Originally Posted by Toilet & Bowels
Although i would have thought due to the decline of the major record labels pop's current 1% are comparatively less popular than who ever was most popular 20 or 30 years ago. Even if the focus of the mainstream is more narrow.
Major record labels are doing fine and own huge shares of publicly traded streaming services. They're adapting. The labels aren't going to let themselves suffer, no matter what. Artists are not as fortunate, and I think you're right that even the most popular artists are really nowhere near the level of previous generations. Taylor Swift is setting YouTube records, but she's no Pink Floyd, let alone Beatles, even in a purely dollars and cents way. She's not even an Nsync.