I have no inside knowledge about this conspiracy. This is an observation that I felt was worth sharing. Maybe someone here with inside knowledge of
the music industry can shed some light.
I am a fan of Alternative Music. It has struck me for some time that a high percentage of "Alternative" Music is actually more "Pop" than what is
played on the Pop stations. What I mean by that is that the tunes are catchy, easy to listen to. Get stuck in your head.
I've also noticed over the past few years that an inordinate amount of Alternative Music shows up in commercials as well as on television shows and
Here is where the conspiracy enters in, in my opinion. I believe that the music industry segregates some really great songs that would actually be
quite popular into the category of "Alternative" in order to preserve their marketability for major corporations.
Because they don't play on mainstream Pop stations, corporations get to go out and pick these catchy tunes to brand their products with, before the
general public has identified the songs with something else.
The "alternative" bands lose out in radio play, but gain in corporate endorsement licensing fees.
I feel that radio play today is more controlled even than it was during the scandals of the 50s. I believe that true popular choice is dead, and that
by and large consumers are told what is popular, while certain really good tunes are virtually suppressed for corporate benefit.
Obviously, sometimes these tunes break free from their commercial attachments and become hits on their own. Many others, though, can never shake the
stigma of being seen as a jingle. Many of the artists, I feel, go along with this because they would rather get some money and be able to keep
playing, than be starving artists.
What say ye? Anyone else noticed this or have an opinion on the matter? Or am I the only one
edit on 9-2-2013 by notquitesure because: