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  • kareee13 6:35 PM on December 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Retrospective Blog 

    My first blog: Music Business (September 9, 2011)
    My last blog: My Idol (December 9, 2011)

    The first blog and my last blog was exactly (about) three months apart from one another and yet the two blogs apart are written differently from one another.   From my first blog, I noticed that my thoughts are on the post but there were points scatter all over the place, and to my readers it did not flow as well.  Looking back at the first post, I noticed that I will start out as one point but then next paragraph I will not follow up from my first point.  I started out with stating “As a business major wanting my own business, the music industry or a business industry, comes strongly to mind,as other people will see it as two different industry, I see it as one “, but however I did not get to the purpose of the blog until the next paragraph, “Record labels and  music producers what do they have in common ? Well they are all in the music business”.  I saw that I tried to relate to both the topic itself, “music business” and my major, which is business.  In my last blog, “My Idol” , I noticed that I started right away to the topic that I was going to talk about in that post for the day.  I included facts that are straight to the point, questions for my readers to answer and picture that relates back to the topic of that post.

    As I blogged more, I saw that aside from my first few post, my grammar was a bit “all over the place” and that my words did not really flow well together.   I also noticed that besides my grammar issues, I never capitalized my “I(s)” in the beginning, and it felt that I made my readers think that I was not proofreading and it was “unprofessional” for my writing.   I get responses like(from music business blog comments) : “I don’t want to be rude, but I feel that you should know. Your blog is very difficult to read. The paragraphs and text seems to be one image stuck together; I find it difficult to process. I suggest you to put an extra space between paragraphs, or switch to a different font” and “p.s. I had a bit of a hard time following your post, it was a little all over the place for me”.  Of course I wanted to show my readers that the whole “I” thing being capitalized and my grammar was not the main point for my blog , so I started to have relating topics and not use “I” so much and made everything clear to read.  Now instead of getting those comments at the end; I get comments that relates back to the topic I posted for that day: “There wasn’t any idol that I have ever look up too when I was small. I just follow what my parent wanted me to do. But as I grew older I realize the struggle my parents went through to get to where they are today. That gave me the motivation to be a better person and to try achieve the goals that will make them happy. I have yet to prove to my parents that I’m a worthy son, but that struggle to know that I’m close keeps me going”(from My Idol blog comments).

    Throughout the semester of blogging, I found myself expressing my passion and my dream more and the more I blogged about, the more I want my readers point of view or saying to my topics.  I saw that I no longer jump subject topics to what I am talking about that day.    I noticed that my links and pictures all relate to one another and not just some defines meaning.  I think that in my last two three blogs, I began to be more involved with my readers by asking related questions  and I noticed that in my last blog, I made them relate and think ,  while my first blog it was just straight facts and points that does not lead the reader to think about the question and some how relate back to the real life or what they see.  I would not say that I am more confident as a writer because I think still have a lot to learn as a writer.  I do however, feel that I am more comfortable sticking to one subject topic in writing then where as before I will lay everything out and not make any sense.  I think blogging is more fun then writing essays  because for blogging, you as the writer can joke around, add pictures, and links so that what you are writing makes sense to your readers.  Where as, essay writing everything needs to be checked, like your grammar has to be perfect(or lower points for you essay), no joking around(or lower points for you essay), and have to make everything sound … well boring and professional.

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  • kareee13 2:00 PM on December 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: idols, Jung Ji Hoon Rain   

    My Idol 

    What is an idol?(no, not american idol’s word idol<— similar but no) An idol is according to Wikipedia is: “An idol is an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed or any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion.”
    The term idol can be expressed as In america :”a popular celebrity “worshipped” by teenagers”and in Japan: “a heavily promoted and merchandised singer or actor”

    When I was young I never knew what I wanted to be when I grow up.  At the age 10 (yeah really early),  some people tell me to be a teacher because that is what suits me the best.  However, I know I am not the type to speak up in front of people I did not know and back then I was the shy type.  By  the time I was 12, oddly, I noticed that I love performing in front of people and even though I was shy, it all of that went away when I am on stage.  I decided that since I love being on stage I wanted to be a performer.  I wanted to sing.  Back then(still) my parents did not like the idea of me choosing my career as a singer but I did it anyways(secretly performing at school) . I thought this path was going to be easy but was I wrong.  When I got to high school, I wanted to give up because I did not want to be behind in school.  But because I love to sing, I knew that there was no way I will ever give up this dream.  Sadly that thought of never giving up went to me giving up my dream because I did not have good training because money was an issue, and that I did not know when I will audition, what company to audition to, and it did not feel right going down this path with out support(besides friends and teachers) and without someone to really look up to.

    Going back to the topic of idols, back then I never had an idol before, (never really looked up to someone that was in this industry), but I remembered the day my cousin showed me the debut stage of Rain.    From when he debuted(2002), I was watching his first performance on stage and thought to myself  “wow I’ve never saw anyone dance or sing like that before. After seeing his performance, his dancing and singing “wowed” me and from that day on I became his fan.  Researching and looking  on to how he got to the point of his debut, he struggled a lot.  He too did not have much money, but is a hard worker.  He went from nothing to a world star today.  Just by looking at the way where he never gave up, made me want to practice more and more.  From that day on *bam* he,  Jung Ji Hoon, better  known as Rain, is my idol . Ever since he became the idol that I look up to, I  want to meet him and thank him for inspiring me not to give up on this (hopefully going to happen) on and off  dream of mine.

    I am sure that all of you have some one that you look up to.  Some one who makes you want to chase your dream (what ever they are).  Some one like: your parents, friends, teachers, etc.  Who is your idol?

     
    • chiamtang 12:31 AM on December 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      There wasn’t any idol that I have ever look up too when I was small. I just follow what my parent wanted me to do. But as I grew older I realize the struggle my parents went through to get to where they are today. That gave me the motivation to be a better person and to try achieve the goals that will make them happy. I have yet to prove to my parents that I’m a worthy son, but that struggle to know that I’m close keeps me going.

    • ecartano 9:06 PM on December 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      To be honest, I don’t have any idols I looked up to, to be like but there are mentors that inspired me to make choices that I’m proud to say that I’ve accomplished so far. As Chiam stated knowing and seeing my parents struggle to make my siblings and I have a better life has motivated me to do well in school and take courses that will make them proud which makes me happy. I also love performing, making people life though I do not sing, acting and dancing is “my thing”. On the side I do that and two professors has helped me get out of my shell from SFSU, Tito Dan and Ate Allyson, also known as Professor Begonia (retired) and Professor Tintiangco. Though they are not famous world wide, my parents and professors, but they hold a special portion of my heart that I’ll cherish for years on.

