The New Music Biz

From Beijing to Warsaw, hot local talent is pounding away at U.S. dominance of the music industry

It didn't matter that they were packed into a drafty college dining hall or that they only had a few hours' notice. They were ready to rock. For four hours on a recent Sunday night, 3,000 students from the Beijing University of Science & Technology abandoned their books to enjoy the forbidden sound of a live concert. They chanted and waved lighters while six bands--including two of China's hottest stars, He Yong and Dou Wei--blared out Chinese versions of rock, grunge, and heavy metal.

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