Why are most popular artists/bands from the UK or US?

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#1 Posted by Reed_Bowie (506 posts) -
And yes, I'm fully aware that there are many quality bands/artists from other nations as well, so I don't require a list. Basically, what makes bands from the UK or US have such a wide appeal while a band from a Non-English speaking nation would have a harder time picking up a large fanbase?
#2 Posted by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

Because every corner of the globe typically has a basic understanding of English. Most of the world isn't going to understand a song in, say, German. Also bands from the west are going to naturally get more exposure.

#3 Posted by Reed_Bowie (506 posts) -

Because every corner of the globe typically has a basic understanding of English. Most of the world isn't going to understand a song in, say, German.

Pirate700
Even if a German band sings in English, they still probably wouldn't have as much success as an English band singing in English.
#4 Posted by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

Because every corner of the globe typically has a basic understanding of English. Most of the world isn't going to understand a song in, say, German.

Reed_Bowie

Even if a German band sings in English, they still probably wouldn't have as much success as an English band singing in English.

If they're a German band, spending most of their time in Germany, they just naturally aren't going to get much exposure. American (especially) and UK bands are significantly more culturally influential and exposed.

#5 Posted by megagene (23032 posts) -
Because English.
#6 Posted by MacBoomStick (1822 posts) -

United States is the entertainment capitol of the world. And well... Is pretty much the capitol of the world in every other respect too.

#7 Posted by megagene (23032 posts) -

United States is the entertainment capitol of the world. And well... Is pretty much the capitol of the world in every other respect too.

MacBoomStick
Explain how.
#8 Posted by LJS9502_basic (152313 posts) -
And yes, I'm fully aware that there are many quality bands/artists from other nations as well, so I don't require a list. Basically, what makes bands from the UK or US have such a wide appeal while a band from a Non-English speaking nation would have a harder time picking up a large fanbase?Reed_Bowie
Because....English. And culture.
#9 Posted by LJS9502_basic (152313 posts) -
[QUOTE="MacBoomStick"]

United States is the entertainment capitol of the world. And well... Is pretty much the capitol of the world in every other respect too.

megagene
Explain how.

Because.:o
#10 Posted by jim_shorts (7320 posts) -

The United States influences culture on pretty much every corner of the world. 

#11 Posted by megagene (23032 posts) -
[QUOTE="megagene"][QUOTE="MacBoomStick"]

United States is the entertainment capitol of the world. And well... Is pretty much the capitol of the world in every other respect too.

LJS9502_basic
Explain how.

Because.:o

Oh yeah!
#12 Posted by BenedictArnold7 (743 posts) -
Well as far as the US goes I think it is because life is hard here. People work A LOT and often neglect their families. It has been a melting pot for a long time which causes problems since people are racist (extend of racism varies). ALSO The sorrows of growing up in lonely environments, combined with the dog eat dog scene and all the other crap I said can often spark creativity.
#13 Posted by jim_shorts (7320 posts) -
Well as far as the US goes I think it is because life is hard here. People work A LOT and often neglect their families. It has been a melting pot for a long time which causes problems since people are racist (extend of racism varies). ALSO The sorrows of growing up in lonely environments, combined with the dog eat dog scene and all the other crap I said can often spark creativity. BenedictArnold7
The United States is no more racist that anywhere else. Quite a bit less so than lots of places in Europe.
#14 Posted by BenedictArnold7 (743 posts) -
[QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"]Well as far as the US goes I think it is because life is hard here. People work A LOT and often neglect their families. It has been a melting pot for a long time which causes problems since people are racist (extend of racism varies). ALSO The sorrows of growing up in lonely environments, combined with the dog eat dog scene and all the other crap I said can often spark creativity. jim_shorts
The United States is no more racist that anywhere else. Quite a bit less so than lots of places in Europe.

I never made any comparison to other countries.
#15 Posted by Stinger78 (5826 posts) -
TC - How do you explain Gangnam Style? :)
#16 Posted by jim_shorts (7320 posts) -
[QUOTE="jim_shorts"][QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"]Well as far as the US goes I think it is because life is hard here. People work A LOT and often neglect their families. It has been a melting pot for a long time which causes problems since people are racist (extend of racism varies). ALSO The sorrows of growing up in lonely environments, combined with the dog eat dog scene and all the other crap I said can often spark creativity. BenedictArnold7
The United States is no more racist that anywhere else. Quite a bit less so than lots of places in Europe.

I never made any comparison to other countries.

