Many claim the music of yesterday is far superior than that of today. I agree – and this coming from a modern day musician. I’m influenced by the music I grew up on and am trying to capture those same emotions. Further, a lot of today’s music isn’t written by the performing artist (see Max Martin, Diane Warren, etc.). However, some artists do perform their own material and they have my respect. But are they as good as the music of the past?
After seeing the tweet, I thought about it and realized it’s not all that surprising. At face value, Metallica’s fan base may outnumber Korn, In This Moment and Alice in Chains combined. The The Black Album was certified 16× platinum and many aren’t buying full albums anymore – especially modern day releases. After 22 years of digesting all songs from the album, it’s not surprising many want the entire thing as about 1/2 the songs were released as singles.
In today’s music industry, the game has changed. Fading is the full album release but yet vinyl sales are increasing. Ratings are dwindling for reality music competitions yet audition lines are miles long. Who knows where this will lead. For now, all we can do is continue writing, performing and hoping for a change – just like Korn, In This Moment and Alice In Chains.