Deader Than Disco Music Discussion

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05:25:25 PM Nov 29th 2014
Does Linkin Park really qualify for this? I mean, sure, The Hunting Party didn't top the Billboard 200, but it was still in the top 5 that week. And even if they do count, their new stuff not getting play on alternative stations doesn't mean much. Alternative trends have been oriented towards more relaxed music in general for the past couple years, so I think it more reflects a change in what alternative stations generally play than anything else.
04:08:49 PM Mar 22nd 2015
I have removed the following:

  • Linkin Park was huge in the early '00s. Their debut album, Hybrid Theory in 2000, was a Diamond-selling smash and a defining Nu Metal album, and their mix of rap, rock, and electronica made them very different from other bands of the same type. They followed up that success in 2003 with Meteora and in 2004 with Collision Course, their mashup collaboration with Jay-Z, and while both those albums were platinum-selling successes (six times platinum in the case of Meteora), Nu Metal was a dying genre by that point. As a result, for their third album they changed their sound to an alternative rock style reminiscent of Coldplay or U2 (albeit with a slightly harder edge). This move worked, as Minutes to Midnight was another monster hit album that opened with the biggest week of 2007 at the time, with the lead single "What I've Done" becoming a Breakaway Pop Hit from the soundtrack to the first Transformers movie. However, their experimentation with a more electronic sound on their next two albums, 2010's A Thousand Suns and 2012's Living Things, didn't meet the same success; while both albums debuted at #1, they only sold about one-third of Minutes to Midnight's opening week and ultimately failed to go platinum. As a result, they went back to Nu Metal with their their sixth album The Hunting Party in 2014, which only debuted at #3 and has yet to even go Gold.

    All told, Linkin Park managed to briefly escape the backlash against Nu Metal, even if songs like "In the End" and "Crawling" (or, as it's usually rendered, "CRAAAWLING IIIN MY SKIIIN") had become irrevocably associated with emo teens by the end of the '00s, but they couldn't escape the decline of rock in general over the course of the decade. Rock music in the '00s was in a deep slump and was fading from the mainstream, especially among women and non-white listeners, who were increasingly turning towards rap, R&B, and dance music. Linkin Park were lucky enough to be one of the few modern rock bands who were still able to sell despite their genre dying, and eventually, time ran out for them too. Nowadays, it's usually either their early Nu Metal material that they're most associated with (which, as noted above, has become mostly Snark Bait), or the theme song to Transformers. Show attendances are still good, but they will most likely never dominate the charts again.

I don't think they qualify. They are still massively popular (literally the most liked rock band on Facebook) headlining festivals and still playing to sold out crowds, and their Hybrid Theory/Meteora era still has a lot of fans. If anyone thinks they fit, please discuss here.
01:38:07 AM Mar 28th 2014
Is there a cutoff date for this trope? I feel like it's too soon to tell if Bieber qualifies.
06:16:59 AM Mar 28th 2014
He doesn't.
04:33:47 PM Sep 8th 2015
edited by BigBertha
I might as well remove him; "What Do You Mean?" just debuted at #1 in the USA and many other countries. If Bieber were deader than disco, he wouldn't have a #1 hit.
08:42:05 PM Mar 8th 2013
Um, I don't know much about trip-hop but, how did trip-hop end up Deader Than Disco?
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