Is Rock Music Dying Out?
According to figures released by the Official Charts Company, pop albums outsold rock albums for the first time in seven years in 2011. Now there is no doubt that pop Princesses Rihanna and Lady Gaga have taken the world by storm and Adele’s sultry voice has infiltrated our ears all year, 2011 was definitely her time, but can the Rock 'n' Roll era actually be over?
The Rolling Stones have had a career that has spanned the last five decades and frontman Mick Jagger is still idolised even in his sixties, with tributes paid in modern hits such as Maroon 5's ‘Moves like Jagger’. He has even recorded vocals for will.i.am’s new song 'T.H.E' which is released next month. But it’s not only the Rolling Stones who are iconic in rock history, bands such as U2, Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy and many many more are being left behind in time.
Perhaps it’s the Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle that people are missing. It used to be the rockstars that threw TVs out of windows but now it’s the pop stars who are causing the shock, like Lady Gaga wearing a dress made of raw meat or Britney Spears’ meltdown. Perhaps the Rock 'n' Roll bands just aren’t ‘Rock 'n' Roll’ enough anymore?
Of course, the news will come as little surprise to most when you consider that Adele's '21' resided at the top of the charts for an impressive 18 weeks, but news that only two guitar-led albums landed in the year-end top 20 list is still somewhat shocking.
What does this mean for DJs? Will there be fewer requests for the partygoer’s essential ‘Livin’ on a prayer’ by Bon Jovi or Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now'? For a genre that once regularly dominated the albums market, it would seem so; but with new releases expected soon from The Killers, Vampire Weekend, Biffy Clyro and the return of the Stone Roses this year, can the genre get back on its feet for 2012?
View the full top selling albums list below:
1. 21 - Adele (3,772,000)
2. Christmas - Michael Buble (1,292,000)
3. Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars (1,214,420)
4. 19 - Adele (1,210,410)
5. Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay (907,000)
6. Loud - Rihanna (876,000)
7. Born This Way - Lady Gaga
8. Who You Are - Jessie J (805,000)
9. + - Ed Sheeran (791,000)
10. Talk That Talk - Rihanna (655,000)
11. Lioness: Hidden Treasures - Amy Winehouse (638,000)
12. In Case You Didn't Know - Olly Murs (597,000)
13. The Lady Killer - Cee Lo Green (560,000)
14. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher (492,000)
15. Progress - Take That (484,000)
16. Up All Night - One Direction (468,000)
17. No More Idols - Chase & Status (461,000)
18. 4 - Beyonce (451,000)
19. Greatest Hits - Westlife (423,000)
20. Crazy Love - Michael Buble (410,000)
Published: 22 January 2012