Adele blitzkrieg

AdeleAs we watch the inevitable impact of 25 with its hit singles, videos and acres of tabloid waffle, bear in mind that “the album is dead” and “music has lost its value”.

Nobody buys music any more. The recording industry is finished.

Except of course when an artist makes records people want. I wonder how the pundits will explain Adele?



Here’s a half hour radio programme about the music business that aired this morning on BBC Radio 4 (click on the logo).

For the past 15 years we have debated what it all meant. By 2007 it was pretty clear there was no going back, to even the most die-hard big label dinosaurs. The dust has largely settled now and some unambiguous features are emerging from a complex upheaval.

“The Pop Star and the Prophet” passes through many of the key points and is worth a listen although I’m not sure it really arrives at its destination.