With each new generation of performers, the music industry is propelled forward with the addition of fresh talent. However, these artists stand on the shoulders of giants and in some cases they don’t only continue the legacy of their predecessors; they relive it.
The Lava Lizard presents this young crop of performers in this week’s Way Back Wednesday as Generation Next. Indeed, many music fans praise their favourite artists as being innovative and original but those persons are simply bringing rebranding the work of icons in a modern context.
Yet, this Way Back Wednesday piece is not focused on insulting the younger generation of entertainers. Rather, it will highlight newer acts and their predecessors so that music fans can spot the similarities. From their voices to their stage shows, this is the ultimate industry part two!
Watch some of the Generation Next performers below:
Kim Burrell/Jazmine Sullivan
There is nothing wrong with artists channeling their predecessors because we all have learn from those who come before us. In fact, by studying the best in our class we will work toward becoming masters ourselves. However, the problem develops when people resort to blatant imitation.
For instance, although Lady Gaga is a better artist than Madonna, there is no doubt that she has copied the latter. Really, have you seen some of Gaga’s outfits? She definitely wasn’t born that way.
Now, why did I compare Usher to Bobby Brown? Although Usher labels Michael Jackson as his ultimate idol, his dance style is remarkably similar to Brown. Additionally, he is far more sexual than Jackson; a trait that was key to Brown’s brand.
In case you’re wondering why Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston were left off this list then simply ask yourself if there has ever been vocalists who can rightfully compare. For example, Christina Aguilera and Leona Lewis are similar to Carey in many ways but their both lack what they other possess to complete the puzzle – Aguilera has no control and Lewis’ voice is far too dull.
Jennifer Hudson is often the name highlighted when discussing Franklin but the latter has never been known for screaming her way through songs. Finally, Deborah Cox and Heather Headley were considered as Houston parallels but the absolute grandness of the late diva’s voice was just incomparable.
Who else is missing from this list? Are any of the choices flawed? Share you opinions below!