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Science Confirms – Pop Music all Sounds the Same

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I have never really been a fan of Pop music.  That isn’t to say that there has never been Pop songs that I  liked. Quite the contrary, there have been several Pop songs that I have found catchy, and enjoyable; but not nearly enough for me to go running out and buy the single, or album.  Why?  Well, at the risk of sounding completely snobish here, I find a lot to be desired in the artistic merits of most, if not all, Pop music.  Again, this isn’t to say that if one were to browse through my music library that every little piece of music there are bastions of high-brow musical masters.  Trust me there are plenty of low-brow clunkers in there.  I guess the simplest way to put my views on Pop music is that I don’t really find any real or great difference between one Pop song or another.  In short, Pop songs all, basically, sound the same to me.

Is it because I am just too old now, and thus a “square,” who just doesn’t get it?  Well, while I am old enough to be the father to many a Bieber “belieber,” and the Bieb’s himself; the fact that I have never, ever, bought, or asked my parents to buy, any Pop album, cassette, CD, MP3, or any other musical format, at any stage of my life, should debunk that belief.

Am I alone in my thinking?  Probably not; and as it turns out science has now confirmed my suspicion/belief that all Pop songs not only sound the same, but they are getting louder too.

According to an article from Reuters; researchers in Spain used what is known as the Million Song Dataset, which breaks down the audio and lyrical content of songs into data that can be put through analysis, to study Pop songs from 1955 through 2010.  The results?  Well, it does appear, after countless algorithmic analysis, that Pop songs have become louder and more musically bland “… in terms of chords, melodies, and types of sounds used.”

So, there you have it.  It is now a scientific fact that Pop music does, in fact, all sound the same . . .

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What Was the Pointer Sisters’ First Grammy Winner?

So last night I met up with a friend at one of our favorite watering holes and we were watching Monday Night Football (MNF), chatting about college football, baseball, Cal Ripken, Jr., politics; you know all those fun conversations that absolutely do nothing to impress women.  When the MNF game ended the in house music was turned back up, and most of it is not really comment worthy – not saying it is bad music, which is of course subjective, but most of it is geared to be generally pleasing to the masses.  There was a song that was played though that would certainly be considered an oldie, and was definitely a pop song back in the day; meaning that it appealed to a broad swathe of the public.  The song was the 1985 hit “Neutron Dance,” by the Pointer Sisters, and me and my friend both had to comment on remembering that song (yes, we’re a little older than the average bears), how popular the Pointer Sisters were in the 1980’s, and then, as many conversations about hit makers go, we asked each other the age old question, “I wonder whatever happened to them?”  Of course in the day of smartphones we very easily could have answered that question right then and there; but we instead went back to one of those conversations that does nothing to impress women.

Well, this morning I found that “Neutron Dance” was stuck in my head, so I decided it was a sure fire sign that I must answer that “whatever happened to” question.  I fired up the ol’ Google machine, typed in “Pointer Sisters” on the search screen, and found the Pointer Sisters official website, clicked it and learned that the sisters are still around and still actively touring and recording – who knew?  I then, in the spirit of nostalgia went to their career highlights link and I learned something very interesting.  The Pointer Sisters won their first Grammy in 1975 with their recording of “Fairytale,” in the category of Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group.

Wait? What?!  The Pointer Sisters recorded and sang country?  Needless to say, even though I am not a country music fan, I had to hear this song; and yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is definitely a country song, and pretty good too.  Below it is, in all of its glory – enjoy:

10 depressing facts about pop music

1. Creed has sold more records in the US than Jimi Hendrix

2. Led Zeppelin, REM, and Depeche Mode have never had a number one single, Rihanna has 10

3. Ke$ha’s “Tik-Tok” sold more copies than ANY Beatles single

4. Flo Rida’s “Low” has sold 8 million copies – the same as The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”

5. The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” is more popular than any Elvis or Simon & Garfunkel song

6. Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You” sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record

7. Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album

8. Barbra Streisand has sold more records (140 million) than Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, and Tom Petty combined

9. People actually bought Billy Ray Cyrus’ album “Some Gave All” … 20 million people. More than any Bob Marley album

10. The cast of “Glee” has had more songs chart than the Beatles

via buzzfeed

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