What happened to all the men?
This week, the Top 10 albums, with one exception, showcase the voices and attitudes of women.
The Top 10 includes Kesha, two albums by Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas (their driving force: Fergie), Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, and Susan Boyle.
If it weren’t for the geeky Talking Heads-wannabes called Vampire Weekend, the Top 10 would just be a choir of female angels. Right behind these ladies on the charts: Rihanna, Carrie Underwood.
It’s kind of scary. Not even publicity hound John Mayer has made much of an impact with his latest collection.
Back in my day (pre-historic) we had everyone from James Taylor to Joe Walsh, with Elton, Stevie, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Pink Floyd, the Eagles, O’Jays, Spinners, etc.
Sure we had Joni, Carole and Carly. Even Linda Ronstadt. But the male voice was a constant on pop radio, and so was the male point of view.
Now that point of view is represented by teenagers — if at all — kids like the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber.
But the older generation has vanished. Justin Timberlake, for better or worse, seems to be in retirement. Robin Thicke, who’s great, isn’t getting enough of a push to break him out. His album is languishing. Rob Thomas should be in the Top 10, but Atlantic Records can’t seem to make it happen.
I guess the ladies rule for now. Did “American Idol” have something to do with this? I’m just sayin’….