As for Miss. Spears. I really will not make an effort to defend her.
Good idea. Too bad we both know you'd never stick to that.
If her 13 years of remaining relevant and putting out some of the best tours and making the best videos while being one of the only two pop stars who have been known to out-dance her back up dancers doesn't do the trick, nothing I say will be able to convince you. She does a lot more than you think though, she's been noted by several music writers to be the only pop star who will let them keep the writing credit even when she does put work into it as supposed to everyone else who just add a couple of "oohs" and boast about their lyrical genius. I strongly believe that performing the way she does (I will admit, the word "did" applies to her more nowadays), and sex appeal is a form of art. Churning out generic/ecclectic music, followinf trends, and wearing outlandish outfits seem to be the only way a person gets any respect these days. Britney is one of those "haters will always hate" things in the world. Like it's been said here, there are negative bandwagons that will help people feel like they belong or feel smarter than others; I simply choose not to be part of them whether I like something or not. It's really easy to say someone does nothing without fully knowing about them. "Talent-less" is such a poor description about celebrities, because as soon as someone doesn't like them, they become talent-less to them. I dislike Justin Bieber, but I don't have the talent to do what he does. I dislike GaGa, but I don't have the talent to do what she does. Just like I doubt you would be able to do backflips and bellydance and pole dance and hip-hop dance and dance technically and sing; because contrary to what people believe, she can sing, it just takes discovering the instances where isn't trying to sell sex and dance music.
And whatayaknow, I totally took the effort of explaining myself.
Wow... I mean, just: WOW. Britney deserves all the credit in music she gets because she can do more acrobatics than most people? She's a "relevant" artist because she still puts out albums? And more talented people are less talented because you claim Britney doesn't pad her music with sound effects?
That's a house of cards I don't even want to touch. It's best to just back away from crazy of that kind of magnitude. I'll just expand on a point I made before:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--1rAUYWl_4 > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsR9HxNxkE4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nma-26ap8Y > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g-qzZ7M83A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A309uVwAck > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPDbHybmgYU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8Qw8gN4uag > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCMzBH0or4I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHXRUlI9Ksg > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iPfrVPsFMQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v2Y9iR2KLg > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkACQHcoAIg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJe63GvboeY > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYobvNiJTkU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5K--eVxB04 > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P0GDtqf9ao
Oh, wait... why bother comparing the BEST pop act of the last decade (in case you don't click the links, it's Goldfrapp) to one of pop's most overrated sideshows? I could just slam Britney by showing - musically - who she ripped off out the box to get where she is now:
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Robyn's "Do You Know (What It Takes)" and "Show Me Love" beat Britney BY A YEAR. Britney copied her sound and got where she is now by DANCING better. Meanwhile, Robyn didn't disappear. She in fact continued to outclass Britney with singles like this:
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If you wish to continue arguing Britney's relevance in relation to quality pop music such as this, all I can say is: good luck. You're going to have your work cut out for you.
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