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November 23, 2011 / jhsaeger

Five Things The Music Industry is Thankful for in 2011:

   Long After Dark frequently muses on music it is thankful for, but here are five things that the music business as a whole can celebrate on Thanksgiving.  
1) British Divas – Starting with Adele’s enormously successful 21, 2011 has been quite a year for many songstresses in the U.K.  Adele has already surpassed the ten million mark in international album sales for her sophomore LP, not including the sales of her lead single “Rolling in the Deep,” which has already sold 5.5 million copies in the United States alone.  21, which came out in February, is still among the top ten on U.S. record charts.  
    Also, Florence Welch continued the late-rising success of her debut album Lungs with Ceremonials, which debuted in the number six spot on the charts earlier this month.  Additionally, Sade broke a long stretch of inactivity with her first tour in nearly a decade and Susan Boyle released her third consecutive album to reach a top five spot on the charts.  Amy Winehouse may also make an appearance at the top with the posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures.  
2) Young Rock Bands – Many young bands sprouted in 2011.  The Vaccines, The Joy Formidable, Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr., and Jonathan Wilson were among the artists to come into the 2011 musical foreground.  To the delight of the world of the indie music, supergroups Wild Flag and Middle Brother came together for the first time.  
3) Neo Soul Revolution – The next neo soul revolution took its second wind this year, as Fitz and the Tantrums began to take off on the national stage and Mayer Hawthorne released his sophomore album.  Raphael Saadiq released his fourth solo album, Stone Rollin’ as a mix of soul and rock ‘n roll, in the process delivering one of the top records of the year.  
4) Vinyl is the new Cassette/8-track/Compact Disc/Mp3/Blu Ray – Remember those heavy boxes of vinyl that you either sold in a garage sale or stowed away in the attic?  They are the one segment of music sales that have steadily increased over the last few years.  In 2011, vinyl sales in the United States have seen a 39% increase (The Economist, 8/20/11) from their 2010 numbers and are project to reach the four million mark this year.  
5) Veteran Rock Bands Hitting the Road – Led by U2’s resumption of the 360 Tour, several marquee rock bands helped to bolster sliding concert turnouts this summer.  The Irish rock band resumed their run of 2010 dates this summer following a postponement due to Bono’s emergency back surgery last year, bringing what had been the highest-grossing tour ever to a close.  Other bands to hit the road including Pearl Jam (who celebrated their 20th anniversary), a reunited Soundgarden, Foo Fighters backed a new album, Roger Waters revived The Wall, and metal’s big four (Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeath) toured together.

– Happy Thanksgiving to Long After Dark’s growing but loyal readership!

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  1. Rosie / Nov 23 2011 3:35 pm

    And thanks to you John for keeping it interesting!

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