The Year In Music
Saurabh & Gaurav
of the international music charts and airwaves were dominated by
four women, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift, led
by Perry’s California Gurls. Swift’s third album, Speak
Now, had set all kinds of sales records when it was released
in October. (At 3 million copies sold, she’s running
neck-and-neck with Eminem for the year’s top-selling album.)
When Rihanna wasn’t making her own hit singles, she was
guesting on smashes with Eminem and others. Apart from the music
scene, Swift’s response to Kanye West and her recent
relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rihanna’s appearance as
a battered woman in Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie video,
provided endless fodder for the tabloids.
Not since The
Beatles invaded, have teenage girls gone as crazy for a musician
as they did this year for Justin Bieber. He controlled the power
of social networking sites to become the biggest breakout star
in music since. Justin has racked up more than 250 million
YouTube streams, eight million Facebook friends and four million
Twitter followers. Not bad for some body who is just 16.
Two of the big
four record labels in the world are Universal Music Group and
EMI. At 72, after a legendary career, Doug Morris stepped down
as the CEO of Universal Music Group, which is beginning a new
era under Lucian Grainge.
American Idol managed
to survive without Simon Cowell. The 10th season of
the singing competition, which has ranked as the highest-rated
show on the US television for years, will look a lot different
than the one viewers have become accustomed to over the past
nine seasons. Joining Randy Jackson, this season will be
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.
After relapsing in
2009, Eminem released his strongest album both critically and
commercially since Encore in 2004. On Recovery we
see a more mature Eminem, spitting verses about getting out of
depression and drug addiction and re-igniting his fire for
music. The video for Love the Way You Lie, with Rihanna
was harshly criticised for its depiction of domestic violence.
He recently capped the year by receiving 10 Grammy nominations,
the most by any artiste, including Album of the Year and Record
of the Year.
three decades dealing with trademark lawsuits, Apple Corp., The
Beatles and the record label EMI have put aside their
differences and reached a deal to bring the Fab Four’s digital
music to iTunes.
Bono was named ‘worst
investor’ in America this year by 24/7 Wall St, for the
terribly tangled web of Spider Man - the Musical. Weighed
down with problems right from the start, estimates suggest that
the $65 million production needs to make at least $1 million a
week for the next two to three years just to break even.
Live concerts, the
healthiest part of the music business, had a dismal year. After
years of growth in both attendance and ticket sales, the touring
industry will be down about 15 per cent this year, according to
concert sales estimates.
crushed Glee in the ratings, but when it comes to music sales,
Glee has clearly displaced Idol. Albums by Katy Perry and
Train experienced sales bumps of 178 per cent and 160 per cent,
respectively, in the week after songs were featured on Glee.
That makes Glee the perfect place for record labels to showcase
their acts on TV.
Sony announced in
April that it would no longer produce the Walkman cassette
player. Born in 1980, the Walkman was named by The Time
magazine as one of its 100 best gadgets of all times.
With many pop
veterans either taking a break (Britney, Madonna) or a wrong
turn (Christina), a flood of new blood, Ke$ha, Bruno Mars, Katy
Perry, Jason Derulo, rushed to fill the vacuity.
One singer who
refused to rest was Rihanna. She enjoyed her biggest year to
date, while Pink made a late comeback this year with her
chart-topping Greatest Hits album.
This year, Robin
Williams returned to record songs on Take That’s third
comeback album, Progress. The band appeared as a fivesome
in public for the first time in 15 years.
continued to dictate the pop charts and the gossip columns in
2010. Various animal rights groups hit the roof when she turned
up at this year’s MTV VMAs in a dress apparently made of
In July, George
Michael crashed his Range Rover into a photo-developing store in
leafy North London. Charged and convicted of driving while unfit
due to drugs, Michael served four weeks of an eight-week fine.
Pop diva married
comedy lothario Russell Brand on a holiday to India. The bride
and groom chose a spot near a tiger sanctuary for their October