So I’ve noticed recently that the majority of music in the charts has been of the dance genre and found myself listening to a lot of it, new and old. At first I put it down to the summer, as the big club tunes are always present as the perfect holiday sound but it seems it is here to stay. With the likes of David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Disclosure and Avicii dominating the charts, there isn’t much room for anything else. Pop stars and rap stars now collaborate with the likes of big producers David Guetta and Calvin Harris as they are guaranteed a place in the charts.
In 2014, the genre was responsible for 8 out of 14 debut chart toppers including My Love – Route 94 ft Jess Glynne, Gecko – Oliver Heldens ft Becky Hill and Summer – Calvin Harris. According to Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot, “The Official Singles Chart got people off their feet more than ever before in 2014, thanks to a record number of dance Number 1s. And, with so many new acts debuting at Number 1, it sounded fresher than ever.”
Dance acts are also infiltrating big rock festivals with Rudimental and Disclosure set to play Glastonbury. Reading even have a dance tent which features acts such as Wilkinson, Sigma and Breach who all had hits in the top 10 last year. The spread of dance music is due to the younger generation’s interest in it and the rise of club culture. Music, in general, is aimed at teenagers so Reading has to cater for this. Dance music is appearing in clubs which makes it even more popular. To me, dance music is something to get me ready for the weekend or if I’m going out, but it’s also good to listen to whilst working out (not that I’d know much about that) or to cheer me up.
The introduction of BBC 1Xtra really helped raise the profile of underground music and get it into the charts. Radio 1 is seen as the biggest influence on the UK charts and allegedly plays more dance music to attract teenagers. They’ve helped boost the profile of artists such as Years and Years, MNEK and Jess Glynne.
In the charts this week are DJ Fresh with ‘Gravity’ and Avicii with ‘The Nights’, both of which are big names in the music industry and gained recognition, attracting huge audiences. Other dance tracks in the charts like Wish You Were Mine – Phillip George and Say Something – Karen Harding are examples of how new artists are gaining popularity.
My favourite in the charts at the moment are electronic dance band, Years and Years who have a great, unique sound and are number 1 with their single ‘King’. I predict big things for them this year as they are also performing at a number of festivals this summer including Reading and Latitude.
Bands such as Coldplay are expanding their typical genre and making dance tracks which are evident on their albums Mylo Xyloto and somewhat on Ghost Stories. Mumford and Sons are also said to be going electronic on the release of their new album this year. Should we welcome the fresh new sounds that are predominantly made by technology or should artists stick to their original sound?