So where is music at, right now, right this minute?

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So where is music at, right now, right this minute?

Postby GoogaMooga » 04 Feb 2019, 16:49

I am so out of touch, I hardly even follow reissues. The new century has had the girls ruling the charts, but I must confess, I don't even know if Gaga is yesterday's news. Do charts even matter anymore? What about MTV, is that still around? Does Spotify wield any influence?
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Re: So where is music at, right now, right this minute?

Postby yomptepi » 04 Feb 2019, 17:32

Who knows. And who cares.
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Re: So where is music at, right now, right this minute?

Postby the masked man » 04 Feb 2019, 17:50

Music today is so fractured and split into ever-expanding subgenres that it is impossible to make any generalisations.

I suppose the most interesting development within the mainstream has been how non-English language music is now huge, primarily Spanish-language music from Latin America and K-Pop from South Korea.

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Re: So where is music at, right now, right this minute?

Postby Still Baron » 04 Feb 2019, 18:09

I haven’t known the answer to this question since, oh, 2000? Maybe 2001 at a stretch. Oh well.
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Postby GoogaMooga » 04 Feb 2019, 20:22

the masked man wrote:Music today is so fractured and split into ever-expanding subgenres that it is impossible to make any generalisations.

I suppose the most interesting development within the mainstream has been how non-English language music is now huge, primarily Spanish-language music from Latin America and K-Pop from South Korea.


I know there aren't any global superstars or common denominators now, but I was not aware of the popularity of Latin and K-Pop. So K-Pop succeeded where J-Pop failed, namely, in breaking through in the West. Interesting.
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Postby the masked man » 04 Feb 2019, 21:11

By and large the only KPop acts to have broken in the west are BTS and Blackpink. But a number of Latin artists, mostly Puerto Rican artists (Bad Bunny, Luis Fonsi) and Colombians (J Balvin, Maluma), have crossed over.

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Postby Hightea » 04 Feb 2019, 22:53

the masked man wrote:Music today is so fractured and split into ever-expanding subgenres that it is impossible to make any generalisations.



This is basically where I'm at. At one time I related to the new music scene but now it is so split up and now there are more subgenre I can give a crap about that I can no longer tell how big the new music I do listen to has any importance to the mainstream.

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Re: So where is music at, right now, right this minute?

Postby Jimbo » 05 Feb 2019, 03:43

For what it's worth ...

For the first time in history, hip-hop has surpassed rock to become the most popular music genre, according to Nielsen

John Lynch Jan. 4, 2018

For the first time, hip-hop surpassed rock as the most popular genre in the US last year, according to Nielsen's year-end report.

Eight of the top ten most popular artists came from the hip-hop/R&B genre, with Drake and Kendrick Lamar taking the first and second spot, respectively.

Nielsen noted that the growth of the hip-hop/R&B genre was "powered by a 72% increase in on-demand audio streaming" in the genre.

https://www.businessinsider.com/hip-hop ... sen-2018-1
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