If you are saying it's tied to the reasons for creativity in American music (which is a weird claim if you ask me) then that sort of implies that it's somehow worse than elsewhere.
#17 Posted by LJS9502_basic (152313 posts) -

[QUOTE="jim_shorts"][QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"]Well as far as the US goes I think it is because life is hard here. People work A LOT and often neglect their families. It has been a melting pot for a long time which causes problems since people are racist (extend of racism varies). ALSO The sorrows of growing up in lonely environments, combined with the dog eat dog scene and all the other crap I said can often spark creativity. BenedictArnold7
The United States is no more racist that anywhere else. Quite a bit less so than lots of places in Europe.

I never made any comparison to other countries.

Then how did you come by your title "hard" here etc.  You need something to compare with to use that adjective...otherwise it's just nonsense.

#18 Posted by CptJSparrow (10897 posts) -
[QUOTE="Reed_Bowie"]And yes, I'm fully aware that there are many quality bands/artists from other nations as well, so I don't require a list. Basically, what makes bands from the UK or US have such a wide appeal while a band from a Non-English speaking nation would have a harder time picking up a large fanbase?LJS9502_basic
Because....English. And culture.

America, Jesus, and Freedom.
#19 Posted by CptJSparrow (10897 posts) -

[QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"][QUOTE="jim_shorts"]The United States is no more racist that anywhere else. Quite a bit less so than lots of places in Europe.LJS9502_basic

I never made any comparison to other countries.

Then how did you come by your title "hard" here etc.  You need something to compare with to use that adjective...otherwise it's just nonsense.

Well...
#20 Posted by Sphensen (812 posts) -

because Indian music sucks

#21 Posted by BossPerson (9117 posts) -
Because English.megagene
#22 Posted by Reed_Bowie (506 posts) -
TC - How do you explain Gangnam Style? :)Stinger78
It's an isolated indecent.
#23 Posted by BenedictArnold7 (743 posts) -

[QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"][QUOTE="jim_shorts"]The United States is no more racist that anywhere else. Quite a bit less so than lots of places in Europe.LJS9502_basic

I never made any comparison to other countries.

Then how did you come by your title "hard" here etc.  You need something to compare with to use that adjective...otherwise it's just nonsense.

I am trying to think if that is the case. I will get back to you eventually.
#24 Posted by BenedictArnold7 (743 posts) -
[QUOTE="LJS9502_basic"]

[QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"] I never made any comparison to other countries. BenedictArnold7

Then how did you come by your title "hard" here etc.  You need something to compare with to use that adjective...otherwise it's just nonsense.

I am trying to think if that is the case. I will get back to you eventually.

Ok I figured it out. Something is hard because something else is easy... otherwise there would be no frame of reference... YES... BUT in this case... I am saying life in America is hard. In this case, it does not necessarily imply that life elsewhere is in general easier. It only implies that something else can be easy/hard... like learning to fly a plane.
#25 Posted by Zeviander (9503 posts) -
Who cares about popular music?
#26 Posted by megagene (23032 posts) -
Who cares about popular music? Zeviander
Tweens, man... Tweens.
#27 Posted by lo_Pine (4978 posts) -
Because we rule
#28 Posted by lx_theo (6211 posts) -

United States is the entertainment capitol of the world. And well... Is pretty much the capitol of the world in every other respect too.

MacBoomStick
[QUOTE="MacBoomStick"]

United States is the entertainment capitol of the world. And well... Is pretty much the capitol of the world in every other respect too.

megagene
Explain how.

Hollywood, for one. Then music and television have more broad appeal than any other source of entertainment. Video games are still pretty spread out across the world, but generally its the American and Japanese companies that dictate the experience with console and mobile gaming. I wouldn't agree beyond entertainment... But the US would probably be the entertainment capitol of the world, if anywhere is.
#29 Posted by Iceozo (6441 posts) -

TC - How do you explain Gangnam Style? :)Stinger78


Yeah and all those other supremely popular songs from Korea... oh wait. 

#30 Posted by nunovlopes (2614 posts) -

Because the world has been Americanized. The UK has been riding off US success.

#31 Posted by nunovlopes (2614 posts) -

[QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"][QUOTE="LJS9502_basic"]Then how did you come by your title "hard" here etc.  You need something to compare with to use that adjective...otherwise it's just nonsense.

BenedictArnold7

I am trying to think if that is the case. I will get back to you eventually.

