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This is a difficult one. First, I have to admit that the person I pick can actually be considered a musician, so Kanye West is out, as he's really just a celebrity (due to his crazy antics) who claims to make music. (This also removes Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Hillary Duff from the running).

So, who is someone who is very popular but doesn't necessarily deserve to be as popular as they are? I guess my first instinct would be to say Green Day or Radio Head. I don't really have a problem with either of those bands, but they do seem to get a lot more hype than seems necessary -- their music isn't extremely original, after all.

It also seems that almost all of the American Idol winners get a lot more record sales than they really deserve. The only one who seems to be worth anything is Kelly Clarkson, who fought the record company to have more creative rights to her third and subsequent albums.

So I guess my answer is: Green Day, Radio Head, and all American Idol winners (with the exception of Kelly Clarkson). (Also note that I say WINNERS, not finalists. Almost all of the AI finalists that have actually done something worth a damn have been runners up)

::EDIT::
I looked at answers that other people gave, and I saw a lot of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga votes (as is to be expected), but I also saw a lot of votes for Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan, and I have to agree with both of those.

on 2011-02-11 09:07 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] speilbilde.livejournal.com
I kinda like a few of Paris Hilton's pop songs, and she was great in Repo!.... Also, I love Lady Gaga.

For me personally, I think I'll have to go with Katy Perry on this one, or Ke$ha. I love pop music, but yeah. Don't like. Oh, and Alexander Rybak (He won Eurovision last year, for Norway. XD)

on 2011-02-15 02:22 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ringwraith10.livejournal.com
Yeah, Paris Hilton was really good in Repo, but I'm not sure that she's as much a musician as she is a general celebrity. I honestly don't agree that Lady Gaga is overrated -- I think she's done a lot to get to where she is now. I did expect her to be one of the more popular choices, though.

And yeah, Katy Perry IS really overrated. O.O

on 2011-02-12 05:27 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] wille-zur-musik.livejournal.com
COMPLETELY agreed on Radiohead!

Bob Dylan and Cash both have to be, in my mind, considered songwriters LONG before they should be critiqued as performers. A prof. who introduced me to this idea may be a bit of a bias here (he was hot). Buuuut I think it's valid.

I would also put in a big vote for Lang-Lang.

on 2011-02-15 02:23 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ringwraith10.livejournal.com
Oh, Bob Dylan is certainly a great songwriter -- no doubt about that -- but as a singer? No. His voice is grating. He can write, but he can't sing.

on 2011-02-15 03:31 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] wille-zur-musik.livejournal.com
Ah, yeah, that's what I meant. That his merits have to be judged by X metric to explain his appeal, etc etc. ^^ I agree!!

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