Musicians have no reason to lie

Illustration by Amy Czachowski

In the music world, it isn’t uncommon for songwriters to go without credit. Popular artist Lizzo found herself in court after being caught in a copyright infringement lawsuit over a line in her hit song “Truth Hurts.”

In Lizzo’s case, she actually came forward and gave credit to British singer and songwriter Mina Lioness. The singer tweeted an earlier version of the infamous line “I just took a DNA test …” when it was first formed. Lizzo was under fire as soon as the public caught wind of Lioness’ tweet.

These scandals are present in even the biggest stars’ careers. Beyoncé, for example, was caught in a similar situation upon the release of her song “Formation.” A few more artists who have faced similar accusations include Robin Thicke for his song “Blurred Lines,” Coldplay for their hit song “Viva La Vida” and even The Beatles for their timeless song “Come Together.”

No one is immune to negative exposure, and that proves artists should just tell the truth. After all, their followers pay to listen to their music, so we deserve to know.

If singers were transparent about the origins of their songs, there would be no problem. Artists should mention outright whether or not they had a significant role in the production of a song.

In this day and age, listeners honestly don’t care if an artist writes their own songs or not. However, it is important if an artist takes credit for something they didn’t write. People listen to vocalists who tell the truth. No one wants to support a liar.

For some artists, the truth hurts. Some choose to avoid speaking publicly about a controversy until it’s trending on Twitter. This not only shows an artist’s true colors but turns off any new listeners, sending an artist into a downward spiral toward irrelevance.

The public is fascinated by people similar to them, especially with food videos and daily vlogs being all the rage now.

YouTubers have stepped further into the light, and people are begging to identify with people who are normal. The values of millennials and Generation Z tend to differ from previous generations. However, one thing remains true: honesty is key.

The public wants to see this carry throughout all mediums of entertainment. Everyone wants a role model, and the artists who stay true to their craft are the ones who gain the biggest followings.

That being said, these generations are also trigger happy — we are quick to expose and cancel anyone who may be caught in a fabricated web of lies. That isn’t to say an artist will be canceled entirely, but dishonesty could put a significant damper on the growth of an artists career.

In some cases, artists lose some of the followers they already had, but if a controversy is mild, they are still relatively unaffected.

Nowadays, people don’t care who wrote a song, as long as the truth is being told. The values of newer generations are drastically different, but the fundamental virtue of honesty will never go out of style.