    • foo4ulul 7:50 PM on December 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think it is great that you’ve found your calling at a young age. Many of us still do not know what the heck do we want to do. How exactly did Rain’s debut change your mind? Like many other folks out there because I don’t know what to do, so I go to college. If you have a goal, is there a reason to go to college? What do you think?

      • kareee13 8:23 PM on December 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        well it was more his of his pre- debut story and his rode towards success that changed my mind and even though I have a goal, I want a back up in case anything happens.

    • Rimy Chouhan 10:51 PM on December 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      A lot of people look up to celebrities as their idols and role models, but I don’t think that’s very healthy. It’s not a very personal relationship, and celebrities mess up and let their fans down plenty of times. My role models are my parents. Because of them, I want to be a successful person and a good human being in general.

  • kareee13 2:00 PM on December 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fans   

    The things fans will do 

    Was there ever a time where you love the a band, group, or solo artist so much you just can not stop talking about it?  Or was there a time where you know they are coming to where you are and you JUST have to see their concert or go to their CD signing.  Even if the concert is two or three hours away from where you live.  Well you may not had experience that but I did.Back then around my middle school/early high school days when I see my favorite group coming to San Francisco or any where near by, I HAD TO GO AND GET TICKETS to their show.  Even if they were just coming by for a CD signing, I had to get my cousin to drive me just so I can met them. (I do not do this any more because well things are getting expensive and I am not at that stage anymore :3 ) One thing for sure is that I am not 3-5 from the list that I mention below.

    What is a fan? …no not this kind of fan…this kindA fan is….well what it really a fan?  Well let me put it this way; there are many different kinds of fans:

    1) fans that admires the group or solo for their music and talent
    2) fans that admires their music talent and their looks
    3)(scary) fans…that admires their music talent, looks, and do everything they can to get notice including dressing like them and wanting to be like them.

    4) (Stalker) fans(also known as perverted fans)…that admires their music talent, looks, willing to do anything to get notice and must always want to know what they are doing every second, every minute of the day (is there really someone that does this you may ask..well yes there is..You never know what is really out there)(they are usually the ones that make the stars get constraint order, so that they can stay away from them) Kind of like the whole Justin Bieber baby issue. Stalker fans will do anything just to be close with the star.

    5) Lastly Fans that just LOVE them and will cry for them just by seeing them on stage or in person.  

    Many artist live for their fans because it is they who give them strength and success.  Artist think that with out their fans, they will fall.  Many artist in return to show their love towards their fan will host giveaway events (i.e a sign CD),  a song dedicated  to their fans, and or an event to go see them in person.  The fan-dom is one of the things that they cherish the most because it is the fans that get them to be popular; in fact it is the fans that help them to be on top.

    So, I know you all are fans of some artist, but which fan are you?  What do you think about the different kinds of fans out there?

     
    • chiamtang 10:55 PM on December 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Their is so many kind of fans in this world, I have never been in that stage where I go crazy over them. Well their was only that one time when BoA came to San Francisco to perform in the pride parade. My friend really like her, so he heard about it, and made all my other friends go with them. It was a fun experience, but it is their music that really catch my attention.

      • kareee13 12:18 AM on December 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I know when BoA came my friends went crazy too. It was my first time seeing them like that.

    • Rimy Chouhan 4:26 PM on December 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am defiantly a fan or Rihanna and Linkin Park. I am a fan of their music. I don’t dress like them or stalk them 24/7. I am a student and have a life that is too busy for that kind of leisure time. I think people are crazy for doing what they do to get their artist’s attention.

    • margar7 6:06 PM on December 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I love Beyonce, Rihanna and Adele, enough to buy their music but not to stalk them. If they had a concert I would go, that is if I had the free time, but probably wouldn’t be able to. Regardlesss, I would never be any sort of crazy fan. I love all their styles and who they portaray themselves to be but I wouldn’t try to dress like them or stuff like that, I have my own personality. Salker fans should get a hobby and stop acting crazy!

    • ecartano 8:43 PM on December 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Haha are these the type of fans you made up or this is worldwide definition of fans? I was never a ‘die-hard’ fan of anyone. If I could recall the last time I really loved a group were the Spice Girls; I bought their cds, movie, posters, candy, but I never bothered going to concerts. I didn’t even read their biographies. All I do now is listen to everyone’s songs and look up lyrics wanting to memorize their songs. I haven’t been to anyone’s concerts except Hoobastank in 2004 or 2005. I watched the All American Rejects because they performed at my high school. I met a few celebs, but by accident and it was cool. The future concert I will go to will be EDC 2012 to see some rad dj’s. Have you ever stalked any celebs?

      • kareee13 12:18 AM on December 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        haha these are the fans that I see not the definition of a “fan”..no, i haven’t stalked any artist but like you I met some by accident when they were in LA. OH LUCKY All American Rejects performed at your High School! not a fan of them but all I had was Wong Fu Productions (which I am a fan of haha).

    • foo4ulul 9:47 PM on December 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am a fan of certain artists, but I don’t see how I could fit any of those categories. Maybe I’m not really a fan after all. I would not go to a concert unless the tickets were cheap, the place,time and date of the concert was convenient. I don’t see myself crying at a concert, but I might stick my hand up and follow the crowd (only because of peer pressure).

      The whole Bieber incident is not really a fan-related issue. I believe the real objective beside the law suit was for money. Also, without a DNA test proving the baby is not his, I don’t doubt anything the woman says. Although the ex-boyfriend claim that the baby is his, she could have lied to him the whole time OR Bieber’s crew paid the EX to make these false accusations. (FYI: Clearly, I am not a Bieber fan).

      • kareee13 12:20 AM on December 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I am not a Bieber fan as well I just found it funny to what a fan will to for attention. Im pretty sure that you fit into some other category as a fan ( that i did not list)

  • kareee13 1:59 PM on November 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adrian Chih, America's Got Talent, American Idol, auditions, cube entertainment, SM Entertainment, youtube   

    Auditions Auditions Auditions! 

