However, pop music has taken a troubling turn of late. Recent research shows that over the past 50 years, pop music has gotten more and more homogeneous. Songs have fewer melodic, chordal and timbral variations, and most producers are simply replacing all that it’s lost by cranking up its volume. But why is it that now, when we have the absolute greatest variety of instruments, genres, production effects and styles of music accessible to the mainstream does every song have to sound like a DJ Mustard track or have a wonky Jason Derulo horn sample?
The answer is simple: Follow the money.