Friday, April 12, 2024

What Year Is It? Three of Top 5 Songs on iTunes Singles Charts are Oldies as Beyonce, Other New Acts Struggle for Space


Ok, so what year is it?

The top 2 songs today on iTunes are from 1971 and 2003.

The number one song is “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence. It was released March 4, 2003.

The number two song is “American Pie,” the full 8 minute version by Don McLean, released at the end of 1971.

Number five is “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” by Credence Clearwater Revival, released in 1971. Number 10 is Sia’s “Unstoppable,” which is six years old.

Meanwhile, current acts like Beyonce and Harry Styles have been unable to launch second hits from their albums. While Styles’ album, “Harry’s House,” is still selling, Beyonce’s “Renaissance” has reached a period.

Demi Lovato’s album and single are out there, but not blockbusters by any means. The single, “29,” is at number 51.

What is going on here? Old records are ruling the roost at the end of the summer, a summer which was swamped by Kate Bush’s 1985 hit “Running Up that Hill.”

The iTunes singles chart should be full of new music. For example, Ryan Adams’ “When She Smiles” should be right up there. So should Jon Batiste’s “Sweet” with Diane Warren and Pentatonix. Instead, 20 of the records from number 50 to 100 are all oldies. Isn’t that a little frightening?

The music business is so different nowadays, Very few new artists are being broken, radio is so compartmentalized that few new songs are played, there’s little diversity or thinking outside the box. And it’s not just unknown artists. Ask Billie Eilish. She released two singles a month ago and they died on impact.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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