No Platinum Albums for 2014

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  1. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    Death and Taxes

    I'll buy a whole album now and again, but mostly its individual songs.
     
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I think streaming hurts sales, but I think the music itself is a problem. The teenagers love it, but those of us with cash in our pockets don't.

    I don't think Beyonce's album would have done any better if she hadn't released it like she did. But she didn't have the hits to sustain it through the summer.
     
  3. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    The days of superbands are over. The world of netlabels, downloading, variety and creativity has arrived....

    About time.
     
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    Not surprising with the rise in popularity in streaming. I still buy CDs though because I like my music that way. :)
     
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    Old man get off my lawn/music was so much better than I was a kid arguments aside... I just think there's been a real lack of new releases this year.

    I think the music - or really lack of music - is the reason why for mediocre sales this year. I'm a rock/alt/indie/punk music sort of guy, but I do listen to top 40 and can go with it when at the bar with friends.

    The top 40 songs have barely changed all year - or at least it seems like it. There either isn't a lot of new songs, a lot of good new songs, or both. I went a couple months between checking out Spotify's top songs in the USA/world playlists and only a handful of new songs were there, the rest just had their order shuffled a bit.
     
  6. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    I buy Mp3's to save storage.

    But I collect reggae vinyl too (i also have about 900 ish cd's that I never listen too..... If i could be arsed I'd rip them all and get rid of them)

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    There's been some truly fantastic releases, that by nature do not appeal to the masses..... I think its unfair to say there's been no good music at all.

    In the UK bass music culture has made massive leaps away from dubstep for example, with some really good new artists coming to the fore.
     
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    I don't blame downloads for this, I blame crappy music for this.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Me too. Streaming and downloads hasn't really been more prevalent in 2014 than it has in the past couple years. It's because all the new music coming out is the same old autotuned, manufactured pop garbage.
     
  9. orestes1984, Oct 21, 2014
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    You say it like "dubstep" and "electro" were ever a good thing when they resulted in the utter comercialisation of electronic music around the world. Heaven help me if I ever look at the types of DJs that make the hottest 100 like Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas, David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren who are all no talent hacks compared to what used to be decent underground DJs. Even guys I'd used to rate like Tiesto who I'd used to rate are playing unimaginative commercial **** it comes to that point where dance music is DEAD!

    Yes, when almost everything that saturates the top 40 is some talentless hack of a female with an auto tuned, pitch shifted voice, or people singing about something that doesn't incorporate what they're singing about... Hello Meghan Trainor, then you know that pop music is pretty much dead.

    The issue is that we haven't seen any evolution in music in almost 25 years now, particularly in pop. Boy band this, girl band that, throw in some Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Snoop Dog, Kanye, Miley Cyrus, Madonna, ad. nausea, same crap different day.
     
  10. Happybunny macrumors 68000

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    I do think that those two statements, make me think back to my youth, if my parents hated the music I thought it must be good.:p
     
  11. orestes1984, Oct 21, 2014
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    Or it could just be that I'm not that old and music is just crap these days :p I go out and the DJ plays Hardwell - Spaceman and it's that unimaginative you wouldn't even know who it was by. I could probably count 7 different notes in that song, 8 if I'm being generous.

    It really shows a complete lack of respect for people who pioneered dance music using actual synthesizers from Roland and etc.
     
  12. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Yeah, I don't care for most of the current dance music either. It all sounds the same. Even within all the different genres.

    I'm not that old either. But the iPod, and listening to UK radio for the last 10 years has really changed me. I wouldn't have been able to appreciate alt rock and indie as much as I do if I didn't get to experience it the way I did. I'd probably still be into just pop music otherwise.

    I don't think I'd enjoy owning my MP3s/CDs as much as I do now either.
     
  13. orestes1984 macrumors 65816

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    There is lots to enjoy with British Indie rock and pop music, The Kooks, Mumford and sons, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, Two Door Cinema Club, The Fratelis, Bombay Bicycle Club, Arctic Monkeys, The Verve...

    Probably the Wombats are my favourite British Indie band although I still like American indie rock such as Foster the People.

     
  14. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Yep, yep, know all those names, have all those albums.

    The Fratellis even had an iTunes ad back in the day!

     
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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Weird Al's latest album go platinum this year? There was a lot of buzz about it, especially with him receiving his platinum album on one of the late night talk shows, for it being the first album he has ever had go platinum.

    BL.
     
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    Weird Al has had six albums go platinum according to the RIAA's online searchable database. Al's latest album "Mandatory Fun" doesn't even seem to show up in the RIAA's database. Why that is, I dunno. Searching online, "Mandatory Fun" sold 104,000 copies the 1st week of its release according to CNN, but I'm not finding mention of it going platinum (although I didn't search in any great depth.)
     
  17. bradl macrumors 68040

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    Nope.. you're right.. It hasn't hit platinum yet. What I was thinking was that this was his first album to hit #1 on the charts, not go platinum.

    BL.
     
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    Dance music is definately not dead in the UK. **** EDM
     
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    Until the Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways that is.
     
  20. orestes1984, Oct 21, 2014
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    If I were to go out to a club in Australia these days it would be practically dead, or void of anyone with understanding of the harder styles of dance music, or anything underground. Unfortunately this commercial crap is a plague and there seems to be no cure, the EDM charts only fuel it with more people who have a vague and simplistic understanding of dance music with no intention of ever pursuing it beyond the bangers their local play DJs put out from guys like Hardwell who trolled tomorrow land by playing rap music.
     
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    This is the only album I will buy this year. Or few years.
     
  22. satcomer macrumors 603

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    The problem today has do with today's musics use of Autotune. This video will explain it.

     
  23. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    I guess i live in one of the hotbeds of electronic music (just outside london) a lot of the styles from the nineties are doing the rounds again here, garage, grime, house etc.... but theyre all kind of blending in together.

    And most importantly theres actual bass in the music, not just mids.

    You lot have got monster zoku onsomb! though, who are actually awesome :D
     
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    In the period between 1978 and 1980, the (MLB) World Series averaged more than 40 million views per game. (At a time when the US population was considerably smaller than it is today.)

    This year, the Giants and Royals will be lucky to average 15 million viewers.

    Is this drop in viewership attributable to a decline in the quality of the baseball played on field? Or is it perhaps because sports fans in particular, and the American viewing public in general, has hundreds of times more entertainment options available to them?

    The same thing largely explains the absence of Platinum-selling records. For one thing, the concept of the album itself is largely a thing of the past. But more importantly, the music buying experience as a whole is distributed among far more different channels than were available a mere ten or fifteen years ago.

    Music today is no worse than it was a generation ago.
     
  25. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    Interestingly vinyl sales in the UK have reached 1,000,000 this year, which they haven't done for years.
     

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