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Hozier trying to segue into Warren G’s Regulate is bad thing.
Ok, after reading some of you guys, I concede I’m wrong to find it weird someone might never heard that song since Tom Petty isn’t that big on England. You made compelling arguments, and I now agree with you guys. But still, even if they are from England and it wouldn’t obviously be on their radar since they are younger than the actual song, it’s still a bit weird to see songwriters to never have even heard the song even later in their life and come across it eventually. But maybe they just didn’t pay attention to it, which is possible and fair.
I had a discussion with a Sam Smith fan (who doesn’t really admit to be a Sam Smith) that they had never heard “I Won’t Back Down” before. But then again, how much does one really like music if they are a Sam Smith fan but never heard one of Tom Petty’s signature songs?
Whenever music or pop culture writers say an artist has business savvy as if they were somehow business experts who just happen to do something completely different for a living, I roll my eyes so freaking hard. Even with Taylor swift oversees a lot of what happens with her copyright stuff, it’s clear to me she isn’t the mastermind behind the non-musical aspects of her career, just by how much time someone would have to spend to do so, and sheer volume and extension of everything that gets done with Taylor Swift as a brand. It sounds very naive. Or that music writers are just fascinated with her they lost all capacity of critical thinking and realistically analyzing how involved artists actually are in many of those aspects of their music when it’s done in such a large scale. It’s like music writers are the geeky girl with braces in the high school movies that believes every myth about the pretty blond cheerleader prom queen. “Oh, but I hear she has business savvy! And her hair shines like the sun!”. She is just another professional in the music world, guys. Her music might be good, but let’s stop doing this thing of elevating artists to unrealistic levels of multi-tasking and control.
“Just enter the phrase “this sick beat” into Google Image Search and see how many people have already repurposed it to their own ends.” – THAT’S BECAUSE THAT LINE IS NOT HERS TO TAKE, FOR FUCK’S SAKE. Seriously, this such an old line, how is it hers just because she used in one song? Does Kanye have the copyrights of “That don’t kill me can only make me stronger”? Sorry, Nietzsche. For some reason, the fact she did this really annoys me, and I can’t help it.
I actually really love the chorus. And I happen to think Kanye and Rihanna should be on tracks together more often. Their vocals and chemistry work really well together. It’s no “All Of The Lights”, but it’s pretty damn great.
I doubt this is the direction Rihanna is taking with her music. This is her just doing a feature for another artist.