Fifth Harmony: Five Reasons They’re The Best Girl Group Of All-Time

Fifth Harmony: Five Reasons They’re The Best Girl Group Of All-Time

Admit it!  You’re going to be there.  You want to be there.  If you’re like us, you’ll have to be there!

Fifth Harmony launches their second major headlining tour this summer in Peru.  Their trek is in support of their sophomore effort, 7/27.

The album is named after the date the group formed—July 27th, 2012.  Exactly four years later, the sensational singers will begin the North American leg of their world tour.  

That’s right, on July 27, 2016 Fifth Harmony commences their “7/27 Tour” in Manchester, New Hampshire!

The talented divas are scheduled to perform 33 shows with the last one set for Sept. 17, 2016 (that night they’ll be in Las Vegas to perform at The Joint).  You’ll also be able to catch them in Boston, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Dallas, and San Diego.

You’ve got to see Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, and Normani Kordei perform live.  Fifth Harmony is awesome in concert.  Of course, what else do you expect from one of the greatest girl groups of all-time!

Don’t believe us?  You will. 

We’re going to give you five reasons why Fifth Harmony should be number one in your hearts.  After reading our list you’ll definitely be a fan and you’ll definitely want to get your hands on Fifth Harmony tickets.  

After all, who doesn’t want to see one of greatest girl groups of all-time live and in person?  In other words, we’ll see you at the show!

First Reason – Fate Is On Their Side
All Fifth Harmony members auditioned for The X-Factor USA.  Sadly, all five failed to make it to the “judges’ house” stage of the competition.  For example, Dinah didn’t make it because she forgot the lyrics to her song.

Then in steps Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato.  They changed the course of music history forever by uniting the five talents and forming a band.  As a unit, the singers were allowed to enter the show’s “Groups” category.  They eventually finished third overall.

Originally, they were called “LYLAS” which stood for “Love You Like A Sister.”  When they found out there was already another band with that name, they switched to “1432.”  That stands for “I Love You Too.”

The powers-that-be at The X-Factor didn’t care for “1432” so they decided to let fans name the group.  That’s how they became “Fifth Harmony.”

Fifth Harmony may not have formed organically—they didn’t meet at school and start practicing in one of their parents’ garages—but they’re not a fabricated band like some have claimed.

Their formation is special.  They were founded by fate.  Think of how many events had to happen in order to bring these five fabulous singers together? 

Second Reason – They Have Inspiring Lyrics
Fifth Harmony’s lyrics aren’t vapid.  The women sing about a lot more than boys and partying. 

Take for instance these lines from “Miss Movin’ On,” the group’s first single:

I took the record off repeat
It killed me but I survived
And now I’m coming alive

That’s a sentiment we can all relate to.

In their next single, “Bo$$,” they continue to inspire with positive messages of self-confidence and independence.  We especially like the song’s chorus:

Michelle Obama
Purse all heavy
Gettin’ Oprah dollars

Then right out of the first chorus, Normani sings:

C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-T
That’s me, I’m confident
Don’t want yo compliments

Later, all the members “pledge allegiance” to their “independent girls.”  This makes “Bo$$” more than a song, it’s an anthem.

Even in a love song like "Worth It,” which peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200, Fifth Harmony healthily balances sex and self-respect:

Give it to me, I’m worth it
Baby, I’m worth it
Uh huh I’m worth it

Sure, Fifth Harmony sings about crushes and dancing (see "All In My Head (Flex)," "Sledgehammer," and “Me and My Girls”) but they always do so positively, without losing their confidence, esteem, or pride.  They are truly inspiring.

Third Reason – Fifth Harmony Are Philanthropists
Fifth Harmony has only been around since 2012 but their philanthropy work rivals that of bands that have been around since 2002.

One of the main causes Fifth Harmony gives their time and energy to is anti-bullying.  To that end, they have taken part in campaigns sponsored by The Cybersmile Foundation and the executive producers of the Teen Choice Awards.

