Music & the Triple-Word Repetition

Katy Perry is infamous for the use of three-word repetition on her new album "Teenage Dream."

Is it me or are artists and songwriters just getting lazy? The Grammy nominations made me sick because most of the nominees wrote lazy albums. The verses are usually mediocre, filled with ranting instead of depth, and the choruses commit the deadliest sin of song writing–the triple (sometimes quadruple) word repetition.

The problem with the repetition is that it doesn’t add anything relevant to the song and often makes no sense. It’s a ploy to take up space because the artist and/or songwriter doesn’t have enough talent to write a song full of meaningful words. This repetition is even happening to good songs with meaningful lyrics, but they just don’t care enough to find a way to make a chorus. I call it laziness, but they probably call it music.

Let me give you examples:

“Make ’em go ‘Oh, oh, oh!'” – from “Firework” by Katy Perry

“You made me wanna say bye bye, say bye bye, say bye bye to her” -from “Deuces” by Chris Brown

“I could really use a wish right now (wish right now, wish right now)” -from “Airplanes” by B.O.B ft. Hayley Williams

You know what the biggest problem is about these examples? They’re all Grammy-nominated songs (“Firework” isn’t individually nominated, but the album it’s on is nominated for Album of the Year). The people who recognize greatness in music seem to be on  board with this lazy way of doing things.

Listeners usually don’t know what artists are saying most of the time (just look at Soulja Boy’s career; although, he hasn’t been doing too well lately), so I doubt many people have even noticed. Until we all come together and actually LISTEN to the songs, then artists are just going to put out whatever crap they feel like selling to the masses.

And the masses will buy it.

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One thought on “Music & the Triple-Word Repetition

  1. […] December 12, 2010 by yarasimon In a friend’s blog post, she mentioned how she thinks artists are getting lazy with songwriting. She then gave examples of […]

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