Danielle Egnew 2011

Danielle Egnew


  1. Avatar photo Nathan Porter
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 6:01 PM PDT

    Well said!!

    it’s a shame most people don’t see it the way you and i do.


  2. Avatar photo Kelly
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 6:24 PM PDT

    Wow jealous and bitter much? I’ve been to one of her concerts and I can tell u that she can sing. Read the reviews by critics of the concerts yourself. She has a thin voice but who cares. Her songs fit her voice fine. No one wants to jog to Susan Boyle.

  3. Avatar photo Olive
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 7:50 PM PDT

    Get a Life. Taylor can sing, yes she has a thin voice but I rather hear her sing live than some vocalists wailing. Haters should leave taylor alone. Taylor is the total package (sings, plays guiter/piano, and writes her songs). How many singers can boost of writing their own songs??? HATERS GET A LIFE

  4. Avatar photo steve
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 8:02 PM PDT

    Yeah, total BS on the writers part, I’ve been to several of her concerts, and yes she does rock…..a really fun time. Her writing is great, what?, Can you say you don’t like ‘Our Song’. And what about the production side in the studio? Her co-producer was making demo’s from out of a shack when she met him…her record label? They started with nothing when she first started up with them…hardly big business, sat on the floor with no furniture doing what’s needed done to try an make a name for your artist (the song ‘Change’ is exactly about that time period’)….YOU are what is wrong with the music industry….YOU Danielle Egnew are part of the problem!! Do some, at least, basic research, you’ll find that nothing has been given to her. Also, she was selling out Arena’s before the Kanya crap…she was the top selling artist in 2008, a year before that moron…and yes also 2009…all from a small Indy label with what??? 5 or so artist signed to them….get real!!!!

  5. Avatar photo 14695
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 8:08 PM PDT

    hmmmm… self-serving; but opinionated…. ms. egnew writes as a frustrated wannabe who’s been at it longer and received much less success and recognition for her efforts. the truth is that people aren’t as “stupid as a box of hair” when it comes to what they want; and no amount of self-righteous self-promotion can overcome it. however, as a parasitic attempt to leverage others’ popularity, broadcasting vitriol about a popular celebrity is a time-honoured tactic.

    technically, ms. egnew’s assertions are mistaken; factually, she is challenged; and thematically, she is biased. also, i would submit that ms. egnew is a bit too late to jump on this bandwagon.

    as a “clairvoyant” who espouses “getting along,” ms. egnew surely understands that the first step towards understanding is acceptance?

  6. Avatar photo roadtrip
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 9:10 PM PDT

    You people are seriously jealous. I have also been to Taylor Swift’s concerts and she was amazing. Her voice was clear and very in tune. You people need to get over yourselves. Maybe you are jealous because you are just ugly and who would ever listen to you. I think you need to get a better attitude.

  7. Avatar photo Ad
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 11:39 PM PDT

    While this article did make several valid and good points, overall it was presented in a manner that reeks of jealousy and bitterness. Too bad.

  8. Avatar photo AB
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 12:46 AM PDT

    You do realize that you didn’t use probably punctuation and grammar, right? That makes you sound kind of…high school-y. Unless you are. In which case…Um. Hi.

    The incident with Kanye? Yeah, that was at the VMA’s. Not the Grammys, smart one.

  9. Avatar photo Rose
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 1:01 AM PDT

    i have also seen Taylor in concert and she isn’t that good, I mean she isn’t bad or anything but i see where your coming from and it must be really annoying that she keeps winning all these awards when you clearly have more talent then her. I would vote for you =)

  10. Avatar photo Danielle Egnew
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 2:26 AM PDT

    – response from the author of the article –

    LOL, um… guys? Such passion in these posts, and all over an article that’s not actually about Taylor Swift! (Taylor’s name was used four times in 1736 words, the last time to mention what a great person she is.) However I’m sure that she’d appreciate knowing what loyal fans she has! The rest of the 1732 words in the article are about the business modality of major labels vs. smaller labels, and what goes into their mentality over the past ten years. What many of you are so emotionally responding to is an American writing style called “tongue-in-cheek” (see “Tom Robbins”, “Mark Twain”, etc.) so alas, as boring as it is, I’m sorry to report that I’m neither bitter nor jaded, jealous, nor a hater. Taylor’s street team can stand down. (<– That is a working example of “tongue-in-cheek”. <– So is this.) Yet it’s fascinating to see what readers focus on, and take away from a piece. Which successfully demonstrates the entire point of the article — Marketing 101: Perception is Everything.

