Post by lasvegaskid on Jan 31, 2019 15:08:00 GMT -5
I don't know what percentage of folks still go to movies. I don't that much anymore, just too expensive. When you add in that folks don't buy albums anymore either, and it really doesn't make sense to pour a lot of money into making a great soundtrack.
Also, it seems like it's a lot less common for movies to feature full-length songs anymore (excluding music-themed films like A Star Is Born). In the 80s, big hit movies would have scenes where you heard an entire song. Not so much today.
I remember in the 90s, it seemed like films would only include the score during the film itself, maybe including short excerpts of other songs at most, but then include longer excerpts or full songs during the credits. Blockbuster movies like "Batman Forever" seemed to follow this pattern.
I guess we won't be seeing soundtrack hits for a few months trying to make Ryan Seacrest's AT40 chart due to movie theatre chains closing down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and movie studios bumping planned movie releases to later in the year or 2021 because of this, though AMC and some other chains may reopen - depending on the COVID-19 subsiding and maybe use social distance seating and face mask/hand sanitizer usage - around mid June 2020 and/or maybe possibly in time for the "Wonder Woman 1984" August 14, 2020 release date that was postponed from June 2020. (For the record, the last movie I saw before the COVID-19 movie theatre shutdown was Disney/Pixar's "Onward" on the March 6, 2020 date it opened just because there was a Simpsons related short preeceeding the movie!).
Some exceptions: There's a handful of drive-in movie theatres remaining in the USA, and Dreamworks' Trolls World Tour on April 10, 2020 would forgo movie theatre release and do to digital on demand (including Fandango Now).
Another thing: Was there a song from the yet to be rescheduled if not going to digital on demand/Disney Plus due to COVID-19 Disney live action 2020 movie version of Mulan done by Christina Agurella played by radio stations until the time that movie got delayed?
And I bet the song from the Elton John biopic Rocketman called "I'm Gonna Love Me Again" which won the 2020 Oscar for Best Song from a Motion Picture didn't make a dent on Ryan Seacrest's AT40.
Contemporary hit radio has an extreme bias toward young singers. The only way it seems an older artist can make the top 40 is as a featured artist. Even AC is skewing young these days (very similar to Hot AC), and I don't even know if Elton's 2019 single made that chart. Elton John's making the pop top 40 would have been like Frank Sinatra's making it in 1987. Sinatra did get a final top-40 pop hit in 1980 at age 64. If he had waited three more years, he probably wouldn't have made the Hot 100 because of the MTV effect.
AT40 is heard in the 50 states and around the world on great radio stations...
It seemed like there was a slight resurgence of soundtrack hits a few years ago. Black Panther, Love Simon, among others, had a few major hits. I do miss the days of varied soundtracks filled with songs by hitmakers and a few legitimate hits.