Is pop music getting more annoying?
Your answer to this question may be a resounding, non-hesitating, “Yes!” And I’m with you. Pop music nowadays can be really repetitive, uninteresting, and just irritating.
But even though it feels like pop music is more annoying than it used to be, is that actually true? And can the rest of us learn something from pop music?
I conducted a poll on Twitter to see how musicians view their own music — service or product?
The results were overwhelmingly “product,” not “service.” I wondered if this was how most people actually view the music they make…
Indie artist White Interland is suing Justin Bieber over his song “Sorry,” saying that Bieber and his producers copied “original, protectable elements of the musical composition” of her song “Ring the Bell” and “unlawfully sampled” her song.
Check out the two songs next to each other:
In terms of the lawsuit, though, Skrillex’s tweet (below) pretty much proves that Bieber and co. didn’t sample White Hinterland’s song. Which makes it even more fascinating how similar these two intros are.
This reminds me of the Aloe Blacc vs. Elton John situation.
The takeaway here: sometimes two artists separately come up with very similar musical parts. There’s nothing new under the sun, not really.
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I haven’t been listening to a whole lot of music lately. But below is the good stuff I’ve encountered. In order from favorite to not-as-favorite.
Jon Batiste – cover of Blackbird
One-word description: beautiful
Allen Stone – Voodoo
One-word description: Mmhmm…
John Mayer – Wildfire
One-word description: campfire
Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean?
One-word description: catchy