Music Trends

The latest trends in music!

Music of the New Age

Now we are in a time where electronic music is dominating so many different genres, and newer generations are largely losing out on some of the old true instrumental music that used to be around in abundance. But we are starting to see a revival of real instruments being used on top of electronic music, rather than just using electronic synthesizers to create these sounds.

We have also seen a bit of a revival for more acoustic music once again, as this never seems to lose its appeal. We have experienced quite a few new acoustic records being released by various artists recently, and many of them have added their own innovative twists to the music too. This had led to them producing some really modern versions of some old classics that are wonderful to listen too.

Now we are at a time when musicians actually have to know their music once again, rather than just create an electronic piece by pressing a few buttons on a keyboard. This is why we have been experiencing a general improvement in quality in a lot of music genres over the last couple of years. It is literally ‘music to our ears’ so see this happen, and exciting to think what is going to happen in the times ahead. This is not like a gamble in a casino, it works well in anything.

So what lies ahead?

We can expect some completely new music to come out over the next year or two, as there are some very exciting artists making their way in a few different genres. Their ability and desire to try new things, and stick with their principals will certainly pay off, for a few of them at least. So we can certainly be excited and motivated moving forwards.

There are so many classic tunes that are still popular today, and there is a reason for this. The pure quality of the music and the musicians that created and performed them will stand the test of time. But experts in the industry firmly believe that we are at the beginning of a very exciting new time in music. We can hope and wait to see what these exciting times bring us.

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The Decline of Hip Hop

Hip hop has been on a relative downward spiral and it’s not hard to see why. Hip-hop 20 years ago is radically different from that of today. The music is different, the lyrics are different and heck, even the ideology is different. So why is hip-hop no longer as popular as it once was? What changes took place?

Auto-Tune

What was designed to be technology to fix inaccuracies in singing has been used extensively to not only fix inaccuracies but also make bad singers sound good. One too many hip hop singles are using too much Auto-Tune in their music.

The question of Auto-Tune comes back to its need. Why would you need to use so much Auto-Tune in the first place? Hip-hop fans want original tracks that have not been ‘Auto-Tuned’. In fact, only some of the top 100 singles have kept this genre alive.

Mix of Genres

Hip-hop, on its own, is a great music genre. It has captivated the hearts and minds of millions of people through the decades. However, hip-hop started to become rather plain. There was very little change in the industry and avid hip-hop listeners started to shy away from the genre. This is when genres started to be mixed.

Adding a spice of techno or rock to a hip-hop track is not a bad idea. However, when you completely fuse the two or let the other dominate the original genre (hip-hop), that is when it is not hip-hop. Throw in Auto-Tune and you have yourself some really bad “hip-hop” singles.

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If there was one thing that hip-hop was well known for were its rebellious and ‘real’ lyrics. The lyrics in any hip-hop track spoke out to the listeners. They were lyrics that people could relate to, admire and enjoy.

However, hip-hop is now mostly centered around sex, money, alcohol, partying and skimpy women. There is only so much of the same idea/image that people can take. Nobody wants to listen to why a music artist is better than other people or how they like to roam around in their Lamborghini. They want to listen to lyrics and music that they can relate to - the true idea behind hip-hop.

Although many inspiring efforts have been made to bring life back into the genre, it seems that unless hip-hop goes back to its roots, the music genre may never be the same again.

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