Sinead O’connor Blasts Simon Cowell For ‘murder Of Music’; Annie Lennox Slams Music Video ‘pornography’

YouTube has massive reach with a young audience. Its a great environment for the music industry to show off what it has to sell. The YouTube Music Awards streamed live from New York is loaded with the requisite star power. Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire will all be on stage. Adding to its pedigree is creative director Spike Jonz and Vice, the ultra-hip content factory often likened to MTV in its raging hormone growth stage. {Ex-MTV/Viacom supremo Tom Freston is big investor and advisor.} More importantly, the YouTube Music Awards have already drawn a blue chip advertiser, Kia. The Korean auto giant has signed on as the exclusive title sponsor of the 90-minute live show. Major advertisers want and are willing to pay a premium to reach a young, engaged audience. YouTube is staying mum, but ad rates for its award show could easily demand rates 25-50 percent higher than usual fare. While theres been some softening of video ad rates over the last several months given so much available inventory, music video ad rates have stayed consistently strong on YouTube, according to video ad buying platform TubeMogul . Launching the YouTube Music Awards is offense programming. YouTube is the No. 1 search engine in the world for music, says BTIG media analyst Rich Greenfield.

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The combination of this apparent homogeneity with a straight, white artist like Macklemore winning a Moon Man for a song about same-sex marriage left me feeling uncomfortable at best. His dominating presence at the award show and in the mainstream music industry calls for another conversation about diverse identities within the music world. The issue is not that he performs a song about the queer equality movement. His video for “Same Love” was the obvious winner for “Video With a Message” given its popularity, viral outreach, and content. Support is support, and I don’t really feel the need to cut him down for using his fame to advocate for an important cause. Celebrities do that all the time. Sure, Macklemore and his producer Ryan Lewis made a pretty penny from the song’s success, but I’m willing to take the popularity as an indication of America’s shifting viewpoint on sexuality and not as a slimy moneymaking move on the part of the artist. Plus, Mary Lambert, who is featured on the track, is an out lesbian who writes about the social issues that affect her as a queer woman all the time. She’s not the one getting the credit, though, which brings me to my next point. Here’s the deal. Macklemore is not the first person to write a great song that could be celebrated as the gay marriage anthem. There are documented recordings by queer artists singing about queer issues (read: their lives) that date back as far as the 1920s, and there is an alliance of out queer artists who continue to sing out loud. They have read the YouTube comments lately, and they do have plenty of reasons to think that hip-hop hates them.

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icons took jabs at the music industry, petty judges on singing reality competitions and the hypersexualized music videos bombarding audiences today. By Chiderah Monde / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, October 6, 2013, 12:22 PM Comment Sinead O’Connor name-checked Simon Cowell as a murderer of music in a new interview, following her Miley Cyrus open letter rants. After Sinead O’Connor ripped Miley Cyrus and the music industry for promoting “prostitution,” the Irish singer got even more specific with the name droppingrailing music executives like Simon Cowell for their hand in what she considers the “murder” of music. “I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll,” O’Connor, 47, said in an interview with Ireland’s “Late Late Show,” according to E! News. RELATED: SINEAD O’CONNOR FIRES BACK AT MILEY CYRUS AGAIN “Because of Simon Cowell, (and others, like TV music judge) Louis Walsh. It all amounts to the murder of music.” The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer caused a stir after posting an open letter to Cyrus , 20, on her website, cautioning her not to become a “prostitute” of the music industry. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images British singer Annie Lennox also slammed new music videos from young female singers as pornography. In the lengthy post Thursday, O’Connor said Cyrus was perpetuating a sexist system in which music execs make money off of talented, but hyper-sexualized women. The motherly gesture wasn’t well received by the “We Can’t Stop” singer, thus igniting a back-and-forth between the two that O’Connor said is now “over.” RELATED: SINEAD OCONNOR TO MILEY CYRUS: DON’T LET THEM ‘PROSTITUTE’ YOU “There’s a certain alarm that needs to be rung and I know there are a lot of musicians around the country and around the world that will agree,” she continued in the TV interview. “The power of rock ‘n’ roll to change things, to move people, is being murdered by all this worship of fame, ‘Pop Idol,’ ‘X Factor,’ all this stuff.” RELATED: MILEY CYRUS HOSTS AND PERFORMS ON SNL The ‘No More I Love You’s’ singer didn’t name Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears in her Facebook rant, but alluded to their raunchy new videos as ‘new lows.’ Similarly, musician Annie Lennox appeared to second O’Connor’s concerns, speaking out against the “pornographic” music videos from female singers bombarding the Internet and television in a lengthy Facebook post. Without naming Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spearswhose recently released music videos have warranted backlash for their racinessLennox, 58, wrote that she is “disturbed and dismayed” at the overt sexuality. RELATED: RIHANNA TWERKS, SWINGS AROUND STRIPPER POLE IN POUR IT UP MUSIC VIDEO “You know the ones I’m talking about,” she wrote. “It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment. As if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough.” “It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low,” she added .