Fifth Harmony has also joined forces with The Girl Scouts of America, The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and Goodwill Industries. 

In 2014, Fifth Harmony became spokespeople for Aéropostale and Do Something.org’s “Teens for Jeans.”  The campaign asks for donations of slightly worn denim to give to homeless teenagers. 

To aid the aforementioned causes, Fifth Harmony has recorded PSAs, made public appearances, and performed live.

Their philanthropy work, which has largely focused on youth causes, is quite admirable.  It’s easy to be a fan of their music when you know they’re such good human beings.

Fourth Reason – Fifth Harmony Knows How To Get It Done On Stage
Whether it’s performing on The X-Factor or taking the stage during their own headlining tour, Fifth Harmony knows how to put on one heck of a good show.

Over the years, Fifth Harmony has performed at venues as modest as shopping malls and as prestigious as The White House—the women sang Mariah Carey’s "All I Want for Christmas Is You.”  Regardless of where they’re booked, the quintet takes the stage with professionalism, energy, and great voices.

Additionally, they have brought the house down on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Ellen Show, The CMT Music Awards, and Britain’s Got Talent.  All four of those performances can be found on YouTube.

It doesn’t matter if the band is headlining or warming up audiences, they always give it their best.  In the past, Fifth Harmony has opened for Cher Lloyd, Demi Lovato, and Austin Mahone. 

Their first major outing, “The Reflection Tour,” launched in February of 2015.  Jasmine V, Jacob Whitesides, and Mahogany Lox were tapped for openers.

“The Reflection Tour” was a huge commercial success.  The band played to 16 sold out venues and it was extended twice.  Critics praised Fifth Harmony for their vocals, showmanship, and production values.

Fifth Reason – Their Music!!!
We saved the best for last.  The biggest reason why Fifth Harmony is one of the greatest girl groups of all-time is their music.  

Fifth Harmony blends R&B, both old and new, with pop.  All the while, they sound like a girl group, relying on tight harmonies, strong solos, and dynamic vocal acrobatics.

You can sing and dance to their music.  To see what we mean, check out the ultra-catchy “Work from Home,” the infectious fun of “Me and My Girls,” the sophisticated “Write On Me,” and the rhythmic groove of “Sledgehammer.”

Many of their songs have interesting and unique musical motifs.  The vibraphone hook that runs through “Work from Home,” the crazy horn riff from “Worth It,” and the vocal sample from “Sledgehammer” are just a few of the band’s most interesting musical accompaniments.

Obviously, their strength is their voices.  Despite all five women starting out as solo artists, they have a tremendous amount of vocal chemistry.  It’s amazing how great they sound together and how they achieved such precision in a short period of time.

Bottom line, there’s not a girl group, past or present, top to bottom, that has more pure vocal talent then Fifth Harmony.

Five Mistakes Made About WWE And WWE Live Events

Five Mistakes Made About WWE And WWE Live Events

I know what you’re thinking:

“There’s only one mistake people make about the WWE and WWE Live Events and that’s attending.”

Very funny.

If you have the proper mindset about professional wrestling you’ll not only appreciate it, you’ll grow to love it.

Below, are five common mistakes people make about the WWE and WWE live events.  I’m not only going to tell you what they are, I’m going to tell you how not to make them.

After you read this article, you’ll definitely want to attend a WWE event. 

Thinking The WWE Is Fake

Fake, fabricated, fictitious, forged, fraudulent, and phony.  Technically, those are all words one could use to describe the WWE (as well as professional wrestling in general).

However…

Calling professional wrestling “fake” is like saying the Seattle Seahawks rehearse football; the Cleveland Cavaliers wear costumes; or the Boston Red Sox go on tour.

While everything written in the above paragraph is technically correct, there are much better words I could have used.  Just like there are much better words you can use to describe professional wrestling other than “fake.”

