Whether or not they publicly admit it, products of black or “urban” culture has been at the core of the white American diet for hundreds of years. However, that fascination with the music, fashions and behaviours of the now rising minority has been coupled with crude imitations that extend to extreme mockery. Of course, I’m […]
It has been 12 years since the tragic death of Aaliyah on August 25 2001 and it is still difficult for many of her fans to accept. Listed among the great talents of Contemporary R&B, the young songbird was already an icon of her generation at the age of 22 years and was quickly headed […]
Last week, we discussed at great length the effects of ageism and sexism on female artists in the music industry, and highlighted the key relationship between Western patriarchal ideologies and the objectification of female sexuality. Yet, are those women really victims or is there a new wave of empowerment at play?
We lightly discussed the issue of ageism in the music industry before but it’s time to take a more critical look at the matter with a fresh perspective. As women over the age of 40 years continue to struggle to find their footing on the Pop charts, let’s highlight the core causal factors of this […]
What we’re about to discuss is the ultimate taboo in the music industry. No, I’m not referring to Beyonce’s lip-syncing, Jay-Z’s current lack of lyrical depth or the Illumnati membership list. Rather, this article centres on the practices of payola as we develop an understanding of how and why artists use them today.
“If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” – Isaac Newton. That saying has been repeated by the greatest thinkers, builders and entertainers but many misuse his words as an excuse for imitation. Such is the case in the music industry and that lack of originality is […]
Serious music fans constantly complain about the current state of the music industry but few have offered theories that identify the causal factors that have created this situation. So, this is where we enter from stage left with possible reasons for the drastically lowered standards for success.
Beyonce released her Dangerously in Love debut solo album exactly ten years ago and since that time, she has established herself as one of the leading forces in R&B and Pop music. However, now that the diva has come to that unavoidable juncture in her career where her success has begun to wane, a question […]
Whitney Houston will always be remembered as one of the greatest singers of our time with a voice matched by only her beauty and commanding stage presence. Yet, despite the magnitude of her many accomplishments, the grand diva’s legacy is marred by one glaring point: she was rarely involved in the making of her biggest […]
Remember last year when I wrote an article about how many white artists rip off Urban culture when it suits their need to score a hit? Well, now that the Hip-Hop and R&B genres are returning to the forefront of the airwaves and EDM is quickly losing steam, Miley Cyrus provided an ideal example of […]