Yes, TimesSelect is a crime. But, man, do they have writers! This snotty article on recent goings-on in the music business contains the kind of writing that keeps me coming back: Making Room for the Hopeless Pop Star in a Crowd of Professional Amateurs
If youâ€™ve been watching many of the post-â€œIdolâ€ musical reality shows, you might have noticed that most of these putative amateurs behave an awful lot like old pros. […]
Donâ€™t worry. There are still a few naÃ¯ve musical dreamers, rushing in where angels fear to tread. You just have to know where to look.
Why, just this last weekend a charmingly inept rapper made his television debut, boldly ignoring all the advisers who must have asked him not to. And on Tuesday, the same day that Danity Kane CDâ€™s arrived on record racks, a blithe aspiring pop star released her debut album, brushing off suggestions that singing be left to actual singers.
O.K., so the rapper, Kevin Federline, and the singer, Paris Hilton, arenâ€™t exactly unknown. But in the world of pop music, theyâ€™re definitely underdogs. […]
The urge to laugh at them is understandable; they do seem pretty green, especially compared to those battle-hardened aspirants on reality television. But letâ€™s be gentle with our moonlighting celebrities. They might be the only real amateurs weâ€™ve got.