Posts Tagged ‘25’

My Old Feathers Are Ruffled

Hey old people out there, what kind of music do you listen to?  Do you still listen to your music on the radio because you’re afraid to touch a computer?

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Are you afraid of buying music online and burning it to a disc?

If you’re over the age of 29, have you moved beyond Lady Gaga’s cutting edge pop, rhythmic, and dance music and embraced “Cheek To Cheek”, her collaboration with 89-year-old Tony Bennett?

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Actually, I’m just kidding with you to see if those comments ticked you off as much as radio music programmers in many genres, especially Top 40 and country, tick me off because of the way they treat people that are not teenagers or in their 20s.

They think only the young ones will carelessly throw away money and downloads songs freely.  That may be true.  However, we older people will buy music when good music comes our way.

It’s a proven fact that without radio airplay, only die hard fans will know about an artist’s new music.  And, the other edge of that sword is that crappy music, if played thousands of times a week on the radio with the same 20 redundant songs, will sell millions of copies and hit #1.  (Hello, Omi’s “Cheerleader”!)

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about ageism.  I’ve talked about how country music has basically shunned new music from every queen that’s dominated that genre’s chart — Loretta, Tammy, Dolly, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Trisha Yearwood, and now Reba.

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Last spring, Reba released her latest album, “Love Somebody” and it topped the country chart for two weeks.  However, the first single, “Going Out Like That” barely cracked the Top 25 and the second single was pretty much DOA.

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The same for Madonna.  Her “Rebel Heart” album came out last spring, too, and only one single reached the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #84, although three singles topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

Who wants to hear women in their late-50s sing amazing music, 30-plus years into their career, when Top 40 radio force-feeds us substandard music from Ariana Grande (“Focus”, I’m talking about you, since I love Ariana’s previous hits!)

So, what has ruffled my 51-year-old feathers today?

I just bought Adele “25” and Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” and both albums are amazing.  And, both artists are in their 20s.

A couple of months ago, I bought Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable” album, her first new album in seven years.

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I saw her in concert in Omaha, Nebraska, in late October and the show was incredible and she was flawless.

The first single from the album, “No Sleeep”, peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #18 on the “Hot R&B/Hip Hop” chart.

However, it’s currently at #1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart, where it’s been for nine weeks — her longest running #1 song on that chart.

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But, wait, her chart dominance doesn’t end there.  The second single and the album track, “Unbreakable” is currently at #9 (after peaking at #8). So, that means that Janet has two songs currently in the Top Ten on the Urban R&B chart, but the 49-year-old has no place at mainstream Top 40 radio!

“Adult Contemporary” is a very bad term and no singer that has dominated the music world for decades should be relegated to that place on the radio.

It shouldn’t have to be a consolation prize for musicians and listeners of certain age.

Here’s a more complete definition, “AC radio may play mainstream music, but they will exclude hip hop, dance tracks, hard rock, and some forms of teen pop, as they are less popular amongst the target demographic of these radio stations, which is intended for an adult audience. The AC Radio stations will often target the 25–44 age group, the demographic that has received the most attention from advertisers since the 1960s.”

My philosophy is a song should get radio airplay if it’s good music, regardless of the artist’s age, gender, race, religion, or whatever label you want to add.

Case in point, listen to “Burnitup”, my favorite track from Janet’s new album featuring Missy Elliot, and tell me this couldn’t be popular on today’s radio if radio didn’t have closed ears, closed minds, and open wallets catering to a certain demo.

Also, Madonna’s “Ghosttown”, critically acclaimed as some of her best work ever, topped the Billboard Dance Club Song chart earlier this year and reached #18 on the Adult Contemporary chart, but it found no love at Top 40 radio.

And, at country radio, Reba’s music is as fresh today as it was back in the 1980s and 1990s when she dominated country music and those playing her songs cashed in on the millions.

I love all kinds of music — teen pop to dance to mainstream rap to jazz, whatever — if it’s good (or I think it’s good), I’ll give it a listen.

But, I think it’s sad that people of certain age don’t have a fair chance of having their latest songs heard by the masses because they aren’t youngsters.

Radio, open your heart and open your ears.

Remember, “Believe”, the song that hit #1 in 23 countries, including the United States.  It was biggest song of 1999 here in America and became the biggest hit of Cher’s career.

She was 52-years-old, at the time, and holds the record for being the oldest female to top the Hot 100 chart.

It’s almost 2016 radio programmers, leave age out of it and play great music regardless of the singer’s age.

Anthony

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Adele “25” is Almost Perfect

It should come as a no shock that Adele is the hottest thing on the planet right now and that will not be changing through Christmas.

