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One Direction vs The Beatles: The So called BIG Comparison

I was watching The Brits with the rest of the world last Wednesday, and I was left fuming that One Direction got an award for Global Success. I took to Twitter and vented, and I found out that actually, I had a lot of people who shared my anguish. All the way through The Brits, the 1D boys were the main attraction with James Corden hanging around their table, with Taylor Swift singing “Knew you were Trouble” which was “about” Harry, the constant hype about their performance, and due to them losing out on their only nominated gong to Mumford & Sons, I felt like The Brits literally made up an award to keep the five boys happy. I understand awards have to start at some time, and there always be the first winner, but to me it seemed a little bit of a coincidence.

Don’t get me wrong, 1D are living the dream. They individually auditioned for X Factor as soloists, and got put together and ended up doing reallllly well. We cannot take that away from them, they can sing, sure, they are cute, and sure, they are successful. But what I cannot stand is the fact that they are a brand. They are yet another band that has been chewed up by the machine that is “Simon Cowell”, regurgitated at huge volumes and have walked off into the sunset like a scene from any old Western.

Again, I sound jealous. Maybe I am. I don’t want people to think I hate the boys themselves, of course I don’t. If I was in their (famous) shoes, I would obviously lap up the attention, buy things I couldn’t afford before, and sing. They are doing everything right. I just think what gets to me the most is when people, (even though I am pretty sure they are aliens) are COMPARING them to The Beatles. Sure, everyone has their own opinion, but I cannot let this one slide.

You see, they are a pretty boyband. A boyband who use their good looks to make under-age girls crush on them, and exclaim that they love them. They are a boyband who do not write their songs, or play their own instruments. The Beatles were also the squeaky-clean good looking boyband, but they did write their songs and played their own instruments. This is the difference. 1D are a boybrand and The Beatles were a Boyband. They were musicians who understood music and created some beautiful music. 1D did a song called “Little Things” in a way that people got confused and thought they wrote this song about the little things they love about a girl, and their video shows them playing guitars. I cannot fault the guitar playing, even though it is easy to fake playing one, but the song was actually written by Ed Sheeran, a guy who yet again is a musician.

Sure, 1D have sold many, many records, but with technology nowadays, all you have to do is click a button and it is all yours. With The Beatles, you would have to go to a shop and purchase the CD or record. It is more accessible for people now to just download it straight to their iPods, which is a great piece of technology, but it is not a fair comparison.

I am sure I am going to get some backlash here, but at the end of the day, we are allowed opinions. I am not hating on these 5 guys who had a dream, but I am just going to say that I don’t care. I will only start to believe that they are better than The Beatles when they outsell the 2,303,500,000 records (that’s in billions by the way). Plus the 2.8 million singles and the 585,000 albums sold on iTunes to date. Or even if one album has the success SGT Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band had with it being in the chart for 175 weeks with 15 of those being spent in numero 1 place.

Good luck to the guys and hope they don’t turn out like most of the other boybands out there, when one leaves, or one goes to rehab etc. I don’t mind you existing, I don’t mind you making music, just please, can people stop comparing the students to the masters.

4 Comments
  • Ellaloves1Dx

    The beatles are amazing, i know that, but One Direction have done amazing in 2 and a half years, two brit awards there first song What makes you beautiful spent 441 weeks on the charts! They are amazing people and we will conpare them to the beatles because 1D are the beatles of or time! Its not my fault if you dont realize that!

  • http://twitter.com/Janieeeeeee Janie Livermore

    If you actually read my article, you’d understand that I did praise 1D for what they have done, and I don’t hate them nor do I not think they aren’t good. What I was trying to state is that until they have been around a lot longer than they have, and done a hell of a lot more, then they shouldn’t be compared to someone like The Beatles. You can compare them to Westlife, 5ive or any of the others, but not by a group who considering music back then wasn’t easy to just download, and for them to go from humble beginnings by funding themseleves and writing their own songs. If 1D are still around in 10 years times and still diong as well as they are now, then I can see why, but it is too early for that.

  • Christina

    You need to shut the crap up! You OBVIOUSLY know nothing about one direction! They have already beat those records! You need to get a life and quit hating!

  • Janie Livermore

    Well… considering I wrote this 4 months ago when they didn’t beat the records, I was factually right. Now, I can put my hands up and say that sure they have done it. They have beaten the records set by The Beatles. Plus I am not a hater, they don’t bother me. I don’t mind their music and I also stated that they are doing really well for themselves. For this generation they have done incredibly well, we will just wait and see whether in 60 years time, we are still hearing music from them like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
    Plus I have a life honey, you’re the one who just can’t take opinion

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