Contributed by kittykat23:
I am new here and I just wanted to submit an essay stating some of my thoughts about this board:
I am wondering why some of you get so worked up over Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. All a lot of you are concerned about (seems to be mainly Britney Spears fans) is how much and artist is selling and where they debut on a chart. Some of the most talented artists in the world do not debut that high on billboard charts because they do not have a certain look or marketability. Does that make them less talented than the ones who are successful in mainstream? No, that just shows how shallow the music industry has become. So in essence, if you want to speak about a musicians’ talent, numbers do not matter at all. Neither does who gets the most press attention or who has the least amount of clothes on in a video. It all comes down to a few factors: can the artist sing? Can the artist write well (that doesn’t include co-writing because you can contribute one word and still be considered a co-writer)? Can this artist play any instruments? Can this artist produce? Can this artist contribute worthwhile ideas to music that is supposedly theirs?
If the answer is no to all of those questions, then that “artist” isn’t an artist at all, rather some obscure person looking to strike it rich, which is the reason why music is down the tubes today. I like certain artists because of their voices. I like certain artists because they can play instruments well. I like certain artists because of their lyrics. But I can honestly say that I do not like an artist based on the fact that they are popular and look good. If I can’t strip away all of the visual and technical stuff and still have a worthwhile artist, then I don’t waste my time or money. I want an artist that can sit in front of me with nothing but themselves and present something great to me. THAT is an artist.