NPR Article on Making a Hit Song

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by dvdhawk, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known 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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