Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rhymes & Life: We Need Rockstars!

We need rockstars! Seriously our generation has been horribly deprived of the drug-addicted, sex inducing, ego driven superstardom of past generations. We may have the internet to thank for this. The millenial generation is a generation full of niches, where pop music is finally taking the fall. Pop music will always be here, but the struggles the music industry have been facing this decade has made the lifespan of a popstar an incredibly short one.

Take for example, Nelly. This man was an icon in the beginning of the decade, but now, only 9 years later, he is almost unrecognizable to young audiences. Nelly's first album, Coutry Grammar released in 2000, has sold over 9 million copies. Each album since then has sold less and less, and last year his release, Brass Knuckles, has only sold 200,000 copies. Nelly was a popstar, not a rockstar. A popstar appears on ET and in gossip magazines, their lifespan in limelight is a short one because they appeal to short-spanned audiences.

With the age of music piracy and ever-declining albums sales, there are very few actual rockstars because most potential rockstars sell out to make a quick buck, which is so not rock and roll. Most rockstars are not household names as they were in the 70s, but they are still out there. This generation is the generation of independence, where the best artists are on indie labels or they release their music themeselves.

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