Someone recently sent me a link to this Village Voice piece about the plight of the R&B and hip hop single in the modern music marketplace - an interesting and highly recommended read, by the way. And while this article focuses on capturing sales for charting purposes, it agains brings to light one age old music industry X factor that often gets overlooked in discussion - genre. That's to say that there's no one-size-fits-all road map to music industry success across the genres, since fans of different genres have their own habits, preferences, and so on. These genre-specific behaviors means that it's tougher to crack some genres than it is others - tougher in terms of finding your audience, tougher in terms of getting press, tougher in terms of budget - tougher all around, really.
But, what ARE the hardest genres to break into? What makes them so tough? Share your thoughts about the hardest music genres to get into, and why it's so hard for musicians in those genres to catch a break.