Most people even young teens are not only listening to the mainstream anymore anyways. Independent or smaller acts with better quality music are available thanks to the internet. That is why the mainstream artists greatly fake their numbers. I don’t think anyone comes as close in terms of streaming fraud as bt$$$$hit and some other kpop groups. But quality of talent is generally low. It is about who is willing to sell themselves the most. Many talented people are not willing to sell their souls for fame and money.then when you add that along with lazy performers like blackpink members, i just wonder why they bother debuting these groups at all? i dont listen to any newer artists anymore just too much of it is about them whining about their exes, some breakup they once had 10 years ago or wanting a relationship and crying if they dont got one.