Stop Giving Us Those Made-up Stars

Album sales in the UK fell by 4% in 2002 and music sales dropped by 13% in the first quarter of 2003. What’s the cause? Some blame music downloading. But others blame recording companies who manufacture stars rather than creating artists. “Economically it’s much easier for a record company to sign one pretty young male or female, give them some songs, put them out there, and get a very fast return on their investment.”