  11. Avatar photo Louise
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 2:44 AM PDT

    This article is driven by jealously and bitterness
    Its actualy quite sad, really.

  12. Avatar photo regis
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 5:17 AM PDT

    I find it hilarious that folks continue to rag on Taylor Swift. Look, don’t try too hard to figure it out – and no need to say ugly things. She obviously knows something you don’t, or you wouldn’t be writing ignorant articles like this.

  13. Avatar photo Lucille
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 5:29 AM PDT

    I honestly don’t get why people think she only recieved her grammys because of “pity votes” for the Kanye West stint. She may not be able to sing on key, but she writes her own songs and gets her emotions across. Her performace on the grammys was in fact awful, but it was because she was trying to match Stevie Nicks vocally. In her own way she is like Bob Dylan. He never sang on key, but the emotions in his voice were beautiful.

  14. Avatar photo Charlie
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 6:04 AM PDT

    First of all, the Kanye incident occured at the 2009 MTV VMAs. Just wanted to point that out. So your facts are obviously wrong. Second, you are clearly biased, and looking at the music industry in a bitter way; 15 albums and no fame, that has got to sting. Especially since Miss. Swift only has 2 out and is a rock-star, country style. It is my sincere hope that you stop openily bashing Miss Swift. And even Miss Spears, even though I don’t like her. You, in this article, come off as a jealous wannabe.

  15. Avatar photo rosemary
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 9:53 AM PDT

    I am an old punk rocker, lived in San Fran for ten years and loved good guitar and punk bands, PIL, Green On Red, etc and I also likesd Madonna and Abba. Tthis is the point,you don’t have to like one or the other you can like both, I like radiohead, muse and britney and Lady GaGa, you cannot say that lady Gaga doesn’t have any singing aor songwriting talent, you cannot say she is the puppet of her label, she calls the shots and she is the visionary, also Britney is the brains behind all of her videos whcich were the first of their kind in the late 90’s and she can dance. And there are sonwriters like U2 and james Morrison who are not manufactured or controlled. I suggest that you own band did not make it because you were not liked by enough people. Take Lily Allen she became famous and a No 1 selling artist through the strenghth of her own songs on her Myspace page, and THEN she got a record deal, word of mouth and no studio involvemen, WHATSOEVER> Think about it, eh? I am an older wiser person who loves all things beautiful.

  16. Avatar photo jake
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 10:36 AM PDT

    Ahhhhhh!Big words!Big words!

  17. Avatar photo jagger
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 11:09 AM PDT

    Hey, why base your article on facts when you can spread libelous slander based on your own prejudice?

    Did you know that Swift worked as a songwriter (youngest ever hired by Sony) for Sony (not the company she’s with now) two years before ever having released anything as an artist? Did you know that she’s got sole credits on the majority of her songs and that those credits actually mean something? Have you watched the studio vidoes where she plays a song for the producers for the first time and that the song ends up exactly the same on the finished album? Have you heard home recordings of hers from before she was signed, home recordings of shongs that ended up on the album? It’s a proven fact that she writes her own songs and when she’s got sole credits it means no one else has written anything but instrument parts for it.

    Being opinionated is fine, but don’t spread lies. Please.

  18. Avatar photo ed
    Apr 11, 2010 @ 7:59 PM PDT

    kind of an interesting article in a ridiculously over the top cynical sort of way, but some valid points nonetheless were made.
    I have read lots of articles just like this recently, and the one thing they all have in common is that they all act like the music industry just started “creating” artists in the last 10 years.
    uhhhh HELLO!!
    the music industry has been “creating” fake artists for decades.
    ever heard of ‘The Monkeys”?
    what about “the runaways”?
    the recent movie dramatized the whole manner in which they were “created” by that manager.
    there are a lot more just like them.
    there are hundreds of no talent “artists” that have had all of their material written for them for their entire careers throughout the entire “rock” era.
    so this phenomenon is not exactly new.
    just thought you should know.

