Over time I have had many conversations with music artists and bands about commercial music, which often results in them disclosing their disdain and hatred of computer. Some make reference to Pop music ("Pop," as with what's popular now) as commercial music.
Others think about anything that receives heavy rotation on radio as commercial music. Whatever their definition, one thing can often be overlooked: commercial music will be the heart of the music business which pumps the blood that keeps it alive.
So why then are so many artists resistant to making commercial music? A better solution that we're often given is that they wouldn't like to "sell-out" their creative integrity by conforming with a industry sort of what's popular (i.e. what's selling currently). It becomes very obvious in my opinion how the concern is not commercial music, but the perception and meaning of it.
The misunderstanding is the music industry created this superficial concept of commercial music to remove the artistry and true identity of artists with regards to making money; forcing artist to make songs that the "masses" will love. That fallacy is often perpetuated by performers that are usually incapable (not unwilling) of making commercially viable songs. The truth is the public, not the, dictates precisely what is commercial, and then for decades they have gravitated towards, embraced, and purchased songs that stick to a commercial music format.
If commercial music could be the rule for fulfillment and purchasers in the record companies, you'll find inevitably going to be some exceptions to it, however, the tendency is for artists to try and ended up being the exception, as an alternative to observing the policies and why they exist.
In other words: the policies of commercial music success have never, and will not change. Not in your lifetime time or maybe your children's lifetime. They exist since it is to reject the unfamiliar; inside the record companies, similarity is the cornerstone of acceptance. That is why countless popular songs sound similar and contain familiar elements.
It's really a rule which is prevalent in every single genre, and also on every continent. You will find those artists who do a masterful job of observing their particular artistic values while delicately balancing the strain for commercial music by industry professionals. Artists for example Prince, Sting and Bjork, have pushed the envelope of creativity for years. But artists of these caliber who possess such sublime talent and vision are rare.
For the sake of clarification and argument, I'll offer my explanation and industry concept of what commercial music is; based on Two-and-a-half decades of playing recordings being a music lover, music business professional, and music critic. They are songs which have the next:
1.) A solid HOOK/MEMORABLE CHORUS.
If no person knows what your song is termed, they can not request it once they see it about the radio. More to the point, they can't purchase it at retail...or track it down on the web to illegally download a copy from it.
2.) GOOD MELODY.
Commercial music is seen as an good melodies (i.e. verses, choruses, and often bridges that will get stuck in mind and make you need to sing-along). So what can the top selling hip-hop acts from the last 10 years (Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Eminem, and 50 Cent) attribute their success to? Good melodies (not cool beats) that improve the commercial valuation on their music.
Coming from an R&B background where producers are a pivotal part of commercial music success, I did not realize until I came to be a specialist that lots of rock bands don't utilize, nor value producers like R&B music acts. Perhaps they should since the record company often assigns top-notch producers to enhance the standard of songs (through their musical expertise) and enrich the records (through their experience and proficiency from the recording process), ultimately causing them to be more enjoyable to listen to and, you guessed it...more commercial!
4.) APPEALING LYRICS.
The lyrics must not be profound; people just have to manage to emotionally connect with and mentally relate with them. When you have a way of saying common things in an uncommon way, your lyrics may have a benefit over the songwriter whose song is among the same topic. Reveal what's nearest your heart for credibility and sincerity, among others are able to relate with your songs - particularly if it's over a material they know and have
5.) Maintain it SHORT.
Maintain the amount of your songs into no more than four minutes. Jazz and World Music are exceptions. An audio lesson which is well-written makes people desire to hear it again, and again, and again. The longer the song is, the more unlikely which will happen. Don't believe me? Look into the length of your selected songs.
Most outstanding vocalists in many cases are astonished at how low this rule is available. In fact there are more mediocre songs carried out by outstanding vocalists, than you'll find mediocre vocalists performing outstanding songs. A good song which is well-performed makes an edge, but if the song is lacking, all the yelling and vocal acrobatics that singers often use to make up because of it will not turn it into a better song...although it might help the singer to draw better songwriters to utilize. In case you lack talent and it's really a very good song, someone more talented can (and definately will) sing the song and earn it better.
You now understand the 6 rules of commercial music success, hopefully you'll be able to utilize these records to your great advantage and create songs that may enhance your chances of success within your professional music endeavors...additionally, you can ignore them and strive to wonder why no person (besides your friends and relations - all of these hear commercial music) as if your songs.