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Old 19-09-2013, 21:16
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It would be nice to see some European singers make an appearance every now and then
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Old 19-09-2013, 21:28
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Does it matter? It's not as if the charts are any indication of quality

As Oscar Wilde once said,' to be popular one must be a mediocraty'
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Old 19-09-2013, 21:53
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Does it matter? It's not as if the charts are any indication of quality

As Oscar Wilde once said,' to be popular one must be a mediocraty'
Indeed! My first thought was 'why is it an unwritten rule the charts have to be clogged with shit'
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Old 19-09-2013, 22:48
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I would have thought that it is to do with the large record companies such as Warner, Sony, EMI etc that heavily back their artists. They are the globalized conglomerates or the music industry so, therefore they endorse the artist with a huge budget for their videos and promotion in order to get more exposure for the artist(s) to sell their album.
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Old 19-09-2013, 23:05
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Because Americans speak English.
Europeans as a rule, do not.
I would think most British people would like to understand what the singers are saying.
It doesn't affect me though as I am an avid k-pop fan.
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Old 19-09-2013, 23:15
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It's probably because, apart from the odd novelty record, British people have only ever listened to artists who sing in English. That's not weird, it's pretty natural probably.

I don't really get the anti-American stuff in your OP though?
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Old 20-09-2013, 00:00
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Because Americans speak English.
Europeans as a rule, do not.
I would think most British people would like to understand what the singers are saying.
It doesn't affect me though as I am an avid k-pop fan.
I would also say that it has something to do with the British embracing American pop culture, That has been the case since the 1920's-30's with American cinema.
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Old 20-09-2013, 00:03
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Because Americans speak English.
Europeans as a rule, do not.
I would think most British people would like to understand what the singers are saying.
It doesn't affect me though as I am an avid k-pop fan.
In terms of great lyrics, maybe, but that doesn't mean that I don't love music sang in different languages.
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Old 20-09-2013, 00:10
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Because American music isnn't so different to ours and it's easily embraced we share a common culture almost.
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Old 20-09-2013, 00:17
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Because American music isnn't so different to ours and it's easily embraced we share a common culture almost.
Exactly, plus a large majority of British artists, particularly in pop, sing in an American accent anyway.

I agree that musically it's largely transferable, which is why a lot of British acts see success Stateside as well.
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Old 20-09-2013, 00:24
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Exactly, plus a large majority of British artists, particularly in pop, sing in an American accent anyway.

I agree that musically it's largely transferable, which is why a lot of British acts see success Stateside as well.
Plus there are simply more US artists. The US music industry is the largest in the world so it's not difficult to see how. Also the OP is not factoring in either the UK is the second largest Anglohile market so US record companies push for their artists to be successful here.
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Old 20-09-2013, 00:44
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I'd like to think there is an American thinking "why is it an unwritten rule that the charts are clogged with British music" because there are also a lot of Brits doing well there. I'd imagine it is because, as much as we both try to deny it, the cultures are quite similar
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Old 20-09-2013, 01:41
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Good point - I'd also say it's the higher budgets they spend on videos/image and production and also because America is seen as cool and not gritty (or at least the vision of America they sell).

What annoys me a bit is when British artists like Saturdays, Tulisa, JLS etc try to act American, even filming their videos in America.
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Old 20-09-2013, 03:20
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With the globalization of the music industry in the Internet age, it's expected tbh.

The funny thing though, in 2011 we had an all-US top 10, but shortly after we had the longest run ever of UK artists getting #1s, so even in a short space of time it can fluctuate quite drastically.
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Old 20-09-2013, 04:34
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I'd like to think there is an American thinking "why is it an unwritten rule that the charts are clogged with British music" because there are also a lot of Brits doing well there. I'd imagine it is because, as much as we both try to deny it, the cultures are quite similar
Actually, I have heard that quite often lately. You guys are everywhere. You are taking over our TV too.
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Old 20-09-2013, 08:05
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I would have thought that it is to do with the large record companies such as Warner, Sony, EMI etc that heavily back their artists. They are the globalized conglomerates or the music industry so, therefore they endorse the artist with a huge budget for their videos and promotion in order to get more exposure for the artist(s) to sell their album.
exactly.
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Old 20-09-2013, 11:46
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Actually, I have heard that quite often lately. You guys are everywhere. You are taking over our TV too.
That was the point I was making. It works both ways

Sorry about us being everywhere, but it could be worse, right?
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Old 20-09-2013, 11:48
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That was the point I was making. It works both ways

Sorry about us being everywhere, but it could be worse, right?
We gave them One Direction that is pretty unforgivable
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Old 20-09-2013, 12:34
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We gave them One Direction that is pretty unforgivable
To anyone from the States on here, we can only apologise.
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Old 20-09-2013, 13:29
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To anyone from the States on here, we can only apologise.
Canada gave us bieber, so I think the pair of you have some making up to do haha.
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Old 20-09-2013, 13:34
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Canada gave us bieber, so I think the pair of you have some making up to do haha.
Canada gave us Beiber too, so we feel your pain there

Sorry about One Direction, but then again you gave us Miely Cyrus, so I suppose it works both ways again
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