We've all seen how the music industry has evolved. Watching artists like Rihanna grow is tremendous. Started as a pretty hot teen with her first single 'Pon De Replay' and grown up to be a Wildcat and a sex icon but all in all she is my best artist. Many artists are rising. Some just keep the fire blazing like Nicky Minaj ( best hiphop artist ever) but some are still struggling with fame. So do you think in the music industry is getting worse or better and why and state clear facts. Love y'all who'll be answering. Cheers
The music industry is controlled by a hand full of powerful producers, what they so goes and recently they have been telling the youth (the real audience) what they should like or not like.
The new artists only have to look good or have a strangeness about them, the music itself seems to be the same old regurgitated pap that just keeps making $dollars for the music elite.
It's getting worse as far as showing real talent. Seems to me that most of it is special effects and chaotic dance routines these days.
It all overpowers the words and the music so badly that it's just for show; can't even really tell if the singer has real stand-alone talent or not.
And there's no real feeling in it. Unless it's rap, which is mostly full of the feeling of anger; it's long rantings against established norms or gangs against other gangs etc.; I don't even consider that to be real music.
I'm asking where's the music even at??
It's also what I call individual and selfish. Almost any wild young person can become an icon as long as they can strut around and mouth words that ya can't even understand because the music is too overpowering. There is little "group" work, no bands, just new "stars" that are made by being promoted by American Idol, etc.
I saw a group of young women who sang really well, and who danced in unison beautifully, on one of those shows.............the judges dismissed them, saying they were basically boring and outdated. And yet they approved several groups where each member danced or did acrobatics individually; no one could possibly keep their eyes on each person at once; it was like a circus act except even more chaotic.
Talent has been shoved under the carpet in favor of theatrics.
As much as I hate to compare it to the likes of drug-addled Janis Joplin, it is comparably much worse than her! At least she could sing, and it wasn't covered up by explosions of light and smoke and a bunch of dancers circling the stage; we could actually HEAR her sing, and with FEELING.
Excuse me, There are lots if people who loved her, I think that Janis Joplin may not have been your favorite singer however its not quite right to make sure she comes off sounding bad. I liked her back then, now maybe not so much but she spoke for a generation of kids who loved her and Hold on....
And there are still lots of drug addicted singers out there toda, she was not the only one back in the 70's...at least you admit she can sing.
Hey, I liked her singing.
"Me and Bobby McGee" was compelling and heart-wrenching.
Just because I'm a Christian doesn't mean I can't appreciate other songs and feelings and empathize with the problems of others. I've had my share of problems and rebellious times too.
And you're right, there are others, today even, who are drug-addicted singers.
If you wanna know the truth, I honestly respect them and Janis Joplin more than the ones who aren't drug-addicted but who sing horrid lyrics or too-raunchy stuff without the excuse of being addicted!
The music "industry" has always had an equal share of good stuff and godawful pre-packaged crap. The trick is finding the good stuff and not settling for the crap.
You kidding? The music industry is far more diverse and rich than it's ever been. If you don't know how to dig, how to use Last.fm, or just plain how to use the internet, then of course you're going to think the music industry is bad now--it's because you're doing it wrong.
well said i personally think it's on fire at the moment. Music has never been so alive
I believed we were talking about the mainstream media which floods the world with over engineered over produced pap.
There are many clubs and pubs in my city with live music from unsigned bands that perform better than the multi million dollar dolls, you just have to go and search for them.
And I have to say I think the mainstream is fairly dire. But every generation loves what they heard as a teen and never feels the same about anything that comes later. And I have to admit to not being a teen.
And that has pretty much always been true.
There has always been pablum garbage (it used to be called bubblegumi back my my day).
The most talented do not necessarily get their music heard by a mass audience.
Those who get mass media exposure may not have much (or any) talent but look good.
I will say that these days technological engineering seems to be able to better cover and compensate for lack of singing ability...
I go mainly for direct online engagement with bands. None of the mega-stars do much for me. My current fav is Band of Horses.
I think we need a resurgence of th emusic we had in the 60's and 70's with new artists. All this stuff that sounds like disco when we go out is giving me and my Hubby headaches, and not kidding. I think we need a new brand of Happy Music...Country is holding its own, so are established singer songwriters such as Jackson Browne, I have to say as a whole its better but the new disco can go the way of a non hit wonder if you ask me!!!
You don't have to be a drug addict to be a brilliant musician.. but it helps!
Some of our brightest talents got snuffed out prematurely.
There are many notable artists who managed to get sober.
The "rock 'n roll" lifestyle applies to other music genres and it's not easy to maintain
balance in the face of spotlights, adoring fans, tours, papparazzi -- and fame is fickle, too.
Look at Justin Bieber. I have no comment on his talent. Just on how he was once a media darling.
I would not be surprised to see him at Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab soon...
Other than the addition comments, I actually totally agree with what you said, Brenda.
But shhh. Please don't tell anyone over in Politics and Social Issues or we will both lose our credibility
Pardon me while I silence the lame-brained cries of unoriginality in modern music in one fell swoop:
I'm visiting the topical forums tonight..
I think there is incredible talent and music being produced now. Even some mainstream music is really quite good. But you can't judge the overall music industry by only looking at mainstream music. Producing music is no easy task. I've seen the production end and it requires skill and talent and a willingness to experiment and take risks.
I like to listen to all kinds of music and I'm pretty amazed at what can be done now. I'm partial to the 60's/70's, but there is great music in every decade.
On an (un?)related note, here's one of the best groups to ever come out of the early 90s:
Type O Negative - Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity
I'm so happy I was born in 1989 and had the chance to grow up around pop and rnb music (as that was what I was into) from the 90s.
The music industry is definitely getting worse. I don't think it's the artists fault since they have to meet deadlines and constantly push out new singles and albums, which aren't worth anything since they make more money on tour.
I think the new generation of listeners have been robbed to the point that they are ignorant to know what real music is (depending on what music people in their household listen to).
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