Heartbreak Makes the Music World Go Round…
I’m a part of the majority that is still blasting one of the best timeless albums of this age Adele’s 21. As I begin to nod my head back and forth to “He Won’t Go” with lyrics that say:
“When we spoke yesterday, he said to hold my breath & sit & wait. I’ll be home so soon, I won’t be late”
It dawned on me how much of the general population obsesses about, endures, repeat, spread, and submerge ourselves into heartbreak. While it’s only sometimes that artists really capitalize on the “success of heartbreak” the possibility of anguish and even awkwardness to hear those same songs 10 years later may not be so soothing. By her own definition, Adele identified this album in her Album of the Year acceptance speech as “an album about a rubbish relationship”. But she’s not the only one…
We all remember the great album Usher released in 2004 Confessions. It was raw, emotional, sexy, edgy & deemed a post-break album. If you turned that on your iTunes or Spotify, you would be able to still sing every single track. Look at the stats:
- 1.1 mil sold in 1st week
- Over 10 million sold in the US (certified Diamond)
- 2nd best selling album of the 2000s according to Billboard
But how about Here I Stand (2008)? When he’s in love, married, and a new father…
- 433K units sold in 1st week
- 1.5 mil sold in the US (5 mil worldwide)
- Released only 2 singles “Love In This Club” and its remix feat. Beyonce & Lil Wayne
When we as regular people go through breakups, we often times dread seeing that person in fear of awkwardness, resentment, left over feelings, etc. So just imagine what more the artist has at stake. Sure they sell millions of albums [I didn’t say Make millions because artists don’t get rich off of album sales :)], but because it’s what their fans love and want to hear during performances, they’re in a way mandated to give us what we want.
Is this a piece for a peace and a call to stop listening to music that centers around heartbreak, Hell to the No. It’s a part of life, every other person goes through it, and really the music is quite therapeutic.
Just… for music sake and our sanity…let’s remember..Love does make the world go round too.