“25”, the much-anticipated follow-up to her January 2011 album “21” came out last Friday and in just the first three days, it’s already the biggest selling album of 2015, surpassing Taylor Swift’s “1989”, last year’s top-selling album.

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Now we don’t even have to wait for the final numbers for the first week of sales to break records here in America.

As of Monday, “25” has sold 2.433 million copies in just four days — the most since Nielsen SoundScan started electronically monitoring sales data back in 1991!

This beats “No Strings Attached” by *NSYNC, which had held the record since March 2000.  That album sold 2.416 million in its first week.

Adele had already beat the previous leader in the female department, which was “Oops!… I Did It Again” by Britney Spears.  It sold 1.319 million copies in the first week in May 2000.

Also, Adele is likely to have the fastest selling album ever in the U.K., too.  In three days there, the album is already at 500,000 copies sold.  The leader, since 1997, is Oasis’ “Be Here Now”.  It sold  696,000 in the first week.

“Hello”, the lead single from “25”, has already been downloaded 2.55 million times here in the U.S., is the most played song in America, and has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks now and counting.

That song is so elegant and haunting.

I bought the standard edition with 11 songs.  After hearing it, I wish I had bought the “deluxe” version with three more songs!

My favorite song after the first few listens is “Remedy”.

And, my other favorites that are perfect, in addition to “Hello” and “Remedy”, are “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”, “When We Were Young”, “Water Under The Bridge” “I Miss You”, and “All I Ask”.

As you see, I titled my blog, “Adele ’25’ is Almost Perfect”.

The reason I say that is because growing up, I’d say “that’s my favorite song”.  My grandmother would reply, “They’re all your favorite songs”.

So, I have to admit that the first six songs on the album are pure bliss.  You’re transported to another world if you close your eyes and all of your troubles are gone while listening to “25”.

At that point, “River Lea”, comes on.  Don’t get me wrong.  It’s a great song, but if I had to choose my least favorite from the album after the first few listens, it’d be this one.

But, it may catch on with me.

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“25” will shatter records through the holidays and beyond.

If you don’t buy this album for yourself, chances are someone will be getting it for you for Christmas!

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By the way, Adele’s last effort, “21”, was the best-selling album of both 2011 (5.82 million copies) and 2012 (4.42 million more) here in the U.S.

I have no doubt that “25” will follow in its footprints and surpass it.

Anthony

Adele Will Save Christmas & The Music Industry

UPDATED POST:  Monday, November 2, 2015

It was a week ago today that I posted this blog on how Adele will make Christmas brighter for the music industry.  You can read that below.

The first week numbers are out and it validates my theory!

“Hello”, the first release from “25”, debuts at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It becomes only the 24th song in music history to top the chart in its first week.  The last song to accomplish that was Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” on September 6, 2014.

“Hello” becomes Adele’s fourth Hot 100 number one songs.  (More on that below).

It’s a record-setting week for Adele.

In just the first week, “Hello” was downloaded a record 1,112,000 times!  It becomes the first song ever to be downloaded over a million times in a week.

The previous leader was “Right Round” by Flo Rida with Ke$ha.  That song, in February 2009, was downloaded 636,000 times.

The list of accomplishments will continue to grow throughout November with more radio airplay, video views, and the release of “25”.

And, to think, Adele told syndicated morning radio host Elvis Duran on October 23rd just hours after “Hello” was released, “I was so frightened that no one cared.”

As if!

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  Monday, October 26, 2015

We’re heading into the holiday shopping season and are you ready for the biggest album release since last October’s “1989” by Taylor Swift, which has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide?

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Adele rocked the music industry last week and made fans and retailers very happy when she announced that her third album “25” would come out November 20th.

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Since Friday’s commercial radio release of “Hello”, it’s been played more than 2,000 times at Top 40 radio stations and the video has been viewed more than 70 million times!

We last heard Adele when she reached the Top Ten with the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Grammy-winning theme song to the James Bond film, “Skyfall” in early 2013.

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Adele’s last album, “21”, which was released in early 2011 has already sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and spent 24 weeks at #1 on the Billboard album charts.

It also produced three #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone Like You”, and “Set Fire to the Rain”.

That album also sparked interest in her 2008 debut, “19”, which has now sold seven million copies around the world.

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Not only will “25” be the biggest selling album of the Christmas season, it’s also spiking sales of her first two albums.

This morning on amazon.com’s list of Best Selling albums, “25” is at #1, “21” has jumped to #5, the vinyl copy of “25” is #9, and “19” is back up to #22.

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Christmas cheers to Adele for saving the music industry.  Taylor Swift shouldn’t have to do all the work.

Anthony