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(Louder Sound)   Only one rock artist who began releasing music this century has records among America's 200 biggest albums of 2022. And "rock artist" is loosely defined here   (loudersound.com) divider line
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2022-12-03 9:29:47 PM  
I was a teenager in the late 80's and early 90's and albums were a much bigger vehicle for music sales back then. Buying cassettes and then cd's was where it was at. Now it's about streaming songs or playlists, the concept of the album has really taken a back seat. That said, I'm surprised there are so few rock albums on the list, I'd have thought that rock music would still lend itself better to the album concept than pop or hip-hop in the current day. I still hear a lot of rock music on the radio but obviously it doesn't shift units in massive numbers like Adele, Billy Eilish or Drake.
 
2022-12-03 10:44:02 PM  
 
2022-12-03 10:45:13 PM  
Nickelback doesn't qualify as rock of some sub-genre?
 
2022-12-03 10:59:47 PM  

fredirc: Nickelback doesn't qualify as rock of some sub-genre?


If 'constipated rock' is a sub-genre they definitely qualify. Yeah they have a greatest hits album at 119, TFA is craftily written to ignore rock albums in the second half of the list. Thus the Foo Fighters are also left out.
 
2022-12-03 11:03:23 PM  
I like when I'm streaming Pandora and their "current track" info says the album title is Greatest Hits.
 
2022-12-03 11:48:35 PM  
There are still a bunch of great newer rock groups out there, but last year I was watching What Drives Us, the Dave Grohl documentary about touring bands. At one point Brian Johnson from AC/DC pointed out that the only rock acts that can consistently sell out stadiums are from the 90's or earlier. And I would would bet that the Foos are probably one of the newer bands on that list.
 
2022-12-03 11:49:13 PM  
So it has come to this - rockers are complaining about the lack of middle-aged artists in the charts.
What did they used to say about people over 30? What did they want before they got old?
 
2022-12-03 11:59:02 PM  
That's such a stupid statistic. It's like one of those odd baseball stats that gets thrown out there in a broadcast to make something seem more special.
 
2022-12-04 12:16:14 AM  

Aussie_As: I was a teenager in the late 80's and early 90's and albums were a much bigger vehicle for music sales back then. Buying cassettes and then cd's was where it was at. Now it's about streaming songs or playlists, the concept of the album has really taken a back seat. That said, I'm surprised there are so few rock albums on the list, I'd have thought that rock music would still lend itself better to the album concept than pop or hip-hop in the current day. I still hear a lot of rock music on the radio but obviously it doesn't shift units in massive numbers like Adele, Billy Eilish or Drake.


Back then I would have skipped albums and bought music by individual tracks if it was allowed. I knew very few people who wanted albums. Most people HAD to buy albums to get the songs they wanted. They sold singles but those were limited in number and if you liked another song off the album too bad. Some albums were worth owning whole, and some albums did so well that multiple singles were released off of it, but those were rare cases. That's why when MP3s became a thing, there were many artists against selling music track by track. They knew the only way they could sell 8 or 9 songs(aka an album) is by forcing the fans to buy it. Selling music track by track meant all the filler on the album would be ignored.
 
2022-12-04 12:20:57 AM  
A remixed Elton John song was the 10th biggest hit of 2022.

A Kate Bush song that's existed for 37 years and only made it to #30 for one week back then was the 23rd biggest song of 2022.  Honestly I thought it'd have been higher.
 
2022-12-04 12:27:51 AM  

Aussie_As: fredirc: Nickelback doesn't qualify as rock of some sub-genre?

If 'constipated rock' is a sub-genre they definitely qualify. Yeah they have a greatest hits album at 119, TFA is craftily written to ignore rock albums in the second half of the list. Thus the Foo Fighters are also left out.


TFA says it excluded greatest hits albums.

And even then it's about the list's lack of rock music released since 2000.

Nickelback and FF have made the bulk of their music in that time but they both formed in the 90's, making the Fark headline still accurate*

*Not sure what the article writer or subby considers Imagine Dragons to be. Billboard calls them rock, at least in 2013.
 
2022-12-04 12:41:45 AM  

bluorangefyre: A remixed Elton John song was the 10th biggest hit of 2022.



And why no, remixing old tracks worked for Led Zeppelin
 
2022-12-04 1:13:43 AM  
And why don't they make any new oldies?!
 
2022-12-04 1:15:33 AM  
I suspect that when my local Real Rock Radio station rarely plays any music less than 30 years old, it has an effect on the list.
 
2022-12-04 5:34:59 AM  

fredirc: Nickelback doesn't qualify as rock of some sub-genre?


Well they aren't.

They are a Country band.
 
2022-12-04 5:50:12 AM  

Ishkur: fredirc: Nickelback doesn't qualify as rock of some sub-genre?

Well they aren't.

They are a Country band.


Daft Punk too
 
2022-12-04 6:27:56 AM  

LewDux: Ishkur: fredirc: Nickelback doesn't qualify as rock of some sub-genre?

Well they aren't.

They are a Country band.

Daft Punk too


Now now, don't get technical.
 
2022-12-04 6:47:47 AM  

LewDux: Ishkur: fredirc: Nickelback doesn't qualify as rock of some sub-genre?

Well they aren't.

They are a Country band.

Daft PunkJ Tiesto too


Sorry, I confused your hang-up with someone's else
 
2022-12-04 2:58:14 PM  
Isn't Billboard run by old people?
 
2022-12-04 3:14:17 PM  

KB202: Isn't Billboard run by old people?


I mean, I haven't seen a print Billboard in years, but they had no editorial stance anyway. It was a trade rag.
 
2022-12-04 4:07:05 PM  

KB202: Isn't Billboard run by old people?


Not as old as farkers
 
2022-12-04 4:09:32 PM  
I mean, the music scene is dying in the College town I'm in and the big city just an hour or so away. A lot of people don't have time to be musicians on the side anymore, and gigs pay so little in some places that it's not even worth putting together a tour, assuming that any of you can get off work from your real job to do it. And rock music really isn't big for Gen Z - DJs and rap artists and Taylor Swift will bring out the college kids in a way that even the Arctic Monkeys wouldn't.

The only touring bands from this college town broke up 5+ years ago when it became too expensive for smaller outfits to tour. I don't think there's a single venue now that focuses on rock or rock-adjacent music. The best you can get is playing classic rock or rockabilly occasionally at the country bars and honky-tonks, or maybe you can get a spot at the First Friday celebration if your city has one and if  your music is only slightly spicier than mayonnaise.

It may be different in other parts of the country, but rock music is dying out as a crowd-pleaser in the mid-South.
 
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