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About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Thursday, October 28, 2004

    Ashlee Simpson caught in the act!

    Ever since pop star Ashlee Simpson got busted on Saturday Night Live for lip-syncing, criticism has been flying all over the Internet, but does it really matter whether she is really singing or not?

    Some argue that pop is rarely about the music, it's all about the show. What do audiences expect? It's not like she's Prince.

    If you want "real" singing, find a good struggling indie band that has no choice but to perform with desire.


    8 Comments:

    Blogger johnny said...

    i am really passionate and full of too much thought that would fill up a page but one point i'd like to make on this concerning why it's a big deal-

    pop music fills the airwaves and dominates all outlets of media more than ever today and because of this along with the misconception that great music gets airplay deceives average listeners into believing this pop music is great music, when it really is just as you stated, "rarely about the music". and its gotten so bad that average listeners wouldn't know better or realize there are "good struggling indie bands".

    i'm not sure if that's the reason but i think a lot of people dance around that idea which is why there is so much hoopla over this. at least for me, it's why it pushed my button.

    12:40 AM  
    Blogger nathanieljue said...

    she's a horrible singer anyway. i would rather hear her manufactured "voice" than her real voice. and who spells their name ashlee? isn't it ashleY? seriously, she needs a better gimmick than that.

    11:20 AM  
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