2016: The end of music


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David Bowie is one of the talented musicians to die early in 2016.

Eli Vaglica, Staff Writer

Bowie, Lemmy and a plethora of other musicians are dead or dying only a month into 2016.

I was not impressed by the music of 2015 and it’s disheartening to say, but good music seems to be dying along with it cherished stars. It won’t be long until we have to take this ol’ dog out back and… okay maybe that’s going too far. However, the lack of good music is getting to us all.

Prince, the passionate, well-known R & B and funk musician, feels that creativity is lacking for artists these days. If creative artists keep dying, then how will music survive if fewer and fewer creative artists are found?

Then again, who wants to work in a dying industry?

CJ McMahon, the former vocalist of Thy Art Is Murder, left a job that many believed he performed with superb finesse. Why did he leave you ask? He stated this as a main reason for leaving: “To put the finances into perspective for you, I/we [his fellow band mates] have earned between $16k-$18k each over 6-7 years.”

CJ has a fiancée, but he doesn’t really have the money to settle down. It would be extremely hard for anyone to live on that salary.

Now, I understand that this is a metal band, which isn’t the most popular genre of music, so reasonably they would make less money. However, this is one of the most popular deathcore bands. I believe that the industry is robbing the artists, who are already suffering from piracy of their music, making it even harder for the music industry to have the money to find talented artists.

How can we stop the death of the music industry and almost every facet of artistry? Pay for the industries of entertainment you support. It’s as simply put as that, but not so easily done. Internet sharing and the low amount of penalties for piracy have brought the music industry to its knees. It’s extremely easy to just download a song from an artist you love and just as easy to bring an end to their life’s work as well.