How 2014 has been sucking so far exactly? It's been a very diverse year, not everything have to be dance-pop/electro-pop y'know, meh...
Look at the Billboard Hot 100. It's barely changed. John Legend and Pharrell keep swapping out over the top spot, a lot of songs from 2013 are still on there ("Let It Go", "Pompeii" [although to be fair that's only just reached the Hot 100 this year], "Demons", "Talk Dirty", "Dark Horse"), and nothing new has really come along yet and made a huge impression. Iggy Azalea's making progress, but that's about it. I mean, this is the pop music thread
, and it's looking at how the genre holds up this year.
Actually, even outside that, the year doesn't look that interesting. It got off to a good start with East India Youth but he's only of interest to the electronic/experimental music scene. I'm looking over all the albums released in 2014 so far and the only ones that caught my eye are by St. Vincent, Elbow and Pixies; and none of these had any real big impact. There's not been a BIG album release compared to 2013, what with Random Access Memories
, The 20/20 Experience
, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
, The Next Day
, Magna Carta Holy Grail
...regardless of what you thought of those albums, they got considerable fanfare and buzz. They felt like events. It says a lot that in 2014, the biggest hype so far is for Sony raiding more of Michael Jackson's unfinished works for money.
There's also Coldplay, I suppose, but even by Coldplay standards Ghost Stories
sounds dull and lifeless as Chris Martin mopes about his divorce.