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Let’s Talk: Are Music Albums Dead?

With streaming services providing 40,000 singles each day, the pressure to stand out is overwhelming – and it seems that albums are not part of the plan for the future in the industry.

But the way we consume music has changed. And changes everyday.

With our attention spans shrinking to the same as a fish, music has become more consumption-based as opposed to a more musicality-based concept. For avid listeners to return, singles are being the dominant force – and albums? Albums are being left in the dark. Now, albums are merely littered with fillers, covering a mediocre concept story for the explosive single that carries the whole damn thing. There is always a certain song that someone skips or a certain part of the album that they miss completely.

Personally, I enjoy the whole listening of the album, it makes the music present itself in a different light, bringing up new concepts, ideas and feelings to the music – where you may not have if you listened to the single on its own. After all, there is a reason why those concept albums from the likes of Pink Floyd and The Beatles are some of the most loved albums in the past decade. There is a reason to play the whole thing. The beauty of an unrefined, raw album where the songs slot beautifully against one another. I guess it’s a bit like listening to Audible.

So, let’s talk. Will albums ever return or will they remain a distant past as singles consume us?

By manvmusic

In one of the most controversial, ever-changing and unpredictable industries, join my rants and ravings as I dissect the music industry word by word through technology, current events, industry stories and problems.

4 replies on “Let’s Talk: Are Music Albums Dead?”

I think there will always be a place for albums, even if consumed on YouTube. It’s like a story with a beginning, dramatic crescendo and then conclusion. If I ever hear one song I absolutely love, I hang out for the full album…its so important to me, what about you?

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Yeah, I’m with you on that one. Albums are a necessity for me to enjoy music that even more. Love ‘em, let’s hope they won’t die down anytime soon! I feel like they’ll always be present, but I fear for them.

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Yes me too. Mostly I just feel for all artists, musicians and creative people. They are some of the best people in the world in terms of how they can change the world, yet they are paid too little for the work they do. We don’t value them enough

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