Friday, August 21, 2015

PATTERN REVERSAL:  The traditional pattern for young actress/singers in the late 90s/2000s was to start with an exceedingly packaged album, and then move toward a more "personal" work later (usually that they have a hand in writing and/or producing) that is either "de-glamorized" (e.g., Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, Kelly Clarkson) or involves increased sexual/provocative material (e.g., Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera).  I've been fascinated to see a reversal of that pattern of late in two major examples--obviously, the most prominent is Taylor Swift, who went from pretty straight singer-songwriter work to highly glamorized uber-polished pop, but the other prominent example that comes to mind is Hailee Steinfeld, whose breakout was in True Grit, in a completely de-glamorous role, who is now trying to reinvent herself as a glam poptart.

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