The continued mainstream success of artists like Foster the People, Gotye, Fun., and their peers suggest that we may be on the precipice of a broader willingness to embrace more varied and eccentric music, the music we used to think of as exclusively "indie."
Do artists have a responsibility to push their fans into new and exciting territories? Is there anything wrong with giving your public exactly what they know they want, if it remains true to who you are? Does embracing mass popular culture somehow harm your credibility as an artist?
Prior to The Oscars' embracing Outasight's "Tonight Is The Night" -- well, not with an award but with broadcast muscle -- the single had airplay on over 115 Top 40 radio stations, sales of over 530,000 copies, over 18,000 daily streams on Spotify, and over 5 million views on YouTube.
If you're not into the Broadway behind-the-scenes-ness of it all, then you still won't like "Smash." But if you are, this episode establishes a tone that I hope continues through the remainder of the first season.
Adele had just been awarded what can be considered the most notable award of the evening, when during her gracious acceptance speech, whilst thanking her country and fans and stating the pride she held for being part of the British nation, she was cut off.