Sasha Frere-Jones of Slate online is wondering why are some writers so afraid of Justin Timberlake or other pop stars. She says in regards to those who criticize the *NSYNC star for not being as involved in the songwriting process: “Do we know exactly what Thom Yorke contributes to Radiohead songs, other than singing? Do we know what Jeff Tweedy does, exactly, in Wilco? When Pink Floyd takes a year to make a record, is that ‘spontaneous’? Wasn’t Bob Fosse hyperchoreographed? It feels a bit tortured to avoid the most obvious explanation for Madonna and Justin’s records: that Madonna’s and Justin have a lot to do with their music, and how they make it up and get it done is no more important than it is for any other artists with their names on the marquee.” Read more.
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