What makes music popular?

Is it the quality of the music? The opinions of the people listening?

Probably not.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/radio-stations-hit-pay-for-play-867825/

It adds a detail that might explain why there are so many country music stations in a genre which maybe isn’t that popular.

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7 Responses to What makes music popular?

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    Do you think rolling Stone takes cash to promote music?

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    There is a change to the advanced search page
    https://streamingradioguide.com/streaming-radio.php

    There is the ability to search by syndicator, but up until now that really only meant for talk radio. Now, for instance you could say show me stations that are using Jack FM for their music selection. However, the syndicated music part of radio is somewhat obfuscated. Most radio stations probably do not want to educate their listeners to the fact that they have no local employees for most of the day, they are using voice tracking and just milk the revenue stream, and pretend to be a local station.

  3. JayMar says:

    I think what passes today for music is not really music. To me it’s just caterwauling. Some lyrics are totally meaningless and it requires a psychologist to translate it (21 Pilots, for example). Personally all I listen is talk radio. The oldies bring memories I much rather forget.

  4. I like that auto racing great Roger Penske now owns Rolling Stone.

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