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What has technology done to the ‘B’ side?

  • Written by Myron Mays

The recording industry is not the same as it was 30 years ago. As a matter of fact, the recording industry is not the same as it was 10 years ago, maybe even 5.


Just the other day, a colleague and I were talking about how the music industry has changed. We recalled a time when some of the greatest artists were discovered by accident. We remembered hearing of songs that became the biggest of hits when a DJ decided to turn the record over and the play the “B” side. You just don’t hear success stories like that anymore, do you?

The recording industry is not the same as it was 30 years ago. As a matter of fact, the recording industry is not the same as it was 10 years ago, maybe even 5. Remember when we mostly heard our music on the radio? Consumers have never had such variety of ways to get and listen to their music as they do now.

In the days of the MP3, we can listen to music on just about any device, such as MP3 players, iPods, iPads, cell phones, computers, CDs, as well as on the radio. The rise in technology has not only reinvented the way the music industry works, but it has tremendously affected the way radio works as well.

While technology is good, it can have its not-so-good points too. Ask yourself this, “Is music as good now as it was, let’s say 20 years ago? Of course it isn’t! Here’s why: image outweighs talent in today’s climate. Longevity does not matter as much as the present. Record labels primarily look for the next big thing. If it creates a buzz, they’re interested. No one is being groomed for the long haul anymore.

Who suffers? The consumer does, of course.

We don’t get quality; we get multiple artists who sound just alike. We don’t get a lot of variety; we get the same ten songs over and over again. And we wonder why iPods, iPads and digital downloads are more popular now than ever. This way, we get to hear the songs we really like, not the ones that are chosen for us to like. And certainly not the ones that are shoved down our throats hour after hour.

I am very thankful that there are independent artists who release their own music and do not rely on traditional record labels to do that for them. They are using avenues such as their own websites, iTunes and others. And in a lot of cases, the quality of independent music is a lot better, if you ask me. That’s partly because there’s not a system in place that scrutinizes the artist’s creativity.

Here’s good news. Because of this new technology, you still have options…many of them.

Eddie Griffin in Concert

Comedian Eddie Griffin is headed back to Memphis on 7th at the Cannon Center. The first time I got a chance to catch this guy in action, I was actually the host of the show. I met him backstage and we talked. The guy is just as funny backstage as he is in front of the crowd.

On the bill are other comedians such as Joe Torry, Teddy Carpenter, Antoine Blackman & V Mack. This one gets my full guarantee. Get your tickets by calling the Cannon Center Box Office at 901-576-1269.

The Isley Brothers, Kem and Fantasia

If there is an important man in your life, why not give him the gift of soul with a couple of tickets to check out The Isley Brothers, Kem and Fantasia in concert? This will make a Great Father’s day gift for someone!

The show will be at the Landers Center on June 16th. Get you tickets by contacting the Landers Center Box Office or all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com.

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