Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Does AVICII get a GOOD FEELING when Flo Rida limits his credit to this hit?
Commercial music baffles me sometimes, they sometimes want to give credit then other times ignore it altogether. We are seeing artists like Rihanna acknowledging EDM but giving credit to the artists/producers they work with them while others just simply continue to ignore it, and this time to me, its surprising.
Flo Rida has worked with EDM artists over the last couple of years to help mold his career as a club rapper. Working with Guetta on possibly his biggest club hit, "Club Can't Handle Me" he gave credit to Guetta for the production and assist on the track. Here we have an example of the complete opposite, he ignores the fact that right now he is rapping over one, if not the biggest EDM record this year. Its not a little known record, its a world acclaimed record and guess who is getting the shaft all over again, AVICII! This guy has been tossed around by 2 major recording artists this year over some of his biggest hits. First the entire debacle with Leona Lewis which resulted in lawyers and press smears to get him credit on the track. This time we have Flo Rida, in my opinion murdering the track, and NOT in a good way.
People say OH its a sample, yes a SAMPLE of a current hit song with no headline billing credit to Avicii. Also the Etta James sample was crafted into the piano and drum production BY Avicii NOT Flo Rida as some are assuming without doing any research.
Here is the original, a beautiful track full of uplifting builds and structure. I have no problem with mainstream artists sampling or working with EDM world but the lack of respect to the productions and integrity is appalling. Another person who constantly disrespects the dance market is Pitbull. He has alone built many hit singles by "stealing" tracks and doing very little work on them. I used to write hip hop lyrics in the 90s and they were much more complex than they are now, the current people in the market are using baby lyrics over these dance tracks and that is another issue I have with it. I am all for feel good club music that crosses over, but I am tired of this whitewashing of the original producers and artists!
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