Originally Posted by spunkadellic
when you make music (or a movie) that makes more money than the jonah bros or taylor swift or banana montana then you opinions might matter
music is for the people
and millions of people love that music
Just because something's popular, doesn't make it good.
I hate it when people use this sort of logic to defend something - it proves nothing. To suggest that you can't have an opinion just because you've not done better is ridiculous!
Does that mean I can't criticise a football player for being rubbish, because I can't play as well as he can? Of course I can - if someone's being paid and promoted as being a good player, and then isn't, I can criticise - I can compare him to another player who I do rate, and decide that in my opinion the original player is rubbish.
Same thing here - there's plenty of comparison points with music that sells lots but isn't crap - take your pick of examples here - so now we're comparing like with like, you can say something is crap.
What your argument defends is the marketability of it. If Jeff had said "I think the marketing campaign for Miley Cyrus/Jonas Cretins is crap" he'd quite clearly be wrong, because as you point out it's sold a bucketload.
There's any number of novelty records that you'd have to consider "great music" by your argument, just because lots of people bought them for a laugh.
If people are still listening to this stuff in 10 years, when there's no longer a marketing campaign behind it, the same way they still buy back catalogue of classic bands and singers, then maybe I'll stand corrected. but take away the marketing, and you don't have much left.