Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
Don't Stop Believin' outsells most current stuff. I dunno...how golden is it if nobody is listening?
And I know someone is going to point out that sales don't mean anything, but they do to a certain degree because it measures audience.
It's the Dinsoaur, Jr thing: it's supposedly awesome, nobody knows who they are (I quite like them, incidentally).
I've been reading that Grantland series I linked to earlier in the thread, and the fifth part on Metallica had a fact that just blew me away:
The Black Album sold 110,000 copies in 2012 alone, which is better than all but a handful of contemporary rock bands.
It's not unfair to point out that sales don't mean anything anymore though, Dom. People don't consume music in the same format as they did 20 years ago. Album sales as a whole are significantly down. If the music industry is lucky, people buy songs one at a time online. Most of them are pirated. Others are like me, and consume 90% of their music through online streaming services like Spotify (those don't show up in record sales).
So why is it a Golden Age? Because for $10 per month, I have at my fingertips all music that was ever recorded, including from your beloved 1960s and 1970s, in addition to an infinite amount of music being recorded today. Anybody can record their music. There are no barriers. How awesome is that?