Reminds me of the mistake I made the last time I went to get an MRI.People that are signed with labels are at the mercy of who signed them. There are a few younger artists that refused label records because the record wanted them to do pop country, because that's what's popular. Country has been waning with the growth of millennials and Gen Z, who have turned to modern hip hop, pop, rap.
FGL brought that sound to "Country", and after they became popular within country, everyone started to move towards that. I was in high school when FGL become popular, and i definitely remember hearing the shift after they got big.
Even before that though, it was different than the "Outlaw" country of the mid to late 1900s. I wasnt alive to see that transition, or i was too young to care.
"What kind of music do you like?"
"Um, lets go with 'heavy metal'"
So they go to their spotify or whatever the hell it is and enter that and then what plays, fucking nickleback and enter sandman. All the fucking pop metal I never wanted to hear. I had decent results the next time when I went in and asked by name for a more obscure band, but still, it's that fucking idea that I want to hear the same fucking pop song again and again and again....
Also reminds me of the first Beastie Boys record, the one they didn't want to make, but the record label wanted them to make the "safer" choice...