The Power of Popular Music
Music and music stars definitely have changed from where it first started. From Edison phonograph to the radio, and now to all the different outlets of media like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, Pandora, etc. The music industry has changed immensely. It used to be the Ed Sullivan Show which the Beatles got their huge break. Nowadays any social media outlet can give you a rise to fame if used correctly. Also, there has been many shows about finding the next star. Shows like The Voice, American Idol, and X Factor are all shows to get people famous which they have. With music icons like One Direction, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber, and a lot more coming off of these platforms the music industry has grown and changed over the years. I think it has changed for the better because music, in general, is taken for granted nowadays, and we underappreciate how much we need it in today’s society.
Celebrities I would say that are music stars all have some kind of impact. The impact we see as readers or consumers is that of a more negative light from my personal experience. The tabloids and websites want the juicy filled gossip. Yellow journalism at its finest. Even though that is the case the music stars that stay away from that light tend to have less recognition, which is sad, but true in some cases. That goes with about any celebrity you either live a gossip filled life or you are boring, and nobody wants to hear about a boring music stars’ life. Celebrities do have an impact, but it has more of a negative connotation in today’s light because people would rather talk about Taylor Swift and Kayne’s feud over something else because of it interesting. In today’s society, you will hear about a celebrity donating or helping out over twitter or something, but it will not be on the news or anything because the gossip usually surrounding these people get a lot more viewer interaction.
I still believe even today that the quality of music is the reason people stay on the charts. Your public image as a celebrity definitely can influence that, but it does still come down to what song is ultimately better in popular standards than if you are more popular in real life. I say that because indie artists always find a way on the radio eventually it may take a while, but it happens. The power of trends changes music almost every day for our generation now, and it influences us as people, which is why I still think that the quality of the music is the reason a song gets popular. It can be influenced by image, but overall it is more about the music than your image as a music star.
One music star today that I have a true connection with his music is Childish Gambino. A songwriter and rapper that generally doesn’t fit the norm, because he is a jack of all trades. In his young 33-year-old life he has already been an actor, comedian, and musician succeeding at all of them. He in high school had been already a good writer because he was voted ”Most likely to be a Simpsons writer” in his yearbook. Also, he graduated from a Performance Arts School in New York for dramatic writing. Getting his first break, he went on to write for “30 Rock” eventually getting to be in his own series “Community”. Having music as a hobby similar to other musicians Donald Glover focused on his acting career with some mixtapes coming out in the late 2000’s. These were just underground labels, so not much came out of it. Donald would then start to gain popularity over doing covers of indie songs, and then his mixtape Royalty really launched him into success in his music career. He then left his TV series, he was about to focus on this career, he had for himself because he wanted to focus on his career as a musician. He then went on to release an album under the name “Because the Internet” which blew up in 2013.
I enjoy his story because of Donald Glover or Childish Gambino whatever alias he goes under, really had a lot given to him. He already worked hard on TV, and then it was a comedian even for a while, and then finally he went on to a music career because according to a letter written by Donald was that the anxiety and distress were getting to him. He has used TV as a medium, and he before that he was on social media platforms to promote his hobby, not his job which then turned into a full-time job for him because he felt it was right. I think that most of his success came from social media and the fact that he is a soulful guy which makes a true connection with his audience. That is something that doesn’t happen as much anymore because sometimes it is about just writing the next big hit. To Donald Glover, it is more, and that is something I really enjoy about his story and music.