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A true story: Once upon a time, many types of music and musicians coexisted peacefully in the once-diverse world of pop radio. That diversity may be on its way back, thanks to William Hung!

   Full story is at Article was posted on April 15 by Mari Aranoff Duncan

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Your Worst Nightmare - April 15, 2004 - Report this comment
William Hung? C'mon, people, this guy can't sing worth a flip.
Rick D - April 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Mari and I have discussed this subject of "once diverse radio" a few times on this site, she even wrote about it .
Mari D - April 15, 2004 - Report this comment
YWN: It's true that he can't sing, but he is very popular right now and might bring some life to the overly-polished but lifeless corpse that is pop radio right now. And thanks, Rick, for promoting my Eminem parody!
Michael - April 15, 2004 - Report this comment
OMG William Hung i'm sick of him "Forgetaboutit" -sign leaving brooklyn
MrMacphisto - April 15, 2004 - Report this comment
The reason behind the shallowness of music these days has everything to do with the corporate oligopoly of radio (mainly Clear Channel) and the corporate oligopoly of recording studios. In particular, the RIAA is a puppet of the 5 main recording companies that essentially "make" hits rather than let people hear what they might otherwise want to. Bringing both markets back into a true capitalism with numerous competitors will be the only hope for fresh music. Pop icons like William Hung are a dime a dozen (anyone remember Jesse Camp?), and just because someone who can't sing ends up on the radio, it doesn't really mean anything novel for the medium itself. People who suck at singing have been played on the radio for a long time now; just look at Avril, Kelly Osbourne, Nancy Sinatra, Alanis Morrissette, or Creed. The only people who suck at singing that actually make a difference are the good songwriting ones, like Bob Dylan.
Your Worst Nightmare - April 15, 2004 - Report this comment
Mari D, in other words... People that can't sing are good? What are you talking about??
Mari D - April 16, 2004 - Report this comment
I never said that people who can't sing are good... singers, that is. He may be good for pop radio, however. The public likes WH because he is such an enthusiastic performer and loves to entertain, unlike those singers that you hear nowadays that are part of the business machine (see MrMacphisto's sad-but-true commentary above). Fans who buy WHs's CDs and those who cheer him at halftime sporting events, etc. can send a message that the public may just POSSIBLY want more than what's being put out there by the corporate oligopoly.
Your Worst Nightmare - April 16, 2004 - Report this comment
I don't care about the "message" or the "corporate oligopoly", but this guy truly stinks. Why would I want to listen to a guy who can't sing?
Your Worst Nightmare - April 20, 2004 - Report this comment
I am currently writing a song about how bad William Hung is.
dude - April 20, 2004 - Report this comment
This guy is beyond awful. Even Lou Reed demonstrates more range than these guy.
Your Worst Nightmare - April 21, 2004 - Report this comment
I submitted my song! It is about what I think of William Hung.
Ethan Mawyer - April 21, 2004 - Report this comment
i heard william hung on the radio earlier today now i might record the song i wrote about him
Berzer - April 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Does anybody else think he's faking it?
Your Worst Nightmare - April 24, 2004 - Report this comment
Nah, he just stinks.
Colorado Kid - April 25, 2004 - Report this comment
Methinks my parody of Mr. Hung's journey through the pop world might have some insight......why are the record companies interested in this guy, who is, unfortunately, material of a different sort other than pop? My memories go back to elementary school, where mean children make fun of poor immigrants who barely speak english and don't know any better....just to get a kick.....

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