Rhetorical Analysis Of The Song Machine By Nathaniel Rich

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Nathaniel Rich, author of Hit Charade, talks about how pop artist are not writing their own music while the industry is becoming controlled by a select few. This results in repetitive music. After reading this, the reader might be disappointed in finding out that their favorite singer is not actually singing their own song, but singing someone else’s song. Readers might argue that it is not fair that the singer is getting the credit because they did not actually write the music. The author, Nathaniel Rich, uses many specific examples in the article, Hit Charade, to effectively communicate the idea that pop singers are not writing their own music. Ethos is the convincing of a character or giving credibility to convince the audience. Nathaniel Rich presents the rhetorical device ethos in his article. The base of his argument is how the artists are getting the credibility and not the writers of the song. First, he presents how pop songs are sung by a certain person, but written by someone else. For example, Nathaniel Rich, states, “No. 3, “Hey Mama” (David Guetta Featuring Nicki Minaj), is an Ester Dean production” (pg. 2) Rich is explaining that…show more content…
Rich breaks down individual songs to show how they come up with each part. Rich took a piece out of the book “The Song Machine”, saying “You’ve got to have a hook in the intro, a hook in the pre, a hook in the chorus, and a hook in the bridge too” (pg. 3). He is trying to state that in order to have a good song and to have a lot of hits, you have to follow those steps. He stated in the article that, “After Pearlman hired Denniz Pop and Max martin to write their songs, the Backstreet boys went from playing in front of Shamu’s tank at SeaWorld to selling out world tours” (pg. 6). Nathaniel Rich is trying to explain that once a famous singer hirer’s a writer, they the singer will go and preform it and get all the credit, not the

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