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Glee: Sets Billboard Record Proves Music Industry Is Garbage

Posted by on October 7, 2010 at 11:14 AM EST

glee billboardSomewhat quietly there was a music milestone set today and to me it serves as a shining beacon that the music industry has become a cesspool of swirling garbage.

The milestone is that the cast of Glee has now charted 75 songs on the Billboard charts. That beats the record for bands/groups previously held by The Beatles who had 71. You read that correctly. The cast of Glee has now had more songs appear on the Billboard charts than The Beatles. The overall record still belongs to Elvis who had 108 songs on the charts. I have a sinking feeling he is going fall to the juggernaut that is Glee as well.

I don’t have anything personal against the cast of Glee. They seem like nice enough people, but honestly what the hell are people doing buying this music? I have heard about a 10 various Glee performed songs and they are simply karaoke covers of hit songs. There may be some original songs in the mix and if there are then I have no problem with that, but it annoys the hell out of me when I see someone do what is essentially a gimmick cover of a song and get a hit with it.

The problem with the Glee songs being hits is that they lack soul. There is no heart in them. They are just songs sung by pretty people with pretty voices over a soundtrack produced by some machine. These people haven’t lived the music. Theses songs are not their story. Now that I think about it, it really isn’t the singers that I have the problem with. These actors/singers are just doing their job. Getting a role in Hollywood is very hard. The Fact that they got a role on a hit show is maybe a once in a lifetime kind of thing. They are just doing what they need to do to keep that job.

My problem is with the public who buys it. You should be ashamed of yourself. You should go buy the real songs and listen to them and while I understand that every song they cover is not a classic, iconic song, you should do yourself the favor of at least hearing the original and deciding for yourself. Maybe you have. Maybe you have both, but let’s be honest, if you have heard them sing “Imagine” by John Lennon or “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones and you think the Glee version is better and worth buying, you might want to see a doctor. Watch the show, enjoy the songs in the show then go out and find out the history of these songs and hear them for yourself as they were originally recorded. You will be a better person for it.

I know that some people will just say I am jealous of Glee or that I am outdated or stuck in the past. I like to think that I feel this way because I respect music as an art form and not a product. These days’ music companies and now TV studios are putting out “product” as fast as possible to try to sell it before freeloaders steal it. I understand their need to make a profit, but I long for the days when they signed artists because they had something to say, because they had heart, soul and wrote their own music. And they let them develop their craft and make art.

I suppose in the end these songs are used on Glee to represent how music casts a soundtrack to our lives, but to me the reason it and things like American Idol, are popular is because we are told we should like it. We are told we should be moved by it and we are told it is good. I don’t believe it. I don’t buy it. I don’t want it. This week we celebrate John Lennon’s 70th birthday and I have a feeling if were here today he would not be happy with what he saw.

Glee has set a new record for most songs on the Billboard charts and we, the music lovers, are worse off for it.



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