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Started by TheVoiceOfReason on Jun 18, 2022 11:46:23 AM
Fears that OLD MUSIC is killing new music after Kate Bush tops the hit parade

Old songs now represent an incredible Le 70 percent of the U.S. music market. But the news gets worse: The new-music market is actually shrinking. All the growth in the market is coming from old songs. The 200 most popular new tracks now regularly account for less than 5 percent of total streams. That rate was twice as high just three years ago.

The mix of songs actually purchased by consumers is even more tilted toward older music. The current list of most-downloaded tracks on iTunes is filled with the names of bands from the previous century, such as Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Police. And now, as Kate Bush tops the charts with a 30 year old song, new music is clearly dead.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/01/
old-music-killing-new-music/621339/

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breakfast - 18 Jun 2022 12:47:38 (#1 of 89)

Stranger things have happened. Lol!

carterbrandon - 18 Jun 2022 12:52:10 (#2 of 89)

They showed the big Kate Bush Stranger Things moment on Gogglebox. I was surprised how understated it was. For such a huge tune, it was played quite low and only a bit of it - I was expecting it to be much more of a set piece.

Mazzarin - 18 Jun 2022 12:59:08 (#3 of 89)

Sad eyes of Limahl.

CaptainBlack - 18 Jun 2022 13:16:49 (#4 of 89)

I've got the No.1 record and I'm down with the kids.

darkhorse - 18 Jun 2022 13:26:01 (#5 of 89)

I can remember the very first time I heard that song on Capital Radio, the DJ playing new singles.

(Not massively exciting anecdote. I was 15 years old, lying in bed, listening to the radio on a Saturday, thinking about getting up on a school summer holiday morning).

CaptainBlack - 18 Jun 2022 13:30:22 (#6 of 89)

I remember thinking her balls had dropped. It had been a while since the barminess of 'The Dreaming'. She sounded more sultry than the slightly shrill Kate of her debut.

ReverendBlueJeans - 18 Jun 2022 13:40:20 (#7 of 89)

Some infant reporter on the BBC website described RUtH as 'a ballad'.

If da yoot struggle to conceptualise what an album is, I suppose genres of song are going to baffle them as well.

RosyLovelady - 18 Jun 2022 13:46:21 (#8 of 89)

It's described as a ballad on several websites (I checked). Presumably someone started it and the rest copied & pasted.

What sort of tune is it, really, Rev? I may have heard it once or twice but never paid proper attention.

ReverendBlueJeans - 18 Jun 2022 13:48:14 (#9 of 89)

I stand corrected. It's whimsical, highly original singer-songwriter rock of some sort, would be my faltering attempt. The KB is a bit uncategorisable, to be ferr. But ballad it ain't.

RosyLovelady - 18 Jun 2022 13:51:47 (#10 of 89)

There are popular tunes that get described as ballads but I struggle to see what they have in common with one another, and still less how they came by the epithet. Some (all?) of them even have refrains!

lammaMia - 18 Jun 2022 14:29:43 (#11 of 89)

Ballad is a versatile word.

1a : a narrative composition in rhythmic verse suitable for singing a ballad about King Arthur. b : an art song accompanying a traditional ballad. 2 : a simple song : air. 3 : a popular song especially : a slow romantic or sentimental song a ballad they danced to at their wedding reception.

TommyDGNR8 - 18 Jun 2022 14:40:39 (#12 of 89)

New music died the day Pump Up The Volume was released.

phantlers - 18 Jun 2022 14:46:20 (#13 of 89)

I thought a ballad was a story in song.

upgoerfive - 18 Jun 2022 15:47:21 (#14 of 89)

Music died the day Bach published The Well Tempered Clavier.

HorstVogel - 18 Jun 2022 14:48:23 (#15 of 89)

A ballard? RutH is a pop song with some classical arrangement.

Now the Ninth Wave, is brilliant, I love listening those songs.

New music isn't dead, old stuff crops up all the bloody time.

Dubris - 18 Jun 2022 14:54:06 (#16 of 89)

#14 - Well, quite. Those baroque composers were regular terrors for musical borrowing and recycling.

RosyLovelady - 18 Jun 2022 18:52:45 (#17 of 89)

They nearly all are, trust me.

Snarlygog - 18 Jun 2022 22:50:49 (#18 of 89)

Kate is Prog.

Shadrack22 - 18 Jun 2022 23:00:19 (#19 of 89)

The current list of most-downloaded tracks on iTunes is filled with the names of bands from the previous century

Do young people use iTunes?

breakfast - 18 Jun 2022 23:24:55 (#20 of 89)

The scene from Stranger Things -

https://youtu.be/bV0RAcuG2Ao

The song is quite muted. And the stranger things are scary.

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