So SAWB linked us to Drudge Report in his latest post. While there, I saw something so depressing that it almost made me want to cry. Barry Manilow is poised to take the #1 spot on the Billboard charts this week. The saddest part is that he's doing it with an album of cover songs called ‘Love Songs of the 50’s’. How bad is today's music that Barry Manilow of all people can cover songs that are least 47 years old and come in #1 on the charts?
Here is my take on the situation. Feel free to make your own comments:
There is a serious lack of diversity in today's music. I've felt for a while now that the horrible-to-me genre of adult contemporary died out almost completely while there was still a pretty big audience for it. All of this positioning every album to garner the most mainstream popularity possible is really cutting off viable but non-mainstream opportunities for the larger record labels.
And it's not helping that the already established genres have watered down or even in some cases changing entirely. Using the example of Avril Lavignesjdgkasghj, she claims to be "punk." Maybe I've missed something but if she hung out around really real punk rockers, they'd probably beat her, and each other for that matter, senseless. The only difference is that they would enjoy it and she would not. I don't know what punk means nowadays, but I remember punk rockers who kill their girlfriends on heorin binges and stuff them under the sinks of hotel bathrooms and punk rockers who take pieces of a broken bottle that someone threw at them onstage and use the glass to cut their arms and throw the blood out into the audience. I just can't see this girl doing that kind of thing or even going somewhere where that sort of thing happens. If wearing dark eyeliner or listening to Green Day nowadays make you "punk," it's no wonder the really real punk rockers have left the genre entirely for recording industry purposes. The same can be said (though usually to a MUCH smaller degree) in most genres today. Where do you classify Beastie Boys? Are they rap? They used to be but not really anymore.
The music industry is in trouble and they don't even seem to really know why. They can blame their plight on pirating if they'd like but if a has-been covering songs twice as old as their target audience can sell more records than their new showcase talent, I have to think there's more to it than that.