    What other way to become the next big music star is by auditioning!!Music companies will always hold auditions either once a year or once every other year, just to find the next star to produce.  As they say “No one will hear your talent unless you show them!” (actually one of my teachers in middle school said that to me in order for me to  sing in the graduation ceremony,which I did and sang )

    Now auditioning is no longer the going in a room, sing/dance/act and wait for a call to see if you had made it to the next round .  Now a days there are t.v auditions where it is filmed live for everyone to see, there are youtube auditions, and of course there will still be classic ones where you go in the room or some sort of place and sing/dance/act and wait for a callback from the company.  There are also eager people who just want to get in the music business where the person will just go straight to the company and hand them a sample of their singing/dancing/acting.

    I pretty sure by now you all have heard of the show, American Idol (If not let me tell you something about it) This show searches for the top star in America.  Many people across America (where they are talented or not) come and show the judges what they got.  This show is filmed live and it shows you each person who audition on t.v.  Now for this show you have to be at the age of fifteen to twenty- eight. (<—I guess they want young looking stars.)  The way you will pass is by either having all the judges approve or (now its 3 out of 4?) at least 75% of the judges vote to head on to Hollywood, LA.    After the first two or three rounds, the top twenty will start preforming in front of thousands of people.  Once you pass each round and climb to the top and place first you receive a record label at a huge record company and at least one million dollars!

    Also another one is America’s Got Talent, it is also a show where people go on and… show off their talents.  The prize for that is …none other then head lining in LAS VEGAS for your very own show!  The way to audition for this show is three X’s and your out and if two of the three like you then you pass on to the next round.

    Other then going to the two shows now of days, some company holds audition on, yes, YOUTUBE! recently in the first half of  2011, one company by the name of Cube Entertainment(in Korea), held their Cube global auditions on youtube, and the top finalist get to preform in front of many people (just like American Idol thousands of people) and the winner gets to debut with that company and become a star!  About three months or so later, the winner(a guy name Adrian Chih) was announced and was also featured  in the Ellen DeGeneres show.  Check out who the winner is and his incredible dance moves   Now another company in Korea, SM Entertainment, is holding the same global audition, where you can submit an email audition or apply through youtube, which ever way it will land in youtube for everyone to watch and see.

    If you have the talent to singing or whatever, would you rather go on T.V or via post on Youtube?  Do you think by having auditions through youtube is a better way to choose the next star? (From my previous post about youtube stars I think record labels are genius  to hold auditions on youtube because it shows the peoples support and comments about whether they like the person or not. )

     
    • foo4ulul 5:32 PM on November 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Why do you think producers create audition shows rather than filtering out the the best and just have one show? I like watching The Voice, but I hate the other audition shows, like America Got Talent and American Idol

      • kareee13 8:07 PM on November 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        i have no idea…I think it is because different producers each have different taste and style towards what they are looking for. OH yeah I totally forgot about The Voice!

    • Rimy Chouhan 10:01 PM on November 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I honestly don’t keep up with any of these shows. I don’t really care for it. I feel like it’s all a big waste of time. And now other countries are picking up on this trend. It’s fun at first but gets old really fast.

    • chiamtang 12:23 AM on November 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It’s hard to keep with auditions, when you don’t have anything to show for it. It be cool to win such contest, but the producer wants something amazing, so it can be hard to compete with so many people.

  • kareee13 4:42 PM on November 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Jessica Simpson, Lee HyoRi, Park Bom, Plastic surgery ZE:A Kwang Hee   

    plastic anyone? 

    To continue with what I said about self image from the last post, I would like to blab about celebrities and their “touch ups” aka plastic surgery, botox, and liposuction and etc. Many celebrities always try to find a way to “fit in” where as they enter the fame -dom world as themselves “normal looking”, but somewhere in the middle of their debut, some fans will notice some changes to the face area. According to this essay, Korea is one of the country that is known for their celebrities to be doing plastic surgery, nose jobs, what ever you name it.  The one of the popular one that I know of is Korean Idol group ZE:A’s member Hwang Kwang Hee. He is famous for his full face transformation.
    He went from looking like this:
    https://kareee13.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=200&action=editthis:

    to this:


    To a lot of people, they might not see the difference from before and after (I hope you do) but he did fix his whole face.  According to an article blog, it showed some pictures from his past and when he put it near his face, it is shown that he did get some work done.  It is also where they think their appearance, with that Hwang Hee stated  “If I don’t(do plastic surgery), its hard to make a living. I can’t sing nor dance well, so I have to make a living with my face at least.
    Another Korean star, and one of my favorite singer is Lee Hyo Ri.  For her she did not change her whole face but she did had double-eyelid surgery, breast implants, a nose job, which made her nose be in the middle of the face(like any other nose should…) & smaller & higher then before and some facial line surgery. But her before and after picture made no difference because I do not notice the change.
    Another one is 2NE1‘s Park Bom. According to this blog, it is believed that she  got a minor nose job and eye surgery. I just think it is the make up, but looking closely I think she did do the surgery.

    To any Korean star plastic surgery is nothing.  Well, plastic surgery is common for Koreans. Even my Korean friends have had surgeries already(shocking huh?). It’s a choice for them if they want to enhance themselves. It’s not something that they should be ashamed of (nor be proud of), especially for Korean celebrities because we know that their physical appearance is also an investment for them.  Whether they are good singers or not, they think that appearance will cause them to make more money because of their face.

    I am sure that most of you had heard about the Jessica Simpson liposuction (lips enhanced ). ( and her nose job?)  Where she before looked like this:

    After:

    As you can see her lips got a little thicker. As she did  enhanced her lips, she felt that it will make her look “cuter” instead of that word, people though it was a gone wrong surgery injection.

    Another one that you all might know is Lil Kim, who is an American rapper.  She went from this  to that.
    Many celebrities that do a little touch up for the face and body are because they think it is to fit in.  They might want to change because they are tired of how they looked.  Another reason is it might be a demand in their career.  Another could be that they have tons of money and wants to go under surgery for fun.  What ever might be the reason do/will they  look better before or after their touch up?  Do you know any other celebrity that went under surgery? Just be thankful that some surgeries for celebrities turn out to be pretty or this might happen : (WARNING* CLICK WHEN YOU HAVE THE LIGHTS ON)  It was something really scary to look at…

     
    • margar7 10:00 PM on November 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I personally would never get plastic surgery. I am totally afraid of being put under. Some of the plastic surgeries that most people get aren’t too bad if it’s just minor but once they go drastic, then that’s a different story. Most people look really bad after their surgeries and should of never had them done in the first place. I think of Heidi Montag, she was cute before her surgeries, now she just looks scary. I think that some people just have low self esteems and need something to make them feel better and so they turn to surgeries. I think they should try other things first because once they have a procedure its hard to reverse it.

