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A Britney Spears, Rihanna, or Taylor Swift does not have the time or sometimes even the skill to create her music – the script is written by tried and tested song-writers, the music is drawn from plagiarizing aspects of hit music, and finally ruthless digitization, outsourcing, and strong marketing are applied to it. Record label executives also play a major role in the business of popular music. The irony is that the performers are called artists and the people behind the music largely remain anonymous.


The second link is about creation of musical stars in China – how it has become an industry by itself.