Saturday 24 March 2018

Basque to reality: women rule pop

Evan Fanning

THE music industry has spent years taking boys who are basically just teenage girls, putting them in lumberjack shirts and ripped denim, and trying to pass them off as real men.

Sometimes these 'real men' have been in boybands, on occasion they've been pop acts or at other times they've been 'serious musicians' shoved on stage singing God-awful ballads with a guitar in their hand which is about as useful to them as a bucket and spade.

No more. Men may run the music industry but it's women who rule it. The female domination of the pop charts has gained a lot of attention in the past few days. In fact, the top seven acts in the Irish album charts on July 28 were all women. Adele (twice), Beyonce, Imelda May (twice), Amy Winehouse and Rihanna all led the way, with the nearest group of men being a Thin Lizzy album at No 8.

Lizzy, it must be said, were very much real men, and if there was any sign of ripped denim then it was merely the result of a fall they had while drunk, or a fight they got into in Earls Court.

People will speculate as to how and why the public emphatically buy more music sung by women than by men, and may or may not come up with some definitive reasoning, but after a week in which Kings of Leon pulled out of their US tour originally citing "dehydration" as the cause of their problems, it is very clear who wears the trousers in the music business.

Evan Fanning

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