Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lily Allen Is Hot, But She's A Corporate Tool

First Metallica. Then Garth Brooks. Now British pop tart Lily Allen has declared war against everybody who trades songs online. Here's her declaration of war.

What's with these musicians who claim that file sharing will destroy their careers? Every single person who trades a song online is a pirate who must, must, MUST be punished. As if all those millions of fans using LimeWire or Kazaa are no different from illegal CD duplicators.

The record companies tell them so. They're just, so to speak, retweeting the official corporate propaganda.

Let me tell you what I learned about the record companies. Did you know that big record companies force you to pay for your contract and the like? This commenter on this article has it exactly right: "The label is basically a loan shark. They get to make a risk free investment, and prey upon artists who desperately want to be on signed band." That's the record biz in a nutshell.

At least Metallica have an excuse or two. One: they're a corporation in their own right. Two: they're followers of that fanatic for capitalism, Ayn Rand. And Garth Brooks and those other country types were pretty much embedded in the Shrub Bush dictatorship; country music tends to be a right-wing thing anyway, from the most right-wing part of America.

But Lily Allen? She's just a pop tart. The kind who lip-syncs in concert. Have you even heard of her? If you're not British, you probably haven't.

Capitalism. Don't ya love it.

Lily Allen is hot, sure. But now we know what she really is: just another corporate tool.


  1. Not only is she a tool...she's a hypocrite. She was complaining about people stealing music in a blog post that she stole completely from another blog! Ridiculous.

  2. She even acknowledges the massive "debt" newly-signed artists have to their record labels, which is even wackier. While she was arguing that file-sharing makes it really hard for fledgling musicians to pay off these mammoth debts, I couldn't help but wonder, "And you don't object to the mammoth debts...?" Well, evidently not.

    I must say, I feel no sympathy for giant record labels. I download for free whatever I can. It's more affordable, convenient, and furthermore, totally legal (at least in my part of the world). Very little of the proceeds from bought music actually go to musicians, after all.

    I don't mind Lily Allen or her music (and she's hardly as obscure as you make out, haha). It's catchy and sarcastic and atypical of music on commercial radio (at least, here). She strikes me as one of those who just says whatever she thinks, strongly opinionated, etc. - not necessarily bad things. Clearly I don't agree with her on every issue, though.

  3. Jessica: You have a point. I still listen to Metallica, even though they savaged (and helped destroy) Napster almost a decade ago. I haven't heard anything by Lily Allen yet, but I should, if I can find it.

    As for Metallica: here's the eBay auction of Metallica's integrity, preserved for posterity.