No Girls Allowed- The Boys Club of the Music Industry.

As a woman you have to explain every single move you make. You were assaulted? Well what were you wearing? He hit you? Why didn’t you just leave then? You don’t want children? Won’t you be unfulfilled? You slept with how many people? Don’t you think that’s a little whore-ish? In the music industry they are all the more scrutinized. When Miley Cyrus released Wrecking Ball Sinéad O’Conner took to her personal blog to express her concern, “I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying f*** about you. They’re there for the money … we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control.” To which the embattled pop star responded via social media with a screen grab of O’Conner’s Twitter feed in 2012 where the Irish performer is seeking psychiatric care.

Tanya Rad, of On Air with Ryan Seacrest works with many women and many stars and frequently posts photos with them on her personal Instagram using the hashtag ’empowered women, empower women.’ A mantra I have personally adopted. The music industry, the entertainment industry more accurately, however is a little less progressed. Male artists with large female followings are notoriously written off as some how less than. But why? Why is having me, an educated, young female as a fan a negative? And why is it that I am expected to be a fan of Arianna Grande and Demi Lovato but when I say I know every word to 85% of Eminem’s discography people think I’m kidding. Why is the fact that I host a pop-punk format radio show some how laughable?

As the traditional music industry is collapsing it’s becoming more realistic for women to be able to create and own their ideas, but it’s still a boys club. Women who hang out with artists are groupies while men must be involved in the industry. If I had a dime for every time an assistant, publicist, stylist or make up artist or any other female involved with a male artist’s career, got trashed in the tabloids and on social media as the “new fling” or “rumored girlfriend” I’d be able to pay off my student loans in a snap. While male artists have no privacy, females involved with them and female artists themselves have no self. Halsey has said it a thousand times, critiqued magazines and other interviews for naming the male artists she’s connected to before they name her, the person being interviewed. She becomes the act associated with Twenty One Pilots and Justin Bieber, hanging out with Matty of the 1975 and posing with Michael and Luke from 5 Seconds of Summer, instead of the artist who could, in my opinion, lead the next Riot Grrrl movement.

I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called ‘The Punk Singer.’  The film was all about Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill a feminist motivated, 90% female, punk band from the time of Hole and Nirvana.  Angry, smart females took up arms in the form of music and literature and thus formed the Riot Grrrl movement, fronted by bands like Bikini Kill. In an early zine released from the movement they explained the reasoning behind it “because I believe with my wholeheartmindbody [sic] that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will, change the world for real.”  And if we taught girls that instead of creating and sometimes encouraging the growing behavior of objectifying yourself before someone else can then girls absolutely would change the world for real.

While male artists joke and are written with ‘devilish grins’ in magazine articles as they divulge the secrets of post show antics with multiple girls a night, Taylor Swift is called a slut for her dating habits. Calum Hood of 5 Seconds of Summer gained infamy and publicity for his band when a snapchat video of him fully exposed, which he’d taken himself, leaked but Jennifer Lawrence and Vanessa Hudgens? They should not have ever taken photos like that and what were they thinking!? We need more Kathleen Hanna’s, we need to stop making women in music second class citizens, my gender has nothing to do with my value as a fan or as an artist. We need to stop allowing the music industry to pimp out female artists only to slut shame them for what they’ve been asked to do. And we need to stop applauding the objectification of women in the media, in the songs we hear on the radio and in the interviews done with our favorite bands. I am a well versed music junkie and if the opportunity presented itself you can bet I would gladly be the name next to Harry Styles’ in the headlines, but I am also smart, and driven, and plan on making my name as known as anyone else’s in this industry and I won’t compromise for that because I am a female. I shouldn’t have to, and we shouldn’t be asking that. Women in this industry, at all levels, in all facets are incredibly smart and strong and talented. There is so much more to talk about with us than bust sizes and who’s slept with who. It’s nearly 2016 and it’s time for a real change.

[Image from The Odyssey Online]

Song of the Week: Sit Still Look Pretty – Daya

Thanks for bearing with me my sweet sweet friends! From here on out we are HOPEFULLY back on track for three posts a week as originally intended! This week is fairly huge where To the Encore and my little old life is concerned, when Wednesday’s post goes live I’ll be finishing up my packing and on my way to the airport for a summer in my favorite place in the world – New York City.

