The music industry is constantly changing. Record companies make billions of dollars each year off of soulless music. The tunes are mass produced and often lack any originality. Pop culture shovels out countless dollars each year for singles that are nothing more than rip offs of older artists or overly robotic dance tunes. Most of the top pop artist lack any real talent or devotion to music. The singers voices are so auto-tuned that no real effort is required. Artist are given songs bought by the record label from songwriters and the singer often has little to do with the process besides laying out the vocal work, if we can call it that. With so many pop culture clones out there, one may be shocked to learn that there are a few top pop stars with real talent.
Let us begin with Katy Perry. Katy has become on of the top stars in the world, having sold over 14 million albums world wide. The singer began as a gospel singer at the age of 16. Katy would release a Christian music album in 2001 under the name Katy Hudson. In 2007, the singer dropped the Christian aspect and began releasing pop music. While her main hits seem like any other song out there, it was Katy’s 2009 MTV Unplugged performance that got the critics talking. Katy’s raw talent was showcased in the performance. Her performance of “I Kissed A Girl” proved her voice was not produced in a studio. Often times, Katy will release an acoustic recording of her popular songs. Most notably “Dark Horse”, “The One That Got Away” and “Teenage Dream”. Many of her hits are written herself and her voice is top notch. The singer may seem like just another record label sell-out but she is one of the few in the modern music industry who has real talent.
If asked to name one attention seeking sell-out musician, many may immediately think of Lady GaGa. Stefani Germanotta has certainly gotten the world talking over the years with her outrageous outfits and controversial song lyrics. Germanotta is one of the top selling artist in recent years, having seen number one hits world wide. The star is often called talent-less and unoriginal by critics. Germanotta’s music may be over-the-top and unoriginal but the artist is not talent-less. During live performances, she will often slow the pace with an acoustic number. The stage will be void of dancers and jsut the singer will remain with her piano. As she belts out some of her deep tracks, fans are delighted to see that the singer is much more than a performer with a record deal. Germanotta’s voice is solid and powerful with quite the vocal range.
When the words wild and outrageous are thrown around, music enthusiasts may think of Miley Cyrus. Having risen to fame on the Disney show, Hannah Montanna, Cyrus has recently broken away from the child star image with her strange behavior and performances. Cyrus was raised in the music industry, being the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus. The singer is often accused of lacking real singing ability. However, in a series called “The Backyard Sessions”, the singer showed her voice’s capabilities. The singer’s voice is quite capable and unique. While the masses may still view her as her part girl image entails, she is actually a very talented young woman.
In a world where the top musicians lack originality or talent, there are still many out there who will surprise you. Although, the three named here are among the few, the pop world does contain some very talented artists. As the world moves more toward music with more electronic noises than real instruments or vocals, let us remember than not all the stars are totally talent-less.