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Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like Music/MichaelJackson and Music/{{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask Music/ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, Music/DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of UsefulNotes/TheBlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.

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Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} Creator/{{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like Music/MichaelJackson and Music/{{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask Music/ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, Music/DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of UsefulNotes/TheBlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.



It should also be noted that record labels aren't exactly what they used to be: they're more like corporations now. And there's only three major music companies: Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group (which recently merged with EMI). Then there's the fact A&R doesn't do much artist development anymore, or help create long careers; For instance, if you fail to garner high six figure sales in the first week or two, you're usually dropped like a hot potato. Records companies want immediate results; they have no time to actually build and grow artists' careers anymore. Some argue that the way the industry is set up now, legendary artists like Music/StevieWonder wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting signed today, let alone have a fledgling career. Lastly, labels don't help people record albums anymore: they only sign people who have already recorded professionally-done albums and release them. This is not impossible -- Music/JonathanCoulton does it in his basement -- but you still need amounts of time, ability, and money that a lot of people would find prohibitive.

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It should also be noted that record labels aren't exactly what they used to be: they're more like corporations now. And there's only three major music companies: Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Creator/SonyMusicEntertainment, Creator/WarnerMusicGroup, and Universal Music Group (which recently merged absorbed [=PolyGram=], then bought EMI and divided its assets with EMI).Warner). Then there's the fact A&R doesn't do much artist development anymore, or help create long careers; For instance, if you fail to garner high six figure sales in the first week or two, you're usually dropped like a hot potato. Records Record companies want immediate results; they have no time to actually build and grow artists' careers anymore. Some argue that the way the industry is set up now, legendary artists like Music/StevieWonder wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting signed today, let alone have a fledgling career. Lastly, labels don't help people record albums anymore: they only sign people who have already recorded professionally-done albums and release them. This is not impossible -- Music/JonathanCoulton does it in his basement -- but you still need amounts of time, ability, and money that a lot of people would find prohibitive.


Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like Music/MichaelJackson and Music/{{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask Music/ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, Music/DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.

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Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like Music/MichaelJackson and Music/{{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask Music/ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, Music/DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, UsefulNotes/TheBlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.


Younger artists are very susceptible to this trope. This is probably one of the reasons labels prefer younger artists: they're less well-versed in the ways of the business and easier to control. And it's likely the reason the industry focus on younger listeners. Older music buyers/listeners ''already know'' what they like and don't like, where as younger listeners [[GullibleLemmings can be ]]''[[GullibleLemmings told ]]''[[GullibleLemmings what to like]].

It should also be noted that record labels aren't exactly what they use to be, they're more like corporations now. And there's only three major music companies: Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group (which recently merged with EMI). Then there's the fact A&R doesn't do much artist development anymore, or help create long careers; For instance if you fail to garner high six figure sales in the first week or two, you're usually dropped like a hot potato. Records companies want immediate results; they have no time to actually build and grow artists' careers anymore. Some argue that the way the industry is set up now legendary artists like Music/StevieWonder wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting signed today, let alone have a fledgling career. Lastly, labels don't help people record albums anymore: they only sign people who have already recorded professionally-done albums and release them. This is not impossible--Music/JonathanCoulton does it in his basement--but you still need amounts of time, ability and money that a lot of people would find prohibitive.

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Younger artists are very susceptible to this trope. This is probably one of the reasons labels prefer younger artists: they're less well-versed in the ways of the business and easier to control. And it's likely the reason the industry focus on younger listeners. Older music buyers/listeners ''already know'' what they like and don't like, where as whereas younger listeners [[GullibleLemmings can be ]]''[[GullibleLemmings told ]]''[[GullibleLemmings be]] ''[[GullibleLemmings told]]'' [[GullibleLemmings what to like]].

