There is no good rating system in music. There is no establishment that filters out all the bands that suck. There are times when I wish there was such a system.
I get it. I understand why it is this way. The gatekeepers of the music biz are naturally insecure people. They know that people’s taste and desire change frequently. Therefore, to keep certain bands on top, it works in their favor to keep discovery of new music difficult. I concede that it is easier than ever to find new music on the internet, but its harder than ever to find new good music. There is so much crap out there; I get frustrated at the time it takes and stop trying to find anything new.
The voice of the people seems to be the only real rating system. Yes, this system, in effect, does rate artists, but not efficiently. There are labels and indies throwing money at the system trying to get their music rated. They are trying to get feedback on their music. Most end up throwing their money away.
It’s a fight for attention. The music has to grab your attention and keep it. As artists, this is huge frustration, because it doesn’t seem to be the best song or the most talented artist wins this battle. It’s the most controversial artist or the one in the big scandal.
Finally, on a more personal note, it would be scary to be rated. In school it wasn’t so scary because one knew the parameters. There was a defined set of standards that one was tested on. In music, no one wants to define standards. And no one wants to say that someone sucks. You’ve seen the hundreds of thousands of people that were encouraged by someone to audition for American Idol. In the end, only one person, Simon, was really willing to tell someone they didn’t have what it takes. Rating would be scary, but wouldn’t we all like to have an unbiased, trusted rating system. One that is not based on radio plays, record sales, marketing dollars, how many friends you have, or the people you know – a system that is based on the music.