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    Elton John wants the internet shut down because it is destroying music.

    The 'Candle in the Wind' singer believes cyberspace is stifling creativity and lowering the standards of popular music.

    He told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "The internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other from creating stuff.

    "Instead people sit at home and make their own records, which doesn't bode well for long-term artistic vision.

    "Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet. It would be great to see the internet shut down for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. I'm sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today."

    Despite describing himself as a "technophobe", Elton has previously used the internet to his own advantage.

    His 60th birthday concert at New York's Madison Square Garden in March this year was streamed live over the web.

    Elton has also made his entire back catalogue available for digital
    download. However, he remains convinced the internet is responsible for slipping standards in the music world.

    He said: "In the early 70s there were at least ten albums released every week that were fantastic. Now you're lucky to find ten albums a year of that quality."

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    Even if they shut the internet down there is still no guarantee that anyone would want to buy Eltons creative output anyway.

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    I got the impression that he was talking about the business and artists in general, not specifically himself.

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    I think he has a point actually, but not gonna happen Elton.

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    Miss Elton blames the INTERNET?! When hip hop and pop music are making more money and exposure than he his, he probably feels the need to blame something, so why not the internet!? Please! Lot's of the new generation would not know who Miss Elton was if it wasn't for the internet. He probably isn't a random regular internet user. For us random regular people, the internet made us smarter. Even if I don't know anyone on the internet. I betcha many musicians don't like new technology cause it interferes with the traditional ways they made MILLIONS. Whenever someone is doing great, they don't want change, even if it's benefitial to other people. Just an opinion.

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    Um, Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote more great songs than most of the current musicians I can think of put together. Most of hip hop consists of ripped-off samples of music other people made, probably before you were born. And lots of other musicians, some maybe even younger than you, feel the same way as Elton. Age doesn't necessarily make your opinion, or your music, obsolete.

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    Sorry, Elton John has written a few good tunes in the past, but he has written nothing but shite for the last 20 years in my opinion.
    Just because he's a legend, doesn't mean everybody had to like him.

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    I don't particularly like him myself, although I do like some of his songs. Where did I say that everybody had to like him, or his music?

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    Ok, ya got that everyone! No more internets!

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    So no more internet, I guess that means forget about joining forums and having a discussion.

    Anyway, I do agree with him in regards to music - it's a struggle to find some decent albums thesedays...with good lyrics!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze View Post
    Um, Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote more great songs than most of the current musicians I can think of put together. Most of hip hop consists of ripped-off samples of music other people made, probably before you were born. And lots of other musicians, some maybe even younger than you, feel the same way as Elton. Age doesn't necessarily make your opinion, or your music, obsolete.
    I never seen any young musician, or even older musicians say the same thing Elton did. This is the first time I've heard or read that someone actually made a statement like the internet was to blame for this. And I never mentioned age being the determining factor in what people thought. I referred to Elton's traditional ways in how the music business was like before the internet boom. I was around before the internet boom. It sounds like jealousy and fustration cause other musicians in hip hop and pop are being more widely marketed online, which I admit, a lot of it sucks even worse than Elton's music, but if you ever listened to Elton, when he gets on his shoebox, and tries to proclaim why music isn't doing so good, it sounds like it's because it's not necessarily benefitting him in one way or another. You can like Elton's music more than Britney Spears pop junk, and I even like Elton's stuff more than Brit, Jessica, and poppish crap, but is it REALLY better? Yah, to our opinion it is, but another person might like brit's music better. It's all subjective. Elton John says things like They don't make music like before or It's not as quality or meaning full. But it's still subjective. It's like if I write songs with amazing piano skills with a deep message, but then brit comes along and shakes her ass and sings Hit my big ass one more time. If 9 out of 10 people say they like her songs better, then she's going to sell more records than I do, no matter how much I stand on my shoebox and scream mines has deeper meaning and quality. Elton needs to stop blaming the internet, cause this thing we're on is merely a GATEWAY to any musician out there. He should be blaming HOW the internet is being used. It's like if I had a headache, and I told you, "If I didn't have this headache, I'd feel so much better." What would be a smarter thing to say is, "I don't like it, but the fact is that my headache does exist, what can we do to make it better?"

