As music evolves, develops, artists pick up these nasty habits as they continue to make their music. Not only are they a nuisance, they hinder the possibility of any artist revolutionising a genre or the whole landscape altogether. Here are some that are common place in my opinion, that sometimes go undetected without evening a passing glance.
Morally, it’s good to recycle. Save the planet and what not, in that context. The idea of recycling, in music terms, is taking a previous song and dubbing all over it. It can allow those who didn’t experience the original music before to hear it again, which does spread it’s fan base. Alternatively, it makes the game easy. It’s becoming too frequent though, especially in modern pop music. I can easily pick out more than a few examples.
Rita Ora’s RIP (ft. Tinie Tempah) is an example. Like I said before, sometimes this can go completely unnoticed. In fact, RIP is the love child of Nneka’s song ‘Heartbeat’, released in 2008. To clarify though, it merely just samples that song. All of the lyrics are original. What’s ironic is that the song was intended for Rihanna, but it was taken up by the ‘English Rihanna.’ I’m not shitting all over RIP though, it’s no at bad song.
Run The World (Girls) is also guilty of recycling, as well as that hideous, deformed record by Jason Derulo. The name of that I’ll leave out of this.
Crap music videos.
Not all music videos are complete bullshit. My idea of one that ticks all the boxes is a music video that tells a story. A music video that can have hidden meaning and is more complex than at first appearance.
Regardless, a lot of music videos seem to go for the default option. That’s achieved by renting out the flashiest cars, the slimmest models and the biggest jewels, dumping them in front of the camera and be done with. Look at the new single from Justin Bieber, Boyfriend. It’s generic as fuck. I wish I could be more expressive than that. The video is as plain as vanilla. However, like RIP, I even like Boyfriend. Yes, I did say that. Excuse any girl jokes please.
Make a dance song, it sells more.
At least 25% of the UK singles chart is home to a dance track. The belief is by making something that will be played at parties and clubs, it will reach a larger number of people. Little words, just a hot beat and a catchy hook. It’s a full proof plan. Every pop artist has done this though. It’s almost become essential, as without it, an album will be restricted to a smaller audience. It makes it multi-genre.
Sometimes it can be seen as a bit of a cop out. Just something added to an album to make up the numbers. Take Starships by Nicki Minaj, Where Have You Been by Rihanna and Young by Tulisa. Both songs have the same characteristics. Sparse use of lyrics and more noise. This gripe probably won’t halt anytime soon. It’s become the norm now.
Added bonus, Axl Rose is still a twat.
Get this. On the current Guns N’ Roses tour, his rider included a square melon.You’re probably already thinking, what a pillock. His rider also requested a custom made leather couch. This is coming from the same man that once told Kurt Cobain to tell his ‘bitch’ to shut up, then proceeding to challenge him to a fight.