Billboard recently published an article concerning the top selling hard rock albums of 2017. To me the list does not bode well for the future of this genre of music we all know and love.
- Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
- Metallica – Metallica
- Linkin Park – [Hybrid Theory]
- Guns N’ Roses – Greatest Hits
- Queen – Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection
- Foo Fighters – Concrete And Gold
- Disturbed – Immortalized
- Journey – Journey’s Greatest Hits
- Led Zeppelin – Mothership
- AC/DC – Back In Black
There are two albums on this list that have come out in the last 13 months, Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct came out in November of 2016, and with double and triple CDs, and the whole getting a CD with the purchase of a ticket to see them, one could say they worked the system to get there. Foo Fighters’ Concrete And Gold came out in September of this year, and although I consider myself a fan of the band, it was just an ok release for me. It seems as if they found out Queens Of The Stone Age were working with Mark Ronson, and thought “hey we can do that, we need to work with a pop producer as well, let’s work with Adele’s guy”. My opinion a side, it shows that the Foos have a huge core audience, who go out and buy their albums. It is also a testament to the band going out and playing close to three hours every night, so there is a sense of loyalty between the band, and their fans.
But look at the rest of the list, unfortunately Linkin Park is probably there because nothing is bigger than a dead rockstar. Hybrid Theory is a huge album, still my favorite from their catalogue. The Disturbed album came out in 2015, that’s actually a pretty respectable feet in this day and age. But look at the rest of the list, the self-titled album by Metallica and Back In Black, two of the biggest selling albums of all time, and then there is a bunch of greatest hits. So three albums released this decade, one greatly affected by the suicide of their band’s lead singer, and the rest are essentially greatest hits, considering those two all black albums have the majority of their tracks played on the radio.
The future for this genre does not look good, people just are not getting behind new bands, and it is a shame. I’ve said this before, great new music comes out all the time, but if people are waiting terrestrial radio to break someone, they might as well pack up and go home. Because it just is not going to happen. They want to sell ads, not give you the next big thing. As the genre goes the way of doo-wop, blues and jazz, and ultimately receding back to the clubs where it originated from, people have no one to blame but themselves for not supporting the cause when needed. I have always felt that it is my duty to search out things that I enjoy, not wait till someone points me in a certain direction. And I think more people need to do that if they want the genre to continue to thrive.
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