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James Allan, the lead singer with reverberant Scottish indie band Glasvegas, is a man on a mission. He wants to bring rock ‘n’ roll excitement back to the pop charts, and he thinks he has the band to do it.
The only problem is, bands like his don’t tend to get into the charts these days, and James has a pretty good idea who’s to blame: illegal downloaders and file-sharers.
He told the Daily Star: “I don’t think the charts mean what they used to, which is a shame because I love the anticipation. I love it if it’s a rock ’n’ roll band that makes it to the top of the tree, against the odds.”
But that’s getting harder and hard to do, and it’s all the internet’s fault, apparently. He went on: “Take the number of records we’ve sold. I think we’ll play to more people than that on the first three nights of the tour. It doesn’t add up right.”
Y’know what else doesn’t add up right though? Surely illegal downloaders are downloading everything, not just rock music, and certainly not just Glasvegas songs. Not that we’re advocating the practise in any way, but surely more people are downloading Rihanna or Lady Gaga than they are, say, the Strokes.
You’d think that would put everything back into proportion, sales-wise.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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