Cynically Sound

I’m Joel Russell-Winter – writer of the Cynically Sound series, and I’ll be honest with you; I’m pissed off with how the music industry is shaping up at the moment.

Every week on Cynically Sound I’ll be deconstructing a different part of the modern music scene with my own unique flair and viewpoint. Aiming to unravel the threads to this colossal cluster-fuck, in order to challenge you, to interact with the music industry in a new way.

Welcome to Cynically Sound.

How to Be Successful on the X Factor

It’s time to watch the X Factor drag it’s limp, lifeless corpse across our screens for another relentless year. Luckily, Louis Walsh (the geriatric who has a penchant for sexual assault), won’t be on the judging panel this year. However, as the disillusioned and disabled are mocked by multi-millionaires, there are a few tried and tested …

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Mel B, Louis Walsh & #MeToo

Mel B and #MeToo With all of the allegations flying around Hollywood right now & the #MeToo movement finally giving a voice to the voiceless, no one would be callous enough to grope a co-worker on live television. Surely not? Especially if it was being aired to millions of people at the time. Having a …

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Sometimes You Have to Break Terrible News…

Hello dear readers. Unfortunately this week we won’t be examining pop star hypocrisy, or what Donald Trump and Demi Lovato have in common. Today’s post is an important one, but it’s also been incredibly difficult to write. Throughout this piece, my aim is to be as honest and accurate as possible. For those who have …

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Why The Media Should Stop Criticising Taylor Swift

This is just a trigger warning for any #Swifties who may be reading, this is not a post defending Taylor Swift from the big bad media. It’s just telling them that they’re doing it wrong… Trent Reznor (the Nine Inch Nails frontman) was recently interviewed by the New York Times, in which he criticised Taylor …

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What Do Donald Trump & Demi Lovato Have in Common?

This topic may reignite the conversation that’s previously been put forward by Cynically Sound – does, or should, an artists’ personal life have an effect on their music career? But a comparison between Demi Lovato and Donald Trump was far too obscure to pass up. Luckily enough, Demi Lovato is both a hypocrite AND her …

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Hip-Hop Feud Royalty: Pusha T & The Story of Adidon

The old adage goes “All’s Fair in Love & War”, with rap feuds acting as a perfect exemplification. Diss tracks within the hip-hop scene have long acted as an injection of excitement and energy within the industry; artists butt heads and create a spark that can reignite a career. When pride is on the line, …

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Spotify & It’s Crusade Against Hip-Hop

Here we go again… The ongoing saga of R Kelly inspired controversy continues to unravel, as Spotify recently announced another change to it’s ‘hateful content & conduct’ policy. You can read the full version here, but in the interest of time we’ll summarise: “There was a backlash that resulted in loss of profits, so now …

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Childish Gambino, Nicole Arbour & ‘This Is America’

As you’re reading this post, there’ll be an assumption made that you’re probably up to date with music news. However, if you haven’t seen Childish Gambino’s latest release ‘This Is America’, then watch it right now. Seeing the music video is far more important than reading this. Also, the post will make no sense unless …

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Super-Groups Are A BAD Idea: 3 Proven Failures

Super-groups are an amazing way of watching your favourite artist do something mediocre, with the guitarists of other famous bands. These three examples give an excellent overview of what super-groups often provide the music world – CD’s which are better used as coasters. SuperHeavy If my post on genre crossovers wasn’t warning enough, then here it …

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R Kelly Backlash: Is Spotify Right or Hypocritical?

A few Cynically Sound posts ago, my warped brain posited a question: does being an artist give you a free pass? If you’ve had your name in big shiny lights, and millions of people regularly listen to your music, are the sins from your personal life absolved? Using examples of famous voices such as Elvis …

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