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Authenticity: And its role within the branding of an artist
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


One of the most important parts in making an artist succeed is to brand him/her in the most suitable way possible. There is often a general consensus among people in the music business that it is important for an artist to be authentic. Definitions on the word authenticity are often vague, subjective and differs depending on whom you ask. It is therefore hard for employees in the music business to use authenticity as a tool in their branding strategy, because they cannot measure authenticity in numbers. It also becomes hard to find out how important it is for an artist to be authentic in order to succeed due to the fact that you cannot measure it in numbers. Due to these problemswe hope that our study will bring a higher level of clarity on authenticity and its role in the branding of an artist.


The purpose of this thesis will be to investigate what role authenticity has within the branding of an artist. To do this we also need to investigate what authenticity is and what an authentic artist is? Our Research will examine if it is crucial for an artist to be authentic in order to grow. Our focus will be in the actual production of authenticity from the different parts in the music industry.


Using an inductive approach we will conduct telephone interviews with already established contacts in the music industry. Data will be collected using a qualitative method since our research problem is poorly understood and so an exploratory design will give us in depth information. Interviews will be conducted in an unstructured way with open-ended questions that will allow the respondent to speak as freely as possible.


The term authenticity is relative in its meaning since what is authentic to one person might not be to another. But when weighing the information we have gathered then something being authentic is when it is original, credible and offer something that is hard for competitors to replicate. Information collected concludes that there are mainly two ways that the industry affects an artist’s authenticity, social medias and that the artist surrounds him/her self with the right people. The information from previous research and interviews conducted points towards that an authentic artist knows why they are in the business and can stand by what they do and say. An authentic artist should think long-term before making a decision, reflecting upon how does it affect my image? Will I be comfortable with this? Can I stand for this? This is so that the artists remain true to themselves and their audience.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 65 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-15540OAI: diva2:426085
Subject / course
IHH, Business Administration
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-06-29 Created: 2011-06-22 Last updated: 2011-06-29Bibliographically approved

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