Originally Posted by inneedofgrace
How else do you explain Tom Petty, Steve Perry and Mick Jagger? Not pretty faces, by any means....
Well, he said "today" not "yesterday".
All them were signed when labels were still run by music people, and A/R had long term goals.
The fist three Journey albums bombed. The didn't have a hit until their 4th album, they never made a profit until their 5th album, and didn't become mega stars until their 7th studio album.
Today that would never happen. If your fist album bombs, you usually get kicked off the label. No label would put up with three bombs in a row, and still let the band make a 4th.
Yet, the only reason bands like Journey, Fleetwood Mac, Rush and many others became mega sellers is because they were allowed to make flops to develop their sound. Labels used to sign bands with long term goals of so many albums before they expected a return.
But since the late 80's, early 90's, all that went out the window. You either break on your first album, or get the hell off the label.