the mix.

It’s a sentiment I hadn’t really thought about before reading the piece, but it perfectly illustrates the way the Marie Claire team went about putting together our Music Issue. Each of the stories—or ingredients if you will—measured and combined together create a veritable feast for you, dear reader.

You’ll find stories like Meet the Artists Fighting for Fair Wages and Big Tech Wants You to Take a Sound Bath that will make you think about the many ways music plays out in our lives. There’s also the aforementioned roundtable that tracks the past, present, and future possibilities for country music, plus a wide-ranging interview with Victoria Justice, the former child superstar who’s finding freedom in her next act as an artist creating music on her own terms. A good reminder that it’s always worth listening to your instincts.

The Victoria Era

Her talents catapulted her into the spotlight as a child star. But with almost two decades in the industry, she's ready to launch a music career that shows who she is now.

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Big Tech Wants You to Take a Sound Bath

Once an ancient ritual designed to foster communal healing, the experience is taking a digital-focused—and solitary—turn.

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Meet the Indie Artists Fighting for Fair Wages

The industry is facing a wave of challenging conditions—from meager streaming profits to threats from AI. One advocacy group believes it has the answer.

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The Best Reads for Music Lovers

Like your favorite song, these books will stay with you.

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