Lionel Richie Doesn't Think Miley Cyrus' Or Justin Beiber's Music Will Stand Test Of Time

Posted: Sep 27 2014, 5:46pm CDT | by , in News

 
Lionel Richie Doesn't Think Miley Cyrus' or Justin Beiber's Music Will Stand Test of Time
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All they have is ''theatrics'' and no substance.

Lionel Richie doesn't seem to impressed with Miley Cyrus' and Justin Beiber's music.

Richie, who has been around the music business for decades figures that the pop stars make music to gain popularity over notable and quality music. He points to artists such as Madonna and Michael Jackson, who were able to make hit pop songs that have lasted over the years, saying that the new music Beiber and Cyrus are making has no shock value for society.

He tells the London Evening Standard, "The beautiful part of where we were - we had shock value. But what came with shock value was hit after hit after hit. Madonna was outrageous - but she had a catalogue of music that was unbelievable.

"At the end of all the theatrics with Michael (Jackson), he had nothing but the most fabulous catalogue. Now, we've got a lot of theatrics... but where's the song that is going to stick around forever?... Twenty years from now, let's take anybody - where's the body of work? I'm going to judge you not by your popularity but by your longevity, your staying records. I'm thinking about Miley, Justin Bieber.

"We've made amateur music mainstream. There's a difference between a stylist and a singer. Everybody can sing! Go to karaoke, there are some guys seriously singing their asses off! But do they have a unique voice, or distinct voice?"

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