Blog: X-Factor Is Killing The Music Business

August 4, 2010

My first blog post over at Gigwise is a nice rant about the X-Factor, check it!

Later this month the same old glorified talent show format will be returning to the prime time Saturday night slot on ITV, that’s right the X-Factor. Simon Cowell’s money machine is crawling its way back onto our screens for a seventh series. Now there’s nothing wrong with showcasing the best musical talent that the country has to offer, but sadly this isn’t the case.

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We All Raged Together

December 21, 2009

It happened, it bloody well happened didn’t it! Rage Against The Machine made it the Christmas number one spot in the UK and beat the sodding X Factor for the first time in five years. Since joining the group on Facebook a few weeks ago I thought it was just going to be another group that tries to achieve something but none of the group members actually do anything about it – this though was different. Read the rest of this entry »

Never Enough Exposure

August 6, 2009

It seems this week a lot of artist’s have announced that they either want to appear on TV or are going to in the near future. Not just in little TV interviews or the ‘special guest’ on some daytime television cooking programme, but on an actual show. This doesn’t come as much of a suprise as PR is still running wild in the music biz and there is simply never enough exposure to the limelight. Read the rest of this entry »

Simon Cowell Will Kill Music Television

November 3, 2008

This news may be common knowledge to people now but I’ve been too busy over the past few days to put my opinion on the matter onto the screen, so here it goes.

It has been reported that Simon Cowell himself is going to bring Top Of The Pops back! But to ITV. This is one of the reasons why I can see TOTP failing again. TOTP ended in 2006 after a 42 year run on the BBC which to be fair is a very long time for a television show, especially a music show. The only reason that TOTP survived was that it changed with the times and incorporated new, weird and underground bands onto the show – which music lovers like. Actual music lovers don’t listen to manufactured pop music such as the X Factor drivel Simon Cowell is pumping into the living rooms of our nation every Saturday night.

Simon Cowell has built his empire on knowing what will become #1 in the charts, which are predominantly pop. I can see now that the new TOTP will be another outlet for Mr. Cowell to force his latest plastic popstar onto the world, but it won’t be the same. T4 music is sort of along the right lines, they have a lot of underground and lesser known bands but it’s usually on at 2am which isn’t really primetime viewing. Also as TOTP will be broadcast on ITV it means there will be adverts, woo hoo. There will probably be 2 songs MAXIMUM in each part then we’ll be blown away by adverts for car insurance, or injury lawyers or a variety of brightly coloured cleaning products – things that really appeal to the youth of today.

Basically this is going to be the death of music television, not even MTV plays music any more. That’s been spread amongst it’s children (MTV2, MTV Base etc) which are on 24/7, TOTP is going to be an hour long and have pop song after pop song after cheesy pop song and no-one will care. Of course I could be wrong and this venture will change music as we know it…but I doubt it.