  19. Avatar photo Jessica Rehberg
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 1:00 AM PDT

    Wow. I enjoyed the article, but am disgusted by the comments following it. When the hell did it become acceptable to crucify the artistic ability of the author of a relatively insignificant Internet article? So she hurt your feelings when she criticized Taylor Swift. I get it. Bash the opinion, not the writer. Why must everything be a personal attack now? And, I notice those of you attacking the writer’s artistic ability, physicality, age, etc. are doing so comfortably shielded by the anonymity granted by these sites.
    I dunno whether I agree with the article or not. But it was moderately humorous and entertaining and the vile nature of the responses was inappropriate and childish. Shame on ya.

  20. Avatar photo Matt
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 1:33 AM PDT

    No need to trash this article people. I think we all know that poor Taylor Swift is not the best vocalist in the biz. She writes some clever songs but her talents lie in songwriting and not performing. I felt bad for her on the Grammys (horrible duet with Stevie) and I think this writer is just trying to point out that the record industry has always made knee jerk choices towards signing artists and maybe not picked some of the best along the way. In 2010, an artist’s best choice is clearly to sign independently anyhow (or not sign at all) as the stablity of a label waivers from month to month.

    Slinging mud makes you all seem barbaric. Try reading these articles with an open mind and maybe take something constructive away from them.

  21. Avatar photo John Scott G
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 4:54 AM PDT

    Excellent article! Wonderful observations and well-written. BTW, auto-tune is also used in live shows, folks.

  22. Avatar photo Susie
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 6:11 AM PDT

    I found this article to be ignorant and biased. Yes, labels tends to take control over some artists, but that doesn’t mean that all successful musicians are “making it” because of their looks. A lot of pop artists are songwriters and have a major say in the production of their albums and concerts.

    I understand that the article is not only about Taylor Swift, but you should have done some more research on her before you bashed her songwriting abilities. Even if she’s not the best vocalist, she’s proven that she has the songwriter chops to fill stadiums and sell albums. And that kind of talent is reworked by production teams; it’s raw.

  23. Avatar photo Eve
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 7:09 AM PDT

    WOW! So many of you missed Danielle’s point or points about the music industry and ARTSISTS. I find her article informative and I appreciate her humor and style of writing!

  24. Avatar photo Solana
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 3:15 PM PDT

    I am amazed, and really in this day and age, I shouldn’t be. While I see the point of many of these comments left, I also see that many of you have missed the point Ms Egnew was making in her article. The Music Industry’s need for revenue over need for respect of the artist is exactly the reason that many Artist, have left the major labels and either began their own label or went with another indy label, so that they, and not just the label holder, can sustain their lives, getting what is rightfully theirs, a piece of the pie! A friend of mine, Bryan S. Fox (goggle Chemtrail records), writer, artist, was listed with a Major Label and left it because he was only making 4% of the revenue his albums generated. I believe that was the point being made in this piece?! Do we want studio mix or natural talent, on the stages of the World? Is it Americas got talent, or America can be sold anything with the right marketing plan?

  25. Avatar photo Davida
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 5:49 PM PDT

    This is interesting…Danielle Egnew and Miley Cyrus on the same musical page!

    Teen star Miley Cyrus has stated the reasons behind her decision to quit music – the ‘Hannah Montana’ star has grown disillusioned with the “contrived” music industry.

    The 17-year-old singer and actress, who shot to fame with the hit Disney show, has released three studio albums to date, and is planning for her fourth, out later this year, to be her last.

    She admitted that she felt forced to put an end to her pop career as she grew tired of record label bureaucracy.

    “I just feel like the industry is so contrived and political right now. If people stepped away and said, ‘We’re not going to work like this, it’s more about art than the politics’, then maybe it would go back to being respected again,” Contactmusic quoted Cyrus as telling Daily Record.

    “I’d rather be in an industry that I feel like I can be different in, and do things that really inspire me. It’s not that I don’t love music, I do. But I feel like I just need to get away from that for a little while,” she added.

