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Has Ed Sheeran “sold his soul” to the industry?

Long gone are the days of intimate acoustics of Small Bump, and now, Sheeran is causing rather large bumps in the ripple of music consumers, as people are feeling like he’s lost himself in the glamours of fame and money with music composition.

With the release of electro-dance mish mash of Bad Habits sounding hardly like the orange-coloured popstar, people are starting to lose their way and have doubts with him. It’s certainly no surprise though. After amassing such a following worth 60 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and generating billions with one of the biggest worldwide tours ever held with his divide album in 2017, it is any surprise his sound has changed into global mainstream pop mania when it has made one of the most successful pop artists in the world?

With this said, thousands of artists become popular, mainstream global artists but still keep their original sounds, integrity and formalities, allowing them to stay grounded and more importantly, true to the music. With Sheeran speaking in interviews, his thoughts on his music and others around him – aswell as seemingly buying property in the entire Suffolk region, it seems he has certainly lost aspects of both integrity and staying grounded.

But, what are your thoughts on Ed Sheeran and his music?

Has he really lost himself to the music?

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Saving the Music Industry: Mainstream Artists set to perform at Grassroot Level

In a bid to ultimately save the music industry – and its affiliating grass-root music venues – mainstream ‘popular’ artists will be seen to plan their touring around grassroot venues across the UK, to allow these once forgotten and bedraggled venues to flourish and to thrive once more in our communities and culture of music.

With the stated date of 19th July confirmed that events and gigs can return to our venues and festivals, we are slowly beginning to plan a course for the Autumn for the return of music. With this news that it is a huge positive for grassroot venues, we can only hope of the return sooner rather than later!

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Are The Beatles Overrated?

This is a common choice of topic that keeps cropping up among my group of friends. Many believe that their worth, musicality, popularity and overall God-like aura are simply exaggerated, and over-simplified. Question is – is this true? Love Me DO or love me DON’T: Are The Beatles overrated?

50 years on, they are quite possibly still the most popular, most loved and notorious band to ever grace our stages, cameras and earholes of music. Quite rightly too – known for their music inventions in songwriting, their commercial success is next to none, becoming the best sold group than any other in just a short span of 13 years of recording thirteen studio albums.

But, whether the bands’ reputation precedes them, or simply their music doesn’t do it for you, let me know your thoughts on the Liverpudlian legends.

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Who’s the WORST British musician?

Running from the nautical theme of yesterday, it’s time to decide your worst British artist. Whether it be from something you read in the news, an artist meet-and-greet turned sour, or just overall distaste for the music they create, which artist do you tend to stay clear from?

Whether it be the crude undertaking of glorified simpleton-pop, Coldplay or the work of banjo-playing Mumford & Sons, or simply Liam Gallagher for being a full w*nker, let me know YOUR CHOICES. I promise I won’t judge you too much for your decisions muahaha.

Now, I’m thinking about it for me – this is quite a hard feat to acclompish. Despite them not making the same idealistic music I particularly like, I could never place any British musician under the umbrella as WORST. We just have too many good musicians that do what they do so damn well. But, by all means, try and persuade me …

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Let’s Talk: Can you imagine a car journey without music?

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Cause somebody stole my car radio
And now I just sit in silence

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Another provocative thought that recently occurred to me when I trawled the journey to London the other day. Being just on the road within a minute, the silence was deafening and I just had to put on some music.

This time, as I was driving, I had to whack on the radio, and that justified my music fix enough to take me to the heart of the capital.

So, my thoughts for Friday is this: can you imagine a car journey without music? If so, is it peaceful to you?

Or, if not, what are your PERFECT car playlists?

Car journeys certainly hit different.

Let me know!