Ok I figured it out. Something is hard because something else is easy... otherwise there would be no frame of reference... YES... BUT in this case... I am saying life in America is hard. In this case, it does not necessarily imply that life elsewhere is in general easier. It only implies that something else can be easy/hard... like learning to fly a plane.

You guys in the US have it much easier than in pretty much everywhere else.

#32 Posted by sonicare (53607 posts) -

Probably because they have access to the largest media market.

#33 Posted by LJS9502_basic (152313 posts) -
[QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"][QUOTE="LJS9502_basic"]Then how did you come by your title "hard" here etc.  You need something to compare with to use that adjective...otherwise it's just nonsense.BenedictArnold7
I am trying to think if that is the case. I will get back to you eventually.

Ok I figured it out. Something is hard because something else is easy... otherwise there would be no frame of reference... YES... BUT in this case... I am saying life in America is hard. In this case, it does not necessarily imply that life elsewhere is in general easier. It only implies that something else can be easy/hard... like learning to fly a plane.

But that is still comparative. Something is neither easy or hard unless it has a comparison.
#34 Posted by Saturos3091 (14938 posts) -

Because behemoth record labels were formed and operate in both the US and the UK. Labels determine what is popular by funding ad campaigns, giving artists more exposure, and helping with the touring and recording process. Many of these labels have been around for sixty plus years now and have gone through quite a few changes to keep their products appealing to the largest population.

English is a secondary factor. 

#35 Posted by Allicrombie (25529 posts) -
cause bands from Transylvania don't have the "bite"?
#36 Posted by Reed_Bowie (506 posts) -

[QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"][QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"] I am trying to think if that is the case. I will get back to you eventually. nunovlopes

Ok I figured it out. Something is hard because something else is easy... otherwise there would be no frame of reference... YES... BUT in this case... I am saying life in America is hard. In this case, it does not necessarily imply that life elsewhere is in general easier. It only implies that something else can be easy/hard... like learning to fly a plane.

You guys in the US have it much easier than in pretty much everywhere else.

You can really tell by our top notch health-care system, stellar education system, and booming economy.
#37 Posted by nunovlopes (2614 posts) -

[QUOTE="nunovlopes"]

[QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"] Ok I figured it out. Something is hard because something else is easy... otherwise there would be no frame of reference... YES... BUT in this case... I am saying life in America is hard. In this case, it does not necessarily imply that life elsewhere is in general easier. It only implies that something else can be easy/hard... like learning to fly a plane. Reed_Bowie

You guys in the US have it much easier than in pretty much everywhere else.

You can really tell by our top notch health-care system, stellar education system, and booming economy.

You're still MUCH better than most of the world. I live in Portugal. "Free" education, "free" healthcare, yada, yada, the country is in a mess, unemployment through the roof, insane debt, really high gas prices, relatively low wages (compared to most of Western Europe), and so on. Still better than most of the world.

#38 Posted by BenedictArnold7 (743 posts) -
[QUOTE="LJS9502_basic"][QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"][QUOTE="BenedictArnold7"] I am trying to think if that is the case. I will get back to you eventually.

Ok I figured it out. Something is hard because something else is easy... otherwise there would be no frame of reference... YES... BUT in this case... I am saying life in America is hard. In this case, it does not necessarily imply that life elsewhere is in general easier. It only implies that something else can be easy/hard... like learning to fly a plane.

But that is still comparative. Something is neither easy or hard unless it has a comparison.

Yes. I see that.
#39 Posted by hippiesanta (9987 posts) -

 

 

Japan and Brazil got better band honestly ......... most american and british band r selling face first, primadonna second, music third

#40 Posted by Shmiity (5307 posts) -

English has been the language of entertainment for the past 50 years or so. Thats all. The market share is huge.

#41 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
Meh, I listen to all kinds of music, from all kinds of locales.
#42 Posted by Fire_Emblem_RD (9611 posts) -
Its really simple. There are generally 4 countries to that are considered cultural super powers - USA, UK, India and Japan (though South Korea is believed to have a potential to be a fifth with their entertainment boom). Of those countries, the most widespread language is obviously English. So of course they'd be the most popular. Bands from some of the most important cultural exporters using the world's current lingua franca = success.
#43 Posted by tenaka2 (17040 posts) -

The United States influences culture on pretty much every corner of the world. 

jim_shorts

Don't talk rubbish.

In an unrelated matter I really would like a can of coke right now.

#44 Posted by laluna1 (6 posts) -
Because English.megagene
Its true ;)