Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

How inappropriate is modern music?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

How inappropriate is modern music? Church Relevance have highlighted some statistics, where researchers analaysed Billboard magazine’s top 279 most popular songs of 2005 to determine what percentage of songs referenced tobacco, alcohol, and drug use. Here are some highlights from their findings:

  • 1 in 3 songs portray substance use (33.3%)

This includes:

  • 4 in 5 rap songs (77%)
  • 1 in 3 country songs (36%)
  • 1 in 5 R&B/hip-hop songs (20%)
  • 1 in 7 rock songs (14%)
  • 1 in 10 pop songs (9%)

Only 1 in 25 songs have anti-use messages (4%)

The average teenager is exposed daily to approximately 84 references to explicit substance use in popular songs, although this exposure varies widely by musical genre.
Although the study did not analyze the frequency of sex and violence in popular music, 46% of substance use references were associated with sex, and 29% were associated with violence.

It is worrying that the average teenager hears 588 messages a week about substance use compared to one message a week from the youth group. A youth leader better make his message count. [via
Church Relevance]

Church and music (continued)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Greg Gilbert is continuing his series on church and music, this time including some challenging questions:

  • Do you get bored when someone reads a longish passage of Scripture in your church? Do you start wishing they’d get on with the music?
  • Do you need music playing in the background for the reading of Scripture to affect your emotions?
  • Does a prayer seem too “plain” or “stark” to you if it doesn’t have music playing behind it?
  • Do you feel depressed a few weeks after a worship conference because you haven’t felt close to God in a long time?
  • Do you desperately look forward to the next conference you’re going to attend because you know that, finally, you’ll be able to feel close to God again?
  • If you’re in a big church with great music, are you able to worship when you visit your parents’ small rural church?
  • Do you ever feel worshipful in the middle of the week, at work, at school, etc. just because of thinking about God and his grace? Or does that only happen when the music’s playing?
  • Do you tend to feel closer to God when you’re alone with your iPOD than you do when you’re gathered with God’s people in your church?
  • Do you feel like you just can’t connect with other believers who haven’t had the same “worship experiences” that you have? Can you only connect with other believers who “know what it feels like to really worship?”
  • Is your sense of spiritual well-being based more on feeling close to God, or knowing that you are close to God because of Jesus Christ?

Church and music

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Church Matters has recently seen a couple of posts about church and music. Given the lack of decent material on this topic this is brilliant, and a must read:

Sony Walkman Advert

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Seen this advert a few times, and each time think it is great. Have a look at it.

New U2 song

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

If you are on Facebook, you must go watch this video of a U2 song called Wave of Sorrow that was originally started 20 years ago for The Joshua Tree, but was recently finished. Bono apparently wants feedback.

Thanks to Tammie over at 33:6:8.

Boyzone get back together

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Boyzone have announced they are to get back together for this month's BBC Children In Need appeal. They split seven years ago when lead singer Ronan Keating went solo. The concert will include a medley of their 16 top four singles, including six number ones.
Boyzone was awesome in the mid 90s so this, in my vain of loving cheesy music, could be really good.

Radiohead fans choose cost of next album

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Radiohead fans will be able to choose how much to pay for the band's next album, In Rainbows, which is available for download tomorrow. Instead of listing a price for the music, the group's website simply states "it's up to you" - and then adds: "No really, it's up to you."

What a fantastic idea - often physical CDs are completely overpriced - particularly in the UK - so it is good to see someone who isn't in desperate need of the money allowing people to set their price.

50 Cent postpones European tour

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I've laready written about 50 Cent betting his career in a chart battle with Kanye West. At the moment it looks like he is nearly guaranteed to lose that fight. The news this morning is that 50 Cent has "temporarily postponed" his European tour, prompting questions over whether he has retired from making music.

A spokeswoman for 50 Cent refused to comment on his retirement plans. She said that "unforeseen circumstances" had led to the temporary postponement of his tour. It will be interesting to see how this develops.

50 Cent betting his career

Sunday, August 12, 2007

50 Cent is being reported as threatening to stop releasing solo material if his next album fails to outsell a new CD by rival star Kanye West. Various people have suggested that Kanye West would win the battle of the two, but 50 Cent is so confident that he is willing to wager his solo career. They both release rival albums on the same day next month but in 2005 50 Cents last album was the best-selling release of 2005, with 1.14 million copies bought in its first week in shops, West's Late Registration sold just over 860,000 copies in its first seven days.

Will be interesting to see the results.

The Verve are reforming

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Fantastic news - the Verve are reforming. They wrote some of the most important songs of the 1990s: Bittersweet Symphony and The Drugs Don't Work. Will be well worth looking out for any new material.