MySpace has screwed with the best thing it had going for it.
I think the best aspect of MySpace is its close connection to music. Every artist has a MySpace page where you can listen to songs, become a "friend" and get updates if they are so inclined. It has become a great replacement for the so-old-school "add me to the mailing list" option.
But now — MySpace offers a karaoke program where any 15-minutes-of-fame chaser can record their version and publish it for the world. A desperate bid to keep Internet eyeballs on their site, yes? A classic jump the shark move.
The list of the popular karaoke songs reveal the primary user so far is female, angsty, and wants to be seen as sexy. Top songs include:
- Don't Know Why (Norah Jones)
- Angel (Sarah McLachlan)
- Hurt (the Johnny Cash version)
- Don't Cha (Pussycat Dolls)
- Yesterday (Beatles)
OUCH! My "friends" on MySpace (mainly music- or art-related peeps) aren't in this demographic so I'm not likely to hit a landmine of karaoke. Thank God.
And you? Be careful out there. It's getting scary.