Sure, outcomes are predetermined, and punches are pulled, but calling wrestling fake is like saying a production of Hamlet is fake.

Did I just mention one of the Bard’s plays in an article about professional wrestling?  I certainly did! 

No one at a WWE event would ever use the word “fake” nor does anyone care that professional wrestling is “fake.”

What you need to understand is…

There’s an unwritten contract between wrestlers and fans: wrestlers do their best to make it look “real” and fans cheer whenever they succeed.

Accepting professional wrestling’s “fakeness” is the biggest hurdle non-fans must overcome.  So, how does one get over this hurdle?

Simple…

Don’t think of professional wrestling as a sport.  Instead, think of it as entertainment.  That is, after all, why the WWE calls it “sports entertainment.” 

Taking The WWE Too Seriously

This may seem counterintuitive, since a lot of people disrespect professional wrestling and to disrespect something is to not take it seriously, but we’re not talking about taking the entire industry too seriously.  We’re only talking about not taking a WWE event too seriously.

Here’s what I mean…

Professional wrestling is all about fun.  It’s not about who wins or loses. 

When you attend an NFL, MLB, NBA, or NHL game you do so hoping that a particular team will win.  Chances are very good, that the team you’re rooting for desperately needs to win because they’re in the playoffs or trying to make the playoffs. 

Sports are serious business.  Every snap, pitch, and shot is important because it can mean the difference between capturing a much-needed win or experiencing a soul-crushing defeat.

You attend a sporting event to see your team win.

You attend a WWE event for a variety of other reasons…

>>To cheer your favorite superstars
>>To boo your favorite superstars
>>To chant “Let’s Go Cena”
>>To chant “Cena Sucks”
>>To chant “Let’s Go Cena” and “Cena Sucks”
>>To yell “WHAT!” after everything a heel says
>>To shout “This Is Wrestling” during a really good match
>>To spell the word “SAWFT” with Big Cass
>>To “Wooo” like Ric Flair every time a wrestler performs a chop

There’s a common misconception by non-fans that wrestlers don’t compete.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth.

While wrestlers don’t compete for victories they do compete for the admiration of fans and to have the best match possible.  Fans love it when wrestlers put forth maximum effort and they show their support with cheers and applause.

WWE matches may have winners and losers but the results are not necessarily why fans are there.  You buy WWE tickets to have a good time and watch your favorite wrestlers do what they love to do.

That’s why you shouldn’t take the WWE too seriously.  Instead, just relax and have fun.

Professional Wrestling Isn’t Family Friendly

I recently attended an NXT house show in Portland, Oregon.  The best moment of the night was when Bayley gave the little girl in the row in front of me a bracelet. 

During Bayley’s entrance to the ring, the little girl and her mom, with their sign, approached the barrier that separated ringside from the crowd.  Once there, they grabbed the attention of the former Women’s NXT Champion.  

A moment later, the little girl returned to her seats, and to her brother and father, with a huge smile and a memento she’ll never forget.  She also made the little girl sitting behind her, who was also wearing a Bayley t-shirt, quite jealous.

Obviously…

A WWE event has its fair share of violence.

No one can promise that the 22-year-old in the Macho man shirt won’t shout an obscenity or two.

And, if a wrestler flies through the air, or goes through a table, you’re going to hear a robust “holy shit” chant.

Even so…

The WWE does it best to appeal to kids (see Bayley, see John Cena).  No one gives the middle finger like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin used to do and women wrestlers are no longer one-step above Playboy bunnies.

Judging from the commercials airing during Raw and Smackdown, the main demographic that watches professional wrestling is still 18 to 25 year-old men, but the days of the WWE being a glorified frat party are over. 

Feel free to load up the family, at least those old enough to know the difference between the figure-four leg lock and the number four, and attend a WWE live event.

You’ll be the parent of the year.

Professional Wrestling Is Sexist

On Oct. 7, 2015 at NXT Take Over Respect, the main event was a 30-minute iron woman match between Bayley and Sasha Banks.  The WWE billed the match as “historic.”

