In July 2015, Sinead O’Connor blasted Rolling Stone for using Kim Kardashian on the cover of the music magazine. On Facebook she expressed the following view:
“What is this cunt doing on the cover of Rolling Stone? Music has officially died. Who knew it would be Rolling Stone that murdered it? Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh can no longer be expected to take all the blame. Bob Dylan must be fucking horrified. #BoycottRollingStone.”
O’Connor’s view on the music industry is one that many have agreed upon in the last few years but most have been too scared to say anything. Although the original blast was aimed at Kim Kardashian, it is the music business that she is generally attacking. The personal insult to KK is almost a symbol for mainstream popular culture and mainstream music itself. Kim Kardashian is universally known for being famous for her sextape and holding no creative or artsy talent at all. Therefore, her fame is regarded as unjust and unworthy. She’s a metaphor for the music industry therefore, because many of the mainstream music artists currently in the business hold little or no talent when compared to previous musical legends and performers.
One might suggest that the MTV generation has officially taken over. What started in the 90s has now grown up and conquered music, turning it into a glitzy show of giant arses, rap music and vodka bubblegum. It is the female side of the music business that has died the worse death with the majority of female singers only achieving success due to their beautiful faces, ability to show skin and sexualisation of themselves. Although I believe that people can do what they want and stripping naked in a music video is absolutely fine, I dislike the fact that these women are achieving more than others because they are better looking.
Sinead O’Connor isn't the only singer to express such opinions. Noel Gallagher and Morrissey both share similar views. Morrissey dislikes it so much that he avoids the discussion just in case it gets out of hand and he offends someone.
Although there are a few singers floating about in the industry who can actually sing and have real talent, the business itself has become so crazy that it’s no longer down to ability to sing well. If you don’t look the part and people don’t like you, you won’t sell records because there’s no marketability there. And that’s all it’s about. Money. Any singer has the ability to release a ‘catchy’ song but the lyrics will always suffer in this respect. But the industry cares so much for sales that the meaning of music becomes irrespective.
The Avant-garde musicians try and thrive within a flooded industry and use labels such as alternative and indie to sell to people who dislike vodka-bubblegum pop and mainstream music. However, they struggle to make an impact against the destroyers of music because the media craves the looks of prostitution and pornography and not talent or creativity.