Originally Posted by LadyMadonna68
Saying this with almost 0 research but I think Bands have at most 10 good years in them. I mean sure some bands can still kill it live for years on end but as far as creating new material a decade is probably all they're worth
I think it depends on a few factors; biggest being success and genre.
At a level of success, I think people naturally just become more complacent because there's not as much urgency. Not as simple as just sad vs happy; more about a subconscious 'if this bombs, my career is fucked' vs 'if this bombs, I've still got legions of fans and will still have $X in my bank account.'
Then genre-wise, rock/pop is tricky because you have to kinda keep up with trends or move ahead of the curve and lead the way. OR you just have to be so far behind/removed you're not part of that problem. Someone like Tom Waits for example, his music has evolved but it's never really gotten 'modern.' But someone like Bieber has to constantly be right at the cusp or he could be fucked. He can probably survive with a poor outing, just because he's got enough fans/songs at this point, but one pop album that's no longer the 'cool' sound and he could drop like so many pop stars have.