At the last Wrestlemania, the “Diva’s” title was renamed the “WWE Women’s Championship.”

Just the other week, RAW ended with a contract signing between Charlotte and Natalya.

It is clear…

That in the WWE, sisters are doing it for themselves! 

I don’t know the company’s hiring practice, and I don’t know how much the women wrestlers make compared to the men, so the “diva’s revolution,” as Stephanie McMahon put it, may be superficial.

Nonetheless, fans can expect women to compete in the ring like their male counterparts.  You won’t see any more bikini contests on RAW, Smackdown, or the pay-per-views.

So stop thinking that the squared circle is only for men.  A lot of very talented female wrestlers are showing the world they can lay the Smackdown too.

All Wrestlers Are Bulky Steroid Users

This used to be true, or at least it appeared to be true in the 1980s and 1990s, but not anymore. 

There are wrestlers that look like they live in a gym—Brock Lesnar, Ryback, John Cena, Big E, Cesaro, Apollo Crews—and there are wrestlers that are giants—Big Show, Undertaker, Kane, Big Cass, Baron Corbin—but many are larger than life thanks to their personalities, not their physiques. 

Get this:

A.J. Styles, Finn Balor, Xavier Woods, Neville, Sin Cara, and Kalisto are all big time wrestlers and all under six feet tall.  Legendary Chris Jericho is six feet tall. 

Meanwhile…

Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dean Ambrose, Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, and The Dudleys look more like guys from your local YMCA than professional wrestlers.

This is indicative of professional wrestlers at large. 

Ring of Honor, a promotion in no way affiliated with the WWE, has a world champion, Jay Lethal, and a television champion, Bobby Fish, that are both under six feet tall.

If your image of a typical professional wrestler is some roided-up behemoth that looks like they live in a Gold’s Gym then you need to change your outlook.

Sure…

Professional wrestlers work out, but they now come in all shapes and sizes—just like their fans.  Those that are enormous have more of a natural look than their 1980s and 1990s counterparts.

Conclusion
People don’t get the WWE because they…

>>Focus on professional wrestling being fake
>>Take professional wresting far too serious
>>Assume wrestling isn’t family friendly
>>Assume wrestling is sexist
>>Believe wrestlers are steroid-using ogres

If you eliminate all these mistakes then you can enjoy the WWE for what it is and that’s a couple of hours of great live entertainment. 

Why?

There’s not another endeavor, in the world of sports or in the world of entertainment, which generates more passion than professional wrestling.  Hopefully, someday you can contribute to this passion.

5 Things Paul McCartney Hasn’t Done But Should

5 Things Paul McCartney Hasn’t Done But Should

Paul McCartney launches his “One on One Tour” on April 13 in Fresno, California.  Including festivals, the legend has 25 shows on the docket.

When you attend one of his concerts, and hear him play some of the greatest music of the past 50 years, a thought might occur to you.  That thought is “What has Paul McCartney NOT done?”

It’s easier to list the things Paul McCartney hasn’t done then it is to list the things he has.  That may sound like a joke but it’s true.  We should know because we did it.

Below is a list of five things Paul McCartney hasn’t done in his career—perhaps the greatest career any musician has ever had in the history of this planet.  He hasn’t done the following things but we think he should.  In fact, we hope he does these five things.

Paul McCartney Has Never Written A Broadway Musical
It seems natural that McCartney, perhaps the greatest songwriter of all-time, and one with a gift for melody, should pen an original Broadway musical.  After all, the genre did wonders for Elton John’s career (see The Lion King and Billy Elliott) and those two guys from ABBA (Chess).

In the 1970s, Beatles songs were used for a musical documentary (All This and World War II) and a jukebox musical (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band).  Both were films and both were abysmal failures.  In 2007, something similar was tried for the film Across the Universe.  That project was better received.

None of those aforementioned projects were on Broadway and none contained original music.