With this massive change in the works I’ve found this song being played more and more often (thanks to the roommate/bae Sarah) around the apartment (and more often than not in my head..) So, heres to big moves, great songs, and women bringing us lyrics like:

Oh, I don’t know what you’ve been told
But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world
Yeah, that is where I’m gonna be because I wanna be
No, I don’t wanna sit still, look pretty

Also, watch out in the next week or so for my new venture – Mads in Manhattan – on WordPress!

[Image from All Music ]

Ta Ta For Now Pals, see you on Wednesday!

Song of the Week: Little Lady- Ed Sheeran Feat. Mikill Pane (explicit)

Ed Sheeran came out of his hiatus for the Grammy’s a weeks or so ago now, but the lack of new music from the Ginger Jesus is a pain I for one just can’t face. Until we can get our dear Teddy back on social media and back on the radio we’ll have to go back to what he’s given us in the past. Ed released 5 in 2014, it’s essentially a remix album, 5 parts full of songs that never made an album or to the radio, live recordings and Little Lady, our first week of March song of the week.

Little Lady is a collaborative version of A Team, Ed Sheeran’s first radio hit in the U.S.A. This version of the song goes deeper and hits harder, with rap verses by Mikill Pane it tells the story of a young girl sent to London for higher education only to become addicted to heroin and pimped out by her uncle. It ends, unfortunately, with her murder. I’ll let you listen to it and experience it for yourselves but it sheds an entirely new light on what Ed has been doing in his music since 2009. And what I’ve been saying we should find our way back to in the music industry as a whole. Ed knows how to use his platform to bring up some ugly realities, and while those aren’t often the songs that become his award winning, chart toppers they are equally if not more important. I’ll link 5 from Spotify here be sure to check out Little Lady, but everything else is amazing too – obviously, it’s Ed.

[Image via E Online]

In the News: Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors and others accuse publicist of sexual harassment.

In a story released by New York Magazine and The Guardian on January 20th we learned that Heathcliff Berru, the owner of a PR (public relations) firm that represented Killer Mike and Odd Future, has been accused of sexual misconduct by not one but many women in the industry. Beth Martinez and Amber Coffman have both publicly accused the, now resigned, publicist of inappropriate actions. Beth taking to Twitter asking a much needed question “Why are women in the music industry still fighting misogyny and sexism alone, while their male friends/bandmates/managers do nothing??” Both women have received waves of support, and disclosures of similar behavior perpetrated on other women in the industry via social media. Berru has now come forward with a statement blaming his misconduct on a battle with drugs and alcohol abuse according to the Daily Mail.

In a recent post I discussed the sexism within the music industry, now another headline story (for the moment) brings it up again. So why are so many male’s silent? Why are women told that for the good of their career they’ll need to get over being assaulted or harassed. Why is Kesha’s career on the line for accusations she’s made toward Dr. Luke? you’ve read my thoughts, let me know yours; Tweet me @Maddi_Rose13 or leave a comment down below!

P.S. Smash the patriarchy while you’re at it.

[Photo from Beth Martinez Twitter @dangervillage]

Music Industry 2016

Credit Suisse, a prominent financial group, has produced an optimistic report on the future of the recorded music industry. Including an increase in revenue globally in 2016. The analysis, according to an article released on the Music Business Worldwide website, the recorded music industry will return to sustainable growth in 2016.  This growth is largely due to streaming services like Spotify. The Credit Suisse report suggests three main reasons for the optimistic streaming future: Subscriptions to Spotify, Deezer or Beats Music generates 2.4x the annual revenue for the industry. Because margins earned by paid streaming revenues are substantially higher than physical and digital revenues. The migration of consumption from physical and digital downloads to streaming is lucrative to the music industry overall. Thirdly, the model streaming services offer consumers, including free discovery and access to playlists shared by artists and friends. The report estimates this model stands a chance of encouraging of some of the 50% of consumers in developed markets.

Good things come to those who adapt! And if the industry continues to adapt to the increasing success of streaming services there can, hopefully, be growth in the industry we haven’t seen in years.