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Something I think TheShipment said in the Coldplay thread. Who actually are 'the 5 biggest bands in the world'??
Ultrasound (for Tiny alone, bless 'im)
Spiritualized when they hire those gospel fellas
A fantasy collaboration between The Tallest Man On Earth and Hamfatter
Or alternatively, on the fly:
The Rolling Stones
The Foo Fighters
not dream festival lineup ;)
If so, wouldn't AC/DC be up there?
The others, I dunno - Coldplay, Stones, U2, maybe Radiohead?
I'd imagine Nickelback could be the biggest rock band in the US.
Kings of Leon
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Guns n Roses
You could get a fairly decent reading of popularity. Of course it wouldn't take into account CD's and vinyl, but, I'm sure you could chuck them in somehow.
Surely it's dominated by U2 and Coldplay. Both pretty huge brands. Maybe even Kanye - a household name, a bevy of recognisable songs...
...I'd like to say Radiohead as well. But I dunno. If you asked this in 1997-2001, they'd surely be at the top. Maybe REM then as well.
Every time i see the word in itunes immediatly see it as a command to play Echoes by Pink Floyd, its a long old song and subsequently i havent left the house in 17 months.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
this is the correct list.
I can't imagine them being anywhere near the top 5 biggest worldwide if you were basing this on something quantifiable like record sales or tour size/revenue
You'd have to be coming up with some pretty niche* criteria for Radiohead to be in the top 5.
*Last.fm = very niche. Of my all my the people I know, and whom I didn't first meet through DiS, a good chunk of them are into their music to varying degrees beyond casual (eg: bedroom DJs, amateur producers, ageing keen indie kid etc, rather than just being a bunch of grown up £50 men) and I know of only one who has a Last.fm account (and even he barely scrobbles).
Take That and Steps are bigger than Radiohead.
they're a lot more popular than their TV/radio exposure would suggest.
Bon's wee brother.
Sadly it won't top the list of my best typos - I once wrote an article for a newspaper saying someone in a band was 'on the drugs'. He was actually on the drums, or both, I dunno.
pretty sure they're not one of the 5 biggest bands in the world though
plus 3 others
think Final Frontier was their most commercially succesful record
Red Hot Chili Peppers
with bands like Bon Jovi and AC/DC not far behind
About this a couple of years ago and he said the the biggest act in the world in terms of live ticket sales is Paul McCartney .
Beatles, Elvis, MJ, Mads, Elton.
Bands current (record sales);
Queen, AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Bee Gees, U2
According to this;
From looking at the citations, this data may be a year or two out of date.
But I can't imagine the beatles or elvis having much competition from the likes of coldplay or RHCP.
were big fish in a small pond. It would be very hard for a band today to get to equal fame proportions of the Beatles, but I dont think the Beatles would be as famous if they existed now.
this week anyway:
if you count the words 'band' and 'today' however its Muse and Foo Fighters replacing Adele and The Beatles.
So, there you go.
instead of 'scrobbled' and 'on the self selecting group of nerds that is Last.fm', then none of those are in the top five.
By my own definition of 'biggest' I'd probably say it was Coldplay, as they're pretty much the only band mentioned that seems guaranteed to get airplay and high chart placings for new material, Viva La Vide was the biggest selling album of 2008 or whenever it came out, and while their tours may not make as much money as those of the older artists, I'm sure that's largely by choice, insofar as they don't tour as hard or charge as much.
are they that big in the US? (genuine question; idk)
They've only got 5(?) studio albums. How do sales for those 5 come even close to the sales of U2's 12(?) studio albums, including heaps of No.1 albums both in the UK and the US? And that's not even counting all the DVDs, comps, etc.
And again, The Rolling Stones have had more albums than I'd care to google — can Coldplay really math those in sales?
are more commercially successful a 'band', tour harder, sell more tickets and are generally going to place higher in the charts for new material than coldplay, they've not been mentioned once.
But this entire thread is skewed towards white AOR rock and it's quite sad. OOOH COLDPLAY, OOOH MUSE, OOOH RADIOHEAD. OOOH RHCP.
It's unlikely that any the three of those acts will generate the same levels of career unit sales that the Rolling Stones or the Beatles or even the Scorpions have achieved.
Because, coldplay are this generation's Chris Rea and eventually their tired bland pomp-rock will be eclipsed by something of a slightly different hue of beige.
Muse are a bit out there as are Radiohead for the type and scale of mass market consumption that can be attributed to any of the actual top 5 acts. It's not that they're not good, it's just that Muse are a bit Boney M, a populist edge to their sound, but a bit too odd to be taken to the heart of the mass market. All the WHOO CONSPIRATORS! stuff really.
Radiohead are intentionally askew, and will achieve a level of mass market popularity on par with what Bjork has had in recent years, respectable sales, doing her own thing. They'll achieve some level of infamy and another 5/10 years into their career, they'll be the go to act for out there sounds for the next generation of Guardian supplement readers.
RHCP might as well call it a day. They're quite sad. If they had just fucked off for a decade then came back, we'd all have forgotten the last 3 shite albums and tedious live gigs in recent times and remember Sugar Blood Sex Magic in all it's glory. But no, even the Rolling Stones had the good grace to fuck off now and again so we don't become too bored of their recurrent schtik.