So much stock is put on getting a review in Q or Mojo or the NME, but who really cares and in times of ridiculously low magazine circulations, (I heard NME's true print run is more like 6,000 rather than its somewhat inflated latest ABC figure) who even reads them?
The UK media has not embraced the genre with no real reasoning behind their (lack of) action... Country music has always been strong in the regions. I remember as a teen working in a record shop in York, we sold loads.
By the 1980's, mainstream American rock music had moved far away from the protest and revolution of the 1960s and was more concerned with sex, drugs, partying and having a good time. All the time. Hey it was the 80s so it was allowed, apparently.
Only someone with three Ivor Novello awards for songwriting can get away with as many cover songs as we heard last night, Michael proving once again his versatility by tapping into everyone from Billie Holiday and Rufus Wainwright to Eartha Kitt and Rihanna.
2013 was not kind to Gaga. ARTPOP didn't sell, Beyoncé stole her thunder and her management fell into disarray. Is this a temporary blip or the start of a longer term malaise?
So London man, by tradition, owns a mind as sharp as the crease in his trousers. But of late, tradition is being challenged by a conspicuous interloper of indeterminate persuasions.
So my year as 'Musician In Residence' in Derry-Londonderry, the UK City of Culture has come to an end. I have mixed feelings.
As a tribute to the band's enduring influence and to salute his Gallagher mates, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie was pegged by Rdio to create an exclusive playlist of his favourite Oasis tracks listeners through the Oasis journey, from Rock 'N' Roll Star to the Masterplan.
I know most people have done their 'Best of 2013' lists already, but my thinking here is that as long as it's done before the end of January it isn't too late.
There is music which crosses your path, and totally changes the direction you take. Maybe it was playing at the moment you took a certain fork in the road, like a soundtrack to your life, or maybe they were the motivation for the decision. I have ten such songs.
On 10 January 1956, Elvis Presley made his first recordings for RCA Records at The Methodist Television, Radio and TV Studios, 1525 McGavock Street, Nashville. "Heartbreak Hotel" was one of the songs recorded during this session, which was released as a single just 17 days later.
Like nearly all of the 1970s rockers, Ted Nugent built his reputation through years of hard touring, "We played 300 concerts a year, but we didn't make any money. We could pay expenses, keep good speakers in the amps and share hotel rooms. It was tough, but that didn't matter, I'm a hunter I'll sleep in the woods."
In many ways San Francisco was the perfect place to begin our journey exploring three decades of American rock. The city was spiritual home to the peace and love movement that reflected the dreams and aspirations of the sixties generation...
British labels have helped to lead this transformation, licensing more new digital music services than in any other country. But one fundamental has stayed rock solid. It's the partnership between artist and label that drives the phenomenal success achieved by British music.
Glastonbury has, to the surprise of two cows on Worthy Farm, announced Arcade Fire as the first headliner for 2014. As much as I love Arcade Fire, they've already proven themselves at this level. The meat and veg of this set, therefore, will be the performance of new album Reflektor.
Take a look in HMV and tell me what you see. For while the conveyor belt of the craven book publishing world rolls on, the art world preens and lumbers in search of the next concept, and our once glorious world of music has had its guts ripped out by the internet. Yet the musician persists in his efforts to have the cloth-eared hear his songs.