There’s always this constant feuding among Christina Aguilera vs. Britney Spears fans, Backstreet Boys vs. *NSYNC, Justin Timberlake and why he’s this obnoxious specimen of a human being (ok even I have to admit, regardless, I bought the record). However the one thing that is brought up every time among the competition of these artists is the matter of album sales.
Sales do not show talent, vocal strength, flexibility, accredited lyrics and musical intelligence. They just show what’s “popular”, hence the term POP for many of the artists listed above. Their sales and themselves are popular because of sex appeal and mass media attention, even though few, some, but few possess a gift. Everyone’s opinion on what makes a good album is different, but an album is what it is: good music or bad music.
I bet many of the viewers on here have never read a sheet of music, taken a music class, nor had the drive or decency to take or be a part of any extra curricular activity involving music. Therefore, I feel as since you are ignorant of the subject your opinion is void. How can you critique an artist or music without understanding what you are hearing? How can you sit there and say this artist is better than that artist because of record sales? With all the hoopla and mass media attention, that doesn’t make up if you can hardly sing a note.
It’s sad music has come to that. For example, Britney…can’t hit a note except on a synthesizer. I feel bad for the girl, but the only reason she is what she is, is the fact her machine, mechanically invented music is popular. A person who writes and produced their own music such as artists Michelle Branch, Vanessa Carlton, John Mayer, the Vines, the Hives, Maroon 5, Verbena (lets see if you’ve heard of this band), even those three blonde boys from Tulsa, OK , Hanson (give them some kudos as young as they were to write the cheesy song that got nominated for a Grammy-and many of you won’t admit you did like ‘Mmmbop’ at one time in your life possibly), will never get the accreditation based on talent merit because of the reflect of album sales. Sales do not emphasize true god given talent-period. Something just does not add up.