I'm a huge Billy Joel fan and one of my favourite Billy Joel songs is called "The Entertainer." It's a song I suggest all recording artists, indie or major, Hip-Hop or Rock, listen to. Joel wasn't exactly struggling when he released "The Entertainer" in 1974 (it appears on the "Streetlife Serenade" album) so it was a bold move for him to release a song that essentially pulled back the curtain on the music business:
How many times have you attached yourself to an artist only to have them disappear into thin air within a year's time?
Yes it's called the music business for a reason but it's easy to forget that many recording artists have spent years and years pouring their souls into song lyrics and music only to have to hand them over to a record company who then decides what the public hears and what songs get the marketing dollars.
It must be a great feeling the first time an artist sees themselves in a magazine or on the TV. But in that moment it's really easy to forget that there is always the next person coming up, working just a little harder to get themselves in that magazine or on that TV show. Fortunately for Billy Joel he's one of the most talented musicians of all-time and has built one of the greatest careers ever. But Joel could have easily been here today and gone tomorrow had he not received the support from his label and been knowledgeable of the industry pitfalls. Listen to "The Entertainer" and keep it in mind as you move forward in your musical career.