FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: MADONNA, MARIAH, AND MUSIC.
Disclaimer: The following questions were all taken from a Madonna fan. Very slight alterations were made in order to make everything more coherent. Here it goes:
WHY IS IT THAT US RADIO ONLY PLAYS HIP HOP AND FAKE PUNK, OR FAKE ALTERNATIVE MUSIC?
If you check the list of radio formats in any country, USA is the only country that has supported various other genres including hiphop, r&b, pop, dance, gospel, etc.
Like any commercial outlet, American radio plays what’s currently in: hiphop, r&b, pop, and rock for that matter. USA is the only market in the world that actually fosters other genres other than pop.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MUSIC? WHEN YOU HEAR MARIAH CAREY ONCE EVERY HOUR YOU BEGIN TO WONDER WHERE IS THE LIFE IN TODAY’S RADIO,THERE IS NO LIFE IN IT.. THE DJ’S ARE NOT REAL DJ’S THEY PLAY FROM A COMPUTER PLAY LIST WHICH ALREADY HAS THE TRACKS IN ORDER
Why Mariah? When she released Charmbracelet, she received far worse airplay than Madonna.
It’s still all about the music. Mariah released a top quality album that is both mass-appealing and critically one of the best albums of 2005, having won album of the year in many award shows, including a win for best contemporary r&b album (like usher’s confessions and Beyonce’s dangerously in love), and a nod for album of the year.
AS AMERICANS I THINK WE SHOULD BE SHAMED OF HOW NARROW MINDED OUR COUNTRY IS..
Actually, America is the only country that fosters multiple genres. America has supported fusion of different genres: hiphop/r&b, pop-r&b/hiphop, rock-hiphop, dance-hiphop etc. No country has produced musicians that are as creative lyrically and musically as the musicians of USA today. Music in America is dynamic, pliable, and without bounds. Unlike in other countries where music is stuck at pop. People here are now conscious of “talent”. If you’ve noticed, almost all new “entertainers” are skillful singers. America has progressed from a country that once allowed regular people to become stars, to a place where you have to be many things at the same time.
This country is where real r&b and soul music thrive. No other country has supported this genre as religiously as USA.
BEYONCE’S CHECK ON IT SONG IS SO BAD,YEAH LETS SEND A POSITIVE MESSAGE TO YOUNG FEMALES,BY TELLING THEM IT’S OK TO BE A WH0RE
Let me remind you of the 80s and early 90s Madonna who practically is solely responsible for spreading that it’s ok to be sexual, kiss girls, and other forms of deviant sex.
Let me remind you of the Madonna who wore the pointed bras… And now the leotards and panties, and spice girls-like costumes. Madonna is solely responsible for giving other artists the idea that music isn’t all about just music, that somehow “the thrill” in anyone’s image can send anyone to superstardom.
If you think about it… Madonna is the only superstar i know who became famous for unconventional ways. Be that as it may… Pop music was never the same after Madonna became famous.
MADONNA IS MORE TALENTED THAN MARIAH…
Again, it depends on what you see is talent. But we can put it this way: Mariah rose to superstardom the way any gifted musician would: sing her way to the top. Madonna, on the other hand, shook the very foundations of music by becoming the 1st superstar to emerge on the strength of video-making, politicking, gimmicks, and controversies.
The Grammys seem to also see through Mariah’s flaws as sexy artist by giving her slots in the shortlists of major categories since her debut. She has raked the most recognitions, although not wins, after Aretha, and is one of the very few talented people in the world to win Grammys as a songwriter (Best r&b song), singer (Best pop and r&b vocals), producer (Best contemporary r&b album), and overall artistry (best new artist).
Madonna’s Grammy awards are also well-deserved, albeit her scanty nominations. Her greatest work, Ray of light, has given her two Grammy awards. Her video-making and “thrill factor” made her win her other 3 Grammys, which were basically for her videos and remixes.
IS MADONNA THE BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST?
Madonna fans do have a point: she was after all, Guinness’ Most successful female artist of all time. While I agree with Guinness, it must be put into proper context. If you dissect sales record of every year since both their debuts, you’ll see that Madonna has NEVER topped a year-end chart, nor has she ever become the top-performing artist in any year, more so in any decade. Whereas Mariah Carey has been Artist of the Year thrice, for Mariah Carey, Daydream, and TEOM. She has also received the Best selling Album of the year twice, for Mariah Carey and TEOM. She is also the only female artist to have the #1 song of the year. All these achievements made her Artist of the Decade, and female artist of the millennium. Mariah has been cited as the most successful female artist of all time by Billboard, AMA, WMA, Capital FM (London), MTV Asia, Bambi (Germany), Lady of Soul, and a lot more. Madonna’s only citation for her lifetime work is from Guinness, MTV (as icon), WMA (Michael Jackson award), and TRL.
The only point that favors Madonna is her longer years in the music industry.