On Last Decade’s Music

The end of the year, and especially the end of the decade has brought all sorts of analysis, hangwringing, and speculation about the ills of the music business and what (if anything) might be done to address them. Personally, I’m rather fond of Joshua M. Brown’s “Why are People Buying Less Music? Because the Music Business Sucks”:

“That’s why the top album sellers of the decade were a fake pop product/trainwreck, a 60’s group with only two of four members still alive and a couple of cowboys. Congratulations American Idol (and everyone who watches it), you succeeded in making everything suck.”

While there are undoubtedly other factors as well, I think his basic take is sound.

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