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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:35 am

David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson... I can't stand them Mad

But they seem to be madly popular these days, certainly in UK charts.
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Post  Adric on Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:11 am

Ahh, very good choices and agree with all of them. Some that come to mind for me would be Bruno Mars (or should we call him Bruno Jackson?), Mariah Carey, anything Huey Lewis did after the 'Sports' album, Bruce Thingsteen, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Michael fricken Bolton, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande .... but most of all.........  Eminem & Macklemore!  (They should be a couple)  elephant
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:32 pm

Well, I was thinking more of the "superstar DJ" trend where an act like Ronson is accorded ultra-high respect for all their projects, and achieves chart success out of all proportion to the artistic value involved (the current Uptown Funk crap is so risible, yet the media lap it up).

But a more generalised chart chat thread might not be a bad idea to discuss brain-waves like Meghan Trainor for instance.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:39 pm

"Uptown Funk" has been #1 in the UK for weeks. It is such a monstrosity of a record that Ronson should bill himself as Frankenstein, having stitched together so many parts from others sources to create his own monster. That he should do this is perhaps neither here nor there, but that he is not only forgiven for doing it, he is lauded as any kind of creative genius boggles the mind. He's pretty much doing the same sort of thing Simon Cowell does, except Cowell is vilified to the skies for it Rolling Eyes

Then we have "The Voice" which has returned for a 4th series in the UK, despite a success track record so far of Nil. Will.i.am is one of the judges, and has pushed and endorsed many artists on his own records in the last 3 years... but nobody from the shows that he was supposed to have mentored Question
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Post  misery guts on Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:17 am

At last, a prog on this topic Laughing

Music Moguls
This was a 3 part series looking at the fixers and facilitators.
First, Money Makers, looked at management, from Larry Parnes and "Colonel" Tom Parker, through to Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham, to Scott Rodger and Jonathan Dickins. Presenter Simon Napier-Bell spoke fondly of the coup of getting Wham! to play in China.
Second, Melody Makers, looked at producers, with presenter Nile Rodgers taking credit for Mark Ronson, which is not something you'd want to do surely? Lamont Dozier and George Martin, Trevor Horn and Giorgio Moroder, Nigel Godrich and Tony Visconti, but of all these the most fascinating was Sylvia Robinson and the story of Sugarhill Delight.
Finally, Myth Makers, which looked at PR. How to get your band noticed, how to get them acquitted of misdemeanours, how to fill newspapers, how to promote new albums, and so on.

A fascinating reiteration of familiar stories and a few new ones. But a sobering insight into the modern music industry.
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