Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Still On Top of Their Game?
Queen Latifah told Billboard Magazine that she’s working on a hip-hop album after a nearly decade-long absence from rap. And Salt-N-Pepa will star in their own VH1 reality show next year documenting their reuniting attempts.
Can they do it again?
But I’m assuming that they are (hopefully) grounded enough to realize that. which is why I’m thinking their idea of success this time around is different.
And it’s about time.
Success in this industry has to be defined in new ways. It can’t just be about album sales and awards anymore. Especially considering that hip-hop sales are pretty much garbage right now – there weren’t even five hip hop albums released last year that went double platinum. And God only knows when was the last time that awards went to the person they should have gone to.
With music success eventually demanding a new definition, how will artists determine if they made it?
What is success in the music industry now? Especially for artists past their prime or those that don’t appeal to the main music-buying audience? And for people who refuse to be defined by the status quo?
Gene is a journalist in Phoenix. Check him out at YBPguide.com.