Something’s killing the music industry. That’s just a fact. How else do we explain the presence of One Direction, Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor at the apex of the UK music charts. In the US, the Billboard 200 is topped by Swift, Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran as I write. Someone save us. … More Killing the Music Industry
Pop music in 2014 is frequently slated as generic, bland, meaningless rubbish. Is that fair? Let’s find out… Those who know me at all will know my musical tastes are not attuned to those of the 21st century zeitgeist. My passion is, and has always been, for what are rapidly becoming niche genres; … More Chart Music – How Bad Can It Be?
A few days ago, Avril Lavigne – pop-rock superstar extraordinaire – held a meet-and-greet event at the end of a concert in Sao Paulo. Photos were taken, in which Lavigne apparently refused to physically touch any of her fans. The results were rather awkward, as can be seen here on the right, and produced … More It’s All About the Money
Three days ago, the internet exploded with testimonials and tributes to the late, great paragon of rock music virtue – which, of course, means vice by anyone else’s standards – that was Kurt Cobain. This man, who took his own life at the age of just twenty-seven, was an inspiration to many … More Crazy Diamonds
Check the BBC’s official charts. Go on. I dare you. Depressing, isn’t it? When the most rock ‘n’ roll track in the Top 40 is by Imagine Dragons, of all people, you know something is deeply, deeply wrong. Radio stations consistently ignore rock music in favour of the latest teenage pop ballads, hip-hop … More Where Have All the Rockers Gone?