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Keith Negus –  Producing Pop Identifies two distinct ways of thinking about potential artists from within the music indust...
The Organic Ideology of Creativity <ul><ul><li>A ‘naturalistic’ approach to artists The seeds of success are within the ar...
The Organic Ideology of Creativity <ul><li>Emphasis is given to album sales and the construction of a successful back cata...
The Synthetic Ideology of Creativity <ul><li>A combinatorial approach to artists and material </li></ul><ul><li>Executives...
The Synthetic Ideology of Creativity <ul><li>Emphasis is given to single sales and to promoting first albums </li></ul><ul...
Balancing the Two <ul><li>In practice, the success of synthetic acts will fund the development and investment in organic a...
Promoting Organic and Synthetic Acts <ul><li>There are clear distinctions between the ways in which different types of art...
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Keith negus – producing pop

  1. 1. Keith Negus – Producing Pop Identifies two distinct ways of thinking about potential artists from within the music industry. These ideologies shape the way in which the artists’ images and careers are developed, and the way that they are marketed towards specific target audiences The organic ideology of creativity and The synthetic ideology of creativity
  2. 2. The Organic Ideology of Creativity <ul><ul><li>A ‘naturalistic’ approach to artists The seeds of success are within the artists, who have to be ‘nurtured’ by the record company. The image of the artist is ‘enhanced’ by the record company The artist is given time to evolve and progress through their career </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Organic Ideology of Creativity <ul><li>Emphasis is given to album sales and the construction of a successful back catalogue. </li></ul><ul><li>Often aimed at older or more sophisticated consumers. Profits generated by this kind of act tend to be part of a long term strategy by the record company </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Synthetic Ideology of Creativity <ul><li>A combinatorial approach to artists and material </li></ul><ul><li>Executives attempt to construct successful acts out of the artists and the songs at their disposal </li></ul><ul><li>The image of the artist is often constructed by the record company </li></ul><ul><li>The artist will be given a short time to prove their success before other combinations will be tried out </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Synthetic Ideology of Creativity <ul><li>Emphasis is given to single sales and to promoting first albums </li></ul><ul><li>Often aimed at younger, less sophisticated audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Profits generated by this kind of artist tend to be part of an immediate, short term strategy by the record company </li></ul>
  6. 6. Balancing the Two <ul><li>In practice, the success of synthetic acts will fund the development and investment in organic acts </li></ul><ul><li>Most big record labels will look to balance their roster with a combination of successful synthetic and organic acts to ensure that there are funds available for the day-to-day running of the company as well as long term profit making potential </li></ul>
  7. 7. Promoting Organic and Synthetic Acts <ul><li>There are clear distinctions between the ways in which different types of artist are represented to ensure short term or long term success. </li></ul><ul><li>Organic acts are often sold on their ‘authenticity’, both musically and socially. </li></ul><ul><li>The image of the artist appears ‘unconstructed’ </li></ul><ul><li>Synthetic acts are often sold on their ‘look’ or personalities </li></ul><ul><li>The image of the artist is carefully and unashamedly constructed </li></ul>

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