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Pop music vs. Rock. Do people care about music anymore?

I recently read an interesting post on NME.com that outlines in pictures “50 unbelievably depressing facts about music“.  The title did exactly what it was set out to do, it made me unbelievably depressed.  The article outlined such facts as:

 

 

In the US, the cast of Glee has had more songs in the charts than the Beatles.

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Johnson has sold more records (18 million) than The Strokes, Arcade Fire, MGMT and The Smiths combined.

 

 

 

…and so on.  This got me thinking, ‘do people actually care about music anymore?’ or is music designed for a single serve purpose where people buy a track from an artist off iTunes and the relationship with that artist ends there.  Could this be true? Is there no connection with artists anymore?  We live in a time when there is an abundance of pop music (it’s everywhere), while rock has become a niche that you actually have to go out and look for.  I’m not a member of the music industry by any means, but the abundance of pop music clearly demonstrates how the music industry is operating now.  Big labels are looking for the next ‘big thing’ so they can sell it, and sell it quickly and move on to the next ‘big thing’.  Artists aren’t encouraged to develop their fan base, their sound, and their careers anymore and it’s clearly demonstrated in some of the facts from the NME post.  How can Il Divo sell 20 million more records than Foo Fighters?

 

 

There is something wrong with this.

 

As much as I like technology, I really think it has destroyed the development of music.  People have the technology to consume music so quickly now that they are looking for something new, and new within minutes.  Artists don’t have the time to inject their music and vision into their audiences anymore, therefore the quality of music will keep depreciating and depreciating until we have ‘artists’ like LMFAO flooding all the airwaves. On the flip-side of the coin, technology has allowed garage bands and young artists to record and put out their own music without the influence of major labels.  This (in my mind) and independent labels is the only hope left for the future of non-pop music.

 

Another time.

 

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  1. I am so truly tired of -lets be honest – easily led morons claiming that this weeks biggest sensation is sooooo talented. The simple and obvious (to anyone with a brain) is this: pop music has no talent or ability left. It is simply a money making, image based industry. Think Rhianna or Beyonce have talent? Think again. They dont write, produce, influence in any way, nor for the most part sing their “own” songs. Ask yourself this: who os in the pop charts now? How did they get there? Have you ever even heared of them before? And finally, how do you know that the “charts” are based on sales, not just what the industry wants to force feed to morons out there? There are seriously talented musicians out there, and i do emphasise the term MUSICIANS, as no vocalist either solo or vocalising group (the spice girls, steps, a1, 911, s club 7 etc) has had any ability, forget talent. Before you judge this, get off your moronic high horse, learn an instrument, learn what music is, then figure out that the only real creativity and talent that is left in the world of music has distanced itself from pop to the extent that it has vanished from all mainstream knowledge.

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    • Tom, very well put! I could not have said it better myself

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  2. I LOVE JB

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    • YOU’RE NOT WELCOME IN THIS WORLD.

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  3. Totally agreed. How does shit like JB and Nicki Minaj sell more than Evanescence and Three Days Grace? Society is pathetic.
    -Ellie (aged 15)

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    • agree with your comment. Not so much with the Evanescence and Three Days Grace reference. It’s like comparing shit to shit. I’m fine with shit pop selling more records than real music, it is what it is. My issue is primarily with the general listening public making comparisons with real artists and fake pop artists and giving more credit to something that is clearly about money and not about music.

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  4. Pop music is absolutely pathetic. Not one pop singer/group has any sort of talent, it’s all about what is popular right this second. Pop singers last a few months at most, until the next moron comes out with a song that people can dance too. They don’t play any instruments, write their own lyrics, or even sing with their real voice. They all just have some bullshit auto-tune to make themselves sound like they are worth listening to. The songs don’t have any sort of meaning whatsoever either, they don’t care about other people. All they care about is being rich and famous and I’m absolutely sick of it. More radio stations play worthless pop music than any sort of hard rock or heavy metal. It pains me to see such fantastic musicians get little recognition for beautifully written pieces. Artists like Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and Rihanna only care about the next paycheck. Rock bands generally create music with lyrics from the heart and soul, with deep and relatable meanings. Hard rock to us will last a lifetime, can the followers of the singers mentioned above say the same?

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    • Couldn’t agree more. The good thing is, the state of pop music hasn’t really changed in years. There has always been awful pop stars that take up the majority of the airwaves, but that’s why it’s ‘pop music’. The difference now from 10 years ago is it’s much easier for people to sit down at their home computers and create EDM, Pop and other highly digestible shit music. To start a band with keyboards, guitars and drums with a meaningful message takes effort and let’s face it, people are getting lazier and there isn’t much we can do about it. I know i’ll continue to bitch about it as long as I have the energy to do so.

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