Jan 022016

Once again, there isn’t much debate about who reigned the year in pop music. The clear choice is Adele. Other than “Hello”, few songs had such broad appeal and praise this year. Much like Taylor Swift in 2014, Adele swooped in during the last quarter of the year to deliver a song and an album that were considered a must listen. If you couple that with sales unprecedented by today’s standards, all that was missing from the chanteuse was a mic drop. But she’s too classy for that. Leave it to Taylor Swift to mop up all the adulation. She embarked on a victory tour selling out stadiums and surrounding herself with special guests (including rock royalty) in a vain attempt to bolster her brand and her cred. She wasn’t the only one jumping up and down saying “look at me”. One of the biggest songs of the year had a nation whipping and nae-naeing all over social media.
Silento and his hit song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae-nae)” is the modern update of “Land of a 1000 Dances”,albeit a terrible one. At first, I assumed the whole purpose of this song was an excuse to get your grandmother up at a wedding reception to see if she could do the “Duff” or the “Stanky Leg”. Plainly, the songs true message is in the repeated phrase, “WatchMe!” The song seems like a metaphor for these self absorbed times. Yes, watch me Instagram, now watch me You Tube, watch me Vine, now watch me Periscope, etc. You get the idea.



Dec 302014

The State of Pop Music in 2014

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate...

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate…

There is no debate this year. The title says it all. Sure, it would be fun to have another silly “Song of The Year” competition but little else from the pop world came close to matching the sales and ubiquity of Taylor Swift’s music in 2014. Her album 1989 was the only album to sell over a million copies in it’s first week of release. The last album to do that was Swift’s album Red in the fall of 2012. I’m sure the album sales were helped when her record company pulled her music from Spotify and other streaming services before the album’s release. Yet, in a singles driven market where kids get their music from individual downloads and streaming her album sales remain strong. I’m speculating it’s preteens and soccer moms moving the bulk of her units. Now, 5 albums into her career how does the Swift brand of the high school bedroom confessional anthem remain successful?

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