Week 15 finds us at the beginning of the new millenia. A year removed from 9/11 the music world was responding to the events of that day, while female solo artists ruled the airwaves. Napster was changing the way we listened to (and acquired) music, as rock & roll took a back seat to pop and new R&B.
Think the clock goes TICK-tock? Think your turn signal actually goes BLINK-er? Think again, because your brain is just off making music on its own.
Week 14 is all about 2003. Radio was still king, and although file sharing of older music was in full stride despite the shutdown of Napster, new music found its way to us predominantly via radio. The industry model in place since the early 1950s seemed like it was on solid ground with no threat to its dominance. Very few people, even the techiest among us, had a clue how muh that was going to change in the next half decade.
Week 13 is all about 2004. Hip-hop ruled and some artists who would have long careers churning out pop hits were starting to hit their stride, while other artists flashed and burned and joined the One Hit Wonder bin. The transition from the 90s was in full stride giving us a true mixture of what the 90s had been and what the new century was going to be.
Every Friday during 2017 we’re going to offer up five songs from each of the last fifty years that tell the story of music as it existed during that year, and how that music ultimately played a role in getting us to where we are today. We're taking the journey backwards for a different persepctive on how music has evolved over the past half century. Week 12 is all about 2005.