Considering the frequency of headlines praising fans and stans for their impact it may seem a strange time to put forth the argument that this impact is largely overrated. An oft-cited proof of concept is the uptick in voter registration following Taylor Swift’s
I tend to think that executives "blacklist" artists as a display of power; particularly to thwart corporate-political rivals or punish agents that have irked them. It's only very rarely about the artists themselves.
Great work as always! Really enjoy the bringing-back-down-to-Earth of that "what fans think they're doing" vs what they're capable of.