Does it make sense to support a musician if they have a single that’s close to reaching number 1 in the charts? Let’s say a musician makes a song that you think is (really) fucking shit but the artist responsible is likeable and has never had a number 1 single, the song also contributes to a subsection of music that you feel heavily invested in, would it make sense to support the person?
No artist is entitled to support from anybody but sometimes, a win for the artist can also be a win for the culture, since it helps the artist become an advert for success within the culture. An artist going no. 1 can have a lot of effects outside of the increased money, there’s a chance the artist can give back to the community that helped them so much and make it seem possible for people within the culture to push for chart success, there’s also the great feeling that comes from inspiring those around you and showing the progress that the subsection of music has made. It means spending money, or wasting time (if that’s how you view it) but it also comes across as you serving the greater good when you really think about it.
One thing I’ve seen musicians say is getting a no. 1 single in the charts is a lot of hype, even without going to the top you can make a great living off being in the charts and I think you can make a powerful statement. The thing is, would the statement be as strong if the song didn’t reach no. 1? Even if it’s just for one week, it’s a serious achievement as a musician to look back and know that you had a single get to the top of the charts. If a certain type of song enters the charts and it’s from a culture of music that isn’t expected to achieve much then I think it’s a win for everybody involved and it’s a real win for the people that it could open the culture up to (as long as they’re not looking to benefit and give nothing back).
Personally, I can’t be convinced to buy a shit song, even if I know that it could have a great effect on a certain group of people that hear it. I only buy music that sounds great to my ears. For me, supporting artists is an important part of their career but like I said earlier, they aren’t entitled to support even if the song means more than the music in the grand scheme of things. Artists put whatever they want into their music but it’s up to the audience to decide if they like it and that should be the main basis of a song getting to number 1. I can see why people might support causes like getting an artist to number 1 because they’re likeable or relatable but once they get to number, you’re left with a song that you don’t like in your playlist and if you delete it then that’s money gone down the drain (even if singles are cheap).
There’s nothing wrong with buying into an artist and what you feel they might represent but at the end of the day, they’re selling something to you and what’s important to them is that you buy their product. I personally think that artists will be fine if their songs don’t reach the top of the chart, I’ve seen enough that shows artists don’t need to chart to gain money, it’s just that charting is a nice touch for a song when it does well. The fact that I’m buying the song and not the artist is what forms my opinion but for some, it makes sense to help the artist so that subsections of music can eventually make their way to the forefront of the charts and I don’t think that’s bad at all.