covers? we are better than that!!!!

Calgary, Alberta
September 19, 2012 4:35pm CST
I am currently frustrated with our music industry at this moment because most singers are doing nothing but covers. Look vocally we cant complain about our singers, most of our singers can sing but they fail as artist because they don't have identity and only few of them write songs. I am frustrated that majority of our music industry focuses with covers and acoustic covers. Well we still do have talented musical artist but their exposure is not as massive as the ones on the top. One more thing, Its already 2012 and majority of our music videos are still low budget, I wont take being a 3rd world country as an excuse because I saw other 3rd world countries with music industry worst than us having better music videos.
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@enigma13 (372)
• Philippines
12 Oct 12
I'm right with you on this one captain. I am a fan of originals and I think some of these "revivalists" are murdering the song. They sing a certain part a pitch higher or change the arrangement just so they can say that they made the song "their own". I think that's bull. Maybe artists nowadays are too scared to song originals because it might flop, too scared to take the risk. Some might just be riding the bandwagon because singing remakes seem to be the "in" thing in our country for these past years. Or worse, maybe we lack truly talented artists who are capable of creating songs that they can call their own. This is the reason why I rarely listen to main stream music. I opt for indie music because they are more authentic.
• Calgary, Alberta
15 Oct 12
i blame this to mymp, the started this trend.
• Philippines
20 Sep 12
You're right. I am also tired of listening to covers. Back in the 80's, I would say that there were more talented singers and composers who sings OPM. Sad to say, we are gifted with myriads of talents but we don't know how to use them. It's really frustrating that even our very own, Charice Pempengco is recognized by foreigners but not much appreciated in her own country.
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• Calgary, Alberta
20 Sep 12
whats worst, artist covering songs released few months ago, can they at least make songs reach 5 years of age before covering it.
@kris3rdE (156)
• Philippines
20 Sep 12
You got a point but we can't blame it all to the producers or singers. We can't blame them if they can only produce low budget videos or can't produce original songs. Most of Filipinos would rather buy pirated CDs than buying original albums. 150 php savings is more important to them than helping our music industry. And for those who can buy original would rather buy albums from foreign singers. Social Status is more important to them than helping our own music industry.
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• Calgary, Alberta
20 Sep 12
actually 10 years ago local artist outsold foreign artist but then those acoustic cover artist pops out everywhere and because acoustic music is cheap to produce cos all you need is a guitar that is the cause. the best way to make our music industry alive again is tot ry not sound like mainstream American artist but try to be original instead. if they want foreign influence, dont use American music as reference as its way to generic.
@asdomencil (4270)
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
You got a point. There are lot of singers here in our country but sad to say most of their songs were revivals especially the acoustic ones. We know that there are lot of composers that can write good songs but still most songs were revivals of covers.
• Calgary, Alberta
20 Sep 12
My biggest suspect are Star records and GMA records, They started the trend, I think onje of the singer song writers in our country complained that producers dont allow her to use original songs.
• Philippines
21 Sep 12
If this is true, that is really one way of preventing to show the talents of our singers as well as our composers. There are really good singers here in our country but they are being manipulated by the producers to sing revivals which I think does not let their talent come out naturally.
• Calgary, Alberta
22 Sep 12
covering a song is not even as cheap as the company will have to pay royalties to the owner of the song they covered. while an original is all theirs.
• Philippines
20 Sep 12
Hello Captainalbert, with so many songs to date in the last ten years, it would be a real miracle to create a totally new song. not to mention the budget that will take in this manner to produce and promote the whole song from radio stations and commercials on television. it only takes a lot of sponsors to make a successful music video
• Calgary, Alberta
22 Sep 12
you only say that because you don't write songs. I can write 10 songs in a day, writing a song is not that hard and reviving is not really that cheap, You have to pay royalties to the original record label. leave the covers to bar singers and singing contest contestants. Mainstream singers should either write songs or hire cheap composers at least.
@rhodzptc (1319)
• Philippines
19 Sep 12
Some have talent to sing but only few have the talent to compose. If you would ask other singers if they can read note I bet the answer mostly is no. I know that there are only few singers can composed and read notes at the same time like Aiza Seguerra, Joey Ayala, Jimmy Bondoc, Nyoy Volante and MYMP before they separated.
• Calgary, Alberta
20 Sep 12
MYMP is one of those cover artist, 8 percent of their music are revivals, I actually think they started this thread.
• Indonesia
20 Sep 12
There some songs that I love the cover version than the original version. I really appreciate the singer who sang an old song but it could give a new color to the song and sang it as even better than the original singer. Unfortunately there are some singers who sing an old song but with poor quality. I do not mind if a singer performed a cover of a song as long as they do it with a high musicality, not just as a shortcut to still look productive in the music industry.