Overall, the music industry encompasses the companies and individuals that make profit from music, whether it be through creating and selling live performances or making sound recordings and videos of songs. For that reason, I'm sorry to the readers who expected this article to talk about how the harmonica is the world's best selling instrument, or how Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest seven times. (Yes, you read that correct - the Eurovision Song Contest, not a drinking contest.
What this article aims to do is expose the facts and statistics that highlight the impact of the music industry worldwide, as well as the difficulties facing the industry over the past decade following the digital revolution. Furthermore, this article also aims to answer the question of why radio stations play the same playlists over and over again, as well as identify the challenges facing independent artists and how particular prominent pop and rap stars contribute to the sexualization of Western culture.
10 95% Of All Online Music Downloads Are Considered Illegal
9 The Average Musician Makes $23 For Every $1,000 In Music Sold
8 98.9% Of All Digital Music Tracks In Existence In 2011 Sold Fewer than 1,000 Copies
7 Apple's iTunes Store Is The Largest Music Retailer In The World
6 Revenue From Streaming Sources Outpaced Traditional CD Sales In The US For The First Time
5 The Music Market Is Controlled By Three Major Corporate Labels
4 Universal Music Group Had A Hand In 20 Of The Top 25 Charting Hip-Hop Singles In 2013
3 The United States Is The World's Largest Music Market
Ever turned on the radio and then immediately turned it off because the station is playing the exact same song it played yesterday and the day before at the exact same time? If so, well done, you're a human being.
1 The Stars Of The Music Industry Contribute Massively To The Sexualization Of Western Culture
There's literally an abundance of examples over the last decade of rap and pop tracks which include lyrics increasingly pertaining to promiscuity and the sexualization of women. Don't just take my word for it, pick and listen to three random songs by The Weeknd or Iggy Azalea, and you'll understand what I'm getting at. This point isn't too demonize the current pop stars - it's rather to highlight a simple statement of fact: increasingly, the lyrics in rap and pop refer to promiscuity and sex. As a result, young women listening to this music growing up are being taught by their role models to wear more revealing clothing and men are taught that it's okay to refer to women as "b--ches." Again, I'm not blaming the pop or rap stars, as many of them don't write their own lyrics and are paid to do what they do. Likewise, I'm not blaming the music industry, as sex sells in almost every industry. However, what I am claiming is that we shouldn't be surprised by the increasing sexualization and insecurity amongst young adults.
Sources: The Telegraph, Billboard, Music Business Worldwide, Future of Music
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