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Pop music vs. Rock. Do people care about music anymore?
I recently read an interesting post on NME.com that outlines in pictures “50 unbelievably depressing facts about music“. The title did exactly what it was set out to do, it made me unbelievably depressed. The article outlined such facts as:
“In the US, the cast of Glee has had more songs in the charts than the Beatles.”
“Jack Johnson has sold more records (18 million) than The Strokes, Arcade Fire, MGMT and The Smiths combined.”
…and so on. This got me thinking, ‘do people actually care about music anymore?’ or is music designed for a single serve purpose where people buy a track from an artist off iTunes and the relationship with that artist ends there. Could this be true? Is there no connection with artists anymore? We live in a time when there is an abundance of pop music (it’s everywhere), while rock has become a niche that you actually have to go out and look for. I’m not a member of the music industry by any means, but the abundance of pop music clearly demonstrates how the music industry is operating now. Big labels are looking for the next ‘big thing’ so they can sell it, and sell it quickly and move on to the next ‘big thing’. Artists aren’t encouraged to develop their fan base, their sound, and their careers anymore and it’s clearly demonstrated in some of the facts from the NME post. How can Il Divo sell 20 million more records than Foo Fighters?
There is something wrong with this.
As much as I like technology, I really think it has destroyed the development of music. People have the technology to consume music so quickly now that they are looking for something new, and new within minutes. Artists don’t have the time to inject their music and vision into their audiences anymore, therefore the quality of music will keep depreciating and depreciating until we have ‘artists’ like LMFAO flooding all the airwaves. On the flip-side of the coin, technology has allowed garage bands and young artists to record and put out their own music without the influence of major labels. This (in my mind) and independent labels is the only hope left for the future of non-pop music.