    • chiamtang 1:37 AM on November 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Plastic surgery is a good and bad thing, it just depends on the reason that they choose to do it for. I mean for some it will help them tremendously, while for others it will make them worst. So it all depends on who is doing what and for what reasons.

    • foo4ulul 5:02 PM on November 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Plastic surgery is ridiculous. I understand if someone had undergone 3rd degree burns and need a new face, but really….. The plastic surgery addicted korean actress who put OIL in her face is just insane. Unnecessarily putting yourself on the operation table is like jumping in front of a moving car – RIDICULOUS. There are much cheaper ways for those who wish to end their lives. For those of you who thinking having plastic surgeries, have you ever considered putting on makeup?

    • Rimy Chouhan 5:30 PM on November 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I would never ever, under no circumstance, get plastic surgery. I think people should just accept themselves and the way they look. They should be thankful that they have two eyes, two arms, and two legs. They should appreciate the fact that they are healthy and not living their life day by day because they have a horrible disease like AIDS.

    • ecartano 9:47 AM on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Have you seen the episode in Glee where Rachel Berry, Lea Michele, thinks of getting a nose job of Quinn Fabray, Dianna Agron? It’s about loving yourself, and the part you want to change is the most unique thing about you, as said by the teacher, Will Schuester, Matthew Morrison. We see so many famous and infamous people go through surgery to look better, have a more suitable image for today’s society. Most times people do it for the pressure of society, others do it because it’ll help them, not for image but for a safer or even healthier way to live. In your post, you only focus on plastic surgery for those wanting a better image. What about the artists who do plastic surgery for a better lifestyle?

  • kareee13 2:30 PM on October 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: losing weight britney spears piggy dolls   

    Size ….. Matters? 

    Fat, skinny, bone-y and thick; these are the hash words that paparazzi and reporters these day label any celebrities that are losing weight or if they had gain weight.  As we follow our favorite celebrities theses days, it seems to me that they are getting tiny ( as by tiny I mean skinny).  I have to ask “Are celebrities theses days under pressure to lose weight”? or they they are losing weight for a choice of a healthy style. Or they are under pressure to lose weight and is said that they are changing their weight to be “healthy”.   Stars are always under the pressure of their weight, there are questions stating “are they too skinny” and “whoa what happened to them” and after they lose the weight, these statement pops up ” S/he is too skinny now”. There are a lot of comments on how ”wow so and so put a a few pounds”.   Left and right there will always be critisms towards the celebrity’s weight.  So question  is there a specific weight that will leave paparazzi and reporters not talking about  celebrities’ weight?

    From there Britney Spears, came to my mind.  She is one of the few artist out there that had harsh critisms towards her weight9just because she gained weight from having kids.
    Before:
    After : Now:

    According to this article, http://www.celebritydietdoctor.com/britney-spears-weight-gain-to-160-pounds/ her diet consists of “potato chips, sodas, cheeseburgers and candy.” Oh and btw, she hates veggies and fruits.  Instead she loads up on “junk — lots of greasy dishes and creamy sweets.” That is the reason why she gained all the weight.  Another article stated that they think it is because of  “Britney’s depression has escalated in the last six or seven months and she drinks alcohol and eats junk food to cope, gorging on burgers and tacos, high-sugar sodas, chips and blended coffee drinks.”  When she gain a few pounds, reporters already started to say that she is going down hill and that she needs to start losing weight.   Another article, stated that when she lost the weight that she gained, she was reported to be on drugs and having an eating disorder, which was true but this made her realized there is more to life, so she checked herself in rehab. After getting her life together and going through rehab and such, she no longer looks like the second picture but back to the first picture.  But after all the media attention with her weight could it been another reason for her to show that she did not care about what people said and gained the weight?

    Moving on from American singers, international singers have the same issue.  Once some reporters had pointed out that “it looks like the artist gain a little weight” and upon hearing that, some artist will not eat, just to lose the weight.  In some cases, rookie idol group from Korea, “Piggy Dolls” (see the irony of their group name now that you see how they look like now), this group is made of three girls ages from 17-21.
    Before:

    Now:

    Together before they lost the weight they weighted a total of 200kg (which is about 440 LBs), however they themselves stated ”  “I’m always confident, I don’t care about anything else, what’s wrong with my body?  My face is unique.” and “People these days tend to favor thin and pretty people. We just wanted to show everyone that people who have weight like us can be just as confident. We want to break the stereotypes of girl groups as only being skinny. Hopefully our debut can console women who have been hurt because to their weight.” and “It’s our vocal talent.  I hope people stop thinking that just because we’re big, we’re going to be less talented than other idol groups.  We’ll show everyone that we’re good at dancing and singing.” This group received a lot of critisms due to the fact that they are over weight. Since their first album did not do as well, they stated  “Before, we’d say that we just ate and our CEO would still order us something to eat, but after our first album flopped, he said that the fat concept won’t work anymore. He’s trying to change our image now by making us lose weight, but we don’t want to.” Just because the their first album did not do as well it is put as they are forced to lose weight just so they can have a comeback album.  As a result of the critisms that were given, the three girls were put on to a strict diet, with their CEO (even though they deny) forcing them to lose 20 kg  (which is like 45 LBs) each.  Whether they lost weight or not, their vocals are really powerful (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brbTFVaWxUU)

    This relates to the essay “ Life with Daughters: Watching the Miss America Pageant” by Gerald Early chosen by Izette, where in the essay,  he talks about no matter what color a person might be, there will still be someone to judge where and how a person might fit in.  He questions what is “ideal American woman” and what made them be the judge of how people should be.   This made it seem like he is making a point of how girls are viewed in certain ways and people just want to copy that “barbie like” image, like having their hair straight and “perfect” body shape and “clear” white like skin.  Many people are viewed differently in the world, we all have different skin color, different size, and different height, so why does it matter that we all have to follow a certain image? What does weight have  to do with how well the artist sings? Will you support your favorite even though s/he gained a little bit? it is like they are saying over weight people who have great voices can not dream of being  singers.  Does singers who are over weigh &or  losing weight make them more/ less  popular? If it does, why not have robots, they do not gain or lose weight.  It is sad to what preforming artist have to go through just to please the crowd.

