Pseudo-artists awkwardly “MMMBop” to the top
WHY EMPTY LYRICS SHOULD BE FULFILLING
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 02:09
With teenagers being the biggest spenders on music, teenage music sensations become famous quickly and effortlessly.
Apparently, there is something people admire about their not yet fully developed voices and early life achievements. Yet, in reality, there is nothing innocent about teenagers becoming instant superstars. Quite early they understand the rules of the branding game and play it well, while somebody else pays for their success.
Some of them become famous due to a plain joke, like Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” Even more ridiculous is the fact that Black became a worldwide sensation with many YouTube viewers along with Michael J. Nelson calling it “the worst video ever made” in a tweet. Now she is working on her fourth single.
Black might rise above herself, making songs even more terrible which should ultimately lead to becoming a new pop phenomenon. It could come to the point that music titans like Lady Gaga and Madonna will have to retire, because they won’t be able to bear the thought of sharing their grand titles with a talentless 15-year old.
Black became famous overnight. Her song was viewed millions of times. Yet, no one will ever admit to liking this song. This situation would be funny, if it wasn’t so terrifying. Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, and Ashley Tisdale plant and reinforce the superficial aspect in whole generations of young heads with real life Barbie images.
These ladies crank out one-day hits like a speed factory machinery just to not disappear from TV screens. Poor young girls are bombarded with sparkly-pink beauty and look up to them as if they are real aspirations. Young naive girls get wrong impressions about how they should look, act, and what they should do to achieve success with this plastic music.
After teenagers are acquainted with the images of life-sized Barbies, they spend hours watching Ken. Speaking of Kens, there is no way to skip Justin Bieber. Especially since “If I was Your Boyfriend” is rotated by every radio station. Millions of crying preteen girls are now dreaming about dating a quasi-male.
What is irksome, to say the least, about all this mess is that millions of dollars are being invested in a well-organized industry. It is an industry that has no positive effects on society—it doesn’t promote art appreciation, nor does it promote healthy self-image for teens and adults alike.
Anyone could make an argument that some of the biggest stars on today’s scene, like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Usher were once teen artists too. Here is the thing: Those people don’t really embody the art of music—their songs sound very much alike—with the same themes of sex and easy life over and over again. Furthermore, do you really think that people will remember Britney Spears or Usher 20 years from now? Maybe, just as specimens of music history.