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    Music is Forked - Radio 2 reveals the best-selling albums of the 21st Century

    Even as an old fart who's stuck in the past, is this really what the music lovers of today think is good?
    UK's best-selling albums (2000-2019)
    1) Adele - 21
    2) Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
    3) Adele - 25
    4) Ed Sheeran - x
    5) Ed Sheeran - ÷
    6) James Blunt - Back To Bedlam
    7) Leona Lewis - Spirit
    8) Michael Buble - Crazy Love
    9) Dido - No Angel
    10) David Gray - White Ladder
    From https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50013491
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    Well they sold the most, so yes?

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    Wow, just demonstrates changes in musical taste. It's amazing that James Blunt (for examples) beats R.E.M., U2, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Abba, Queen and of course the Beetles.

    Plus who is Leona Lewis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyg View Post
    Wow, just demonstrates changes in musical taste. It's amazing that James Blunt (for examples) beats R.E.M., U2, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Abba, Queen and of course the Beetles.

    Plus who is Leona Lewis?
    This is the 21st century, you wouldn't necessarily expect big acts from the 1960s to the 1980s to be big sellers in the 2000s.

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    Entirely healthy. My mum and dad would listen to Mantovani and thought my and my sister’s music was rubbish.

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    just sounds like a typical grumpy old man thread.

    I read an article about music tastes. One of the things was after the age of 33 you’re less likely to listen to new music and more of the music you already know. So greatest hits or discover further music by an artist.

    So it less like to buy new music . So it’s not surprising that new artists will dominate the charts .

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    Is this really what the music lovers of today think is good?
    No they don’t, most popular yes, best no.

    The best selling cars watches aren’t ’the best’ either, they just appeal to the broadest market.

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    2 and 10 for me.

    The real low point was Rolf Harris Christmas No1 in 1969 with ‘2 little boys’ and 1981 Joe Dolce ‘Sahddap ya face’ keeping Vienna from No1.

    Alot of the new and factory produced stuff is completely forgettable the minute it finishes however its refreshing to have some genuine quality appearing such as Billy Eilish and Disclosure etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parabola View Post
    This is the 21st century, you wouldn't necessarily expect big acts from the 1960s to the 1980s to be big sellers in the 2000s.

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    Fair point.

    But it seems that this list only relates to UK artists because Artists like Eminem are not listed. I bet he has sold more albums than James Blunt (for example).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TKH View Post
    2 and 10 for me.

    The real low point was Rolf Harris Christmas No1 in 1969 with ‘2 little boys’ and 1981 Joe Dolce ‘Sahddap ya face’ keeping Vienna from No1.

    Alot of the new and factory produced stuff is completely forgettable the minute it finishes however its refreshing to have some genuine quality appearing such as Billy Eilish and Disclosure etc...

    Could be worse. "Blue is the colour" by the Chelsea FC and "Sugar Sugar" by the Archers. Hardly high points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyg View Post
    "Sugar Sugar" by the Archers.
    Did they perform that on Radio 4?

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    More to do with the fact that buying music is an old fashioned idea now I would suggest. A few big sellers from the early 2000s, and the rest made up from middle of the road pap bought by people in there late 30s or early 40s for background music.

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    The list doesn't represent 'young person's' music.

    The music listed is Radio 2 MOR dross. This is because the only people who buy albums now are older people who listen to Radio 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyg View Post
    Fair point.

    But it seems that this list only relates to UK artists because Artists like Eminem are not listed. I bet he has sold more albums than James Blunt (for example).
    Aye, I'm sure that's the case. Looks like best selling British acts since 2000 or something. If it was global, there's plenty of acts that must be higher up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    The list doesn't represent 'young person's' music.

    The music listed is Radio 2 MOR dross. This is because the only people who buy albums now are older people who listen to Radio 2.
    Is Ed Sheeran popular with older people?

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    In a nutshell, nobody buys albums any more so these lists become less and less informative. Surprised David Gray was there though!


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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    Is Ed Sheeran popular with older people?
    It seems he's popular enough to have two albums in the top ten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyg View Post
    Fair point.

    But it seems that this list only relates to UK artists because Artists like Eminem are not listed. I bet he has sold more albums than James Blunt (for example).
    Sorry but when did Michael Buble become British ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjc1216 View Post
    Sorry but when did Michael Buble become British ???
    He's Canadian, so that counts.


    It's the British chart, rather than British artists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    Is Ed Sheeran popular with older people?
    Definately! A scientific sampling of a few couples that are my parents friends LOVE Ed Sheeran. And George Ezra.

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    Erm, what’s Radio 2?
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    Try googling best selling albums of the 90s - Simply Red, Robson and Jerome, Celine Dion all feature.

    80s? Dire Straits, Phil Collins, Whitney etc etc.

    Your average punter isn’t as cool and edgy as us WIS types, so I guess they need their radio 2 muzak.

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    I know I'm an old fart but my car plays/stores 6 CD's today the 6 are:
    The Ramones - Best of
    Steely Dan - Show Biz Kids
    The Jam - Snap
    Mighty Rearranger - Robert Plant
    ZZ Top - La Futura
    Cream of Eric Clapton

    Got to be better than listing to James Blunt?

    Pleased I was born in the fifties!

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    Change in musical tastes is healthy. I welcome some of the new bands, but still listen to old favourites. It’s surprising how the first bars of an old song transport you back to an almost forgotten moment. It doesn’t even have to be a song you liked...


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    You’ll probably find that youngsters are also keen to be ‘influencing’.

    If they vote for something - and it is successful, they get personal gratification/validation.

    So - they are more inclined to vote for things - a bit like seeking ‘likes’ on social media.......

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    I could live with some of the popular tracks of some of those albums... however I once stumbled across radio 1... never again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VDG View Post
    Erm, what’s Radio 2?
    The most popular radio station in the kingdom. Once memorably described as aural mogadon.

    Abolish the licence fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilT View Post
    Try googling best selling albums of the 90s - Simply Red, Robson and Jerome, Celine Dion all feature.

    80s? Dire Straits, Phil Collins, Whitney etc etc.

    Your average punter isn’t as cool and edgy as us WIS types, so I guess they need their radio 2 muzak.
    Exactly this - People like to think music was cooler in their day, but the reality has always been that the bland is far more popular than the bleeding edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post

    Abolish the licence fee.
    But you don't need a licence to listen to the radio

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildheart View Post
    I know I'm an old fart but my car plays/stores 6 CD's today the 6 are:
    The Ramones - Best of
    Steely Dan - Show Biz Kids
    The Jam - Snap
    Mighty Rearranger - Robert Plant
    ZZ Top - La Futura
    Cream of Eric Clapton

    Got to be better than listing to James Blunt?

    Pleased I was born in the fifties!
    Some good albums there I was born in the 70's and mostly listen to stuff ranging from early Stones , Bob Dylan ,Led Zep to Talking Heads etc.. so I don't think its when you are born its all about taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    Is Ed Sheeran popular with older people?

    Beige is popular with older people... and his music is very beige IMHO

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    Back to Black is a very good album, though her first was better. The other one I have from that list is White Ladder, though quite honestly I never liked it that much. Surprised it's in that list though. But most of those records are awful. Probably. I mean I haven't listened to Leona's album, nor James' and certainly not Ed's. Despite that I'd argue with anyone who claimed they were any good.

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    James blunt !!! There having a laugh

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