Ah, the first full week back to work after a long holiday season. Hopefully lots of things are popping in your corner of the business to get this year off to a wonderful start.
Leading indicators are telling us that pop music is going to be a big contender in the global music scene this year. Billboard and Rolling Stone have pretty much gone on record indicating music will take on a little lighter air for the next several months. Please see articles from both magazines at the end of this post.
Big mentions of Lady Gaga, and the ladies of ABC’s prime time soap, “Nashville,” indicate this is a year of transformation for women to be at the top, if not on top, and all over the map with easy listening radio friendly tunes.
At first blush, it’s quite likely Taylor Swift’s bubble gum got stuck to the souls of The Deciders in such matters, as a revitalizing idea. Hopefully a bit more sophisticated songwriting is on the table than contributes to Swift’s household name recognition.
T Bone Burnett, interviewed in the Rolling Stone article below is clear in communicating as executive music producer of “Nashville,” the show doesn’t boast country, or even Americana music. It’s pop. Even rootsy sounding tunes fall into the catch all genre and will be heard from coast to coast all year through.
A little later this month we’ll let you know about an event slated to launch in San Francisco this spring that’s all about women making their mark in music. Ladies Rise Up and Rock is perfectly positioned to embrace an emergence of the feminine with their inaugural event March 23 featuring pop, rock, and folk performed by Gretchen Menn Trio, The Wellspring, and Kiwi Time. It’s an exciting event on many levels.