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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pop Music: Is It Becoming One Blurred Song?

What do Robin Thicke, Pitbull, and Miley Cyrus all have in common? Other than the provocative performance at the VMA's between Thicke and Miley, there is nothing to connect the three.

After spending the last few hours looking at many Top 10 Lists, I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter if you live in the US or in Russia, you will listen to the same music. Every list I have looked at has been a different mix of Blurred Lines, Royals, Summertime Sadness, Roar, Applause, and let's not forget Wrecking Ball. What is it that makes these songs rise above all the others? Personally I have no clue, but it might be the fact that when you listen to them more than once they start to become one big blur.

Then there is the problem that every song has similar lyrics or beats, making this an even larger blur than before. On the surface it may seem that the above artists have nothing in common but once you here their music you begin to think otherwise. Lana Del Rey and LORDE both sound like each other and they are ultimately connected to Dub Step. Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus are all pop and have songs that start slow then end up becoming the soundtrack to your Saturday night. Robin Thicke and Daft Punk are techno but also pop. So with all of these overlapping music genres is it all safe to say that there really are blurred lines or am I oversimplifying everything?

My question to you is, should artists do something new to have a different sound or is similarity a good thing?

Kathleen- Homework Assistant

P.S I am sorry for my miserable and horrible attempt to make a blurred lines reference in every sentence.

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