411 Music Fact or Fiction 05.09.14: Ed Sheeran And The Game Working Together - Mass Hysteria!
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.09.2014
Does Drake make Lil Wayne's new track worth checking out? What do we think of Michael Jackson's "Love Never Felt So Good"? Will Gwen Stefani help The Voice's ratings? 411's Joseph Lee and Andy Rackauskas debate these topics and more!
Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction: Music. I'm your host, Joseph Lee.
This week we have Andy Rackauskas against Joseph Lee
Joseph Lee: FICTION. Yeah, Drake does nothing for this. It's still Lil Wayne and features all of Lil Wayne's flaws. Drake's not exactly the best at what he does either. It's a song that I won't be listening to again.
Andy Rackauskas: FICTION. Drake doesn't really add that much. It's a solid enough jam, but his inclusion doesn't make it any more or less interesting than most of Mr. Wayne's material.
Joseph Lee: FACT. I like the Motown-esque background track and Jackson's singing ability is still solid. However, it's kind of repetitive, which stops it from being anything more than decent. I actually think I prefer the remix with Justin Timberlake to the original.
Andy Rackauskas: FACT. It's not great. But it's good. It certainly harkens back to the 80's. And in relation to Jackson, that's a good thing. In fact, this was a demo off Thriller. It's easy to get that vibe quickly. It's a fun and innocuous pop song. Fans of Jackson will eat it up. And even casual fans will probably enjoy it. In fact, even some of his detractors may find themselves enjoying it as well.
Joseph Lee: FACT. This song is pretty basic Linkin Park, but there's not much they do that I don't enjoy. Outside of their remix albums. And Collision Course. This is a straight-up LP track with Chester doing what Chester does. There's not a whole lot to complain about.
Andy Rackauskas: FICTION. I don't enjoy any of Linkin Parks songs. Sorry.
Andy Rackauskas: FACT. Sad but true. It's certainly worth keeping an eye out to see what they come up with. But odds are it will fail. This isn't exactly Cypress Hill and Pearl Jam on the Judgment Night soundtrack. It just really seems like a gimmick. It's an interesting pairing for sure. But, they are going against the odds. I'm taking the odds.
Joseph Lee: FACT. I just don't see how this could do anything but fail from both a creative and financial standpoint. These are just two music acts that I don't see mixing at all, and is Game really popular enough to add to Sheeran's success? Or would he likely bring him down? I think it would be more of the latter, and I'm no great fan of Sheeran. I might actually check this out due to a morbid curiosity but I'm expecting nothing but pain.
Andy Rackauskas: FACT. Can you hear Phil Collins? Because it's against all odds yet again. Sure, Way's had some great success with My Chemical Romance. He probably has some good songs in him. But, there's really nothing that says his solo career will take off and be a huge success. A small success. Sure. Huge. Not so much.
Joseph Lee: FACT. I'll try not to let my hatred of My Chemical Romance as a bad taint my answer here. No, I don't think Way's solo album is going to yield very much success. The last MCR album did okay compared to most releases, but fell off huge compared to The Black Parade. Now he doesn't even have the rest of the band backing him. My guess is that his first album will do decently enough but then he'll disappear into obscurity before he reforms the band. Let's face it, we're talking about Gerard Way, not Jack White.
Andy Rackauskas: FICTION. Stefani's addition to The Voice will garnish some immediate positive ratings increase. Then it will subside. So initially she will, but eventually, it'll return to form.
Joseph Lee: FACT. Nor will Pharrell, for that matter, and he's actually in his prime. Stefani is pretty much on the same level, fame-wise, as Aguilera right now (perhaps less so). There's no reason to believe she's she's going to draw in any new viewers. Pharrell could bring a few in, but the ratings trend for musical shows in general appears to be downward and I don't see that stopping by switching up the coaches a little bit.
Score: 4 for 6
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