The music stopped selling because we stopped hearing it. Records companies are shelling out BIG BUCKS to determine what you hear on the radio. You'll hear this song 45 times before you'll hear Jill Scott once. We are basically listening to Clear Channel's personal, payola-enhanced playlist every time we turn on the radio, no matter what programming format it is. Add to that people who apparently buy records because they like to hum to the background music or not take lyrics "too seriously" or whatever and you have the situation we are currently in. It's like they're hypnotized, supporting whatever it is they are exposed to the most and told is "HOT." They do the same thing when they pick which movies to see, who the "best-looking" celebs are, anything and everything. And the large corporations are more than happy to step in and tell them exactly what it is "they like" so nobody has to be bothered with all that "thinking."