In reply to Tom Hendricks.
While the majority of what you say is true, there’s a factor you didn’t mention – the consumer. People are a lot different now than they were 20 years ago. Music is looked at differently, and thought of much differently. Without those promoted artists, there would be no industry. There would be a sea of content and mostly unknown artists clawing to get any notice. Most of the music that is made is crap and not worthy of promotion or an offer for commerce.