A famous quote goes, "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." This statement can be explained in an infinite number of ways; but at the end of the day being a music writer or reviewer is something anyone can do. There aren't many rules, but foremost among them would be "know what you're talking about". Mix some basic history about your subject with a bunch of descriptive adjectives, add some insight that comes from being a fan to earn credibility, and voila! Hopefully a competent news story or review results.
An uncredited writer for Associated Press, one of the world's largest journalism institutions, penned a very generic review aggregated to various sites including HTC News. This person covered the second night of Jay Z's Made In America festival in Philadelphia last weekend and miscredited Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" to Johnny Cash.
NIN closed the night with a slow and smoky cover of Johnny Cash's "Hurt," which earned nonstop cheers from the crowd.
"Hurt" was a deep single off NIN's 1994 masterpiece The Downward Spiral. Johnny Cash famously covered the tune on his final album, American IV: The Man Comes Around, before his death in 2003. This bit of music trivia should fall under the umbrella of common knowledge - like Alien Ant Farm re-doing Michael Jackson's "Smooth "Criminal" or Jimi Hendrix pumping some adrenaline into Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower". AV Club called the error " a pretty big failure of editorial fact-checking", and the Internet's snark-and-ridicule complex kicked into gear.
My guess is AP either farmed this review out to a college intern, likely a toddler in 1994, who was merely thrilled to check out a free music festival or an older writer who's closer to AARP membership than to Generation X.
Meanwhile, Nine Inch Nails will soon depart on a nationwide arena tour. They've filmed a multi-part tour documentary for Vevo. Check out Tour Exposed, Part 1.
Hesitation Marks, the first new Nine Inch Nails album in 5 years, came out today.
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