Common is the Al Sharpton of rap, he never met a cause he couldn’t turn into a photo op or a coupla bucks. Selma Schelma, Common hangs his flags anywhere some black actual, you know, heroes, like Nelson Mandela show up, and then convinces that art is action AS SUCH. As though singing about Selma is the same as marching there all those years ago.
Robin Thicke goes to court and admits to being so drunk and coked up that he had nothing to do with the song he wrote? What did you think the jury, who are given to dislike the charm bereft pop star for his entire “Paula” debacle, thought of that? One of the writers of the song admits to not writing it.
No matter if you agree or not with the result of the lawsuit, there is a fine line between inspiration and plagiarism and it happens all the time when I listen to new songs, they very often remind me about another song, but do I know music enough to decide if it is total plagiarism?
Thicke sold less than 54 copies in Aussie country during its first week of release! The album even failed to place in the country’s ARIA Top 500 album charts whereas, ‘Blurred Lines’ had reached No.1 on the Australian charts at the time of its release. What a dive!
Streaming and buying are mirror images of each others. On Spotify, “Blurred Lines” was streamed 174 Million times, Thicke’s latest song “Get her Back” 2 million times. This is eactly mirrors the UK charts break down, Thicke lost over 98% of his audience in a year and the reason is not just because he sucks
Three really good albums and boatloads of whatever with at least two serious dogs in the mix. Take it or leave it, I don’t care, I mean yeah Trey is # 1 but he only sold 105K so oh well whatever, right. I wonder how many of these albums will go, forget platinum, gold.
Ah, yes, reality. Now that the script writers of reality shows are suing for royalties the question as to what is real becomes murkier though Lennon’s “nothing is real” probably comes closest. And this sense of nothing is real invaded the music world this week.
Touchin, Lovin – Trey Songz – Autotuned by the number like T.Pain with his melody jones on stand by and if you think Minaj adds much to the situation, you haven’t been paying attention; about as sexy as a toothache and since that’s what it is all about, who would you blame for the lack of fireworks? – C-
Here we go, Independence day weekend, the worst week of new releases this side of New year, has nothing much going on. I like the new Robin Thicke album I guess but naming his album for his ex-wife? It is all kinda nauseating (though maybe good business?) . Seether? Trey Songz? Magic!? On to the next week.
Sure there is worst than this, there are entertainers who perform for tyrants and dictators in foreign countries, but this is as close as you can go to the same thing while staying in the US. On Friday, Pharrell Williams as well as Harry Connick Jr., Robin Thicke, Sarah McLachlan, and Aloe Blacc, performed at Walmart annual shareholders gathering
Popdust is probably my favorite music website, it looks like a dream and is wildly sarcastic and funny and fun. It obsesses over K-Pop and has better ears than Pitchfork; if Popdusts Top 20 songs of 2013 seems a little obvious, well, the whole point with pop music is that it be popular…
Give It 2 U – Robin Thicke – Emphasis is everything and at Jingle Ball, used silence to emphasis his “Angel” hook and the rest of the song followed, making a substandard Timberlake song become a major pop stroke – A-
EDM is so folded into popular music that it didn’t appear as a THING at all, so according to Z100, pop music 2013 is dance pop and that’s really it. Perhaps they are right, or perhaps it was just a bad year for Z100 talent promoters.
Yeah, you heard me. You wanna be the biggest and the best than be the biggest and the best. Does Z-100 think we don’t know the L.A. Jingle got Katy and Gaga? Do they think that?
If it wasn’t for the fact that Lorde apparently is only 16 years old, you’d be excused for believing Lorde is a 28 year old Disney XD actress playing a 16 year old
Reflektor – Arcade Fire – It sounds like Holy Ghost plus LCD Soundsystem hit with gamma rays and turned into the incredible Hulk till it is a monster of pop awesomeness
If I could go back in time a coupla days I wouldn’t buy a ticket, the moment has passed and the place to see Robin now is third on the bill at Jingle Ball, three songs and out. But since I was buying before I was seeing, I guess it is now a must see…