Moby: Britney Spears and Ke$ha ‘manufactured,’ not music

Laura Donovan Contributor
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If you plan on attending a Ke$ha or Britney Spears concert, don’t share the news with fellow singer Moby, who says the girls produce entertaining tunes but not music.

“It’s fun, but I don’t think of it as music,” Moby told Spinner of Spears and Ke$ha, who recently collaborated for a remix to Spears’s “Till the World Ends” dance hit. “It’s manufactured. I appreciate it as pop culture phenomenon and some of the songs I like if I hear them in a shopping mall or something, but it doesn’t function as music for me.”

Moby gained fame in the 90s for his electronica styled albums, some of which saw immense success. His 1999 CD “Play” sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Moby further explained in the interview why it is a “misnomer” to call what Spears and Ke$ha produce music.

“Music is something that communicates emotion and integrity in a really interesting, direct way,” Moby said. “And when I listen to the pop music you’re describing, it’s hyper-produced corporate product. That isn’t really even a criticism, but I just think calling it music is a misnomer.”

Regardless of his thoughts on the matter, Moby isn’t totally turned off by Spears, for whom he co-wrote and produced the track “Early Mornin'” in 2003. According to a 2008 Sun report, Moby said he’d get hitched to the 29-year-old pop princess “in a heartbeat.”

“She’s like this Tennessee Williams tragic figure,” Moby said of the southern belle. “The fatter she gets, the weirder she gets, the more I love her. I found her moderately appealing in the late ’90s, but now I would marry her in a heartbeat.”