The problem with Top 40 radio is there ain’t no Top 40 anymore! They have iTunes download charts – but that’s it.
The fact that Top Of The Pops was CANCELLED six years ago says it ALL. And the fact it was replaced by TOTP2 – a programme devoted to PAST hits.
Pop is DEAD – and it’s now OFFICIAL.
Thus Pop Radio has to follow suit – broadcast PAST gems.
Of course, the irony is that the record companies that KILLED Pop – using the CD as the murder weapon (allied to their short-sighted GREED) sold off their back-catalogues CHEAPLY.
So that nowadays, TRUE Pop (1920-90, plus Trance: 1990-2002) is virtually FREE.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: soon, iPhones, iPods, damn TOASTERS – ANYTHING that has chips and an LCD display – will contain ALL the Pop that ever was.
And this is fine. Modern groups and artists get their financial reward from their LIVE performances (impossible in the Sixties, with the amount of STUDIO PRODUCTION involved on the records).
Plus “personality” DJs run shows on the Interweb, for those who like a friendly voice sharing the music with them (like ME!)
All of this works fine – provided vintage music copyright owners LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE and do not harass those freely passing the music.
Richard Branson is the perfect example of this: he SOLD Virgin records, to give him the money he needed to defend himself from attacks by The World’s LEAST Favourite Airline – but is STILL in the business of LIVE music production, concerts and ticketing.
While the CEOs of the record companies look for alternative employment…