Focus on the Tunes, Not the Troubles

February 18, 2014

Whether it is terrific teens or top-notch adults, the media seems to have an issue lately with tearing artists down instead of building them up. Singers Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, and Lady Gaga have all been in the press about drug issues among many other things that do not matter in the long run. The bottom line is, musicians are famous for their music, and should solely be judged on that.

Justin Bieber

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Honestly, can we go a week in 2014 without seeing Justin Bieber in the headlines? The soon to be 20 year-old Canadian is still doing pretty well despite his circumstances; people just need to stop assuming the worst of him. The news has been so quick to spread word of his apparent run-ins with the law, but nothing is said about the positive things he does and the message of hope he spreads to his loyal Beliebers. During his worldwide Believe Tour from 2012 to 2013, Bieber donated $1 from every concert ticket sold to charity. He chose “Pencils of Promise”, an organization that builds schools for underprivileged children in Guatemala. All the proceeds from Bieber’s top selling 2011 fragrance titled “Someday”, also went to the cause. His music has evolved, despite what his haters say, but nevertheless he won the prestigious Diamond Award for his biggest hit, “Baby”. After reaching over $12 million in sales, the track is now the #1 most certified song ever in U.S. History. Bieber strives to inspire millions to believe in themselves despite numerous obstacles, as evident with his songs (and movies) “Never Say Never” and “Believe”. He is an influential person to many people, so it’s our responsibility to encourage him into make better choices when he makes a mistake instead of labeling him as “the next Lindsay Lohan”, which he clearly isn’t. 

Miley Cyrus

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Yes, everybody knows that Miley Cyrus twerked at the VMAs; her hair is short now, and her songs are raunchier, it’s not new information. This “change” is only because of the simple fact that Cyrus grew up. It would’ve been unfair to assume that the star could remain as Disney’s Hannah Montana well into her 20s. In reality, Cyrus isn’t doing anything fellow superstars such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, or Beyoncé wouldn’t do.  She is having fun, figuring out who she is, and letting people know that’s it’s important to give oneself enough freedom to do what you want in life without worrying what others have to say about it. The only difference between them and her is that they didn’t grow up in front of the world with a squeaky-clean image that had the ability to be ruined in two seconds flat. The talent and well-written songs are what are meaningful, and Cyrus has and will continue to showcase those qualities throughout her career.

 Bruno Mars


If you doubted Bruno Mars before he performed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, there’s no possible way you can do it now. Hailing from Hawaii, Mars has been proving for years that not all new artists are the same with his powerhouse vocals and seemingly easy natural stage presence.  Even though he has received two Grammy awards for his career, social media exploded when news broke about his Super Bowl gig. Skeptics thought somebody else should have been chosen and doubted his ability to keep a crowd’s full attention for the entire performance. The New York Times went as far as to claim that Mars wasn’t the appropriate pick because he wasn’t famous enough and doesn’t own a fragrance. On The Ellen Show, Mars described the hate he received as “disgusting” (watch below), which is absolutely correct. Since when is owning a fragrance the deciding factor on an artist’s potential to have a successful career? Furthermore, the only way to increase an artist’s exposure is by venturing out to new opportunities because nobody reaches superstar status overnight. Bruno Mars is a testament to hard work paying off and never taking negativity to heart.



The meat dress, the arrival inside of an egg to the Grammys, and Lady Gaga’s other unorthodox stunts do not define who she is. The best thing about Lady Gaga is that she is a primary example of not judging a book by its cover. If you ignore the crazy costumes it’s obvious that there is genius and truth in her music. Take her song “Born This Way” for example, that’s all about self-love and acceptance. Gaga constantly promotes messages of freedom and expression, which makes her have so many Little Monsters. She also created her own charity in 2011 called the “Born Brave Foundation” that fights to end bullying. Being an avid supporter of the LGBT community, Gaga is actually making a difference in this world by trying to create a peaceful precedent in society. If her outrageous actions and less than conventional choice of clothing helps her do that and makes her a confident woman, than who are we to judge her?

Believe it or not, musicians are still humans and will make mistakes. However, as we always say at weknowthedj, it’s all about the music.

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-Lauren Fabiszak (@kidrauhlsjonas)

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