In a recent discussion on the Room for Debate page of the NY Times, panelists Jessica Hopper, Gill Holland, MK Asante, Oliver wang, Julianne Escobedo and Refe Tuma, all weighed in on the phenomenon that is the churning and burning of questionable talent coming in and spread eagled onto the music scene. Quoted from the discussion; ”
When Jennifer Hudson sang a Grammy tribute to Whitney Houston, a symbolic torch was passed. While Houston grew up connected to music royalty and was discovered while performing in clubs, Hudson came out of nowhere to become a finalist on American Idol.
Is that the new normal? Take Lana Del Rey, NY Times most recent cover subject, who also became famous in about a minute. Is her ascent a sign that we’re more impressed by hype than talent? Or are media innovations helping to hype deserving but unknown artists?”
QG WD writers are pretty passionate about this very topic, collectively convinced the gullet of entertainers are most certainly more hype than substance, but the consumer thrives on it, they actually want bad over good, its as if to be good is well, not so good. With the mass appeal of shows like “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent” and the oldie but goodie, “American Idol” its no wonder all the TV, film and music business execs can figure to deliver is more and more of the same mediocre, over-packaged and super dumbed-down products – we do think however there is a great deal of truth to the fact that, to “make it” in any creative field be it music, movies, dance or designer fashion, you sign on to the reality that the Internet is your new best friend. Without those fans, those friends and followers you might as well hang it up and open a cupcake shop… oh wait, that’s right, your favorite cupcakes have a Facebook page!
On a side note, the Lana Del Rey website? Bold, interactive, heavy graphices and video, hip fonts – we totally love this site so we give the over-night-youtube-queenie-girl and her label a few kudos for creative thinking.