Entertainment Industry Must Accept Reality
It is safe to assume that before the internet almost all of us had bought some band's CD or record because of a song we heard and liked from the radio or on MTV only to find that the rest of the 12-15 songs on the album were absolute trash. Singles were released as a bait in order to get people to buy whole albums. In many cases it was most likely just a huge scam. Bands and producers and studios focused on writing one or two good songs that could get the consuming public excited to buy an album. The rest of the albums were then filled up with filler music which just sounded like 3-4 minute drug fueled jam sessions that were recorded at random and slapped onto an album. I can still remember the disappointment after hearing many such trash albums, and the anger associated with having thrown away $15-20 on it.
The same thing with movies. 1-2 minutes of good quality material was put into the trailers. People then eagerly went to movie theaters (and still do, oddly), thinking the whole movie would be great and instead found that the rest of the 88 minutes was just full of reheated or rehashed gags, topics, tired romance etc.
So now its the entertainment industry's turn to be disappointed, and it is obviously not taking it well. Internet media has changed everything. CDs will soon become a thing of the past. Consumers don't have to buy a whole album in order to get one song they like, or they can listen to all songs on YouTube before actually purchasing them. The panicked and aggressive way that the entertainment industry has turned on people who have been downloading music "illegally" is also off putting. They obviously fail to admit that they have been basically robbing consumers for the past 50 years or so with overpriced music and films which are not even entertaining. Unfortunately their clever marketing skills managed to dupe people for decades. Now with the internet people are not at the mercy of the entertainment industry any more. Artists and directors and producers and musicians are also freer to publish their own material without having to rely on major labels and studios. Sure, competition is still fierce, but people can be more self reliant. Technology has opened the door to allow us to avoid the robber middlemen on who both artists and consumers depended on for so long.
If people like something enough, they will be willing to pay for it. The industry needs to accept this. Of course they would like the internet to be fully controlled in order to find and stop any sort of sharing or selling from which they don't make any profit, but this is no easy task for them: see the outcry there was against SOPA, ACTA and PIPA. The industry big wigs profited and became immensely rich over the decades. They dictated fads and popularity by what they decided to release and what they rejected, and this was almost always on their terms. Many artists lost their way trying to conform to industry "standards" because they had no other choice if they wanted to get their material out there. However, this is luckily a thing of the past. I see no shortage of singers, bands and filmmakers who want to make it big, but now on their own terms. The Big Brother of the entertainment industry has turned into a decrepit and angry old man trying to bully the younger generations into respecting it. And we all know that nobody likes this sort of behavior. This last attempt at forcing the new way of the world back into the old riverbed that they so carefully dug for decades is a losing battle. The industry can only lash out a few more times until it will just be ignored, pushed to the side, laughed at, and eventually forgotten or just remembered as part the bad old days of the entertainment industry.
Bands and singers must make a simple decision: if they cannot make a living making music then they should either do it part time or look into other lines of work, just like everybody else. No doubt many would be "stars" get into music for the sole purpose of getting rich with minimum output, especially as many don't even write their own material or actually sing live at concerts but lipsync instead. There are so many would be artists out there that there will be no losses that most of us would notice. There will always be others to take up open spaces in the entertainment world.
Just the term "entertainment industry" gives it a robber baron feel. It will slowly lose the "industry" moniker and simply become "entertainment". Those studios and labels that want to stay successful must move with the times instead of fight against it in a losing and pathetic battle.