Why do you think record labels call them “artists”?

AI lets anyone emulate their favorite artists. Artists aren’t happy about it, and even if artistes are happy, their fans can’t enjoy their recordings, as all they hear is an “artist” voice. How many times have you seen something like this?

For instance:

“What do you think you’re doing?”

“Oh, I’m making a remix for the beat that you don’t want to hear!”

“Well, that’s great for you, but what about me?”

I hear it all the time. I’ve even seen it when a composer does a remix for a vocalist, for example. What about the artist? I’ve even seen an artist, in a recording session, say to the composer, “You’re not making a remix of me; you’re making a remix of Bob Dylan.”

This is how record labels operate. They’re not making music, they’re making product. They get artists to sign away their rights, and then they label a song as a “tribute,” or a “cover,” or whatever. The product of this, which is a remix of “The Who’s” “Happy Jack” by the English band “Stereo Magic,” is a hit called “Stereo Magic’s Best in Show.”

I don’t know how this happens. I certainly don’t like it. I don’t like the way record labels treat artists. They don’t like these artists, they just love to label them. Why do you think record labels call them “artists”? Not “artists” as in “music artists.” They say “artists” because they really don’t like who the artists are. What they are is producers.

In fact, the whole point of record labels was to produce “artists.” You could make a lot of money if you would just produce artists. You get the artist to buy the song, then give him the recording he paid for. If a record label puts out a “hit” record, it’s called a radio hit, and it sells like hotcakes on the radio, but it doesn’t sell in the stores because no one has ever heard of the artist.

The first rule of record distribution is this: you’re only as good as

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