Elsewhere, John Seabrook in the New Yorker tries to convince Adele that she’s going to destroy Spotify (and thus the entire music industry) by not immediately releasing 25 for streaming. I think not.
Adele doesn't even need to bother about streaming because she's shifting so many compact discs. The people who buy 25 are the sort who still listen to CDs and wouldn't even contemplate buying an album on iTunes.
It's like after the first series of The X Factor, there were Jackie Thomas fans posting to Facebook in a panicked state, making sure that they'd be able to purchase her album on CD.
As popular as the new J. Bieber album is, I bet it's not shifting anywhere near the percentage of CDs that Adele is.
“All the promoters out there are struggling at the moment because of low ticket sales. It’s a massive issue. Every single one of them. People need to get out there and they need to start supporting their local promoters and their local shows,” Talbot said.
Going to a show to "support" it is the worst reason. A festival shouldn't have to relay on emotional charity to survive. If it's a good show, people will want to see it just because it's good, not because they feel obliged to "support local music".
There are cynical bastards in our household who reckon the outcome is pre-determined.
It would be extremely difficult to actually do this, given that throughout the whole referendum process there are actual real people involved.
Unless the theory extends to some sort of 9/11-scale conspiracy where hundreds of people are paid off to keep silent for life. Tbh, I don't think the New Zealand government could manage an operation like that without at least something getting messed up.
A rundown of 50 years of Best Singles.
So good! I'm struck with how hopeful and poppy the winners from about 1992 to 2002 are, before things got more serious in the years after.
But isn't it just that New Zealand is super good at rugby because it's a sport that's only played at elite level in a handful of countries and New Zealand throws huge effort at being really good at it?
That is, if all of New Zealand's rugby resources went to, say, football instead, it's not reasonable to expect the NZ football team would have the same of success because the competition in elite football is so much greater.
For me, 40 is the age of divorces and diseases. The best thing, though, is how it's generally so much better than the hellish nightmare world threatened by the "Life Begins at 40" song.
The Black Mirror series didn't get much of a look-in in New Zealand but it had a big impact in the UK. The episode in question is called "The National Anthem" (it should be easy enough to find on-line) but note that the Black Mirror series is "not for those of nervous disposition".
Sky channel Soho was quick off the mark, arranging an encore screening of "The National Anthem" last night.
BTW, I am loving all the Silver Scrolls goodies that Audioculture has been unveiling. The awards have always seemed a bit mysterious - probably just because they're an industry event, closed to the public - but all this history is like getting a look inside and seeing what's been going on.
The Hall of fame is not (yet) a physical place, but it offers yet another set piece to look forward to each year.
My big complaint about the Hall of Fame: it's becoming very male dominated - three acts including women verses 14 without women. Or to look at individuals, that's four women and 65 men.
The New Zealand music industry is male dominated but it's not that male dominated.
This bit from the Guardian article really surprised me:
“If I said: ‘Right, we’re going to have a game at lunchtime, we need 30 boys,’ we’d get it done in 30 seconds,” Port says. “There would be volunteers coming from everywhere.”
Up to this point in my life, I genuinely had no idea that people played rugby for pleasure. I always thought that there had to be some sort of ulterior motive because (I guess) who would otherwise willingly play rugby?
That article is brilliant and has done a lot towards unravelling (what is for me) the enigma of the appeal of rugby. Though I literally have no idea how the game works other than it involves running with, throwing and kicking a ball and scoring points by getting the ball over lines.