As you may know, part of my 2017 experience of content is the way that bloggers, video producers, and now musicians gravitate towards the most successful tunes, topics, tastes.
It's as if algorithms - and Spotify playlists - are now the ultimate arbiters of taste.
Don't get me wrong, music, especially pop, has always been formulaic with labels always ready to copy the next big thing. But it seems to be moving faster, more automatically than ever.
Pop music, as the article says, is in pretty good health these days. It's just the playlist mentality is homogenising even the most individual performers.
The cast of players couldn’t be more diverse: The three songs feature two teen actresses turned pop starlets, two EDM producers, the most popular soft-rock/pop band of the millennium, an ascendant rap/pop producer and session player, a CMA-certified country vocal duo, and one of the biggest emerging voices in R&B. But the records sound like they could’ve come from the same album.