Very true. I am writing fiction in an attempt to create manga with some friends. Although it's not necessarily community knowledge for the advancement of society, I still know that I'm drawing a lot of my ideas from my personal experiences and the anime and manga that I've seen and read in my life.
I've learned how to tie up endings and how to create suspense. I've learned what some would say is the formula to progressing certain aspects of characters using similar devices from other works of fiction. If authors and publishers lock down those devices/formulas, then I'm sure I'd come up with new ways to accomplish those tasks; however, there would be a lot of failures before hitting on something that was sure to entertain or maybe even make sense.
What nice fresh music? Granted, I'm not big on US music, but I do own a radio and I haven't heard _anything_ nice or fresh coming out of US radio stations. It's all real garbage. Same back beats and same melodies recycled a billion times with nothing new. What is nice and fresh about that?
Disclaimer: I grew up in the 80's and 90's when music was changing constantly, and it's really seemed to stagnate as far as I'm concerned, for the types of music that I enjoy.