McCartney’s Broadway connections are mainly through tribute shows such as Beatlemania and the far superior, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.  Also, as a Beatle, McCartney did sing and record "Till There Was You," from The Music Man.

As every McCartney fan knows, he has written classical music including an oratorio and a ballet.  So he’s written long works and he’s written for the stage.  He just hasn’t written anything where characters sing their feelings.

Who knows why McCartney hasn’t written a Broadway musical?  Perhaps he thinks of himself more as a rocker than as a composer. 

Maybe the right story hasn’t come along or the right amount of zeros in a check.  Maybe he’s fine with telling a story in a song but isn’t confident about telling a story with songs.

Hopefully, a Broadway musical is on his list of things to do.  If Paul McCartney ever does write one, we are there.

Paul McCartney Has Never Had A Serious Duet With A Female Singer
You know those songs Paul sang with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson?  Well, Paul has never done something similar with a female singer. 

Sure, Paul has sung with Linda.  Female singers have used his voice in songs and covers.  Yes, he collaborated with Rihanna but he didn’t sing with her and it wasn’t a duet (Kanye West actually sang with RiRi not Paul).

We also know that recently Paul sang “Get Back” live with Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes.

So, in McCartney’s nearly 60-year career the most significant musical collaboration he’s had with a woman (minus Linda) is appearing in Tracey Ullman’s video to “They Don’t Know.”

Is Paul a misogynist?  Assuredly he’s not.  It is odd that he hasn’t sung at least one song with a female crooner.  It is especially odd when you consider that the last 20 years women have dominated popular music.

Here’s hoping Paul does, someday soon, enter the recording studio with Lady Gaga or Beyoncé or Taylor Swift or Pink or Gwen Stefani or…

Paul McCartney Has Never Recorded A Country Album
Besides rock and pop, Macca has released albums in the genres of American standards, electronica, ambient, classical, jazz, and techno.  It seems only logical that he would have made a country album too.

He has recorded country songs, “Rocky Raccoon” and “Country Dreamer” for example.  In 1988, Macca recorded a song with Johnny Cash (before he came back into favor).

Macca is fond of first generation rock and roll (see the cover albums Choba B CCCP and Run Devil Run).  This subgenre of rock isn’t country, but it’s close, much closer than the rock of the 1960s and 1970s.

Also, collaborators Ringo Starr and Elvis Costello have made country albums.  A lot of British rockers from his generation are fond of the genre. 

Maybe we’re wrong.  Maybe Macca despises the twang of country music.  Maybe he doesn’t look good in cowboy hats.  Maybe he has an irrational fear of the banjo.

If Macca ever decides to hangout in Nashville and record a country album, we’ll definitely buy it.  In fact, we can’t think of any genre—reggae, disco, polka—that we don’t want Macca to tackle with a LP.

Paul McCartney Has Never Scored An Entire Film Or Recorded An Entire Soundtrack
Sir Paul has co-scored a video game (Destiny).  He has written songs for movies, most notably “Live and Let Die” (the greatest Bond theme of all-time), “Spies Like Us” (a very underrated track), “Vanilla Sky,” “(I Want to) Come Home” and “Twice in a Lifetime.”

Yet, he has never written the entire score, or produced an entire soundtrack, for a flick… with the exception of his film Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984).  That soundtrack however contains little original work and is mostly made up of re-interpreted songs.

It will be very interesting to see how Sir Paul handles an entire movie and what he would create from scratch for that movie. 

Unlike the Broadway musical entry on our list, this seems to be something McCartney just flat out doesn’t want to do.  One can only imagine he’s been asked a bazillion times to score a movie.  Who doesn’t want Sir Paul to write and record music for their film?

Bottom line, if there’s ever a movie with Sir Paul as musical director we’ll not only buy the soundtrack but tickets to the theater.

