MUSIC INDUSTRY AND YEAR 2018

This year is nearly passed. We are at the fag-end of this year. As the Diwali is over and X’mass shopping is in the air. Kids are packing their bags to join school. We are just felt this chill of this season. Every winter comes with a surprise. I would like to take a look back at 2018.  I want you to give a thought to the singer who made us. It was non globalized India when we were kids. Shopping mall, fast-food chains and international albums use to be a distant dream. I remember when Coca Cola came in cans they were sold in black market as only port cities could have it.

This year when Madonna made headlines, it took me on back in 90s. I am sharing her social media feed for you. She wrote it as an obituary feed for another singer. Madonna wrote, “I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha!”. Her remarks on Aretha put her at critic’s end, as in her tribute has talked more of her than Aretha. Alas she has been out material girl for nearly half a century now.

Aretha Franklin had 50-year recording career, 20 Top 10 albums, and a dozen million-selling singles and earned no fewer than 18 Grammy awards. She is known as queen of soul music. With her powerful voice she started with gospel tradition then moved on to jazz, soul and rhythm and blues. The Rolling Stone magazine rated her as the greatest singer of all time. She left us this year on 16 Aug 2018.

Another singer who left the music lovers devastated is Dolores O’Riordan, Singer and Songwriter of The Cranberries. She was young to leave The Cranberries came to success in the 1990s her hits like “Linger” and “Zombie.” Their 1993 debut album “Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” reached no. 1 on the UK and Irish Album Charts, and no. 18 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Album chart. The band released five studio albums; The Cranberries have sold over 40 million records worldwide. The band went on hiatus in 2003, but reunited in 2009 for a North American tour, and later they also played in Latin America and Europe.

O’Riordan was the main songwriter for The Cranberries alongside guitarist Noel Hogan. She was known for her strong Limerick accent, and had released two solo albums, 2007’s “Are You Listening?” and 2009’s “No Baggage.” O’Riordan was a hot favorite of the generation of 90s and lately in college gathering I stuck with her single zombie.

Music transcends us from across the boundaries

of country, religion and belief. It is the music which connects and links our feelings. I am sharing this article with you as I feel you are a genuine soul. I remember how people use to buy cassettes and how the cassettes use to get recorded. I remember how people use to collect the songs in cassettes. It uses to be a trove to be proud upon. I wonder if the people from Europe or Africa are reading this article, kindly give your memory as a feedback. I want to start a new thread of music across globe.

Published by Rahul Mate

Passionate about cinema, fine art, literature and photography, while teaching in media school Rahul Mate makes a little change into the life of people by connecting them with world of creative freedom.

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