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The Future of Music Online 2011

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I’m a little (lot) late getting off the mark with this extensive listing this year, I had a backlog of reviews to complete first, also needed to seriously consider my choices for Top 10 albums, took a lot of deliberation to distil the list down to 10, and arrange in correct order of preference; anyway, here goes:


My Top 10 Albums for 2010

  1. Crystal Fighters - Star of Love
  2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
  3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  4. Marina and the Diamonds - The Family Jewels
  5. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
  6. Girl Talk - All Day
  7. Robyn - Body Talk
  8. Jaga Jazzist - One-Armed Bandit
  9. Jónsi - Go
  10. Digitonal - Be Still My Bleeping Heart


10 Musical Trends for 2011

  • Artists increasingly releasing multiple format bundles - mixed media, as well as multiple file / music formats (like Radiohead are doing)
  • Artists increasingly making ’video album’ alongside music one - to provide enhanced visual environment and better experience for enjoying the whole album - as well as giving consumers more reasons to buy the special edition album, rather than individual tracks
  • Teenage Engineering OP-1 is launched - one of most heavily anticipated synthesizers - perfect for home studios
  • New iPad GarageBand app will deliver even more bedroom musicians - ripe for YouTube and MySpace
  • YouTube will still be a significant platform for launching musical careers
  • MySpace is up for sale - it’s all a little up in the air at the moment - will it be bought and by whom? Will someone else take over its niche? (I personally find the new version of MySpace less suitable for music browsing)
  • Radiohead underlines continuing experiments with direct music retail
  • SoundCloud solidifies its presence via numerous widgets and apps
  • Spotify goes live in the USA
  • Apple prepares North Carolina Data Centre for iTunes streaming services


15 New Artists for 2011

Christina Perri - Emotive Singer Songwriter (The new Fiona Apple?)

Clare Maguire - BBC Sound of 2011 - 5th, Q-Awards ’Next Big Thing’ Winner (The new Alison Moyet?)
Florrie - Xenomania pop protégé (The new Annie?)
Jai Paul - BBC Sound of 2011 nominee (Yet another new Prince?)
James Blake - BBC Sound of 2011 - 2nd (The vocal Burial?)
Jamie Woon - BBC Sound of 2011 - 4th (The new Jamie Lidell?)

Jessica 6 - Contemporary Disco Diva (The new Donna Summer?)
Jessie J - BBC Sound of 2011 - Winner (The British Gaga?)
Kat Graham - Pop-Dance Princess (The new Janet Jackson?)
Katy B - Urban Dance Princess (The new Jenna G?)
Lana Del Rey - Faded seaside glamour / film noir surf pop (The female Chris Isaak?)

Natalia Kills - Electropop princess (The New Britney?)

Oh Land - Quirky electropop (The new Lykke Li?)
Sunday Girl - Sprightly electropop (The new Goldfrapp?)

Vanbot - Dancey electropop (The new Robyn?)

 

 

5 Key Sounds for 2011

  • Euro Dance - The sounds of David Guetta, Dr Luke and RedOne continue to dominate (Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Britney Spears etc. etc.)
  • Electropop - New Take That single ’Kidz’ is bang on Electropop, as are Florrie, Sunday Girl and several of my current favourites
  • Dubstep - 3 of the New Artists (Jai Paul, James Blake and Jamie Woon) utilise the Dubstep soundstage; Magnetic Man and Chase & Status have achieved some degree of chart success already, and now Leona Lewis is rumoured to be trying her hand at Dubstep
  • 80’s influenced ’Hair Metal’ / Rock - The Pretty Reckless had a great 80’s inspired album in 2010, Poison and Mötley Crüe are back on tour in 2011 - I expect to see more 80’s influenced rock in the charts, also following on from last year’s success of Journey’s ’Don’t Stop Believing’
  • Retro-inspired sounds - Adele is huge at the moment, Amy Winehouse is due a comeback this year, and Lana Del Rey should be huge later this year

 

2011 Album Release Schedule (Artists that interest me only!)

January

  • Adele - 21
  • Bullion - You Drive Me To Plastic
  • Chase and Status - No More Idols
  • David Lynch - Good Day Today | I Know
  • Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs Evil
  • P Diddy Dirty Money - Last Train to Paris
  • Ke$ha - Animal + Canibal
  • The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts

February

  • Alexis Jordan - Alexis Jordan
  • Beady Eye - Different Gear, Still Speeding
  • Clare Maguire - Light After Dark
  • Cut Copy - Zonoscope
  • Feed Me - Feed Me’s Big Adventure
  • James Blake - James Blake
  • Jessie J - Who You Are
  • Lia Ices - Grown Unknown
  • Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
  • Nicolas Jaar - Space is only Noise
  • PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
  • Radiohead - The King of Limbs
  • Stateless - Matilda
  • The Streets - Computers and Blues
  • Virgo Four - Resurrection

March

  • Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullaby
  • Beardyman - I Done A Album
  • Britney Spears - Femme Fatale
  • Dionne Warwick - Only Trust Your Heart
  • The Dø - Both Ways Open Jaws
  • Duran Duran - All You Need is Now
  • Felix da Housecat - Son of Analogue
  • Human League - Credo
  • Ladytron - Best of Ladytron 2000 - 2010
  • Nicole Scherzinger - Killer Love
  • Oh Land - Oh Land
  • The Naked And Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You
  • The Weeknd - House of Balloons
  • Yelle - Safari Disco Club

