The AP Poll
Contrary to the doom purveyors who have been predicting the downfall of the music industry ever since the word "MP3" was first uttered, the business of music is still alive, and artists are indeed still selling records. Sure, the parameters of what makes a record "successful" have changed, but teenagers still buy CDs--at online retailers, their local Walmart and Target and the band's own merch table. Album sales used to tell us a lot about a band: their worth, success rate, relevance. It didn't take a music biz insider to equate platinum-selling records with popularity. But now that album sales are smaller, can they tell us as much as they used to? Has the way we measure a band's success changed in the age of virtually "free" music?
Are album sales still the best way to measure a band's popularity?
Tell us what you think, and we might feature your response in the June issue of AP!