i think i'll chime in here...because i'm thoroughly entertained at the direction of this thread.
Homeless people, former abused children, recovering drug addicts/dealers, banished family members, recently fired folk, unfortunate souls who get cheated on, gays, and pretty much anybody who gets shit on in our society are capable of bringing forth some of the most groundbreaking creative energy...especially these days. Here's what happens:
Our popular culture is now founded on personal exposure and vulnerability. I agree with those who believe that the industry is in a lull these days, however it's already been reborn into an environment that supports those who can take their struggle by the reigns and be an inspiration for people in the same position. Further, artists now act as vehicles to awaken their base...not just sell to it. It's why Adele racked up, Nicki got popular, and Frank Ocean will break the grammy record. Watch. Huge artists don't have simple fans anymore; they have armies and activists.
For any of you who think that the reality television/social networking culture has been by accident, think again. It's blatantly been a constant and thorough effort to essentially re-prime the population for what is to come. It won't be just about gay artists, but gay artists who know how to buck up against not the surface of their struggle...but the essence. Adele did it with heartbreak and connected to the deeper souls of her base: extremely heartbroken fukks. Frank will now do something similar to gays who struggle with desiring to chase this popular sensation of falling in love vs. simply leaving earth based on self disgust (seeded on a societal conception of morality). Listen closely: Nicki connects with the souls of schizophrenics.
There won't be a 'gay' wave. Instead, there will continue to be a wave of music that completely connects with the souls of an intended (and usually silenced) base who commonly experiences a particular, yet popular problem. There will eventually be an anti-war artist who makes music specifically catered to those who have been shyt on by war. The artist will stop wars. There will be a religious zealot who makes religious music on steroids to not just sell to their base, but mobilize it.
Labels used to artificially create 'misfits', and unintentionally cultivated an entire generation that breeds actual 'misfits' and followers of misfits. The 'misfits' have now taken control and Mark Zuckerberg fk'd around and gave them a voice. David Geffen and other once powerful execs don't like this because their trade of creating/selling misfits and characters is now obsolete. Their once comfortable and controlled entertainment arena is now a much bigger and influential social coliseum...controlled by the masses.
in a word...INFLUENCE is the new capital of The New Music Industry. Gain INFLUENCE, and you gain THE WORLD.
Hot damn, that's a new quote for my tumblr.