Vocaloid user/musician here
Regarding the OP,
This is not surprising, it really is just a small handful of companies who control 99% of the media market. That is a sure fire way to strangle any creativity. I used to think this downward trend of media was about money, then it dawned on me just how degenerate the themes tend to be in so-called pop media.
It’s a lot like the movies… despite family films being the top earners, hollywood consistantly pumps out trash. The music labels are owned by the same type of people, if not the same companies. It’s seems to have gotten past the point of money, and more a matter of culture control.
Whoever said that people don’t listen to live performances anymore is on to something.
I would add that people nowadays also seem afraid to listen to anything that hasn’t been announced by some media outlet as “the next big thing”.
I rmember some old timers talking about the band Kiss.
Seems when that band first came out there was a media blitz. All the disk jockeys had marching orders to announce them as the next “hit” even though most rockers thought they were aweful.
Truly, Kiss was an exceptionally talentless band.
It’s sad how a handful of producers have devolved our cultures into this sad state.