The new Young Fathers album is their most intriguing and absorbing yet, building effortlessly on the plaudits received by their previous workWritten by Letty Gardner on 23rd March 2018
Why Are TV Personalities Releasing Christmas Albums?
Sorcha Hornett tries (and fails) to sit through Christmas albums from some of TV's "finest" personalities
The album charts may start to resemble TV listings over the next few weeks due to the vast amount of TV personalities deciding to cash in on pop’s most lucrative period of the year. Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke has released a seventeen-song extravaganza titled From the Top and Bradley Walsh, best known for hosting the game show Pointless, has just released his second album When You’re Smiling.
“In the digital age, album sales have taken a huge hit due to streaming services, but the album chart is still at the hands of the older generation
Yet, turning TV personalities into pop stars is big business for record labels; in the digital age, album sales have taken a huge hit due to streaming services, meaning the singles chart is dominated by tracks on the most popular streaming playlists, but the album chart is still at the hands of the older generation. Walsh’s first album had over 138,000 sales and a massive 98% of them were CD’s. TV personalities also have surprisingly large fanbases, meaning labels have a ready-made market to sell too. I wouldn’t be surprised if I went home and found my mother had bought Anton Du Beke and Bradley Walsh’s albums and was listening to them on repeat.
“The fate of his songs will be down to how much charm he can exude on chat-show sofas
His cover of ‘City of Stars’ is shockingly bad too – he sounds completely out of tune and I genuinely think that’s because they’ve autotuned his voice so much. They say you should just stick with what you know, and in Du Beke’s case he needs to stick to dancing and stop singing if this album is anything to go by. The fate of his songs will be down to how much charm he can exude on chat-show sofas and if everyone’s mum (because let’s face it I’m yet to meet a single mother who doesn’t say she fancies Du Beke) can be bothered to go out and buy a physical copy. I honestly wouldn’t bother listening to it, purely because I wish I never had.
Unfortunately, I cannot give an in-depth review of Walsh’s newest album. This is partly because Du Beke had put me off so much and ruined the Arctic Monkeys for me and I didn’t want to face disappointment again, and also because I started listening to his cover of ‘Get Happy’ and couldn’t get past thirty seconds so I threw in the towel. It’s extremely clear I’m not the target market for these latest releases, but it’s clear why so many TV personalities are turning to this industry based on Walsh’s success. Personally though, Anton Du Beke, stick to dancing.