I think this says alot. The idea and concept of music has changed over the years and the flexible and vulnerable minds of (what really mostly consists) young consumers has been manipulated strongly (at least since my generation).
I think one think that Chris said about "good" music from "talented" artists really hits the spot. Consumers (especially younger consumers) need to really focus on quality and not packaging. There have been some great songs bypassed because the artist was not "pretty" or didn't have any special "gimmick".
Look, I listen to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and other pop artists, but I have learned not to by the albums because they have the value of cheap plastic. No offense to those artist, but the MTV world of selling music by eye candy has got to stop. We have to quit paying for high priced CD's with reprocessed low-valued crap and start supporting those struggling artists that have real talent.