If We Voted With Our Music Tastes, Hillary Clinton Would Have Won The Election
In a fascinating in-depth feature, Forbes contributor Cherie Hu looks at popular music and the results of the 2016 election. We're faced with the fact that the general values and stances associated with popular music are, in fact, in exact opposition to the election results. If we look at EDM, for example, it's a music genre birthed by marginalized groups seeking tolerance. Yet, the platform that voters chose that of intolerance.This article originally appeared on Forbes
Katy Perry, left, holds the hand of Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, right, during a concert at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Can a song change the world?
As English musician Sting admitted on Newstalk ZB, “Usually, no. But it can plant a seed in someone’s head.”
Indeed, politics is inseparable from culture; all art forms have the power to inspire and unite large audiences behind a particular sentiment, cause or public figure. Music in particular not only can demonstrate ideology, but to an extent can also inform and create beliefs. Over the past several decades, the likes of Sting and Bob Dylan—the latest controversial recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature—have used music as a rallying cry for issues such from global hunger and poverty to the American civil rights and antiwar movements. Spotify’s 2015 Year in Music featured playlists dedicated to historical events and movements such as Black Lives Matter and the legalization of gay marriage...