You're right. I'm not down on artists who aren't song writers and vice versa believe me.. I guess where I'm coming from is that there's seems that artists like kylie and Victoria jump on the latest bandwagon to sell records. They don't really have any musical identity except what's popular at the moment (and in this case, they look slightly reidiculous becuase teh R&B bandwagon s over 2 years old).
What ends up happening is that there is this half-baked attempt which is packaged and sold to the masses and is represented as soul/R&B whatever. Hey I don't begrudge people liking what they like,and if they want to go out and buy that fine.
However, what I have a problem with is that this then becomes what the masses perceive is soul/R&B. What happens then is that talented artists who struggle to get record deals or the commercial succes that they deserve are further marginalised because people run out and buy the Kylie record instead. In the UK, incredibly talented artists such as Shaun escoffrey, terri Walker, Full Flava and many more struggle to get any sort of mainstream success. Artists such as carleen Anderson and Mica Paris, D'influence and many others struggle to stay signed with a label, or have to start their own label just to have their music heard. Additionally incredibly talented vocalists such as david Lynden Hall, Caron Wheeler, N'dea davenport, Jocelyn Brown the list goes on and on are without record deals.
On the stateside, artists like Vivian Green, Dwele, and Donnie struggle to get the commerical success to match their professional accolades and reviews. The same can be said for erykah Badu, Angie Stone and many others.
An artist like Kylie or Victoria decides that she is suddenly urban, and teams up with whoever is the flavour of the month, and sells a truckload, while people who have been in the genre for many years, who have produced incredible material struggle to get the recognition they deserve. That's my point, and apologies if it has been expressed in a slight sarcastic way............