Paul McCartney Has Never Formed A Supergroup With 1960s Rockers
McCartney is so accomplished that even some of the things on a “list of things he’s never done” he has done.  In 1978, McCartney recruited a bunch of famous rock musicians, including Pete Townshend, John Bonham, and David Gilmour, to record "Rockestra Theme" and "So Glad To See You Here.”

This supergroup was called Rockestra but the aforementioned songs were credited to Wings.  You can hear the tracks on their 1979 album Back to the Egg. 

Rockestra performed the song live at the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea in December of 1979.  The song also won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

That’s just one song and a couple of performances.  While you can make the case that he has done a supergroup comprised of 1960s rockers, we actually mean a full-fledge project.  We’re talking about forming a supergroup, going into the studio, recording an album, promoting the album, and then selling concert tickets on a major tour.

There are a lot of 1960s rockers still out there from bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, and Jethro Tull.  Surely, McCartney knows them and surely they would welcome the chance to collaborate.

Think about this: The Who doesn’t have a drummer or bassist and The Beatles have only a drummer and bassist.  It seems like a match made in rock and roll heaven. 

Things Paul McCartney Has Actually Done
>>Hosted his own radio show (Oobu Joobu).
>>Ate celery as a percussion instrument.
>>Recorded under the name Percy "Thrills" Thrillington.
>>Recorded under the name Suzy and the Red Stripes.
>>Performed at The White House, Moscow’s Red Square, and Buckingham Palace.
>>Performed at The Super Bowl, the Summer Olympics, and the Academy Awards.

Why Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan And Fellow Bro-Country Artists Still Reign

It looks like bro-country will dominate 2015 just like it did in 2014.

At the time of writing this article, six of the top ten country singles are by so-called bro-country artists.

Three others are by men. The lone female artist is Carrie Underwood.

Interestingly, her single Something in the Water, is the top song.

Billboard’s top country albums chart is also ruled by bro-country boys and once again Underwood is the only artist from the fairer sex.

Bro-country artists that landed inside the top ten are Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, and Brantley Gilbert.

2014

In 2014, Bro-country artist Eric Church’s Outsiders sold more than 700,000 copies making it the bestselling country album of the year and fourth overall.

His bro-country brethren Luke Bryan came in at number seven while Brantley Gilbert captured the eighth spot.

With Taylor Swift going completely pop, country music now has fewer women than a Magic: The Gathering tournament.

Basically, country music is a testosterone-filled, Y chromosome-having, foul-smelling tree fort with a huge sign on the door that reads

No Girls Allowed.

What Is Bro-Country? Bro-country is a subgenre of country music that uses elements of rock and hip hop music.

A lot of bro-country songs are about trucks, drinking, and hot women in bikini tops.

Prime Examples of Bro-Country

Cruise by Florida Georgie Line “That’s My Kind of Night” by Luke Bryan “Boys ‘Round Here” by Blake Shelton

Talladega by Eric Church “Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean

Not every bro-country artist sings about beer, pickup trucks, and the honeys all the time, but those three topics do frequently serve as inspiration.

There’s a group of artists that are bro-country adjacent—Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley being two such examples.

Also, you can be a dude, sing country music, and not be a bro-country artist (i.e. Garth Brooks), but all bro-country artists are men.

Criticism

Many take umbrage with bro-country’s portrayal of women.

They are usually described as being scantily clad and swilling beer while sitting on a tailgate.

Bro-country artists never call a paramour a ho or a bitch but they seldom ever comment on their SAT scores or personalities.

At least one woman, country music star Kacey Musgraves, is more offended by bro-country’s penchant for pickup trucks then about their proclivity for women in bikini tops.

She famously told British GQ: Anyone singing about trucks, in any form, in any song, anywhere.

Literally just stop, nobody cares. I don’t know one girl who doesn’t want to be a girl in a country song, – Brian Kelly of Florida Georgia Line

Where Have All The Women Gone?

There are two issues at play here. One is serious and the other is more on the trivial side. On the trivial side is bro-country’s popularity. Country music fans will eventually move on to something else.

