Gettin’ in the mood for the new Megadeth album…
Wanna be doin’ it right here on Metal Mondays…
So here’s a Progarchy blast from the past for today’s metallic muse…
The new Megadeth looks — and sounds — like it is going to be a tremendous album.
Chief Boden’s new neighbor asks him for a favor, while tension escalates between Severide and Captain Patterson. Meanwhile, Mouch and Herrmann receive tickets to see Rush.
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Props to Adele for keeping the album alive.
Every musical artist has at least one killer single inside them, but it takes real talent to pull off a totally killer album.
And everybody wants to own a totally killer album.
Say what you want about Adele, she is at least keeping the album alive in an age of pop music decadence that is streaming us to death.
Is that prog enough for y’all?
Even as $10-a-month streaming services multiply, YouTube’s free offerings proliferate and record sales flag—to 257 million albums in the U.S. last year from 785 million albums at their peak in 2000—Adele’s fans don’t appear to have gotten the memo. They have snapped up 14 million copies of her albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen, and 33 million of her digital singles. Her debut album, “19,” sold 2.7 million copies and her sophomore blockbuster, “21,” sold 11.2 million—the only album ever to be the biggest seller two years in a row.
With such massive sales, the conventional wisdom has been that the singer appeals to all types. But a Nielsen analysis of her fans reveals a distinct profile: They are 62% female, most between 25 and 44 years old, with children.
Adele’s full album won’t be available immediately on streaming services, streaming companies say, and they don’t know if or when it might be. Stars such as Beyoncé and Ms. Swift have held albums from streaming to spur sales.
While Adele’s older, female-leaning fan base likely boosts her CD sales, given their music-buying habits, Music Watch managing partner Russ Crupnick said that their deep “emotional engagement”with her sentimental ballads probably matters as much. They think: Adele’s music “is important enough for me that I want to own it. Even though I may be able to stream it or watch it on YouTube, I want to possess it,” Mr. Crupnick said.”
When we were young, we bought albums.
From an interview last month with Roger Scruton:
CWR: You are a famous critic of modern pop music. How were you able to construct such a sympathetic and insightful portrait of one of the main characters in your novel, The Disappeared, who is both an ardent fan and performer of heavy metal music?
Scruton: I wanted to enter the soul of someone whose sense of his masculinity had been damaged, and who compensated through this kind of dramatization of the primordial male. I also think that metal is the creation of people with real musicality, who have developed the muscle of music as though by weight lifting, and lost that beautiful, inner, female thing, which is the sung melody.
CWR: How can young people be best introduced to good music at an early age? What is the optimal way to inoculate them against the adverse effects of bad music on their souls?
Scruton: I think it is very important to learn to sing in choirs, and if possible to learn an instrument, even if only the recorder or the guitar. To read music, to play for yourself, to sing melodically — all these establish the link between music and the inner life which will serve to inoculate the young person against the worst kind of musical influenza.
And now you can listen to an MP3 of Scruton on BBC Radio 4 on “The Tyranny of Pop.”
Keeping in mind that Scruton is talking about bad music, how is it possible to disagree with him?
UPDATE: the BBC transcript is also available.