'Official Charts' News Mar 2, 2009 22:33:10 GMT
Post by socalboy on Mar 2, 2009 22:33:10 GMT
I am looking at it from Hayley's and Decca's perspective, not Classic FM's.
But the show was clearly created for and promoted for all of its existence as the place to listen to all or most of the classical chart, and that is why most of its audience listened, I think.
So when it starts to move away from its fundamental purpose, as it seems to be doing these days, it is for me, a cause for concern. Classic FM are of course free to change anything they want but they should not expect to carry its original audience with them. Now, it seems to be closer to "some songs from the classical chart" rather than the Official Classic FM Chart Show.
But I won't write to Classic FM about it as I don't think Hayley needs it any more. Decca may take a different view.
Thanks for clarifying your 'viewing' perceptions. Do the points I have emboldened not raise an interesting parallel? Developing/expanding Hayley herself? Am I not right in understanding that the Classicfm audience is increasing in numbers, arguably despite the changes (or arguably the changes have not had sufficient time to sink in)? Is it perhaps not a good thing if Hayley can in fact be taken away from the 'ratings war'. She is herself and that is sufficient? If then she 'casts to the winds' predefined concepts: meeting classical criteria; the right balance of songs for specific genres etc, is that not one heck of a statement for her and other artists and we may get back to valuing artists for themselves not to please the accountants' statistical analyses? Let them stick with determining how many of what type of teas and coffees were sold in the cafeteria and leave us to remember we are in the entertainment industry dealing with the subjective issues of artistry, governed by individuality, not conformity to artificially created classifications for juggling accountants?
This whole business of genre/classification is a big topic in the music industry stateside right now, particularly as sales continue to plummet.
In our case, the squabbling tends more to be between pop and country labels, since classic crossover is virtually non-existent.
Country purists claim that crossing over to pop is killing the country format, and pop fans argue that "going country" is the last refuge of a fading pop star.
In the end, I'm with Dave that if Hayley makes a great album, they will come. But the devil is in the marketing, and the industry mavens will tell you it's a lot easier to sell something when you know what to call it.