The state of today's music industry is forcing listeners to accept trendy sing-a-longs that are repeated constantly on the radio. I'll admit that I'm caught up in the craze. Can you blame me? We (you included) have created a supply and demand type of relationship between artist and fan. But, there is a reciprocating effect.
How do we decide what's hot and what's not when record sales don't really suffice for the actual quality of a song? In hindsight, lyrical content. A song can be lyrically enticing with a beat that supports its message while still lacking the ability to sell.
What causes this? The answer is downloading. Illegal downloading that is. Within its realm lies an unforeseen method and a logical tendency. Why pay for something that's free? Not a rhetorical question at all, however when your favorite artist is not able to reap the benefits of hard work who's to blame?