     
    • chiamtang 11:25 AM on October 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Weigh does play a big role in the music industry, because they have to keep a certain image to please the crowd. It is a sad thing when their weight becomes an issue, but they must understand, their boss are the reason to blame. It’s like a car, it may look old from the outside, but in the inside it still runs good. But when you compare it to a better looking car with a weaker engine, most people would go for the look rather then the engine. So in some ways when you don’t have a certain images then people will look down upon you.

    • foo4ulul 4:13 PM on October 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have recently saw a clip on hulu about Jennifer Anston putting on weight. Everybody assume that she was going to have a baby. Anston’s response was she has recently quit smoking, which led to her weight gain, and she is not pregnant.

      From my perspective, if the artist isn’t attractive enough, people wouldn’t listen to her songs. I had a similar debate with my cousin last week. I told him Adele is really good at singing. His response went something like, “I agree with my teacher that she is fat and her singing sucks”. (WHAT THE F are they teaching in high school?) As we drove to the mall, he started singing Adele songs, I’m not exactly sure if he knew. He obviously liked it because he was singing it. I do not believe artists need to lose weight to become popular, but it would be much easier than to break into the hearts of their audience with just music. I believe Adele has been able to do it, and many more will follow.

    • Rimy Chouhan 4:57 PM on October 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think a celebrity will always be criticized for being too heavy or being too skinny. People are never happy with the way celebrities look. It’s like they always want to constantly make the celebrities feel like SH*T(excuse my language). I think that’s one the reasons why celebrities have alcohol and drug problems. Because they have such issues with their image.

    • margar7 8:35 PM on October 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Well I do agreee that celebrities are constantly being bombarded with negative comments about their weight, but I hope that most of them will be strong enought to shrug them off. If they feel happy and healthy at a certain weight then they should not be too concearned. We as a public should understand that they are human as well and have the right to loose and gain weight just like anyone else. Even so, I do see that there are people who only care about the outter appearance and being heavy is not the preferred image so the artist will be made to suit a certain mold. I think that’s pathetic and hope that things will change.

    • ecartano 8:50 AM on October 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I feel the mass media plays a huge part with what we all “should look” like. We rarely see any oversized artists, particularly women artists. All these negative connotations, judging everyone by every decision they make is a constant battle for the ones they aim to speak behalf on causing many artists to go through much stress or worse, depression. But to me, it really matters how you take in those comments, whether they be positive or negative and do something about it. Bravo to Britney Spears, though she gained much weight, she lost it most likely for health but also to prove to herself and others that she’s not defined as to what the media portrayed her to be. When artists, or actually people in general, if they lose weight it should benefit them, particularly health. Yes weight does get attention, good and bad. And your example for the piggy girls and their statement saddens me but at the same time, they still look good and their voice is still as powerful as before. The media now shows mostly ‘skinny’ people, even in many tv shows, movies, cartoons! The idea of being “fat” or “big” always has and will have a negative connotation, not so much as the “average” type, (not too fat, not too skinny).

  • kareee13 3:00 PM on October 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Eng 414 midterm reflection blog post   

    Reflection 

    From the beginning of class, when I heard that we had to do blogs, I freaked out a little bit.  I never wrote or read a blog before.  The first time writing a blog and writing it on any topic that we wanted for class was kind of hard in the beginning because I did not know what to focus on.  At the start since I am majoring in business, I thought about writing about that but somehow I end up not thinking about as much topics for business.  I  eventually end up writing about music which is an interest that I have and it relates to my passion.  Since I wanted a music business, I end up deciding to some how combine the two together, however; I notice that I have more to say when it came to music.

    Taking a look back from the start of my blog, I notice that I tend to use run on sentences and have some grammar mistakes.  I also tend to write my blogs as if I was talking out loud.  As we continue to blog more, I felt that my style of writing the blogs changed.  It went from blogs that were tend to be as if I was talking to more organized thoughts that were put together.  As I blogged more I added more details so that my blogs will be more interesting and that it will be longer and easier to understand.  Also, looking back from my first to my current blog, it is a lot longer and that there are more links and pictures to express my meaning and the links where I had my sources of materials.  When I first blogging I figure that it will not be as difficult to start because of how I know what I wanted to write about, but as I sit in front of the computer trying to start with my topic, I wonder around with it too much causing people to not know what I was talking about.  As we grew in depth with blogging, I became more organized with my topic and presented well about blogging my topic.  Now, I tend to make my blogs a little more interesting so that my readers are reading something different about my topic, the music industry.

    As for my suggestions to students that just starting a new blog, I will tell them that first search details to blogging.  Try to find out something about doing a blog first then starting one without not knowing what to say.  Have a good topic that will help you continue through out your blogging time.  If you are blogging for a whole semester then think about something new to say in each time you blog so that it will somehow relate back to the topic that you began with.  Try not to change your topic all of the sudden, because of the readers will get confused with what you want to talk about.  Try to reread what you write due to  grammar mistakes  that will lead your reader have difficult time with what you wrote.

    For  doing school writing that is also public, both my classmates, and to the whole world, is something new.  I usually do like  a few page essay and it will be between me and my teacher.  Sometimes it will be between a peer editor, me and my teacher.  I never had this experience of knowing that someone other then my classmates read my writing.  I figure that doing school writing where it is public to the whole world gave me this opportunity to express my freedom of speech and expand my writing out to other then just my teacher.  I like that for this class we are doing our writings and making it public because it allows us to have a little freestyle and reaching out more then just turning in a assignment to the teacher.  As a blogger, the most helpful comments that are given to me from other bloggers are the helpful feed backs.  My readers leave comments saying that they think what I write is interesting and that it is fun knowing more about music.

    As for the readings, the one that were  most thought-provoking and enjoyable had to be any of the short, three pages to a few pages one.  to be honest, I thought they were the most enjoyable to read is because since they are short, it is easier to understand.  The one so far that I liked the most is “Life with daughters” by Gerald Early.  I like this one the most because it was easy to understand and that what the author said had more meaning to the understanding to racism.  My opinion of the student teaching the class is good because when I was in High School I had to go through the same thing teaching a class everyday.  It gives a good learning experience and it also gives a good way to communication with the students in the class.  It also give a way to see what the students’ interest are by reading what interest  them to choose the essay to read.

    Finally for the grammar, sentence level topics that was the most helpful to me was the one about summary, paraphrasing and quoting.   I felt that I learn more about paraphrasing because I never done it before, and I always use quote instead of rewording and providing the source.  I feel that paraphrasing will be helpful for research papers and essays because paraphrasing will help you develop more in your writing then adding the quote and analyzing what the quote meant.

