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I was at a Rascal Flatts concert just a few weeks ago. To be honest, I didn't even notice the commercials. I just tuned them out. I'm so used to ignoring them on TV, radio, etc, that I just put my attention elsewhere. To me, when it isn't taking up a lot of time during the show or anything, it's not a big deal. My aunt works for JC Penney, and she asked me what I thought of the ads after I got back from the concert. She wasn't happy to hear I hadn't really paid attention. LOL But it does go to show, that they aren't really obtrusive to some of us folks.

I really think Rascall Flatts is the exception here. For some reason (and no, it has nothing to do with downloads) Rascall Flatts feels they need to make as much money as possible. I don't have a problem with that, but it cheapens them in my mind. And given that this is a band that once appeared on Yes, Dear, there just isn't that much value to cheapen.

Some people do things for the love of music, some do things for the love of money and some are forced to do things they might not want to do. I think you will start seeing lots more promotion and commercialization at inopportune times. It might not be the artists choice and it isn't necessarily because they need lots more money. It might be because they need some money. With everyone illegally downloading music and buying digital singles instead of albums, artists make a lot less money. The labels have a much smaller pie to divide so if both the artists and the labels (and the promoters and roadies and etc...) are going to get any pie at all, there needs to be more money to share which means finding new ways to generate income. So before if a company wanted to place a commercial during a concert, the artist might have said "No- I'm about the music, not the money." Now, an artist might have to say "Okay, I need the money so I can keep making music."

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