The Music Industry Is Going Downhill

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Over the decades, music has evolved — past the point of return in some cases — and is slowly declining in quality. The music industry has “run out of ideas” and is producing repetitive, louder songs than in the past. According to a blog on menga.net: you could find some good popular music in the 70s, 80s, and even 90s, but now it is repetitive and popular music no longer holds as deep of meaning in lyrics as back then. It is all cheating, inappropriate, or “culture” of some sort. The main reason you think you’ve heard a song before is most likely because you have! This trend is such a repetitive beat in the music industry that it even includes grabbing samples from other songs to create a “new” popular song.

Now, why is pop music so bad? According to an article by mic.com, “there isn’t just a crisis of money in the industry – there’s a crisis of equity.” Listeners are hooked on more of the same as its stated; they tend to prefer songs that are similar. Familiar sounds are comforting and easier to process in our minds, so we are more drawn toward them. Once a song is played enough, our brains tend to hook on that song and songs similar; allowing people to gain popularity with less genuine talent. With that, the money issue comes into play. Currently, the top 1% of artists earn 77% of all revenue for recorded music. That means the other 99% shares that last 23%, allowing very little profit for starters. However, there is hope for them. If they happen to get a big-name label or band to start talking about them, they can raise in fame.

According to BBC using sources of five different studies, pop music has gotten slower in tempo from 1950 to 2010. The music is now simpler and louder than it was previously, backed by a study in which they took music from 1955 to 2010 and concluded that music doesn’t use as many key changes, and the sound has been getting louder at a rate of about one decibel per 8 years. The research also noted that song lyrics have also become more antisocial, angry, and self-centered. (containing more of the word I) A survey of 1,017 adults on their music tastes racked up 42% of music tastes for the 2010s alone! Of 18-29 year olds, the same survey was conducted resulting in 43% liked the past 30 years of music more than the 2010s. The last point that BBC has to offer is the repetitiveness of the newer pop songs. A test was done using the LZV1 data compression algorithm, which eliminates repeats in data to compress, showing that pop songs from 2014 compress 22% more than songs from the 1960s, this is the most repetitive know so far.

Overall there is several different places which back up the point that pop music is getting even worse. The music industry is slowly on the decline and we need to be aware. Last but not least, to any songwriters or singers in the Liberty HS community, keep doing what your doing and don’t give up! You can make it!