     
    • margar7 10:36 PM on October 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I certainly shared the same feelings at the beginning of the semester but just like you I have gotten over my fears. Your blogs are interesting and it seems to me that you are enjoying yourself which is a good thing, That’s one of the main reasons why you made a good choice in picking a subject that you have experience and interest in, it keeps you wanting to write about it. I agree that letting people read what you have to say makes you a stronger writer because you want to impress others and convey your message at the same time.

      You have a few run- on sentences, but then again, who doesn’t? I think you are doing a great job though.

    • chiamtang 12:48 PM on October 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It’s good that you have a passion in music, doing something you love will help you come closer to your dream job. The more you like your topic, the more interesting you will help your readers understand it. I felt that we all have many grammar mistakes and run on sentences. It is hard trying to comprehend the mistakes, but we just need time to really fix those issues. It is a good thing that you are trying to incorporate music to your business, which would really help you in the long run.

    • Rimy Chouhan 7:05 PM on October 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I feel the same about revision. As we are writing our blogs, we don’t look back at our post and try to correct it. We just submit it. I think that’s one of the problems. My solution to that was to re-read each paragraph as I was writing. It gave me a chance to revise everything and correct my punctuation and/or grammer. I could do all of this before posting.

    • foo4ulul 8:35 PM on October 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      “I also tend to write my blogs as if I was talking out loud.” I actually believe that is perfectly fine.

      I can relate with you that having my peers read my writing can be very alarming. As I’ve done more blog posts, I’ve realize that we answer to our peers and not to our professor for this blog. Eventually, it became much easier and less stressful to write on the blogs. I hope you will feel the same as time progress.

    • jenougher 9:23 PM on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Karen. I am glad to see that you are still going strong with the music topic. It’s brave of you to go out and interview people on your own. What a great idea, to get yourself into fresh territory. I have noticed that some people have been blogging about being in a rut; what with midterms and all, it’s easy to get bogged down. I liked Vincent’s idea of doing a biography on a musical artist. Who do you find most intriguing, as a personality, in the music world?

  • kareee13 2:56 AM on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: How to love lil wayne beyonce Girls Generation Shinee 2PM BEG Katy Perry I'm Yours Jason Mraz sing a long songs Selena Gomez   

    Music poll 

    So I got out of class early and had about  few hours left before I head to work.  Since today is Friday, and we need to post this up today I was thinking that I would do something…….different.  So I was sitting on campus and I decided that for this week’s blog, I decide to do a music poll.  Since there was not as much people around on Fridays, I gather some questions  about music(and my guts) and went around campus asking the questions.
    Here are the questions that I asked:
    1 ) What are some of the songs that you listen to?
    -Car – Club -home -bar-etc
    2) What genres of music do you like?
    3)  Is there a specific artist that you enjoy listening to?
    4) Is there any song that you like to keep on hitting replay to(that you will never get tired of)?
    5)  Are you a fan of any international music groups/individuals?
    6) Is there a specific song that you listen to and sing along to?
    7) Is there a radio station that you like listening to ?
    So after walking around (getting ignored) and asking those seven questions on campus for over about an hour and half, here are the results after about I think it was 50 people that got involved with this.
    1) The top ten songs that came up a lot of times are:
    -1) How to Love by Lil Wayne
    -2)Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO 
    -3) In the Dark by Dev
    -4) Rocketeer by Far East Movement
    -5) Best Thing I Ever Had by Beyonce
    -6) Last Friday Night by Katy Perry
    -7) Super Bass by Nicki Minaj
    -8 ) Love you Like a Love Song by Selena Gomez
    -9) You and I by Lady Gaga
    -10) Baby by Justin Beiber 

    2) There were two genres that came up the most and that is RnB and pop genre.

    3) The top five artist that came up the most are:

    4) Song that people kept on hitting replay to is How to Love by Lil Wayne

    5) A lot of people at SFSU really like Kpop music groups like Girls Generation, SHINee, Super Junior, Big Bang2PM, Brown Eyed Girls, and Wonder Girls.

    6)  The top five sing – along- song that kept on coming up are: (lyrics are included in each link)
    -1)  How to Love by Lil Wayne
    -2) Best Thing I Ever Had by Beyonce
    -3) Im Yours by Jason Mraz
    -4) Firework by Katy Perry
    -5) Last Friday Night by Katy Perry

    7) Every had there own station to listen to on the radio but the stations that keep on coming up are WILD 94.9 and Movin’ 99.7 

    After going around and asking my music poll, I am also going to include mine favorites:
    1)  Love you Like a Love Song by Selena Gomez  would be the song I like listening to in the car dealing with traffic.
    2) Same as the people I interview, RnB and pop.
    3)  Beyonce is one of the artist I like to listen to.
    4) Song that I keep on hitting replay to no matter how many times I will listen to it are Who said by Selena Gomez and Hello by SHINee.
    5) As I said in my introduction blog, I really like SHINee and Justin Lo
    6) The song I love to sing along to is I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

    7) The radio station I like listening to is …actually I don’t listen to the radio..I usually plug in my ipod (hehe =])

    So add to this music poll =] I want to know what your favorites are too :]

     
    • chiamtang 1:43 PM on October 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm interesting to hear what kind of music people like around the campus. I think from the music that we are expose to, most people would listen to that more often. But I usually listen to, Pop, RnB, sometimes rock, and every now and then some Kpop. Their are some songs that I would play on repeat, but it gets boring and repetitive after awhile. But when I’m studying I usually listen to ambient music to keep me focus on my work.

    • margar7 11:05 PM on October 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, I am so amazed at what you did. I would of never had the guts to go around and interview people. I’d be to shy. But I commend you for your bravery.

      I think that changing up your post was a great idea, it keeps things fresh.

      As for answering a few of your questions, I enjoy alot of different kind of music. Im not too picky, I always seem to enjoy radio surfing to find new music. One of the songs that I can never get tired of listening to is “Let it Be” by The Beetles. It gets me troguh rough times. One other song that I find myself singing to periodically is “Hey soul sister” by Train. I pretty much enjoy RnB, pop, soft rock and oldies. If it has a good beat or catchy melody, I like it.

