Is Rolling Stone Dead?

From Hypebot. Is Rolling Stone magazine dead? A very unscientific study determined that, among other things, music journalism is all but dead. Why listen to a music critic when you can hear the music for yourself on Spotify or see the band on YouTube?

The author counted ‘likes’ to the Sheepdogs’ Facebook page, following a cover story on them in the Rolling Stone and concluded that getting on the cover of the magazine is not as huge as it once was and by extension, music journalism is relevant. He further states that middlemen in the music industry have been replaced by a ‘middle machine.’

Finally, he makes a statement about major labels manufacturing acts.

The Sheepdog issue of Rolling Stone stands testament to the fact that the days of manufacturing Rock stars are numbered. The Major labels try and get a piece of whatever emerges in the new industry, however, unless they realize that manufacturing artists is what is killing the value of music, they will never recover from the pit they have created for themselves.

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