Oh wait, nevermind, that wouldn't be a bad thing.
(Baritone here. We ARE disposable extras. But can't they pretend at least a little?)
I’m not sure your hypothesis has any weight, but I do sympathize with you ;).
OTOH, I suspect many of the falsetto and high male voices are more successful in an autotune era because of the sweet sauce that even a small application of autotune gives a vocal recording. The Weeknd’s mixing engineer has professed to using a little autotune on everything because that’s what people are used to hearing, i would be surprised if other popular artists aren’t using at least a little autotune for flavor. It really stabilizes and adds a sweetness to an otherwise shaky or weak falsetto / high male head voice.
There seems to be this resurgence of not-that-stuff coming out. Sturgil Simpson, Brent Cobb, Colter Wall, Cody Jinks, Jason Eady, Tyler Childers, etc. (there are many)
I say this as somebody who has never been a fan of country. Some of the most interesting stuff feels like its in their category. But I do agree almost none of it is what I've ever heard on the tv or radio. Not much new there, in my experience.
Somewhat related - I don't know much enough bluegrass to distinguish between good and bad bluegrass, but I really like Billy Strings, who I discovered recently. He's great.
 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6CyQftidOw
Pick-up truck, tight jeans, down by the river, drinking whiskey.
Where's my grammy?
Viewing it on desktop was an awful experience, mainly because of the background videos taking up the whole browser window and no ability to adjust the volume
I am unrepentent in my sins!
It seems to have been dying out since then, though I'm sure pop artists will come up with something equally irritating to put in all their songs.
The name does seem a bit unfair to me. It's not a particularly millennial thing, it's just what's common in pop music right now. It also doesn't sound like a "whoop" at all to me, which makes the name doubly confusing.
I used to think that main stream success was a sign that the band I was listening to had either lost their originality and were no longer cool. My CD collection used to consist of a lot of 1st, 2nd and occassionally 3rd albums.
I checked out The Time's Jungle Love and Lady Gaga's Bad Romance (mentioned on that page as examples) to hear what this sounds like...and surprisingly, neither had anything alternating between the third and fifth. (Musician here) Both are in a minor key. Jungle Love has alternating flat 7th up to tonic. Both have tonic up to flat 3rd alternating..Maybe that's what they mean? But nothing like the description. (Hmm although tonic -> flat 3rd and major 3rd -> 5th are both a minor third I guess.)
Example of actual alternating 3rd and 5th in major scale: the first 8 notes of the middle section (bridge) of Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Someday, I wish upon a star..
p.s. Damn you HN! First time I ever saw a Lady Gaga video...
Its just not as good of an example as Owl City Good Time https://youtu.be/7oBU7d5oenQ?t=62