    Cyrus moved on to serious acting with her first grown-up role in ‘The Last Song’, and has confirmed that she wants to concentrate on her movie career.

  26. Avatar photo Myowngirl
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 6:32 PM PDT

    Whoa and hold the presses…

    Do you mean to tell me that all recording artists don’t write their own music and lyrics? There is no way that the labels would sign artists who can’t really sing – would they?

    Regardless of whose music you like and whose you don’t really care for – the point of this article was to point out the major record labels are “screwed” right now and the only way they can keep afloat is to hang their hats on soloperforming groups who perceive they have little to no influence on the choices being made about their careers. Kids and Adults – this has happened before, most notably in the Disco Era when music fans finally gave the big middle finger to an industry that figured out that they didn’t need musicians anymore. Why not just lay down some synthesizer tracks and then find a studio musician with decent looks and voice to belt out the words? It works for awhile, but eventually we all want the same thing – MORE!

    Long story short – history repeats itself over and over and only the names and faces change. Evolution had it that music artists performed on Radio programs – those who listened in decided, hey how do I get this at home? Voila – along came phonographs to play your “record” albums on and record labels to help sell and promote them – then came TV and so on. Unfortunately, the hot commodity that record labels had to throw on the table, vinyl discs, slowly became the promotional piece for the artist and major labels have been feeling the squeeze ever since. To survive until today they (major labels) have had to diversify their offerings to make up the difference, but as efficient markets go – major labels are seeing that what they have to offer is way too expensive and uninspired. Thoughtful and informed artists aren’t buying their bag of big dreams and b.s. – long live Righteous Babe Records and all the other artists who went INDIE and took back the reigns of their own destiny. Sub-Pop – I love you too!

    Soon enough – Arena Rock and big, bad hair will return too – Can the current major labels re-invent themselves though when everything they have had to offer historically has floated off into an MP3 bubble? Time will tell that story, but it doesn’t look good for them right now.

    A little side note: I’ve actually heard Ms. Egnew defend the likes of Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and even Hanson. She’s not a hater at all – she’s just pointing out that most of the “creative” and “thought provoking” music isn’t coming out of major labels anymore because, simply stated, real artist’s don’t need anything that the major labels have to offer anymore. Toodles for now!

  27. Avatar photo Oli
    Apr 14, 2010 @ 6:54 AM PDT

    I’m saddened by how poorly people critically read and write in this generation, and I’m sorry that most of those who exercise such poor skills have the greatest urgency to comment so negatively.

    Thank you for writing this piece. It is true that the corporate beast claims all. I hope that the labels you deal with aren’t soon absorbed like so many.

  28. Avatar photo Jwburney
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 6:05 AM PDT

    I like how people read a critical article of the music industry and assume it an attack on any artist mentioned in the piece. Maybe the facts of what artist wrote what or which ridiculous and meaningless awards show gave who an award are a little off. The main point is valid. Record labels tend to either hijack an artist into being some meaningless pop sensation. Labels steer away from anything meaningful or important. I think Taylor Swift is fine and thats the music that works for some but it leaves the rest of us who want something different from music out in the cold. You can’t deny that Swift’s music is geared towards things that matter to young girls and few else. Just look at what the labels have done to hip hop. It used to be fun and also attempted to express problems with social order. Now the mainstream is overrun by club songs about getting drunk and banging chicks. All the deeper songs are underground because thats what it takes to tackle social issues in hip hop. Rock and country have slowly gone the same way focusing on the same old stereotypical formats. It’s not that all music from mainstream labels is bad but that it has made the music from our times dry and meaningless.

  29. Avatar photo Jacqueline
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 7:56 PM PDT

    Wouldn’t surprise me if all the comments saying that danielle is a “Jealous hater” were coming from taylor swift fans and not ACTUAL Artists or people involved in the music industry..

    If i am right then you guys have no place to comment on this topic as it doesn’t affect you at all..

    I as an artist who writes all my own music have found this one of the best reads in a long time. Everything written here is spot on..