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    And I'd like to shut Elton's mouth for crying out loud.

    If artists want people to stop copy their music - what about to STOP CHARGING SUCH RIDICULOUS CD PRICES???

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomlyCrazy View Post
    Elton John wants the internet shut down because it is destroying music.

    The 'Candle in the Wind' singer believes cyberspace is stifling creativity and lowering the standards of popular music.
    Yah, right!! Elton is soo delusional! As if it's the internet that is stifling creativity. Isn't it the musician that comes up with the creativity!?? The internet is an INANIMATE object, it's the HUMAN that creates the things on it. Earth to Elton, wake up, we're not cyborgs yet!!
    He told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "The internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other from creating stuff.

    Instead people sit at home and make their own records, which doesn't bode well for long-term artistic vision.
    HAHAHAHAA!!! What a RIDICULOUS thing to say!! AS IF Elton actually went out and sat in a garden with random people to get ideas to create his next song before the internet was around. COME ON!!! Elton was probably in some big high tech STUDIO or in his private room at home pounding on his piano to make his hit songs. Elton criticized sitting at home and making music!?!? THEN WHERE THE HELL was HE making music when he started!?!? Oh, let me guess..ummmmm......AT HOME!!!!?? IN PRIVATE!!!?!?! Ohhh, but now it's NOT okay for OTHER musicians to sit at home and create. HYPOCRITE!!
    "Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet. It would be great to see the internet shut down for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. I'm sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today."
    Oh please!! I believe the reason why Elton doesn't like the internet is because smaller artists can NOW get much more attention on the net, and THAT'S MORE COMPETITION FOR ELTON!! I'm sure if some established musician out there back in the 80's complained about MTV for being this new outlet and creative lots of junk, BUT GUESS WHAT!?! ELTON JOHN USED MTV to get where he is TODAY. Now that ANOTHER medium has been created, SUDDENLY ELton is against it!! HYPOCRITE!!! Jealousy!!! Afraid!!
    Despite describing himself as a "technophobe", Elton has previously used the internet to his own advantage.

    His 60th birthday concert at New York's Madison Square Garden in March this year was streamed live over the web.

    Elton has also made his entire back catalogue available for digital
    download. However, he remains convinced the internet is responsible for slipping standards in the music world.
    HYPOCRITE!!!!!
    He said: "In the early 70s there were at least ten albums released every week that were fantastic. Now you're lucky to find ten albums a year of that quality."

    Hollywood Rag - Celebrity Ragazine
    Elton's opinion on what's FANTASTIC is MERELY an OPINION. Just because Elton says it was Fantastic, it doesn't mean it was. Some people like early 70's, some like 80's, some like 90's etc etc. LET US decide what's good or bad, okay, Miss Elton John. Stop your yappin and just get back in your PRIVATE STUDIO in your IVORY WHITE tower with your diamond studded piano, gem filled goggles, and make your own music.

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    Oh he's just a menopausal grumpy old queen having a hissy fit. Ignore.
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    THE COMMERCIALISATION OF THE RECORD INDUSTRY IS TO BLAME ELTON!
    Seriously, it's all well and good for him to bitch about how crap music is nowadays, but the apex of his career happened to be at a time when quality was taken into consideration, as opposed to just global sales potential. Artists were signed to 5 album deals etc, and not just automatically dropped if sales were initially poor...they were allowed time to develop.
    FUCK YOU ELTON! For God's sake, they kept you on when your sales were slumping. And for the record, I know tons of talented musicians/songwriters/bands who can't get anywhere in the current music Industry, and due to the way in which they treat you nowadays, wouldn't want to anyway.
    God, that has made me fucking angry!
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