Has it Really Come Down to Getting Naked to Make it in Music?

Posted on May 18, 2009


Evening Sweeties

Record labels and executives are pimpin’ their artists like it is going out of style.

I don’t believe for one minute that  Cassie and Rihanna are unsuspecting victims of  ex-boyfriends who leaked those photos to the press.  It was a calculated move on the part of their management .

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The entertainment world has been this way for years. One of the biggest stars that ever lived was Marilyn Monroe who was still Norma Jean Baker and a “no-body” until she was in the first issue of Playboy in 1953.


If Rihanna and Cassie were porn stars trying to solidify their nominations for the Oscars of Porn I could understand releasing nude photos but they’re singers so why the need to exploit them? Our cultures unhealthy obsession with making women into sexual objects has gone beyond sickening. Rihanna is a singer not a Girl Gone Wild so why the need to objectify a woman who has already been through a media firestorm?  

Unfortunately it’s easier to flash your tiddley winks at a camera  rather than to work on a creative, innovative new project. Sadly sometimes these women feel the enormous pressure to cave in and heed the “advice” and demands of their record label and management 

I’m not a total cynic because there are still a handful of famous artists who rely on their talent like Alicia Keyes, Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis and a few others. I know there are countless numbers of singers and entertainers that are not in the limelight yet but are striving for it and will take their dignity with them on the climb to success.  

That is why I am glad with the Internet and the rise of independent labels more artists will be in control of their own entertainment identities and will no longer be commodities of the labels. Of course not every artist one will choose the high road but I have to believe that there are a lot of musicians out there who are interested in promoting their music without having their stark naked butts high in the air for the entire globe to see.

Let’s hope we see a change soon because it’s getting a bit old don’t you think?

More sweet treats soon!


Night Night