Our music reviewer answers your questions
If the Beatles came along today, would the industry pay them any attention at all? -- Pat
Someone would respond to the quality of their songcraft and their charisma. But the hardest sell would be their humanity. When was the last time a rock band was this unironic, sincere, at times romantic -- and, unlike the emo crowd, unafraid to write a flat-out pop song? Chances are some smart exec would notice them, but that person would probably work for an indie label and the Beatles would likely end up opening for the Polyphonic Spree.
If artists (especially female) showed half as much skin or no skin at all, would they be as successful? -- Joelle
Absolutely. Norah Jones, Diana Krall, and Amy Lee from Evanescence aren't known for flashing their audiences, and they represent a backlash against Britney-Christina bod pop. But even though female acts aren't typically an ugly breed, the pressure to have them look good has never been greater; check out how even the previously semi-demure Sarah McLachlan and Liz Phair vamped up their images last year.