I should probably point out that you will find no hipster nonsense here, no exclamations on how I liked an artist before they hit the mainstream, or that my music tastes are too underground for you to know about them. My views on mainstream music are in no way controversial. Although I like a lot of acoustic folk music, like Bon Iver, Iron + Wine or James Vincent McMorrow, their music is very accessible to everyone. But I also like my big hits too.
Take for example, Justin Bieber, I cannot understand why he gets so much hate, for apparently being untalented. It’s quite clear the boy can sing and he has co-writing credits on a lot of his songs and I always get the impression that he is not just some labels music monkey. So I think the hate is somewhat unjust The song ‘Baby’ with Ludacris, is genuinely one of my favorite songs. People and I know there is probably one or two reading this right now, condemn an artist just because they are worshipped by the general populace, believing themselves to be too cool to like someone so popular. One Direction probably have as many haters as they do fans, hating them for their style and wiles. People seem to have such strong opinions, from adoration to revile. What ever happened to just plain indifference. These days, when you don’t like a particular style of music or a band or an artist, you can’t just not listen, enjoying the music you do like, you now have to HATE them, and make sure you tell your friends. Can’t have people thinking you are a closet Belieber or Directioner.
Although, I don’t load the official chart or anything like that, if I hear a song on the radio or in a club and I like it, I will download it, regardless of who the artist is. I think many people, even if they love a song, will not buy it or download it because they don’t or won’t like person who sings it. Missing out on some potentially good music for misguided prejudices.
And that is a shame.