The emergence of manufactured pop and does it have a positive or negative impact on the industry? – Essay Plan

What is manufactured pop?

  • A manufactured pop artist/ band are usually created by a record company. They are created so that the companies make and keep most of the profit that is made from the artist’s music.
  • Examples of manufactured pop artists are one direction, spice girls, Leona Lewis as they have been created by record companies to make profit.
  • Talk about the conventions of a manufactured pop artist.
  • Do they have a positive or negative impact on the industry?
  • Are they what the audience prefers?

The power of television shows and reality television shows:

  • Television shows such as the X factor and the voice create manufactured pop artists.
  • These shows give us an insight on the process in which manufactured pop artists are created.
  • Many manufactured pop artists come from reality television shows. For example, Olly Murs, Leona Lewis, One Direction, Kelly Clarkson and Girls Aloud.
  • Do shows such as the X factor and the voice influence our choice in music?
  • What makes the shows so popular? Maybe mention Uses and Gratifications theory? Are the shows a positive or negative for industry?

Different manufactured pop artists:

  • Look at different manufactured pop artists and see how many of their singles/ albums have been sold.
  • What makes them so popular?
  • From this it could maybe give an idea of whether or not manufactured pop artists are a good or bad thing.

The power of institutions:

  • Have a look at the music companies and see what they control.
  • How much control they have over what we see?

Music companies:

  • Look at different music companies and see what types of artists they have. If they have any manufactured pop artist I will try and see how much money is made and how much profit the music companies make.
  • Also, look at the artists from different genres and see how much money they make and how much profit the companies make.
  • Compare the different artists.
  • Go and to talk about whether manufactured pop is a positive or negative thing for the industry.

Positive or negative thing for the industry:

  • Conclusion: I will talk about whether or not manufactured pop artists are positive or negative for the music industry and I will include facts and information to show whether or now it is a good or bad thing.

 

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8 thoughts on “The emergence of manufactured pop and does it have a positive or negative impact on the industry? – Essay Plan

  1. My immediate thought about this plan is where is the context…because, I’m sure it is quite obvious but easily forgotten–manufactured pop has been around since the dawn of time! I’m no expert but the Monkees were manufactured and there were 60s-70s, and they wouldn’t have been the earliest. You could probably say Lulu or Cilla were manufactured pop…so I think it’s important for you to research and understand for yourself what might be termed this idea. Most people associate it with the X Factor generation so it may be a key issue to raise about how long this has been going on for. Does Michael Jackson count as manufactured pop, for example…so, does it even matter?

    However, an interesting idea would be to track the media’s response to these things. It is true to say that artists such as these sell millions of records, so is that a bad thing–what is supposedly stifled by this?

    One aspect you could go into is the idea of commodity fetishism and how this stifles creativity; in our world of pick and mix, take it now non-loyalty, bands are signed and dropped as soon as they fail a little.

    you could consider the control that record labels supposedly have over the music industry, and if they therefore have a monopoly over cultural tastes etc. Research the charts and see if they all fall into the same categories, or the same record labels…see what you can come up with.

    Think about postmodernism to address the idea that none of it really matters anyway. No one cares…or do they? Are the same patterns repeated now regarding One Direction’s fans as there were for the Beatles in the 60s? And what does that tell us?

    Finally, your question is one awkward beast; it doesn’t even feel like a question. See if you can focus it into something more enticing for the reader!

    • bobbi14 says:

      Thank you, they have given me some information that I think I could include in my investigations! I was thinking of mentioning the monkees and informations about the boy bands in my work, what do you think?

      • I think boy bands in particular is a good idea since they all seem similar but different if you know what I mean? Especially like I said before about ones from different generations so 60s, 80s, 90s and contemporary

    • bobbi14 says:

      Thanks, its been really helpful. I was thinking of mentioning about the sex pistols in my first paragraph instead of one direction as the sex pistols seems to have a lot more to say about them?

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