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They say sex sells. Any publicity is better than none. With artists that are mega talented the ones who've really blown up brought something else to the table. With hundreds of thousands of songs from top artists that struggle to receive any rotation on the radio, it's clear more is needed to make it.
Top artist like Kip Winger have written and recorded hundreds of songs. He's a award winning composer in the movie industry. He's been on tour or living in a music studio most his life.
Releasing albums over the years it's shocking to see at one time he was a worlds best featuring songs like "Seventeen" and numerous other hits that sold millions of albums.
His voice is a wolds best, he's considered a sex symbol in multiple countries. Reads and writes music. Band line ups have been noted as some of the best in the industry. Kip Winger and Reb Beach Teamed up to write and perform some of the best rock songs of the ages.
So it's clear there is a Music Industry. A music business that controls what images people feel is popular and how we spend our money is a powerful force. With Indie artists breaking out daily making appearances on Prime time talk shows receiving heavy rotation on the radio. It's good to see that the music can be part of the equation but is it?
It's clear Kip winger will find the top of the charts again. I'm a big fan of his music and his talent. What's mind blowing is his recent albums are worth of major radio play and I can't wait till he get's the respect he should receive.
Maybe the industry churns and turns new artists making profit off the next big thing and could care less about talent. Maybe we love a good story or a sexy look to an artist before we become a fan. What is it that makes a band the greatest.
Is it really about throwing a TV of the balcony or trashing you hotel room like so many Rock stars did. For the price of a few thousands bucks to the media attention from trashing a hotel room is well worth it.
So is it a vibe? Is it being cool, out spoken or out of your mind crazy that garners the publicity needed to take your music to the next level.
One thing is clear music is part of our culture. Men who look like groupies dads are scoring woman they normally would have to pay for if they weren't famous. The power of being on TV, Millions of fans that follow your every tweet.
With half the songs sampled or using drum machines it begs to wonder do we really care anymore about the music. Look at the Jersey shore for example they are rock stars but what did they do? They do what you do every weekend but due to the being featured on TV they are considered Famous.
Country music is well known for hit mills where artists openly don't even write their own music. Do you think this turns people off that the artist is really just a Karaoke singer? Hell no, in fact the small handful of billion dollar producers in the industry have never written a hit song in their life but constantly remain at the top of the charts.
So it don't matter if a person actually plays an instrument. It don't matter if you wrote the song. Since there are thousands of great songwriters and musicians not being heard on the radio for various reasons. The question remains what really matters anymore music.
With web sites selling beats, peroxide and cool aide costing less than a buck to change your look. Anyone with a reasonable voice can buy and trick their way to the top. That's right buy a fake tattoo, turn your hair pink, paint your face orange. Make up some crazy story and you to will be at the top of the music industry.
The genius of those that have created an Image that sold them millions of records is rarely talked about. Everyone kisses the top artists asses hoping to sell another magazine, commercial or whatever they are selling. Truth is saying something bold and stupid is better than having actual talent and that's sad.
It's sad to think shock is more important than talent. With an industry that helps it's own, it's clear that half the spots filled are friends of friends.
After that you have ten million artists, bands, singer songwriters shooting for the same spot. It's ugly but the days of music making real moments is dwindling.
A recent trend is for Music reviewers to post tweet like reviews. Guitar players who are on the top billboard charts that can't play a guitar solo. If you a pretty face and wish to become a product you may become the next star the world buy's into. Clear to see why the industry likes them young because the contracts of new artists can be very one sided.
With artist giving away their publishing rights, ownership of the masters and a slew of other rights. It's sad to see some make a bad choice to in the name of fame. To give away what should have been there's due to their lack of understanding driven by youth is sad but life moves on.
So fame what's needed? Networking would be a good place to start. A gimmick is required, one that's makes you stand out more than anyone. Action is another part of the equation as record labels of today require that you are in demand and profitable.
Where are the days of the music mattering? I've heard a few hundred bands as of late that remind me of the day's of old but if this trend continues with a culture loose it's ability to know what good music is?
With software programs improving each month. It's easy to see the artist of tomorrow will be a Simon Cowell lilke person who pushes some buttons and never once played a lick in their life. These robo artist will make millions pushing buttons and it's really sad to imagine that.
With music being watched more than listened to what's next? Will actors become the next rock stars? Will music evolve to be some 14 year old kid in a room pushing buttons like a monkey. Will a stupid video made cleverly become the launching pad of the stars of tomorrow.
Unfortunately with cell phones becoming the new lap top. The public will watch the songs they heard about from a friend. The viral factor is a trend that's here to stay. Millions of people that are following whatever someone thought was cool will be the reason people like a song.
Is that what our worlds become a world full of human robots that like what everyone else likes? I think the Like button has stuck in peoples minds to much! It's OK to like something your friends don't but "Generation like" will create stars of the future that don't have a shred of talent but will the public really care?
Of course they won't care, they don't already. It's clear that whatever sells will be what's promoted. What's promoted will be what's liked. What's liked will become viral. What's viral will become famous And people will then become fans of.
Music listeners of the future will enjoy live streaming shows on their Cell phones. That's right snuggle up and enjoy the concert on your cell phone how sad. The day's of people getting together or a Rock Concert will be a thing of the past. Can you imagine telling your grand child how it was to attend a live concert wow!
I don't know what will replace the human urge to see a band live in concert but if you asked musicians in 1960 if they thought there would be a day when computers would write all the music, they would think your crazy. Crazy is what I think we are today but thank god I hopefully won't live to see the day. So if the computer programs and Gimmicks are the Rock stars of tomorrow they can have it!