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I think the lack of ”radio hits.” Music has flipped upside down for the last six years. Just defining the term "radio-friendly” - it follows a certain pattern in producing music. Producers and artists used to try to have those “hooks” and “catchy” lyricism sealed in songs. Some might sound redundant or generic but the idea of trying to appeal in general public secures the “single-worthy” dynamic of the songs. These days, the productions are becoming more complex, as the sense of “radio-friendly” dynamics are gradually being less to meet the criteria of streaming platforms. That’s why most songs are shorter, blander, trap-py and monotonous. They are no longer trying to appeal in general public thru a frequency broadcast, but to certain groups that follow the trends. What y’all think?
User @iAlwaysSingLive coming through with the threads today. The good: Textless album covers (since you can see the artist and title digitally anyway) - idk, I just like it better that way. Shorter songs and albums (to maximize streams) - there's a lot of albums and songs that I don't listen to as much as I'd want to because they're on the longer side. I prefer albums to be under 45 minutes and songs to be under 4 minutes and 30 seconds long. Also, a lot of artists used to have those super annoyingly long outros and interludes that were part of the songs (for example, Justin Timberlake's discography), bleh. Anyone can make it / the rise of indie artists - the power of social media let's up-and-coming artists self-promote and hit it big without the push of a major record label. Music is cheaper and much more accessible (due to streaming services) - having the ability to create a 10 000 song library in like an hour and listen to new releases as soon as they come out is a blessing. The bad: Unnecessary and inauthentic remixes (to game the charts) - I just think it's really pathetic, and the remixes usually do nothing for songs in terms of making them any better. The fact that you can record your part at home, send it over e-mail, slap it on to a song and call it a day is ridiculous to me. It makes for really inauthentic and soulless collaborations. Annoying bonus tracks (because no one buys CDs, and they have to get the revenue back somehow) - this has always been a thing, but it's annoying AF. Droplet singles - I'm an album person.
It feels like we're in the country cowboy hybrid era. Lil Nas X blended country with hip hop and pop when he cooked up "Old Town Road." Now there's all sorts of copy cats popping up. Most notably is the Blake Shelton & Pitbull debacle. The song is a ******* mess but NGL still catchy. Country and pop was huge a few years ago. Lady Gaga's Joanne, Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods... Chill pop was also very trending. Think Julia Michaels oohing and ahhing over icy beats. Selena Gomez, Britney and a bunch more artists leaned into this sound. The '80s vibe was a huge trend prior to that... in my opinion started by Taylor Swift's 1989. Carly Rae Jepsen also smashed this vibe with E•MO•TION. What do you think will be or SHOULD be the next big trend in music? What would you like to see artists do next?
Let me preface this by stating this is not yet another superfluous thread with the intention of bashing Britney’s appearance. Rather, it’s simply to have some nostalgic fun by posting some examples of the worst, tackiest, or just plain weird fashion statements that were stylish two decades ago. Makeup trends indicative of that time period are also welcome. I’ll start! 1998: 1999: 2000: 2001: 2002: