It seems Sinéad O'Connor is on a bit of a music crusade this week. The Irish songstress first got into a heated discussion with Miley Cyrus after O’Connor attempted to give the 20-year-old some sound advice. Now, she is going after music mogul Simon Cowell.
She candidly stated, "I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock 'n' roll, which has happened because of the industry. Because of Simon Cowell…” The singer believes that rock ’n’ roll has the power to move people and to create change if things are done properly. However, in recent years the focus has gone to sexualizing the youth. Money and fame have become more important than the craft of making music. There is a "bigger is better" mindset right now. At least, that is what the Irish singer is trying to say.
Furthermore, it is "en vogue" to make music careers into competitions. There are countless reality TV shows focused on finding 'the one' - the superstar, or the supergroup. O'Conner believes these shows are also part of the problem. X Factor and American Idol try to find that certain someone or someones who will sell millions of albums and have packed concerts. Again, the focus is on money, not talent. Reality competitions are, by definition, unnatural selection.
I can't help but agree with O'Conner. I see Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and of course Miley Cyrus, on the computer and television. They are all about the image - wearing wild, often provocative clothes, and dancing promiscuously, bordering on obscene, even. That shallow stuff just overshadows their music and the talent they obviously possess.
Does Sinéad O'Connor want to fix the music industry? Is she gearing up to be a music producer? Is this just a stunt to get her name back in the news? Does she want to protect the youth of today? Or is she just trying to get people to think? What are your thoughts? Share below! We would love to hear your thoughts!
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