It seems that in today’s generation the music doesn’t matter anymore. It seems that what sells the most is the video in which the song played is merely background music to the people dancing in the clip. It is frightening when this is compared to what music was like say 20, 30, 40 years ago. What’s even more frightening is that we and even I am falling into this trap. I find myself constantly watching TRL, hoping to see the top ten “videos” not “songs” when I know that all I’m going to see is a whole lot of booty.
Now I know that not every song at the moment reflects what I’m talking about. There are many bands (mostly rock bands) that still do sell the music and not the video but it seems to me that today, R&B and hip hop dominate the world of variety music.
Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Usher even Justin Timberlake and dare I say it again Lindsay Lohan seem to be selling more of the clip than the music. Today’s artists don’t seem to realize that they are not artists. They are merely tape recorders with a great fashion sense and a whole lot of cash. They try to distance themselves from what the media wants them to be but more fail than succeed. What’s even more sickening is that most of these artists have amazing voices. Like Beyonce and Justin.
Another thing that seizes to amaze me is that people can get so hyped up about a performer then let it die down so quickly. 50 Cent for example (can see the comments piling up) was a one hit wonder. He burst into the charts with hits like In Da Club and P.I.M.P and took the “music” world by storm. But where is he now? Who knows? How can people respect a Z (dare I say it) artist when the only reason he was famous was because he knew Eminem?
I don’t know why or how but I sincerely hope that sooner or later people (including me) will come to their senses and start liking music for what it is not what video is showcasing it.