Popular music – who deems it as such? The people? I most certainly have never participated in any sort of “vote” about which tunes I find particularly catchy. No one in a fancy suit has asked for my opinion, ballot, hand count, text message vote or otherwise. So, being snubbed, I will have make the assumption that the music industry surprisingly does not function like a cheerful apple-pie democracy but instead like a festering fascist dictatorship bent on musical dilution and degradation. And who sits at the head of this fat itchy monstrosity? The looming, ever-present death-sentencing Billboard Magazine. And it has done so since 1958.
53 years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was created to compile artists who were doing very well with both airplay on the radio, jukeboxes and in music stores. They were ranked accordingly and published every week. Seems like a great way to reward the most musically talented, right? Well, maybe 53 years ago. In 2011, this may not be the case. Commercial radio in the US weeds out new and potentially talented artists in exchange for those who can bring in cash. Programs like iTunes and Mediafire feed off of those numbers, assigning higher amounts of relevance to those Top 40 musicians. The more downloads you have, the better chance you have of being heard on the radio. Goodness gracious, it’s like a musical ping-pong match that requires a nose job and big hair.