Everyone who wants to play can play in the music industry. It doesn’t mean you’ll get paid for it. It doesn’t mean that you are entitled to be paid for it.
Creating art and finding connections with art happens at curious times for people. When we lived in the monoculture created by MTV, the chances were high for an artist to connect based on their music video being put on rotation.
How long those connections lasted was a different thing entirely?
And the system of the old legacy players would like to tell artists that if they don’t chart they don’t exist, but if you look at what’s in the streaming top 50 it doesn’t correlate to the Billboard charts top 50 or any other chart. And what was old and done is back again. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is back and so is “In The Air Tonight”. And the Black album outsells them all.
Previously the general viewpoint was that the artists new release was competing against other artists new releases for people’s attention. Now, the new release is competing against the whole history of recorded music for people’s attention.
It’s always been about longevity.
The first week numbers in 10 years are irrelevant, but whether you can last and sustain, is important.
How relevant are the first week numbers for Dokken, Quiet Riot, Skid Row, Ratt and White Lion today?
And there will be heirs of artists and failed artists who believe that someone else’s hit song is from an idea of theirs.
To quote Adam Grant, “Originality doesn’t mean being first, it means being different and better.”