I introduced a friend to Janelle Monae last night via Facebook and her comment was, "She has so much energy, why have I never heard of her". My response was, "In a world full of T. Pain and Lil Wayne, there is no room for originality and creativity". I feel this to be true. American popular music has been dumbed down so much that all it takes is a sample and some auto-tune and you are a rockstar. I miss the days of artists laying it all on the line and bearing their soul for all to see instead of showing us the inside of their stainless steel fridge and collection of empty Cristal bottles. Artistry and Emotion are all I expect out of my pop music and until I feel that America can consistently produce this, I'll just hang out in the UK, musically speaking as it were.