Tuesday, June 25, 2024

(Listen) Black Lives Matter But What About Black Music? Topical Anthems of the Day Are Getting Little Radio Play or Sales


Black Lives Matter but what about Black Music? Today’s R&B stars are trying to emulate Marvin Gaye and others who brought issues into their music in the early70s. If this were the 70s and there wasn’t a radio monopoly, you’d be hearing HER Music’s “I Can’t Breathe” on every station.

As such, the song– which should be an instant hit– is number 38 on iTunes after 5 days. With all the crap being streamed, you’d think this song would have an impact. Marvin Gaye is rolling in his grave. There’s also no sign of Alicia Keys’ cover of “Perfect Way to Die” at all on iTunes, like it doesn’t exist.

Radio programmers? Smiling faces, sometimes, they don’t tell the truth.

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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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