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NASHVILLE COMES CLEAN: WE GIVE RECORD DEALS TO EVERYONE
June 18 2009
Nashville, TN – Like all areas of show business, music has never been very easy in which to get a break. Years of playing grimy clubs for little money, rejected demo tape after rejected demo tape, and seemingly insurmountable climb to even get heard break even the most robust of wills. For those who do break through signing the deal
is only the first step, one which many fail to follow. For those who do manage to put music out into the world the stress still does not end with pressure to gain and repeat success constantly one their mind.
Of course things are different in Nashville.
Nashville has always been set aside from music centres such as Los Angeles and New York. An entire city and industry dedicated to a single genre of music, one that they have gained a stranglehold upon and pushed to totally unexpected heights. Now one of the most popular forms of music there is no denying that Country music has become one of the most sought after industries to be a part of and now Nashville officials have admitted that it is much easier than previously thought. The reason for that is the revelation that contracts are given to anyone who asks.
“Look, this is off the record but it’s been a long held open secret that a music contract in Nashville is easier to get than a Big Mac. Basically if you show up with a guitar they just hand a contract over the desk and you have a deal. You still need to perform of course but this country and so not all that difficult,” said an insider who preferred to remain anonymous. “Most executives just have stack of pre-made contracts in their office and they just slide it across the desk ready to sign. From there you are ushered into meet an A&R guy and by the end of the day you are in the recording studio. They’ve always tried to keep it quiet to avoid an onslaught of contracts but everyone in the city knows the deal.”
Executives from major record companies throughout the city have insinuated as much in the past but it has never been explicitly declared.
“Country music has enjoyed incredibly success over the last thirty years even while
other genres were starting and dying. They have outlived so many other musical genres and gotten more and more popular as time has gone on which completely defies logic. Other music executives have always been a little jealous of that and more than a little suspicious but now we know the truth,” said Scrape TV Music analyst Dylan Chambers. “I mean they thrived through the Randy Travis era which baffled just about everyone and only continued to grow. The common thinking was that country fans were simply less intelligent than average people but now we know the truth; by giving contracts to everyone they are practicing Darwinian principles and allowing the cream to rise to the top and at the same time breaking down peoples objections.”
Critics of the genre have often derided the banality of the genre especially in comparison to forerunners such as Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline.
“By flooding the market with content they have so confused the issue of quality music that people will buy and genuinely feel they love music that no rational person would consider listening to; they have destroyed taste entirely. Much the same has happened to Hip-Hop in recent years, which proves that the traditional music industry has gleaned some lessons from Nashville,” continued Chambers. “Nothing else would explain careers of groups like Rascal Flatts or Dierks Bentley. They got their start with start with this Crack Jack contract mentality but they had their success because people like Randy Travis and Ricky Skaggs paved the way and eroded any last elements of taste.”
Reportedly major music labels are considering a similar contract system to allow for the new generation of artists like T-Pain and Linkin Park.