  30. Avatar photo American Girl
    Oct 1, 2010 @ 3:55 AM PDT

    Taylor Swift is totally manufactured, over-hyped, and talentless. To all her defenders who say people who dislike her are “jealous” that’s the weakest excuse I’ve ever heard. To be jealous of something requires you to want to be that person and I would rather die than be someone who lives such a lie as Taylor Swift. Her entire career is built on acting victimized. This includes the Kanye West incident and her breakups, all of which she uses to feel sorry for herself. Writing her own songs? That’s hilarious if you think rearranging lyrics about being heartbroken around the G chord over and over again is impressive. Also to her defenders who say we shouldn’t criticize a young girl doing her best: To be an artist means opening yourself to critique to improve. It’s because audiences nowadays blindly accept and defend the music on the radio without actually listening that the music standards today are low. The most despicable thing about Taylor Swift is not her personally, but how the world praises her for doing absolutely nothing to deserve it.

  31. Avatar photo Lacey
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 11:04 PM PST

    Gosh, people, what, if you don’t like an entertainer, you are automatically jealous? That’s about the weakest argument I’ve ever heard. I could loop all of you Taylor Swift stans – Kanye West haters as just jealous of Kanye West, but obviously you have valid points to fuel that point which I can still understand and respect. I, am jealous of Taylor Swift. Not to the point where I want to stab her or make snide comments about how “ugly” she is, but, not to compare myself to God, but in that sort of jealousy. I’m jealous for all the girls who sing Taylor Swift covers on youtube better than she could ever perform it live. I’m jealous that they will never reach the same amount of success and yes that they deserve because they are not as pretty as Miss Swift or won’t sacrifice their individuality to just make a buck.

    All in all, I never got a jealous vibe from the writer at all. I got frustration and more hate for Britney Spears than Taylor Swift than if there was hate at all other than just the obvious hate for the theiving fat cats of the music industry. Just because Miss Egnew is the same profession as Taylor Swift, and doesn’t have the same amount of fame or is an obvious industry slave, err i mean, “relateable artist” doesn’t mean that she is jealous; just more prone to recognizing the obvious bullshit that is staring you in the face. I can understand your ignorance to the cold hard facts of the music industry; I used to be a 6th grader, and I used to be OBSESSED with Taylor Swift.

  32. Avatar photo Karen
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 6:29 AM PST

    I love you! You said it so well. Whenever I try to explain this to people, they look at me like I have three heads! People believe what the media tells them to believe. I absolutely detest what American Idol has done to music. I have two questions for all those tone deaf people who defend Taylor Swift. 1. Why is it so personal to you? Do you live your lives through her? 2. If she is so darn good, why aren’t other artists lining up to sing duets with her? Just think how silly it would be if we gave the top awards to people who were “trying hard and improving.” Give the Heisman to a little kid who almost won a punt pass and kick contest. Give an Emmy to a theatre student….etc. Danielle is right, it is all about the money. I , too, get so sick of immature people saying that anyone who criticizes is jealous. We still have freedom of speech in this country. I have a professional singer in my family who sings live every day with no auto tune or other helping technology except a microphone, all genres and on pitch. If she sang as badly as Miss S. at auditions, she would never work.

  33. Avatar photo Ken
    Jan 20, 2011 @ 6:21 PM PST

    I agree with a lot of what the writer is saying. Most artist don’t make much money. Most of the people who have commented missed the point. I like Taylor Swift and think she has a great voice. Very few artist have a natural sing voice. Most are made in the studios. The recording studios are only interested in image or that look. That what sells albums. The voice is just a plus!

  34. Avatar photo Karen
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 12:55 AM PST

    Unfortunately, your comment about few artists having natural singing voices is probably true, but it only applies to recent pop recording artists, not to people who actually sing live every day for a living like on Broadway, theatre, cruise ships etc. It is very sad that only looks and sex appeal have become what sells pop music. I have been saying for many years that people are buying music with their eyes instead of their ears. They buy because of a video with all the flashing lights and distractions and auto-tuned tracks. There literally are thousands of real singers of every genre who have beautiful natural voices and can sing on pitch pretty much all the time. TV has lowered the bar of expectations. I try to encourage people to stop thinking of TV as the measure of music, get out there and see some live musical theatre, symphonies, opera, real country. There are local community theatres with singers who can sing rings around pretty girls like T. Swift, who is not a singer. She is an “performing artist” like you said.