For fun, dream up some predictions regarding anything pertaining to the music industry: musicians, specific bands, recording trends, ownership, financials, live touring -- anything and everything.
Serious or funny -- doesn't matter.
Who will last? Who will celebrate 50 years in RnR many years from now? Can you picture a 70-year old Taylor Swift? She'll be doing al-rrright if she can hit the notes the way Chrissie Hynde still can, let alone Ann Wilson. Or will she be a mere footnote. (cue Zilla ...)
Any specific lyrics that haunt with regard to predictions re: the music industry?
In 2002, David Bowie made the following prediction in a NYT interview:
"I don’t even know why I would want to be on a label in a few years, because I don’t think it’s going to work by labels and by distribution systems in the same way.
The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it’s not going to happen.
I’m fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years, and authorship and intellectual property is in for such a bashing. NOTE: Copyright still exists but access to music defies it, to a certain extent.
Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity. So it’s like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You’d better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that’s really the only unique situation that’s going to be left. It’s terribly exciting. But on the other hand it doesn’t matter if you think it’s exciting or not; it’s what’s going to happen."
Bowie was ahead of the curve on all counts. You certainly don't need a label for visibility or to be discovered, for one. Youtube / the internet has taken care of that ... whether we like it or not.
Send out a few predictions. Rants, as always, are more than welcome.