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Unread 06-20-2011, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Minnesota, USA
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Default Why is sex all that is sung about in today's pop music?

Lady Gaga - "Lovegame", "Pokerface", etc.
Britney Spears - "3", "If U Seek Amy", etc.
Katy Perry - "Last Friday Night", "I Kissed a Girl", etc.
Lil' Wayne - "Lollipop"
3OH3 - "Don't Trust Me"
Ke$ha - "Blah Blah Blah"
Akon - "I Wanna **** You"
Enrique Iglesias - "Tonight I'm Going to **** You", "I Like It"
Pitbull - "Holiday Inn"
etc. etc. etc.

Seriously, what happened? Obviously sexual innuendo has always been a part of music. However, I remember an era in which sex did not seem to be the focus of seemingly every song on hit radio - an era in which songs did not explicitly discuss threesomes and S & M! I'm speaking of the mid-to-late 1990's. Songs did occasionally touch on sexual topics, but with a few exceptions, it was done in a discreet way or a sort of "casual" way that was shrugged off by most listeners and not central to the theme of the song's lyrics.

Around 2002, as hip-hop became mainstream again, that all changed and songs became almost universally raunchy. I'm speaking of such "artists" as 50 Cent, Lil' Wayne, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, D4L, and others. When hip-hop went into decline on the charts around 2008, I had the hope that music would return to at least an image of its former state. Wrong. While melody re-surfaced and the catchy 4/4 beat returned, the lyrics remained the same. And that abominable trend of (mostly female) singers starting out with a clean image and it being transformed into promiscuous and dirty continued - it happened with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and now with Rihanna and who knows who else.

I don't know why songs today are universally about sex, or what motivates the artists who make them. I don't know anybody so hypersexual as to appreciate the current status quo.

What do you think of the sexualization of pop music and why do you think artists only want to sing about sex today?
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Unread 06-20-2011, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Rome, Georgia
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Cuz its awesome lol ttyl.
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Unread 06-20-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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I don't know why songs today are universally about sex, or what motivates the artists who make them. I don't know anybody so hypersexual as to appreciate the current status quo.

What do you think of the sexualization of pop music and why do you think artists only want to sing about sex today?
Don't be silly. There are plenty of pop artists who sing about other things. You hear what you choose to hear.
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Unread 06-20-2011, 10:42 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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My parents asked the same question back in the fifties. Hi dad.
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Unread 06-20-2011, 10:47 PM
 
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Because pop artists like them don't have original material. Maybe except Lil Wayne... but the rest are just mainstream garbage. Some pop is alright, but you just listed the most popular...
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Unread 06-20-2011, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Most pop music is atrocious. Not all. They take the easy way out and play to the lowest common denominator.
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Unread 06-20-2011, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Hudson County, NJ
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Because pop artists like them don't have original material. Maybe except Lil Wayne... but the rest are just mainstream garbage. Some pop is alright, but you just listed the most popular...
REally? I can't tell you how many lil wayne songs I hear him talkng about ***** (thanks sensor, but you know the other word for a vagina). Whats his newest song? I want to **** every girl in the world?

I can't explain it either. It comes down to lack of any intelligent topic to sing/rap about. And sex sells.

Anyway, the population that likes pop music isn't always the brightest in my book anyway.
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Unread 06-21-2011, 12:59 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I was skeptical, but looking it up there might be a bit more of a focus on that than in the past.

I think romance/relationships have always been a big focus of pop-music, but possibly now the sexual aspect of those relationships is more central. Either because standards have changed, so singers are just being more overt about what they were singing about all along, or because sex really is more a focus of relationships or a bit of both.

I do think we are more clinical and less euphemistic than we used to be and I admit I don't care for it. I bought a CD of Anne Briggs folk songs and a good deal of it was about sex. It wasn't even particularly subtle, "We lay in sport and at play. Till this young man arose and gathered his clothes. Singing 'Fair thee well today!'", but still calling it "sport and at play" actually sounds more enjoyable to me than just you know "stick it in me" or what they sometimes do now.

I remember a socially conservative writer saying something that surprised me, but that I agree with in an odd way. Her point was that they had "hussies" in her day and that she even liked some of them. However she felt like women, or men I suppose, who want to be "hussies" should commit to it with eyes open and know what it means. So in this case if you want to be sexy be sexy and not play it like weird performance art or a biology text or a totally meaningless fashion accessory. And if you don't want to be sexy/sex-focused than don't feel you have to just to get liked.

Or something. I just woke up from a nap
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Unread 06-21-2011, 01:13 AM
 
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IMO: the bigger issue is the imagery in video clips, rather than the lyrics.

Although I don't listen to a lot of top 40 pop ....
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Unread 06-21-2011, 02:21 AM
 
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I remember when Pour Some Sugar On Me was first released (no pun intended), I did not know what they were referring to.
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