I just found the epitome of a sell-out in the music industry and I want to share her cheap journey to fame with you.
Now I fully understand that musicians grow and evolve as they get older and gain experience, but that’s not what happened here.
Pop singer (I intentionally avoid the term “artist” here), Katy Perry has become popular with songs like “I Kissed a Girl” and “Ur So Gay.” The lyrics to these songs are so thoughtless and inappropriate they could make your ears bleed.
What you may not know about Katy Perry is that her lyrics were not always so thoughtless. Early in her career she went by her real name, Katy Hudson, and was a Christian artist. While she was just as talentless then as she is now, at least there was some semblance of nobility in her work.
So how does she go from “you can shake me and my faith won’t fail” to “I kissed a girl and I liked it”? Well it’s possible her religious views changed, but it is much more likely she became what is known in the music industry as a sell-out.
She changed her name (going by her mother’s maiden name) and began writing catchy songs that have no meaning, emotion, purpose, or anything else I could say that would give them value. She just makes songs that she thinks will sell, and I can’t imagine she cares about the value of the music itself.
As Ben Folds says in his song “One Down,”
People tell me Ben just make up junk and turn it in
But I never could quite bring myself to write a bunch of shit
Don’t like wasting time on music that won’t make me proud,”
Well, that’s exactly what Katy Perry decided to do, thus she is the epitome of a sell-out.