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how to create a pop star

Scott told me about this amazing clip from the film Before the Music Dies that shows the creation of a fake pop star. It goes like this: song written by a 45 year old guy + model who is not required to be able to sing + studio time + video footage = POP STAR!

· comments [11] · 01-15-2008 · categories:technology ·

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  • 1 Carrie // Jan 15, 2008 at 5:48 am

    I read an interview once with Neko Case where she claimed the only female musicians not using Auto-Tune were her and Nelly Furtado. Who knows if that’s true, but pretty interesting.

  • 2 Amy // Jan 15, 2008 at 6:11 am

    Very interesting, and I think most people already know how true this is.

  • 3 megan // Jan 15, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Amy – Oh sure, but it’s interesting to see how easy it is to make a passable music video from somebody who isn’t even trying.

  • 4 Amy // Jan 15, 2008 at 9:06 am

    I totally agree

  • 5 Heather // Jan 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

    OH MAN STEVE POLTZ! I love him. I’m happy to see him “writing” in films like this. His music is so genuine.

  • 6 Melanie at Beanpaste // Jan 15, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Wow. Entertaining AND disheartening.

  • 7 kim // Jan 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    I was a music journalist for a while in’s stuff like this and having to deal with (some) A&R ppl that made me get out of it before I hated it.

  • 8 Min // Jan 15, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    This is totally bringing back Milli Vanilli memories from my adolescent years… doo doo wah bedoo “blame it on the RAIN”…
    Oh God please make it stop…

  • 9 moniqueinok // Jan 15, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    thanks for the link, megan. finally, something that explains the only reason people like britney spears and jessica simpson and 100 other no-talent, un-original “pop” stars EVER make it as far as they do! ok, that sounds mean, oh well the truth hurts

  • 10 geek+nerd // Jan 15, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Ugh AutoTune is eeeeeeevil! Definitely an example of technology gone wrong! Interesting video…

  • 11 mia // Feb 22, 2008 at 11:16 am

    I just came across this post (late to the party!) and I can say 100% yes – this is true. My friend is a sound tech for a major record label and he has done the sound mixing for almost all of the current pop tarts and other virtually talentless people and he has horror stories of these girls who legitimately CANNOT sing, can’t even get into the range for the auto-tune to correct it, so he has to record it note-by-note, sometimes word-by-word to get it right. It’s a horrible reflection of our musical culture… but also a damn fine living if you can get it! ;-)

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