I came across a post on Seths Blog about popular versus good.
This is what the post says;
They’re not the same.
We often strive to have both, but that’s unlikely. The price of having one almost certainly involves losing the other. We often end up compromising something to get both and fail.
Better to have one than neither.
What are your thoughts when it comes to music?
Bands break through and become popular because they created a song or an albums worth of songs, which connected with enough people, to make those songs popular.
The labels had no idea what would become popular, because it’s a personal connection between fan and artist. So they kept putting money towards new content.
“Slippery When Wet” became a popular album.
Based on the post, does that mean it’s not good?
The label, the producers and management would have been happy if the album went Gold in the U.S.
But instead of selling 500,000 copies, it moved 12 plus million in the U.S.
Or does the post try to highlight the situation that after an artist becomes popular, it’s the follow up album which tries to recapture the zeitgeist and compromises on the good, in order to remain popular.