‘Pop music is no longer aspirational’

Neil Davenport says the death of pop music goes hand in hand with the death of ambitious youth.

Last week, it was reported that album sales in America had hit an all time low, prompting fresh discussion about the so-called decline of pop music. Has pop burnt itself out? Does the industry simply need to catch up with the online market? And, more importantly, what would the death of pop spell for youth culture, which has traditionally been fuelled and defined by pop anthems. I spoke to writer, teacher and former music journalist Neil Davenport to find out more. Listen and download below:




Tom Slater is assistant editor at spiked.

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