Somebody read my comment that there were only 5 musicians left. Bieber, Swift, Perry, Gaga, and Beyonce (*see below). They commented that it was the same with Elvis, or the Beatles in their day. Here’s my reply:
Same as Elvis and the Beatles? No. Both were major sensations in rock and roll and were very very big, but far from one of 5 (or far from 3 conglomerate record companies controlling 80% of the business: Universal, Sony, Warners).
Actually Broadway show tune albums did as well as rock albums, AND Elvis was not alone or part of 5, he was part of all rock and roll artists and there were thousands. And the Beatles ushered in the British invasion of hundreds plus thousands and thousands that formed a rock band after 1964. During those years there were all kinds of music too, soul music including Motown, bossa nova, MOR (Sinatra, Como, etc.) Broadway Soundtracks, healthy jazz and classical music releases, and country artists. Then too folk music was big, and on and on. Now it’s just 5 or so. Not even 5 types of music, but 5 musicians.
*Music and the music business, has been reduced to 5. These 5 get more media attention than all the other musicians in the world, combined. Corporate music has marginalize the best of the rest into footnotes. It has been decreed by the suits that you will not have any real career in music unless you are Beyonce, Beiber, Gaga, Perry, or Swift.
First Tier: Beyonce, Beiber, Gaga, Perry, or Swift.
Second Tier: 1D, JT, and Miley
Third Tier: Rhianna, Britney, Selena, Carrie, and the flavor of the day musician.
(Note we run out of major stars very quickly)
Fourth Tier: Thousands of good musicians outside corporate music – often as good or better.
Hunkasuarus = One standard guitar, one voice, and one revolution.
Never in history have 5 musicians got more press than all the rest. Never in history has the music business been mostly 3 companies (Universal, Warners, Sony). Never in history has the major media companies owned the music companies too. Now that’s music news every media should be covering!