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David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins, Eagles All in this Week’s Top 20: What Year Is It?

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It is 2016 right?

Not if you look at the pop charts.

This week, the top 20 includes albums by DavidĀ  Bowie, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins and Hank Williams Jr. Of course, the first two are because of the deaths of Bowie and Glenn Frey. Very very sad. The others are a result of discounting on iTunes and Amazon. Hank Williams Jr. had a knockout appearance on Jimmy Fallon this week, which apparently sent sales soaring.

But still…

For a long time, catalog albums weren’t even counted in current chart sales. But with current chart sales so abysmal, and the contemporary acts wanting in the talent department, it’s not a big surprise that everything old is new again. And it can’t just be old people buying the old music. It is hoped that youngsters are listening to it as well, and getting the message. A lot of today’s product is crapola– at least the commercial stuff being foisted through radio.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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