On the right-hand sidebar of Amazon’s music page, they always list the Bestsellers on the site, updated hourly. Today, I noticed a couple of things:
1) Leonard Cohen’s new album is (at the time of this posting) in the #1 spot. And it’s still a frickin’ pre-order. YEAH BABY!!
2) Apparently, the demographic of Amazon buyers seem to (mostly) love artists who were active in the 70s. Check this out, from today’s Top 10:
*! Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
^ Eric Clapton & Friends – Tribute to JJ Cale (a 2-fer)
^^!! Paul McCartney and Wings = 2 albums (deluxe CD/DVD sets)
* Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Hynotic Eye
^! Bob Dylan – Basement Tapes (Bootlegs #11)
^! Guardians Of The Galaxy OMPS (deluxe LP)
*! Robert Plant – lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
^! Oasis …Morning Glory reissue (LP)
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Only the last two started even close to recently. The rest looks like a 70s hit parade. As for my markings:
* In their defense, Leonard, Tom Petty, and Robert Plant are all new music.
^ Re-issues of previously released music. The Clapton tribute is, of course, covers of Cale, thus just new versions of old songs. And the Guardians soundtrack has mostly old songs from the 70s and 80s on it (as well as the original score, so I guess one of the two LPs counts as new music).
! Of the ten releases here, fully 7 of them are still on pre-order.
It was just weird to see. I don’t know what I was expecting, exactly, although I might like to see some more recent artists enjoying their 15 minutes in the list, and more new releases that aren’t re-issues. Only one on this list (Coldplay) is an album that has remained on the charts for any length of time.
I guess this is the shape of things, today. It could all change again by tomorrow. I doubt it, but it could.