The Music Industry: Lost in the Shuffle

ILLUSTRATION FOR TIME BY MARCOS CHIN

The music business has found itself a new poster girl. Adorned with tattoos and a beehive, and blessed with a smoky voice beyond her 24 years, Amy Winehouse sat proudly atop the U.K.'s album charts this spring after scooping up five awards at the Grammys in Los Angeles. She sang her signature tune for the audience there via satellite from London: "They tried to make me go to rehab/ I said 'No, no, no.'"

In reality, though, Winehouse — following months of much publicized troubles with drugs — had checked herself in to a treatment clinic just a...

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