This Friday, one of this generation’s biggest competitions in pop music will take place. It’s been since the days of Backstreet Boys vs. ‘N Sync that a competition so epic has taken place. New albums by One Direction and Justin Bieber will go head-to-head on release day, hitting shelves November 13.Read more
Lots of things in pop culture to talk about this week – none of which involve this week’s MTV VMAs. This week is all about the hiatus, the Countess and the smelly cat.Read more
The subject of low record sales isn’t news anymore. In fact, it’s such a non-news issue that it’s become the standard mindset for music media. Whenever it does become a topic of discussion, it is due to a new angle depicting the same armageddon of the music industry.
This week, it was widely reported that 2014 has become the first year no albums have been certified platinum since the RIAA began issuing platinum certifications in 1976. Basically, album sales have dropped so much that no albums have sold a million copies.
But it isn’t really that simple, nor is it really the full story. Here are a few things to help put this into context:Read more
Having never jumped on the boy band bandwagon before, I know that I’m out of One Direction‘s target audience. Yet, they’re still intriguing because, while they’re a singing group, they’re also celebrities who cater to teenage fans just like the boy bands of a decade ago, and the decade before that.
Like boy bands of years gone, One Direction will one day serve as a form of nostalgia for today’s youth who will listen back to these songs and longingly say their era of teen pop was the best. Admittedly I can now say a decade and a half later that some hits by the Backstreet Boys are some of my 90s guilty pleasures. So while I’m not the intended audience for 1D, I was once part of an age group for similar acts.Read more