      • kareee13 11:54 PM on October 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        hahaha thanks it took my all of my class time before just to gather up some courage to see if i really wanted to do this, since i didn’t know what to blog about this week

        • foo4ulul 5:58 PM on October 16, 2011 Permalink

          Just a suggestion, but if you don’t know what the write about, might I suggest you do a biography on your favorite artists or perhaps a new song.

    • foo4ulul 6:07 PM on October 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      As a marketing major, I am curious as to how you conducted your research. Did you pass out surveys to fill out or did you do one-on-one interviews?

      I listen to all form of music, but it usually depends on my mood. If i’m happy I like to listen to upbeat songs, when i’m sad I like to listen to songs about breakups and bad romance where the mood is depressing, but yet very appealing. I actually have no idea what radio stations I listen to because I pay attention to the songs. I usually just listen to Pandora at home, where they play songs I’ve liked and those that are similar.

    • Rimy Chouhan 8:59 PM on October 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I love all forms of music from rock to pop. When it comes to music, I’m all over the map. I listen to anything that sounds good to me and has a good beat. I love rock songs with heavy use of the guitar. As for radio stations, I mainly listen to 92.7, 99.7, and 101.3. Otherwise, I just listen to Pandora.

  • kareee13 12:00 AM on October 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Music Universal language English Korean Chinese Japanese Taiwanese   

    Music is an Universal Language 

    Where as you are in America, China, Korea or Japan each country have its own language.   Where as you are in America, it is English.  In China, there is Chinese.  In Korea, Korean is the main language, and in Japan it is Japanese.  Where ever you end up in this world one thing comes universal no matter what language is put in used it – is music.  Music is one of the universe language out there.  No matter where you are music is music.

    According to this article, “Music: The Universal Language”,  when asked a simple question to random people, “Why is music a universal language”?, there are responses like “You can listen to any kind of music and appreciate it.” and “You can walk into a musical situation and sit in with musicians from other countries, races or cultures.”  No matter what kind of  music there is—jazz, rap, spiritual, pop, ballad—it’s still a conversation or a monologue to anyone that speaks “music”.   According to the same article,  some musicians these days say ” … able to play music with other musicians without speaking the same language or talk about how free improvisation is all spontaneous…. We’ve been learning to speak similar languages from the time we started studying music—rhythms, notes, scales, patterns, dynamics, range, harmony, melody, etc”.  This shows how even in the simple times, music as a study it did not have its effects to anyone because it is one language until you add words- which makes it a song- but without it, it is just a melody that anyone can understand.  Also according to this article, “Traveling Foreign? Music is the Universal Language”, if you do not know the language very well,  just by playing a simple tune like “Old McDonald” or “Oh Susanna” any where in any country people will know the song even if it is not your language.

    For example,  I am Chinese, and I love listening to Korean songs.  Do I know the meaning or what they are saying, no, however I tend to look up anything I do not know.  As for the music goes, I like the beat to many Korean songs, their message in the song, and how it gives off a different vibe.  As for my relative in China, he likes listening to English songs.  He thinks they are better then the Chinese songs sometimes.  As for my friend, she may be Chinese, but she love Japanese music.  She also think that Japanese music gives a better style.

    In music, we can pick any song in a club, bar, wedding, car or at home and it will be danced to – drunk or not.  If the language to the song is unknown to you, there will still be dancing involved because of the beat to the song.  Music gives off an emotion to the song.  If it is a ballad, you can expect it to either be a love song or a sad song.  If the genre is dance, you can expect to be off the chair and move to the beat.  If it is a rock n’ roll genre, then expect it to be loud or make you scream along to the song.  If it is a r&b vibe, then mostly expect to have a love emotion feeling to the song.  What every the type of genre the music or language of the song might be, any of it will give the emotion- either it is happy or sad.  Here  are songs in
    English(my favorite):
    Korean:
    Chinese/Taiwanese/Cantonese (sorry no English subs for this song): 
    and
    Japanese: 

    Can you tell just by listening to the songs what genre or what emotion it is expressing ? Any language it is sung in, the songs represents the one thing that is expressed- love/happiness.

    No matter what part in the world you are in, music is one that many of us know how to speak.  Music could create images and memories without using words.  Music is a universal language.  What do you think, is it a ‘language” that we all know? or is it something that is just different?

     
    • chiamtang 9:00 PM on October 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The beats of a music is a universal language. I do think that no matter where you are in the world, people will always understand the feeling of any music beats. I mean think about movie soundtrack, it gives you a feeling as if, it is telling you something. But in all music is something that we all can relate no matter where we are in the world.

    • Rimy Chouhan 2:03 PM on October 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think why music is universal is because of the beat. Our body operates with our heart beating which is why humans love music. We are tuned to tap our feet to the beat and the sound. It’s a natural instinct. You can tell the tone of the song by the way the music is playing and the emotions that are portrayed in the singers’ voice.

    • margar7 7:51 PM on October 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with the statement that misic is a universal language. Everyone seems to love it. We might not all enjoy the same kind but we all appreciate music and its effect in our lives. I know that it helps me when I’m in a certain mood to play my favorite songs and they cheer me up.

      Thanks for including your favorite songs, it made the post interesting.

    • foo4ulul 9:31 PM on October 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      “Music is an Universal Language” I AGREEE. We may not understand those who speak another language, but we feel what they’re singing through music. Whether it is a sad song or a happy song, we can get a feeling of what they’re trying to say from their music. There are plenty of music that has no lyrics to it, which I believe is a perfect example of what I’m trying to say.

      Its nice how you posted something by Justin Lo, I had no idea that he sang that song. I like this song that Justin sang, but I’m not sure whats it called http://youtu.be/1Upe1p1jQTk (it starts @ 1:55)

      • kareee13 10:33 PM on October 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        ohh that song title is “Kong”, I like that song too!

  • kareee13 10:42 PM on September 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ke$ha Dev 3OH!3 Eminem Rihanna profanity alcohol reference sexuality content   

    lyrics mind blow 

    Music stars changes their genre every time there is something is more hyped and that people think its “in”.  With different genre, there will be lyrics to the beats that is created in the different genre song.  There are music now a days where we like them but some how do not listen to the lyrics as well as we thought.  Sometimes you will start singing to the song but will not catch certain meanings of some parts.  Not every day a person is going to stop and think about “hmm what are the lyrics saying”? and “wait what did they say???”  or “oh my gosh this song is needs to be put on PG 13 or Rated R for profanity, alcohol reference, or sexuality content”<—of course no one will say that.  Many singers today have many songs that have such things but they do not realize that there are even kids listening to the song and end singing it with out knowing what the song means.

