History UsefulNotes / TheBritishInvasion

26th Aug '16 8:41:54 AM Morgenthaler
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A fourth British invasion started in 2007, when AmyWinehouse's album BackToBlack enjoyed huge commercial and critical acclaim, including winning 5 Grammy's in a single night then more than any other British artist had ever won. It also became the highest charting debut album on the Billboard 200 by a British female artist at that point. Back to Black subsequently paved the way for British artists, particularly for female and soul artists to enjoy success on the Billboard charts. Following Back to Black's release, artists like Adele, Duffy, Florence and The Machine, Lily Allen, MIA, Mumford & Sons, Jay Sean and Leona Lewis all enjoyed critical and commercial success stateside to different degrees. Many of these artists including Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding and even Adele herself cited Winehouse's success with paving the way for them. In 2009 Susan Boyle's debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" became the best selling album of the year. In 2011 Adele's album "21" became the best-seller of the year and gave her three number-one hit songs and other artists like, Taio Cruz, Mumford & Sons, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and The Wanted started having hits crossing over the Atlantic. The invasion continued into 2012, when an onslaught of British artists invaded the American pop charts. The only one of these artists to join Adele and Mumford & Sons in becoming U.S. superstars were One Direction; in fact, those three artists (along with Coldplay, who have been popular long before the start of this invasion), were the only British acts to have topped the Billboard 200 since "21" was first released. Still, The Wanted, Ellie Goulding, Cher Lloyd, Alex Clare, Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Emeli Sande, Labrinth, Passenger, Bastille, and John Newman have all scored one top 40 hit each, while Calvin Harris, the other big British breakout, had four top 40 hits (not counting a Rihanna song he was featured on), but all were sung by different people. Artists like Rita Ora, Marina & The Diamonds, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sande, Little Mix, The Saturdays, Conor Maynard, Disclosure, and Naughty Boy are also aiming for American stardom.

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A fourth British invasion started in 2007, when AmyWinehouse's Music/AmyWinehouse's album BackToBlack enjoyed huge commercial and critical acclaim, including winning 5 Grammy's in a single night then more than any other British artist had ever won. It also became the highest charting debut album on the Billboard 200 by a British female artist at that point. Back to Black subsequently paved the way for British artists, particularly for female and soul artists to enjoy success on the Billboard charts. Following Back to Black's release, artists like Adele, Duffy, Florence and The Machine, Lily Allen, MIA, Mumford & Sons, Jay Sean and Leona Lewis all enjoyed critical and commercial success stateside to different degrees. Many of these artists including Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding and even Adele herself cited Winehouse's success with paving the way for them. In 2009 Susan Boyle's debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" became the best selling album of the year. In 2011 Adele's album "21" became the best-seller of the year and gave her three number-one hit songs and other artists like, Taio Cruz, Mumford & Sons, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and The Wanted started having hits crossing over the Atlantic. The invasion continued into 2012, when an onslaught of British artists invaded the American pop charts. The only one of these artists to join Adele and Mumford & Sons in becoming U.S. superstars were One Direction; in fact, those three artists (along with Coldplay, who have been popular long before the start of this invasion), were the only British acts to have topped the Billboard 200 since "21" was first released. Still, The Wanted, Ellie Goulding, Cher Lloyd, Alex Clare, Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Emeli Sande, Labrinth, Passenger, Bastille, and John Newman have all scored one top 40 hit each, while Calvin Harris, the other big British breakout, had four top 40 hits (not counting a Rihanna song he was featured on), but all were sung by different people. Artists like Rita Ora, Marina & The Diamonds, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sande, Little Mix, The Saturdays, Conor Maynard, Disclosure, and Naughty Boy are also aiming for American stardom.
30th May '16 8:12:09 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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The first invasion may have just been in the 1960s, but it turned full circle when American artists took the sound yet further, such as [[Music/JimiHendrix The Jimi Hendrix Experience]] (even if only the guitarist and second bassist were American) and early heavy metal bands. This lead to the Second British Invasion in the late [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and early [[TheEighties 1980s]], with {{punk rock}}, the NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal (or NWOBHM), and [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] (not to be confused with the heavy metal). This second wave of British music was brought on, perhaps inadvertently, by {{MTV}}. In their early years, MTV was desperate for any music videos they could get their hands on, and it just so happened that most of the music videos of that time were coming out of Britain, thanks to shows like ''TopOfThePops'' that helped to popularize the format over there in TheSeventies. By contrast, most American music videos during the same period were merely videotaped concert performances. MTV threw these British videos on the air, and the bands suddenly saw themselves developing [[{{Squee}} screaming]] [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff American fanbases]] virtually overnight. Combine this with the [[DorkAge creative slump]] in American popular music following [[DeaderThanDisco the anti-disco backlash]] of the late '70s/early '80s, and British pop and rock took over the American music market.

