Ha, I found this funny. This article seems to tout Lady Gaga and her new album, ‘Born This Way’, as savior of the music industry. The hundreds of millions of dollars she has accrued for her record label is used as evidence.
It’s funny though, considering half of this money is from endorsements, not form music. Saving the music industry by making money off of everything but music? Probably because her music sucks, but her brand is marketable.
As record label execs. and artists like Gaga scramble to find ways to stay rich, by selling the public the safe bet, and by safe bet I mean idiotic publicity stunts and terrible music that all sounds the same, a different savior is emerging. This savior is a musical middle class, in which musicians don’t need a major label to survive, where musicians don’t have to give all their money to labels, sell their soul to the devil and spend their lives on energy draining tours and making music they don’t want to in order to pay back an insurmountable debt to major record labels.
Lady Gaga isn’t the savior if the industry, shes one of the few remaining samples of the old model, which searches desperately for instant cash through mass, in your face marketing and stunts and unartistic, cookie cutter, industry created music.
In order to find a savior one needs to look no further then those who are actually working to make artistically talented , passionate music. Artists like Adele, who says she makes music for the ears, no the eyes, and could care less about her public image, or Odd Future, the rap group who defies the mainstream and raps about never growing up, and living life to the fullest for no one by yourself, albeit through cryptic, misogynist, and violent lyrics.
Lady Gaga represents the downfall, not the savior of the music industry. Dinosaurs will die, a new model will replace the crumbling one we’re currently being force fed.
I love the iTunes top ten right now. Adele’s ’21’ is still in the Top spot, dominating, plus ’19’, her debut album, is at number 9. Lonely Island is at number two. I don’t listen to comedy music really, but, they have some funny songs. There’s other albums that deserve that spot, but still they’re probably more talented then a lot of artists who have been in that spot. American Idol sucks but whatever. Christina Perri?
Okay so the top Five has some scattered good albums but the 10-5 is absolutely genius. Every single album is not only good, but very good. It’s pure quality, and that’s rare and amazing. It’s a good day.
Love how the Beastie Boys did a reggae track with Santigold.
One of the best songs off of ‘Goblin’ by far. Helps that Frank Ocean makes a guest appearence.
Who’s not happy Fleetwood Mac is there. It just feels good to have some older, more solid talent up there with all those newer artists.
I don’t follow the music charts. I hate music charts. I give them an occasional glance, but they usually just make me angry. That being said, I was reading an article on the Billboard 200 Albums chart today, and I’m actually not angry.
First of all, Adele’s ’21’ is still doing stellar on the charts. I definitely like that. Only four other albums by female artists in the past decade have had the staying power of ’21’, which is in it’s 6th non-consecutive week atop the charts.
Explosions at the Sky is also having some chart success. Their last album debuted somewhere in the 80s, but not this time around. ‘Take Care, Take Care, Take Care’ is currently at number 19 on the Billboard 200, a new high for the Texas band.
‘Wasting Light’, the latest from the Foo Fighters is still in the top ten as well. Great news for fans of rock music everywhere, the Foo Fighters are putting up a fight against the mainstream genocide of rock.
Plus it always makes me smile when Wiz Khalifa and Glee both made their down to lower spots this week. Great news.
The singles front is a little more bleak, dominated by monotone music, but at least Lady GaGa’s ‘Judas’ isn’t in the top ten, and Beyonce’s steal-an-entire-beat-from-Major-Lazer-call-it-a-sample-and-market-it-as-a-completely-new-song ‘Run the World (Girls)’ is doing even worse. Cool.
Here are some Hypem Highlights before I head off to bed.
I will be posting something about The Weeknd here soon. The House of Balloons mixtape is absolutely phenomenal. Seriously. Listen to The Weeknd now, or be the one whose out of the loop in a few months. House of Balloons is one of the few mixtapes that creeps into my playlist between my Odd Future and Kendrick Lamar listening sessions these days.
I’ve heard ‘Love Lust’ by King Charles before, I can’t tell you where, I can’t tell you when, but I loved it. For some reason I forgot about pretty soon after that though, but now that its back hanging around in my consciousness I’m sure I’ll be listening more in the near future.
First up, the new Cool Kids single. The provide the same bass heavy, booming and smooth style that can inevitably be described as nothing else but, cool. This track is gonna generate some heat for their springtime release, “When Fish Ride Bicycles”. Check the dopeness.
Check out this song from the Black Angels. They’re a blues-psychedelic band from Austin, Texas. I had never heard of them until tonight, but they’re great. “Bad Vibrations” begins with a three minute long, bluesy, soundtrack tinged drone before screaming into a high tempo guitar assault for the last minute.
Adele’s soulful, thick bluesy voice is impossible to refuse. Her cover of the Stroke’s “Last Night” has been receiving some attention, and while her lad back vocals doesn’t force over the guitar as powerfully as Julian Casablancas’ croons, this cover is still worth a listen, as its still easy to fall for her velvety voice.
Just because I know Courtney hates She & Him, here’s M. Ward’s Rave on featuring Zooey Deschanel.
Slum Village is a Detroit rap group featuring legendary producer J Dilla, as well as Baatin and T3. This is a dirty remix featuring Slum Village raping over Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic”.
Gil Scott-Heron is a legend in music and poetry and a fundamentally important predecessor to rap, especially those rappers lyrically conscious of social plight. In 2010 he released his first album in 16 years, “I’m New Here”. The album was a huge departure from his sound, but still received positive reviews. Several days ago he released a collaboration with Jamie XX, a remix album of “I’m New Here” entitled, “We’re New Here”. The mix for “New York is Killing Me” is definitely worth a listen.