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NPR Article on Making a Hit Song

Discussion in 'Recording' started by dvdhawk, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Moderator Resource Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    Even with the changes in the way music is sold /distributed, some things haven't changed since Alan Freed was "spinnin' the platters that matter" in the 50's according to this NPR article I just read:

    How Much Does It Cost To Make A Hit Song?

    Of course 'payola' is illegal and doesn't exist - but "Treating the radio guys nice." and envelopes full of cash aren't even closely guarded secrets.

  2. philter1

    philter1 Active Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Manchester, England.
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    This is why the pop chart is full of sh1te. Puerile songs get played constantly. This is for one artist (and I use the term lightly) only, there are at least another ten that get the same treatment. It's ridiculous really, there are genuinely talented musicians out there not getting a look in because of this payola thing. The music channels on TV are exactly the same. Depressing :(

    Thanks for the link :cool:
  3. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    What I think is even more depressing...nowhere in the article, or the list of costs, are 'musicians' mentioned in "The Cost to Make a Hit Song".

    Maybe that explains the pathetic state of todays uninspired, bland, repetitous songs on radio?


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