    Take music star, Ke$ha, who has many catchy beat to the song but the lyrics are not that great.
    Here listen to her song “Tik Tok”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP6XpLQM2Cs&ob=av2n  <—- here is the lyrics to the song
    What is your first thought that came to mind? For me, my first thought is its is “oh that song has a good beat/sound to it and that it is very catchy song!” But later as i found out, its not as good as the first time i heard it now that i listen to the song with the lyrics.   There are lines in the song saying ” brushing my teeth with a bottle of Jack(alcohol brand)” and another alcohol reference:  “Ain’t got a care in the world but I got plenty of beer”.    According to this article,  she, however, of course does not think that this song may be putting a bad message, but a story of her life.  Off of this song there might be a wrong idea for kids(mostly teens) that it is okay to think about nothing in the world but alcohol.
    Another song of hers is Blah Blah Blah:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3taEuL4EHAg&ob=av2n<—- Here are the lyrics to the song
    This song might be catchy at first but as soon as the lyrics comes clear to you, your thoughts could be what is she saying? This is a line from this song: “I don’t really care where you live at, just turn around boy, let me hit that. Don’t be a little bitch with your chit-chat. Just turn around; show me where your dick’s at”.  This is the beginning of the song and it already starts out with a  sexual message.

    Another is the song “Love the way you lie” by Eminem ft Rihanna : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelHwf8o7_U&ob=av2e, even though this song does not have alcohol reference like Ke$ha’s but the music video has violence between the main characters.  If people (like me) watch the music video after they heard the song, they will think differently.  Like I said kids-teens will as well watch this and they might had thought it is okay to burn the house down or hit some one because of a break up.

    Lastly, there is this song, “In the Dark” by Devhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgEixhE3Oms&ob=av2e and this song “My First Kiss” by 3OH!3 ft Ke$ha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYC2FUutdKA&ob=av2n.  Both songs have some sexual content in it.  With the two songs, every day I hear and see kids and teens sing either of the songs.  They are singing and dancing to the songs without the real meaning or finding out the lyrics to the song.

    There are many people out there listening to it, in the clubs, bars, at home, or and in their car.  Just think next time if you decide to sing a song out loud, maybe take a moment to listen to what the lyrics to the song are saying.  If you are one of the people that are just “oh whatever it is just a song” just think that you are not the only one that listens to it. Sure there are more of these music but its your choice to listen and like them.

     
    • margar7 9:07 PM on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with you that today profanity in music is much mkore common. Everywhere you hear the b word and f word like its nothing. They are so common and when I hera young kids saying them it makes me cringe. I know that it is up to the parents to limit children’s exposure to vulgarity but sice today it is everywhere that job has been made even more challenging.
      I completely see where you are coming from when writing this post. I liked that you included the lyrics to the songs because it really proved your point. Some songs out there are really sending the wrong messages.

    • Rimy Chouhan 5:51 PM on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think, nowadays, people don’t really care about the lyrics as much. If they like the beat, they will listen to the song. If lyrics have curse words in them, radios don’t really censor them. This is also true of TV. Many words are used casually. You see women in nothing but their under garments. I think it’s a shame to degrade women in such a manner.

    • chiamtang 4:24 PM on October 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It is true that many people listen to a lot of song and don’t really pay attention to the lyrics. But when people first hear a song, they listen to the beats first. But after awhile they start to understand the lyrics and it gets all weird after awhile. But I think the real problem with bad lyrics is the parents. They feel like kids will act or do such things if they listen to such songs. But in all it really depends on the person some people like it that way and some don’t.

    • foo4ulul 5:19 PM on October 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I disagree with the fact that many artists change genres. I know some artists do, but once they feel comfortable with one genre, they normally wouldn’t change it. Today, it is so easy for kids to gain access to porn and other adult rated content, nothing in music will surprise me. If the artists want to sing songs about alcohol and violence, so be it. But when they decide to target young kids to these songs, we have a problem. There are somethings I feel we should protect the children from, an example would be these few songs you’ve listed. The issue here is that there are so many forms of gaining information. It is impossible to stop anyone from doing anything anymore. The only thing I feel that any good parent or guardian can do is to take precaution measures by teaching the next generation what is right and wrong before it is too late.

    • ecartano 10:16 PM on October 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Your first sentence, “Music stars changes their genre every time there is something is more hyped and that people think its “in,” I don`t necessarily agree. I don`t even think that`s even an option for them. Artists create and compose songs that usually adapt and is relevant to their life. I don’t think artists’ mentality is that “oh everyone’s writing love songs, I’ll do the same”.

      But anyways I can honestly say I agree when listening to songs, I first listen to the beats and the rhythm and see if it’s catchy or not, not once really thoroughly analyzing the lyrics. But once you actually listen rather hear the lyrics, you’re usually in shock because that’s not what you thought you heard. I like googling lyrics, I like seeing it infront of me while listening to lyrics and I must say there are many songs that I didn’t know the lyrics to and I just say the lyrics but I don’t know what it means. It’s amazing what you can find out.

      I agree there are many unnecessary derogatory terms used in today’s songs but what can you do? It’s also shown in television, many different multimass media, songs are just another way of getting messages across. These artists don’t necessarily tell people to do what they’re singing about but to be aware what they do? I don’t know I can go on and on with analyzing lyrics but good stuff blogging about this. I love interpreting lyrics.

    • jenougher 8:28 PM on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Pop stars (and their songwriters) are in it to win it, and they know that a good beat will capture an audience right away, especially when the music is meant for a club or a party, where your main goal is to drink and dance and live it up, rather than sit there, analyze lyrics, and get all deep. They know their audience, and so they write lyrics and beats with them in mind. If I’m out drinking, I could really care less about song lyrics, as long as I can dance to it. When I’m sober (which is most of the time), it’s another matter entirely. My musical taste completely shifts, and I seek out older, sort of timeless music with lyrics that have something to offer me, and not beats, so much as a nice melody and complex instrumentation.

      Aside from that, I like that you are trying to analyze lyrics for songs, and really interrogate the purpose of the music that’s around you everyday. It’s a lot easier to ignore the lyrics and just go with the flow. And as far as the kids are concerned, I’m not so sure we need to worry about the songs, as much as the upbringing. I heard lots of crazy song lyrics when I was a kid, but I remained “a kid” until I was an adult, if that makes any sense.

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