PERHAPS THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL THING ABOUT MUSIC YOU”LL READ ALL DAY

Posted: October 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
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where did it go wrong

Did you know that many of today’s pop stars are employed by the government? 

Actually that’s a lie, but you could be forgiven for thinking they were after I’m finished with this post.

The problem I have with the whole situation is the loss of integrity that music once had in the mainstream.  As I’ve spoken about in previous posts, the 60’s were a political time in music, which gifted the world many great songs.  Artists were the voice of the people, and Bob Dylan was considered the voice of a generation even though he might not have seen it that way. 

Today however, music is sexualised, and it reeks of the consumerist ideology.  The mainstream music of today is not dealing with the problems our society is facing; rather it has become a part of the problem.  Film clips, with rappers preaching about how much money they have, driving around in Lamborghini’s whilst practically naked women dance like they’re some kind of domesticated pet.

These are the ideals set forth, which are taken on board by young people.  You just have to look around and see the ignorance of the society we live in to grasp an appreciation for the depth of the problem.  Perhaps I’m a pessimist, yet I see an overwhelming majority following suit, accepting such ideals set forth as the ‘right way’.  People are obsessed with body image.  They’re obsessed with buying more, consuming more as we’re all led to believe that ‘bigger is better’.   In the meantime our world is facing the dire consequences of excessive consumption, and music which I believe to be one of the most powerful mediums in shaping the beliefs of young people is saying, lets consume more, lets sexualise and lets breed.

At the end of the day, this is what governments and corporations want.  They want populations to grow and people to consume more, because this is what’s powering our economy.  Meanwhile all the so called ‘cool’ pop stars out there are seen as rebels in the eyes of young people.  But these pop stars are not rebels, what they are is a bunch of shallow sell outs who are conforming to the manufactured structure of our society set forth by a ruling class.  They are selling to the next generation a bunch of ideals that will encourage them to follow a life dictated by monetary gain.  These pop stars are glorifying the very things which are leading to the human race’s downfall.

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Comments
  1. Again, I think you’re spot on. I’m not all that picky with my music, to be honest; I don’t stick to one style or genre, it’s just as likely that I’ll be listening to Katy Perry or Good Charlotte as it is The Doors or the Dirty Dancing soundtrack – I’m not dead against pop music in principle. I like some of Perry’s stuff, and I’ve got all of Kelly Clarkson’s albums, not to mention a couple of Christina Aguilera and a spot of Avril Lavigne. But I’m inclined to agree that a helluva lot of what we hear/are exposed to today is pretty much product placement with a backing track. Case in point: Wings by Macklemore. I get that there’s a story and all that, but when you break it down it’s a song about Nike. That’s a brand that has people working in sweatshops to make shoes that are overpriced. And what about Rihanna’s umbrella video that was conveniently reworked into a Covergirl commercial or something like that. Product placement and music shouldn’t have anything in common, and the popular music of today is making me turn away…

    • Thanks for your comment. You’re not alone because I’m finding a lot of people are dissatisfied with music these days. I myself am a fan of pop music from the last 50 years, but the last 10 years has been largely a disappointment. This may be a generalisation, but the musicians I grew up listening to were all against consumerism. Music was about finding salvation, but generally now it’s pretty shallow.

  2. Do you think there are any exceptions to the rule? I know Lady GaGa is a bit weird, and you may not like her music as a style – but she certainly rasies awareness about a lot of social issues such as speaking out against homophobia, transgender and racial discrimination, political issues (she got banned from China for promoting ‘Free Tibet’) etc… Do you think these kind of movements are positive for music today, even if a lot of Lady GaGa’s popularity is from her quirky personality and fashion?

    • There are exceptions to the rule and Lady Gaga is a good example. I think that like you’ve mentioned a lot of this comes from her style and views more than through her music, though she stands for a lot of important issues. My blog is full of generalisations, although as I think you’ll agree, they’re warranted given the current pop music scene. I’m not suggesting that all artists out there are culprits, but in my opinion the vast majority of those in the mainstream are.

  3. Great post! I definitely agree that music is incredibly influential in society and that a lot of popular music today does promote consumeristic ideals. Agreed that there are some musicians that don’t, however Lady GaGa probably isn’t one of them as she does have a large amount of product placement in some of her music videos. Telephone had a lot, with the coke cans in her hair to the conveniently placed wonderbread in one scene. At the same time it is harder for musicians to make money these days with the rise of pirated music. Do you think that they are using product placement and endorsements in their songs as a way of gaining lost capital?

    Here’s an article you might want to check out:

    http://www.eucam.info/eucam/home/news.html/1881/1392/us-adolescents-hearing-8-alcohol-brand-references-daily-in-popular-music,

    It’s about how corporations that own alcohol brands are taking over record companies, hence the rise in all of the alcohol brand references in popular music. Alcohol advertising is so strict this is a way for them to get around it and influence youth!

    As for the sexualisation of women, I completely agree. These music videos do show women as body parts or as some kind of ‘domesticated pet’. This can be really damaging to the fight for equality with some songs even endorsing rape culture and sexual harassment as something ‘cool’. You should check out our new blog post on how studies have proven that men being exposed to sexist and objectifying music negatively affects their attitudes towards women in the short term; it’s really interesting!

    http://fightmisogynistmusic.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/attitudes-towards-women-sexist-music/

    • Nothing is sacred anymore, least of all music. Thanks for sharing; it seems that a lot of your campaign’s values are aligned with mine.

      It’s concerning to see this trend in music as the glorification of alcohol is fuelling the fire of a massive social issue.

      I’ve always been opposed to the commercialisation of art, but let’s face it; music is a business. Greed is driving the music industry these days, and I’m no expert, but if someone was to write a song about alcohol abuse I doubt they’d get far with one of those labels.

      This leads me to wonder whether musicians are being censored. Forced to portray themselves in the interests of the label, like politicians who toe the party line. Oh, what am I saying, we all know these sell-outs aren’t real artists anyway.

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