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The first invasion may have just been in the 1960s, but it turned full circle when American artists took the sound yet further, such as [[Music/JimiHendrix The Jimi Hendrix Experience]] (even if only the guitarist and second bassist were American) and early heavy metal bands. This lead to the Second British Invasion in the late [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and early [[TheEighties 1980s]], with {{punk rock}}, the NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal (or NWOBHM), and [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] (not to be confused with the heavy metal). This second wave of British music was brought on, perhaps inadvertently, by {{MTV}}. In their early years, MTV was desperate for any music videos they could get their hands on, and it just so happened that most of the music videos of that time were coming out of Britain, thanks to shows like ''TopOfThePops'' ''Series/TopOfThePops'' that helped to popularize the format over there in TheSeventies. By contrast, most American music videos during the same period were merely videotaped concert performances. MTV threw these British videos on the air, and the bands suddenly saw themselves developing [[{{Squee}} screaming]] [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff American fanbases]] virtually overnight. Combine this with the [[DorkAge creative slump]] in American popular music following [[DeaderThanDisco the anti-disco backlash]] of the late '70s/early '80s, and British pop and rock took over the American music market.
23rd May '16 12:23:06 PM Kitchen90
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23rd May '16 7:21:49 AM Kitchen90
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12th Dec '15 2:43:15 PM AndyLA
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One odd influence here is that, anytime there is a large influx of artists of any media from "across the pond" (such as Oasis or Radiohead), it is often labeled as a British Invasion by enthusiasts of that particular medium. For instance:

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One odd influence here is that, anytime there is a large influx of artists of any media from "across the pond" (such as Oasis Oasis, Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand or Radiohead), Arctic Monkeys), it is often labeled as a British Invasion by enthusiasts of that particular medium. For instance:
4th Oct '15 7:23:51 PM nombretomado
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Finally in about 2005, there was a British television invasion on American shores, thanks to the creation of BBC America as well as the rise of video sharing websites and the revival of British juggernaut ''Series/DoctorWho.'' Following in ''Who's'' footsteps were both of its spinoffs, ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures,'' ''Series/BeingHuman,'' ''Series/{{Sherlock}},'' ''Series/TopGear,'' ''Series/{{Merlin}},'' and ''Series/DowntonAbbey.''

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Finally in about 2005, there was a British television invasion on American shores, thanks to the creation of BBC America as well as the rise of video sharing websites and the revival of British juggernaut ''Series/DoctorWho.'' Following in ''Who's'' footsteps were both of its spinoffs, ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures,'' ''Series/BeingHuman,'' ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}},'' ''Series/{{Sherlock}},'' ''Series/TopGear,'' ''Series/{{Merlin}},'' and ''Series/DowntonAbbey.''
28th Sep '15 1:23:50 AM hydrix
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On a smaller note you could also annotate the British influence in the American video game scene of the 1980's, with the British made Commodore 64 being a massive success there (even though most of the games were developed by Americans) and the British influence on video games of the 1990's, when Creator/{{Rareware}}, thanks to the success of games such as Franchise/DonkeyKongCountry and VideoGame/BanjoKazooie, became a household name for most video game enthousiasts and would make of the SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem the best selling video game console during TheFourthGenerationOfConsoleGames.
14th May '15 4:17:51 PM nombretomado
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When British ComicBook talents like Creator/AlanMoore and GrantMorrison started coming over in 1980s America to make their mark, their tremendous success was likened to being a comic book British Invasion.

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When British ComicBook talents like Creator/AlanMoore and GrantMorrison Creator/GrantMorrison started coming over in 1980s America to make their mark, their tremendous success was likened to being a comic book British Invasion.
7th Apr '15 9:38:39 AM nombretomado
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Finally in about 2005, there was a British television invasion on American shores, thanks to the creation of BBC America as well as the rise of video sharing websites and the revival of British juggernaut ''DoctorWho.'' Following in ''Who's'' footsteps were both of its spinoffs, ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures,'' ''Series/BeingHuman,'' ''Series/{{Sherlock}},'' ''Series/TopGear,'' ''Series/{{Merlin}},'' and ''Series/DowntonAbbey.''

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Finally in about 2005, there was a British television invasion on American shores, thanks to the creation of BBC America as well as the rise of video sharing websites and the revival of British juggernaut ''DoctorWho.''Series/DoctorWho.'' Following in ''Who's'' footsteps were both of its spinoffs, ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures,'' ''Series/BeingHuman,'' ''Series/{{Sherlock}},'' ''Series/TopGear,'' ''Series/{{Merlin}},'' and ''Series/DowntonAbbey.''
13th Feb '15 6:40:37 AM enitharmon
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A second front opened, largely in Liverpool for reasons that are no accident. Liverpool was the biggest transatlantic port and more heavy manufactured goods in those days were heading west than east. Ships arriving in Liverpool carried recordings of Black music, particularly {{Soul}}, and also comics, as ballast and these were eagerly seized on by the locals. The locals formed bands to play Soul covers in underground cellar clubs, sometimes creating their own version of Soul inflected with British Music Hall and



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A second front opened, largely in Liverpool for reasons that are no accident. Liverpool was the biggest transatlantic port and more heavy manufactured goods in those days were heading west than east. Ships arriving in Liverpool carried recordings of Black music, particularly {{Soul}}, and also comics, as ballast and these were eagerly seized on by the locals. The locals formed bands to play Soul covers in underground cellar clubs, sometimes creating their own version of Soul inflected with British Music Hall and


and childrens' street songs.

Popular British artists like Music/CliffRichard were hitherto being billed as homegrown equivalents of American acts; so Cliff was the British Elvis. What was evolving and emerging from the blues clubs in London and the cellars of Liverpool was something new and something that many British people felt was needed; a popular music to call their own. From the perspective of American mainstream radio at the time it had a particular merit; it was a "white" music that was "safe" for mainstream American audiences, and thus America's black music, previously the stuff of Black-oriented radio, could be played back to a mainstream American audience.

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