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Asking the Question: Is Pop Music Dead?


Jelloman Dorx is the lastest pop failure to ask the question: is pop music dead? The question is ambiguous in the sense not all resondents understand it the same way. Some people think "pop music" means whatever is popular while others think of it as a certain style of music crafted to be popular due to hooky sounds. Jelloman has only listened to pop music the past decade and thinks of it as whatever is on the charts, no matter how badly the music biz fails.

To be fair, the debate as to whether or not pop is dead has been going on since at least 1999 when Napster turned music into a free enterprise. Quickly music sales fell as the masses learned they could just have songs on their computers with a few clicks. Then came iTunes, which made people pay for clicks. The big box stores did the rest to make music less of a product that you had to stay up to date with. The box stores simply made all music seem like it was from same physical wasteland of CDs that just take up shelf space.

One of the most startling revelations that raises questions about the state of pop music is YouTube singer Poppy, who looks like a young Barbie-like manufactured pop star except she's never had a hit on the charts yet. So it's hysterical that a character who spawned from YouTube, one of the biggest manufacturers of fake popularity, is here now to sound the death knell of pop music.

Poppy's tweet on January 26th that cites a recent interview she did with BreatheHeavy that pop is dead is certainly stronger evidence than any quote by failed pop singer Jelloman Dorx, who was dropped after one album called "This Is It." The unimaginative title and song fell quickly into obscurity, adding evidence to Poppy's claim that pop is the most boring it's ever been and is just rehashing the same things that have been said in music. She seems to want to enlighten her audience with stronger lyrics.

Checking the charts made by Hits Magazine, which relies on radio airplay, streaming and physical sales, some of the top titles haven't even sold more than 10,000 units. The idea that streaming is "where it's at" is still a stretch since most people are not yet signed up with a music streaming service. The switch to streaming as an emphasis for pop music charts has mainly been a way for the industry to fake itself out by latching onto higher a system that generates higher numbers.

Created by Alex Cosper