Saturday, February 22, 2014

Irony Of Talent Shows

I don’t know why I write this shite, oh yeah, I know, because nobody else does, because I feel as though we're being lied to all day, every day.

The only people allowed to talk about 'unimportant' topics like this and be respected in the 'mainstream' are...
I'm tired of these Talent shows.. Namely 'The Voice'.

The winners don’t get anywhere and its all a waste of talent, serving only the broadcasters and the celebrity affiliates. I feel sad about the whole situation and for everyone involved. What is displayed is the buggery of the music biz's gaping rear.

The Voice is a competition in which all chosen contestants are skilled singers worthy of some kind of success, they compete through an elimination process that involves them singing against another talented person from their team. Both contestants must give their all beside one another, singing over eachother and forgoing harmony to produce a piercing and unpleasant musical noise, then one is marked as inferior.

An element of irony is introduced with the consideration that the loser may actually be more skilled as a singer and performer than the judges or even the leaders of the industry. The winner of the show is guaranteed a record deal but no previous winners have achieved success in the market. More money is made from the show that the winner of it. The success of the winner is possibly irrelevant to the competitions existence.

The Voice:
Round1 of 4: All contestants are good singers....

An artist becoming a failure on a talent show (all but one in each series) marks them down as unsuitable for the industry. You can proclaim the few exceptions to this rule, ignoring the other 98 percent of cases, but most talent show 'losers' actually have talent that would garner wealth and business in another scenario.

So the best performers, actual 'idols of our societies' are to go onto a gameshow where their talents are to be used and devalued in a soul destroying parade of desperation.

They tell every auditioner to never give up and keep going on...
The fact is, the music industry is broken. Sorta, not completely, but its a long way from the heydays. There’s a reason Eminem doesn’t release an hour of gibberish every year, even though he has the fans waiting to buy. The reason is: Its not about the music or the artist anymore. Outside of dance, the music business is based on gap filling and division. The majority of artists making money make it by way of publishing.

The biggest stars today are those who have been around for how many years and started when? Beyonce, Jay z, Lady Gaga (bye), Kanye, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Shakira, Pitbull, Jason Derulo, Justin Beiber etc. Each of them have hundreds of BTS contributors.

Every other successful artist is niche limited or a one hit wonder. Anyone who has recently had a hit first single, found success with a song that was completely unoriginal and fabricated: A dance song, that had a scientifically catchy chant. The others had endorsements (I.e a song in an ad or movie or mass media representation).

People no longer know what to respect, and that most things are worthy of it. The mainstream doesn't even respect those who write their own songs, mistaking actors for artists.

Of course, nobody would say that that is what they want, but in practice the opposite is true. The mainstream does not like challenging music unless it is adopted by media, for matching up with popular perception, something that often needs altering.

Jessie J blew up with a song about being a woman who is like a man and then over stayed her welcome by continually putting out songs with a point, that she wrote herself, exhibiting unbounded confidence. People don’t like that, I'm not sure why.

These shows thrive on and advertise the death and irrelevance of talent; The undermining of ability and subsequent celebration of accepted 'averageness'.

The debilitating shift is evident when you look at how record labels function today.
It used to be that if an individual or group had a great song or album, labels would be happy to distribute it and invest in the brand.
Today, an artist must bring its own brand to market, initially through non-monetary and oversaturated platforms, before being given the time of day by a label (those who are supposed to have the money and infrastructure to make things happen). Before a product is seen as sellable by distributors, the creator must give the product to everyone for free. This is obviously bull because marketing, contacts, production resources and distribution are things that an individual shouldn't be expected to have.  It seems labels only want artists who are already successful. DIGRESSION

These shows represent the broken state of the industry. These shows would deny us Whitneys, Dions and Luthers.

The judges on these shows are only helping themselves...

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