In an article by Calvin Gilbert recently published on CMT.com, he brings up the concept of the pendulum.

He writes that the pendulum has always swung within the country music genre from its conservative core to whatever fad (usually one that’s too pop or too rock) is popular at the time.

The more serious issue is the lack of female artists within the country music industry. Why aren’t their more women making it big in Nashville?

As I enumerated above, the genre seems to be abnormally dominated by cowboys.

Glam

One reason given for the disparity is glamour. Men can just put on a t-shirt and go to a gig whereas women are expected to look glamorous.

In trying to explain the glam phenomenon, Luke Bryan said: Some girls on radio tours, it will take them two hours to get all dolled up to do three songs for a radio guy.

They do two hours worth of glam. I mean, It’s tough, you know?

That seems a little simple, and it certainly hasn’t stopped Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, but all male singers have to do to look presentable is throw on a t-shirt and an old pair of jeans.

Money, Money, Money

Clearly, bro-country sells.

Since it’s so popular the country music industry is going to continue to nurture bro-country artists. If music by one-armed, red-headed dwarves was selling like hotcakes then Nashville would be singing every one-armed, red-headed dwarf they could find to a record contract.

Remember what Blake Shelton said in early 2013: Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music.

And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God, that ain’t country!’ Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass.

The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.

Shelton angered a lot of country music fans with his comments but he’s right. It’s all about what sells, and right now, what sells is bro-country.

Fans want to hear music from a male perspective. TestosteroneI think another reason why bro-country is so popular is because it’s one of the last bastions of traditional masculinity. We live in a very feminine world.

Men get manicures, have bro-mances, and drive hybrid cars. Bro-country music, as well as a Jason Aldean concert for example, allows both sexes a chance to relish men who drink beer (not appletinis), drive pickup trucks (not electric cars) and work with their hands (not on a computer).

Not that there’s anything wrong with being sensitive. I, for one, love getting a manicure—but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that men used to be a bit more rugged.

My grandfather built his own home. My father remodeled his. I don’t even own a saw.

Sexism

Not even the most ardent bro-country artist wants fewer opportunities for women than men in the music industry.

No one on either side of the bro-country equation is fighting against equality, but there’s obviously a disparity.

With that being said, the Frozen soundtrack, Beyonce’s self-titled album, and Lorde’s Pure Heroine were the top selling albums of 2014.

Carrie Underwood is more popular than any bro-country artist. And women buy more music then men.

Also, I hate to break it to the naysayers but Church can’t have the bestselling country album of the year without women buying a lot of copies.

Women make up a huge portion of the bro-country audience. If you don’t believe me just check out a Luke Bryan concert or a Blake Shelton tour stop.

Country Now & Then

If you look at what bro-country artists are singing about it’s really no different than what other country artists sang about in previous decades.

They might be a little more explicit than they were in earlier eras, but drinking, trucks, and hot women have been fodder for country musicians for generations.

Past Bro-Country-esque Songs

1951 – Hank Williams releases

Hey, Good Lookin’

1959 – George Jones releases

White Lightning 1969 – Tom T. Hall releases

A Week in a Country Jail 1975 – C.W. McCall releases

Convoy 1984 Hank Williams, Jr. releases “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” 1987 – George Strait releases

All My Ex’s Live in Texas. 1992 – Brooks & Dunn release “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” 2001 – Garth Brooks and George Jones release “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)”

Complaining about bro-country is a little like saying there’s too much football in the Super Bowl and they need to add some basketball.

Bro-country artists are catching flack because our world is more sensitive and feminine then it was when Jerry Reed sang East Bound & Down

Bro-country is country music. And country music needs more women. But bro-country isn’t a sign of a dude-apocalypse, and even though the charts are lacking in estrogen, women aren’t exactly invisible when it comes to the music industry.

Ultimately, we should heed the words of Eric Church:

I think genres are dead.

There’s good music.