It should also be noted that record labels aren't exactly what they use used to be, be: they're more like corporations now. And there's only three major music companies: Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group (which recently merged with EMI). Then there's the fact A&R doesn't do much artist development anymore, or help create long careers; For instance instance, if you fail to garner high six figure sales in the first week or two, you're usually dropped like a hot potato. Records companies want immediate results; they have no time to actually build and grow artists' careers anymore. Some argue that the way the industry is set up now now, legendary artists like Music/StevieWonder wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting signed today, let alone have a fledgling career. Lastly, labels don't help people record albums anymore: they only sign people who have already recorded professionally-done albums and release them. This is not impossible--Music/JonathanCoulton impossible -- Music/JonathanCoulton does it in his basement--but basement -- but you still need amounts of time, ability ability, and money that a lot of people would find prohibitive.


Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like MichaelJackson and {{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.

The second point, which tends to spark much less disagreement, is the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which deregulated American radio and allowed companies like ClearChannel to consolidate radio. This made it tougher to appeal to a niche, as commercial music had to be homogenized for an audience of 300 million Americans.

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Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like MichaelJackson Music/MichaelJackson and {{Madonna}}. Music/{{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask ElvisPresley, Music/ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, DavidBowie...Music/DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.

The second point, which tends to spark much less disagreement, is the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which deregulated American radio and allowed companies like ClearChannel Creator/ClearChannel to consolidate radio. This made it tougher to appeal to a niche, as commercial music had to be homogenized for an audience of 300 million Americans.



It should also be noted that record labels aren't exactly what they use to be, they're more like corporations now. And there's only three major music companies: Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group (which recently merged with EMI). Then there's the fact A&R doesn't do much artist development anymore, or help create long careers; For instance if you fail to garner high six figure sales in the first week or two, you're usually dropped like a hot potato. Records companies want immediate results, they have no time to actually build, and grow artists' careers anymore. Some argue that the way the industry is set up now legendary artists like StevieWonder wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting signed today, let alone have a fledgling career. Lastly, labels don't help people record albums anymore: they only sign people who have already recorded professionally-done albums and release them. This is not impossible--JonathanCoulton does it in his basement--but you still need amounts of time, ability and money that a lot of people would find prohibitive.

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It should also be noted that record labels aren't exactly what they use to be, they're more like corporations now. And there's only three major music companies: Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group (which recently merged with EMI). Then there's the fact A&R doesn't do much artist development anymore, or help create long careers; For instance if you fail to garner high six figure sales in the first week or two, you're usually dropped like a hot potato. Records companies want immediate results, results; they have no time to actually build, build and grow artists' careers anymore. Some argue that the way the industry is set up now legendary artists like StevieWonder Music/StevieWonder wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting signed today, let alone have a fledgling career. Lastly, labels don't help people record albums anymore: they only sign people who have already recorded professionally-done albums and release them. This is not impossible--JonathanCoulton impossible--Music/JonathanCoulton does it in his basement--but you still need amounts of time, ability and money that a lot of people would find prohibitive.prohibitive.
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Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like MichaelJackson and {{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course, since the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.

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Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like MichaelJackson and {{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course, since course the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.



It should also be noted that record labels aren't exactly what they use to be, they're more like corporations now. And there's only three major music companies: Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group (which recently merged with EMI). Then there's the fact A&R doesn't do much artist development anymore, or help create long careers; For instance if you fail to garner high six figure sales in the first week or two, you're usually dropped like a hot potato. Records companies want immediate results, they have no time to actually build, and grow artists' careers anymore. Some argue that the way the industry is set up now legendary artists like StevieWonder wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting signed today, let alone have a fledgling career. Lastly, labels don't help people record albums anymore: they only sign people who have already recorded professionally-done albums and release them. This is not impossible--JonathanCoulton does it in his basement--but you still need amounts of of time, ability and money that a lot of people would find prohibitive.

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It should also be noted that record labels aren't exactly what they use to be, they're more like corporations now. And there's only three major music companies: Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group (which recently merged with EMI). Then there's the fact A&R doesn't do much artist development anymore, or help create long careers; For instance if you fail to garner high six figure sales in the first week or two, you're usually dropped like a hot potato. Records companies want immediate results, they have no time to actually build, and grow artists' careers anymore. Some argue that the way the industry is set up now legendary artists like StevieWonder wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting signed today, let alone have a fledgling career. Lastly, labels don't help people record albums anymore: they only sign people who have already recorded professionally-done albums and release them. This is not impossible--JonathanCoulton does it in his basement--but you still need amounts of of time, ability and money that a lot of people would find prohibitive.


Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like MichaelJackson and {{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask ElvisPresley, TheBeatles, DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course, since the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.

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Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like MichaelJackson and {{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask ElvisPresley, TheBeatles, Music/TheBeatles, DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course, since the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.


It should also be noted that record labels aren't exactly what they use to be, they're more like corporations now. And there's only 4 major music companies: Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Group, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group. Then there's the fact A&R doesn't do much artist development anymore, or help create long careers; For instance if you fail to garner high six figure sales in the first week or two, you're usually dropped like a hot potato. Records companies want immediate results, they have no time to actually build, and grow artists' careers anymore. Some argue that the way the industry is set up now legendary artists like StevieWonder wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting signed today, let alone have a fledgling career. Lastly, labels don't help people record albums anymore: they only sign people who have already recorded professionally-done albums and release them. This is not impossible--JonathanCoulton does it in his basement--but you still need amounts of of time, ability and money that a lot of people would find prohibitive.

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It should also be noted that record labels aren't exactly what they use to be, they're more like corporations now. And there's only 4 three major music companies: Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Group, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group.Group (which recently merged with EMI). Then there's the fact A&R doesn't do much artist development anymore, or help create long careers; For instance if you fail to garner high six figure sales in the first week or two, you're usually dropped like a hot potato. Records companies want immediate results, they have no time to actually build, and grow artists' careers anymore. Some argue that the way the industry is set up now legendary artists like StevieWonder wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting signed today, let alone have a fledgling career. Lastly, labels don't help people record albums anymore: they only sign people who have already recorded professionally-done albums and release them. This is not impossible--JonathanCoulton does it in his basement--but you still need amounts of of time, ability and money that a lot of people would find prohibitive.


Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like MichaelJackson and {{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask ElvisPresley, TheBeatles, DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course YourMileageMayVary, since the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.

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Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like MichaelJackson and {{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask ElvisPresley, TheBeatles, DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course YourMileageMayVary, course, since the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.

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Music fans will often give two points for when the music industry became like this. The first is the rise of {{MTV}} and {{music video|Tropes}}s in TheEighties, which produced artists like MichaelJackson and {{Madonna}}. An artist's image was always important (just ask ElvisPresley, TheBeatles, DavidBowie...), but the visual medium of music video meant that they and others were defined ''primarily'' by their images, rather than just their music. This has been called the start of the music industry's equivalent of the BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood, one less about the music and more about the profits -- much more than usual, anyway. Of course YourMileageMayVary, since the music of the era, including the two artists named, is often well-regarded in spite or even ''because'' of the focus on image.

The second point, which tends to spark much less disagreement, is the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which deregulated American radio and allowed companies like ClearChannel to consolidate radio. This made it tougher to appeal to a niche, as commercial music had to be homogenized for an audience of 300 million Americans.

Younger artists are very susceptible to this trope. This is probably one of the reasons labels prefer younger artists: they're less well-versed in the ways of the business and easier to control. And it's likely the reason the industry focus on younger listeners. Older music buyers/listeners ''already know'' what they like and don't like, where as younger listeners [[GullibleLemmings can be ]]''[[GullibleLemmings told ]]''[[GullibleLemmings what to like]].

It should also be noted that record labels aren't exactly what they use to be, they're more like corporations now. And there's only 4 major music companies: Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Group, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group. Then there's the fact A&R doesn't do much artist development anymore, or help create long careers; For instance if you fail to garner high six figure sales in the first week or two, you're usually dropped like a hot potato. Records companies want immediate results, they have no time to actually build, and grow artists' careers anymore. Some argue that the way the industry is set up now legendary artists like StevieWonder wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting signed today, let alone have a fledgling career. Lastly, labels don't help people record albums anymore: they only sign people who have already recorded professionally-done albums and release them. This is not impossible--JonathanCoulton does it in his basement--but you still need amounts of of time, ability and money that a lot of people would find prohibitive.

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