April

  • Daft Punk - Tron Legacy R3C0NF1GUR3D
  • Flemming Dalum -Italo Good Times
  • Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!
  • iiO - Exit 110
  • Intergalactic Gary - Pains of Passion
  • Jamie Woon - Mirrorwriting
  • Jay Electronica - WTF is a Jay Electronica
  • Katy B - On a Mission
  • Kraak & Smaak - Electric Hustle
  • London Electricity - Yikes!
  • Natalia Kills - Perfectionist
  • Panda Bear - Tomboy
  • Stanton Warriors - The Warriors
  • TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
  • Vanbot - Vanbot

May

  • Austra - Feel It Break
  • Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
  • Christina Perri - Lovestrong
  • Danger Mouse / Daniele Luppi - Rome
  • Friendly Fires - Pala
  • Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
  • Gus Gus - Arabian Horse
  • Jessica 6 - See The Light
  • Kate Bush - Director’s Cut
  • Lady Gaga - Born This Way
  • Laki Mera - The Proximity Effect
  • Moby - Destroyed
  • Plastikman - Arkives: 1993-2010
  • Sebastian - Total
  • Stevie Nicks - In Your Dreams
  • The Cars - Move Like This
  • The Off Key Hat - Dangerous Machine
  • The Pierces - You & I

June

  • Above & Beyond - Group Therapy
  • Autokratz - Self Help for Beginners
  • Benny Benassi - Electroman
  • Beyoncé - 4
  • Digitalism - I Love You, Dude
  • Junior Boys - It’s All True
  • Kenneth Bager - Fragments from a Space Cadet 2
  • Madeleine Peyroux - Standing on the Rooftop
  • Pnau - Soft Universe
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Make a Scene
  • Take That - Progressed

July

  • Andrew Bayer - It’s Artificial
  • AWOLNATION - Megalithic Symphony
  • Benny Benassi - Electroman
  • Chocolate Puma - House Masters
  • Dye - Taki 183
  • Flemming Dalum - Hot Italo Nights
  • Frank Ocean - Nostalgia (Light)
  • Little Dragon - Ritual Union
  • Marconi Union - Beautifully Falling Apart
  • Defected - Most Rated Ibiza 2011
  • The Black Ghosts - When Animals Stare
  • The Electrifying Mojo - Flash Your Lights
  • Washed Out - Within & Without
  • Wesseltoft / Schwarz - Duo
  • Yuksek - Living On The Edge Of Time
  • Zomby - Dedication

August

  • Azari & III - Azari & III
  • Cicada - Sunburst
  • Hard-Fi - Killer Sounds
  • Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne
  • Nero - Welcome Reality
  • Soft Metals - Soft Metals
  • The Weeknd - Thursday

September

  • Dev - The Night the Sun Came Up
  • Frankmusic - Do it in the AM
  • Grace Jones - Hurricane Dubs
  • Inna - I am the Club Rocker
  • Kasabian - Velociraptor
  • Ladytron - Gravity The Seducer
  • Luomo - Plus
  • Nicola Roberts - Cinderella’s Eyes
  • Of Monsters and Men - My Head is an Animal

October

  • Aeroplane - In Flight Entertainment
  • Beni - House of Beni
  • Björk - Biophilia
  • Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble - Mr. Machine
  • Cliff Martinez - Drive Soundtrack
  • Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
  • Crookers - Dr Gonzo
  • Feist - Metals
  • Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
  • Golden Filter - Syndromes
  • Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
  • Kuedo - Severant
  • Mungolian Jetset - Schlungs
  • Pink Martini & Saori Yuki - 1969
  • Ralph Myerz - Outrun

November

  • David Lynch - Crazy Clown Time
  • Joker - The Vision
  • Kaskade - Fire & Ice
  • Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
  • Matthew Herbert - One Pig
  • Rustie - Glass Swords

TBC

  • Amy Winehouse - Title TBA
  • Avalanches - Title TBA
  • Burial - Title TBA
  • Culture Club - Title TBA
  • Daroc - Title TBA
  • Franz Ferdinand - Title TBA
  • Edward Maya - Title TBA
  • Glass Candy - Bodywork
  • Jack Splash - Technology and Love Might Save Us All
  • Jai Paul - Title TBA
  • Janet Jackson - Title TBA
  • Kat Graham - Title TBA
  • Kraftwerk - Title TBA
  • Ladyhawke - Title TBA
  • Lana Del Rey - Title TBA
  • Madonna - Title TBA
  • Muse - Title TBA
  • Mylo - Title TBA
  • Nelly Furtado - Lifestyle
  • OutKast - Title TBA
  • Portishead - Titile TBA
  • Roisin Murphy - Title TBA
  • Santigold - Title TBA
  • Sunday Girl - Title TBA
  • Ting Tings - Title TBA (Delayed until 2012)
  • U2 - Songs of Ascent (Supposedly delayed until 2012)

:VIDEO: 2011 Artist Pick :: Lana Del Rey - Video Games ::

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