posted on Apr, 2 2003 @ 04:16 PM
The music industry makes more money out of cheap, manufactured groups and individuals who they can tie willingly to a contract and who they can
control (image, lyric content, personal views) and aim at the younger market.
I personally think its part of a shift that started after the sixties and seventies, when the music was considered to be too influential and
subversive. Since then (remember the eighties) the record companies have concentrated more and more on these types of groups to the detriment of real
music. It got harder and harder for any real music to get through, get marketed or promoted by the big labels. (Some flourish with independents, but
with much less marketing and promotion.) Some of course still make it, through extreme hard work or if there musicís just too damn good. What
depresses me is how many amazing bands, singers, songwriters and performers will we never get too see because of this crap? It's not as if they all
disappeared or that we cannot produce groups to that caliber anymore. They are still out there, people you would have spent 50 quid to see are
probably still working in your local McDonalds.
Consider this. The U.K is a producer of some of the greatest music ever heard. In the Sixties you had to sell approx. 300,000 singles to get to number
one in the U.K. Now you only have to sell 25,000.
Some will say this is due to the decreasing popularity of the single, which is partly true. It's also because of the decreasing quality of music.
Music is an art form, a personification of human emotion and offers an avenue for ordinary people to get there points across to an audience that they
would never otherwise have had any access to.
There are of course those who do not want this.
Which is why the charts are full of this mindless money fuelled drivel.
[Edited on 2-4-2003 by kegs]