Ever noticed that Lady Gaga and Marilyn Manson have a lot in common? Yet one is currently on top of the world and her music is aired 24x7 all around the globe, and also topped the charts like no other, while Marilyn Manson is always being criticized because of his music and lyrics, image, and attitude.
So ever thought what could be THE THING that makes these artists so different in the public eye, yet at the end of the day there is so much in common between them?
It is the genre of music they play and the promotion they get. Lady Gaga writes and composes pop music, while Marilyn Manson composes and writes rock music, or better heavy/hardcore rock music. Pop music has always been mainstream music, at least for the last three decades. Though there is still something funny, since Lady Gaga does not exactly write pop music, doesn’t she?
As Mike Stock, Kylie Minogue’s song writer said, “I've always held out for decent pop, which to me is music that can be appreciated by all ages. The more racy stuff that you see going on nowadays is not something you could put two to ten-year-olds in front of, and you're embarrassed if you sit there with your mum. I find that [style] almost anti-pop because it targets the 18-25 year-olds to the exclusion of everybody else.”
Manson's lyrics talk about about the harsh reality of today's life. Suicide, religion, social problems, drugs, and sometimes even about politics are all subjects that have been mentioned by Marilyn Manson. Funnily enough, it seems such issues are still a taboo for today's world to discuss, even though almost every human on earth is affected in some way or the other from any of these subjects. Yet it seems parents do allow their very young kids to listen to Lady Gaga's lyrics, which talk explicitly about sex, gay, and hardcore partying.
Is it because Lady Gaga’s music is marketed as pop while Manson’s music is labeled as rock, hence it gets less exposure? Is it possible the generic public is so blinded by what the media says?