An industry plant is an artist who has Major/Indie Label backing their movement but presents themselves as a "home grown start up" label to create a pseudo organic following. They act as if things are miraculously happening for them based on their talent (via blog coverage, media coverage, mtv playing their vids, etc.) The reality is a low risk/high reward situation for labels looking to build the next "new star"
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A rapper or an aspiring rapper who's being influenced by a label or company to write and preform music in a trendy way in order to gain clout (popularity)
Oh yeah ,Ian Dior, yeah that guy is an industry plant.
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“Have you heard of that girl Billie Eilish?”
Oh yeah lol, she’s an industry plant
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A term that a certain fandom LOVES to use to degrade female artist's success.
Someone: good 4 u got #1 on BB!
#thatfandom: INORGANIC SUCCESS! PAYOLA! INDUSTRY PLANT!
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An artist or a series of works that has a financial and/or marketing backing from the ground up, usually by an above company or industry, but shows or attempts to show an image of it being otherwise.

To support said image, industry plants often try to blend into categories of other works and artists that are legitimately independent from any fundamental outside support.
"That musician is such an industry plant."
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successful new artist who got people mad because their label and management is doing a good job
"have you heard of olivia rodrigo?"
"yeah, she's an industry plant"
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