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Old 29th May 2011
Since when has selling popular music been about authentic performances? Last time I checked it was about selling hit songs.

It's nice and all for performers to be the real thing. I respect and appreciate it. But I don't think for a moment that it's necessary to be the real thing in order to be a star. That's about hits. Hits and authentic performing ability are two very different topics altogether. There is no requirement that a person be both the real thing and a hit maker in order to be rewarded as a star or sell records.

I doubt that most people get into the music business because they want to be respected as true artists. Usually it's money and fame that attracts them, regardless as to whatever they might like for others to believe. That being the case, what should a rational person expect knowing that the game is about selling hits and the players are about making money and getting famous?