It’s time again: wipe that sleep from your eyes, grab that cup of coffee, and take a gander (did I just say “gander?) at the music news headlines you might have missed over the past week. Here we go:
BRIT MUSIC DOMINATES THE LONDON 2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY (DUH)
British film director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaires) was recently tasked with out-classing Beijing with the 4-hour-long opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics in London (no big deal, right?). The jury’s still out on whether he succeeded (critics seemed to like it, social media, not so much), but as a surprise to absolutely no one, the opening ceremonies focused on how amazingly awesome the UK is—including their music. Besides including plenty of Brit-rock offerings in the soundtrack (including “God Save the Queen” by the Sex Pistols), the live music lineup included appearances by Dizzee Rascal, Mike Oldfield and the Arctic Monkeys, as well as an extended visual history of Britain’s modern music scene–wrapping up with a rousing all-the-world-sing-with-me version of “Hey Jude” performed by Paul McCartney.
While the Olympics typically generate plenty of original music as a backdrop to the proceedings, this year’s Olympiad has inspired a soundtrack particularly dominated by electronic music (which is extremely popular in Britain right now). See a recent article by our writer Jon O’Brien for more about this.
YOU’RE NOT GETTING OLD—POP MUSIC REALLY IS GETTING LOUD AND BORING.
As it turns out, some tedious scientific studies actually turn out to be good news for the over-30 crowd. While so many simply assumed they don’t like today’s pop music just because they’re getting older and suffering the consequences of the generation gap, Yahoo! News reported this week that an extensive study of by the Spanish National Research Council has concluded that pop music has become progressively louder over the last 50 years, and that the songs are indeed becoming more alike. Similar chords, similar timbres, similar melodies and overall increased volume in the mix are all contributing factors in the creative ghetto that pop music is apparently becoming. (This isn’t some old-timer’s opinion, folks; the computers are saying this. So it must be true.)
GREEN DAY’S BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG TO MENTOR ON “THE VOICE”
In perhaps the most glaring example of punk-culture-turned-pop-culture, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong (who knows those four chords better than anyone else) will be acting as a mentor on the next season of The Voice.
I think I’m just going to leave that one there and let you think about that.
Have a great weekend!