Rmonik wrote:Well what's the problem with trying to appeal to the biggest part of humanity?
None at all! That isn't what my problem with this kind of music is!
If she would use her talent to make music with more depth, she wouldn't be nearly as popular, simple because pop is popular, hence the name. And somebody has to do it. I mean, if all talented people would make anything but pop, then pop wouldn't be popular anymore, since it would suck.
Why? Why can't musically engaging, thought provoking music be popular too? Why does innovative music have to be niche? Why does music have to be mind-numbing and pointless to make it to the mass market (LMFAO, I'm looking at you)?
I'm not saying all popular music sucks, heck, I'll even find myself humming Bublé if i'm in the right mood, because his arrangements, involving top class musicians in a tight band are kick-ass, and he has the voice to carry his charisma.
Jay-Z brought hip-hop to the masses, but again, his producer is solid, his rhymes are lyrical, and he talks about meaningful things, how hard it was growing up as a young black lad in the backstreets of Brooklyn, how he grew to love his city, etc etc. The point is, his music has heart.
On the other hand, we have names like Flo Rida, who's every song involves drinking in a club. Seriously, all he ever sings about is meetin dem honeys when he gets his drink on. And yes, while everyone likes to party, most people have other parts to their lives. Flo Rida appears not to.
And it's music like this that I don't understand how people buy into. How boring would society be, if all the music we listened to was about the club? Do people really want to be bombarded relentlessly with the message that drinking makes you popular?
I of course understand and appreciate that not all music can be as complex as a Beethoven symphony, and everyone needs something simple to bop along to, but when the charts are dominated by music that all sounds the same in terms of content, be it haters, drinking, clubbing, reviving retired rockstars careers because their name rhymes with certain term for charisma, I lose a little faith in humanity and the music industry.
Perhaps it's not the musicians themselves that I have a problem with most, as much as the people who continue to keep them at the top.