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08 September 2007 @ 01:13 pm
Let it be known that I still despise the RIAA  
What this musician did (and continues to do) is pretty goddamn inexcusable.
Current Mood: pissed off
Nightwalkerhalfawake on September 8th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I read that in the paper, thought it was utterly ridiculous. She's totally scamming people.
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From the Bad side of Bad Towneorbitsquirrel on September 8th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
I whole heartily agree. Who cares how musicians make their hype, if the music is good then let it be good.
Neosis: Closeupneosis on September 9th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
On the one hand you have a point about the music being more important than the artist's foibles, on the other hand, I don't like people who use deception and trickery to get what they want.

Every time I hear her music it will now be tainted by her lies.

lyght on September 8th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
And what happened to the musicians behind Milli Vanilli?

My understanding from the article is that she's only playing covers? "The music" in this case is only hers in the sense that she's good at playing/singing stuff other people wrote. I know that counts for something (particularly in current corporate music culture), but it's hardly enough to "let the music stand or fall as it will." This person is selling a performance, not music -- much in the same way that the lip-synching Rob and Fab did.
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lyght on September 9th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
I think the charts were a good indicator at that time that the "music industry" was equal parts image and music. Recall that Milli Vanilli had several hits (many of which I liked) going by those charts (I'd argue that youtube views can be considered a sort of popularity measure -- not exactly like record sales or radio plays but still a measure). The second the lip synching issue was discovered, however, the careers of both the images (Rob and Fab) and the musicians (the recorded sound) were over (again, going by the charts). In line with this, most of the people I knew dropped the idea that they had EVER liked Milli Vanilli the second they found out about the scandal, regardless of their undying devotion to such music just weeks before. Personally being the sort who (like you) didn't really give a rat's ass about the people behind the music, I kept and enjoyed my cassette for several years after the scandal.

The point I'm trying to make: If it was really just about the music for most people, the musicians behind Milli Vanilli likely *could* have gone on to have decent careers, based on previous achievement. Clearly, image (whether carefully constructed or given at face value) is important to most people (c'mon, we both know there are teenagers out there who see assholishness as a reason to listen to the likes of GNR), and you and I are kind of anomalies. Most people don't like to feel like they've been had, and both Milli Vanilli and the current example are interesting case studies in what happens when the music industry tries to fool its customers.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on September 8th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
I actually care about the story of the artist and the label their music is published with.
chadvalentinechadvalentine on September 9th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
I agree...
At best she's misleading her audience, and at best flat out misleading them. it's disrespectful--and poseurish.
elfdope on September 8th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Personally I think its awesome.

Music sells on image, and is enjoyed due to content.

This is no more evil than a corporation making fake myspace pages for its tv programs, or any other fake internet/media crap.

Every day they sell albums by having an artist get arrested for just the right crime, or having them go out on a date with a more famous artist.
Musicin68musicin68 on September 8th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
I dislike the lie, but I like her sound. She seems to be a very talented musician. Honestly I don't listen to the radio anymore so I don't think I'd have ever heard of her but for this blog. Sorry Disco, you may be inadvertently giving her more publicity.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on September 8th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
I haven't bought music from an RIAA label since 2001 (there are lots of reasons, which I could go into at length if you felt like listening), and I respect musicians who work outside that system. Some people think there's no such thing as bad publicity, and this post is my way of disagreeing with them.
Flombertrichandfamous on September 8th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
The Internets are what the kids are watching nowadays. We need to get an Internet!