The music industry has been an interesting phenomenon for the past fifty years or so, their lucrative contracts as aspirational rites of passage and are rarely questioned, especially with so many close ties to the rest of the media industry, offer a steady stream of distraction for advertising agencies.
Record companies are well known for brokering a deal with artists formerly known as individuals, who sign an agreement in return for recording studio time and orchestrated promotions they own a stream of revenue from a person or groups actions.
Advances on album deals tie artists to labels and whilst the monetary gain for the individual is great, the cost of being expected to perform and the record becomes a cruel charade, leading to a circus where the selected performer is celebrated playing a captive role.
Some celebrities dare to speak about such coercive environments and how when they are no longer making money they’re expected to sell products and services for well-connected industries. Robbie Williams took £80million from EMI and never really built on previous successes, did this result in him performing at private weddings for Russian Oligarchs, in a world of transparent accounting it would be possible to know such facts.
What makes this phenomenon interesting is the powre that is currently held by the media. The Recording Companies are an integral part of the media world and therefore protected from undue scrutiny. The executives who preside over the lives of celebrities, performers and artists rarely enter the press. Without awareness of the way industries are run is a hindrance, without transparency they could be control vast sways of public attention. There can only be security in transparency. Until then the opaque world will carry on managing the herd, allowing it to be anything but rebellious.