I should add that yes, there will be a few that break through each year and gain some real visibility. But it has always been that way. The old barrier used to be the record labels "screening process".
The new barrier is the sheer volume of musical competition.
This will be a good thing for the listeners, as long as good filters exist for them to find the music they enjoy among the avalanche of available free music.
I've been following Suzanne Lainson's views, and I think fundamentally her views of the new music market realities make a lot of sense.
The primary issue is this: fantastically capable music recording technology and the Internet's ability to put your music on the Worldwide Web has created a HUGE avalanche of music that is appealing to the average listener.
Artists are now in a hyper-competitive race to gain those listeners' attention.
I expect that within a few more years, most mainstream artists will understand that they must create music only for the pleasure of it, and won't be expecting to be earning a living from recording and sale their music, or heir live performances.
Those who can find a niche where there is not such a HUGE supply of music may be able to make a living from it...unless more artists come into that space and create a huge supply again.
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