Reply to "Prince vs. Michael"

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Originally posted by MBM:


For the sake of argument, could it just be that you particular tastes are not in line with those of the rest of America/the world? Obviously people vote with their dollars. If most have overwhelmingly voted for MJ, then what does that say?


No doubt about your first question. My tastes are not in line with other people's tastes. But I think there's "taste" on one hand, and "talent" on the other. In music, crafting a popular tune and creating a brilliant work of art are often two different things.

And before you accuse me (and us, 'cause I know we have similar tastes) of being a chauvinist, I notice that I'm objective enough to know that sometimes my "tastes" lead me to like songs that I "know" actually aren't very good. I like "1 2 Step" by Ciara, even though I "know" better. I "know" that "Rock Me Amadeus," a joke pop song from the 80s, was no kind of work of art, but that has never stopped me from liking it. And I'm sure there are musical geniuses whose music I can't get into.

A lot else goes into sales figures other than just musical talent. Marketing matters. Pop craftsmanship in itself involves marketing principles. The whole structure of a standard pop hit is the result of market-oriented principles. Somebody realized that Verse/chorus/verse-with-a-li'l-extra-oomph/chorus-with-a-little-extra/bridge/chorus/chorus was, for some reason, the formula most likely to result in a hit record. Do you think there's something artistically "better" about that formula that some other one?
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