There is a great music discussion going on at Tesco's Blank Forever. It has branched from the original premise, to the point I'm not sure what the argument is or has become. But make sure to stop by and add your two cents. Then come back here and think/comment on this:
Do you think music's listenership and popularity are one and the same? How related are they?
What do you consider to be the difference between a band whose popularity is foisted upon us through advanced radio/MTV play versus one whose popularity grows through word-of-mouth? What bands do you consider to be examples of each?