Arcade Fire, rock?! This is what it's come to:
Let's say Arcade Fire really was America's biggest rock band that night at the Grammys. What did that say about the state of rock music? Three months after the Grammy victory, a period when The Suburbs should've been enjoying a Grammy-related sales bump, the album had moved just over 600,000 copies, making it Arcade Fire's best-selling album to date; Eminem's Recovery, meanwhile, was going strong with 3.9 million. Recovery was the most popular album of 2010, followed by fellow Album of the Year nominee Need You Now by the pop-country trio Lady Antebellum, which logged 3.08 million in sales. The Suburbs was nowhere near the year's Top 10 sellers — nor were any other rock albums.
The numbers for rock were no better in 2011; the Arcade Fire–inspired folk of Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More was rock's sole representative in the Top 10 selling albums, while Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" was the token "rock" song on the downloads list. As for 2012, Mumford again was the only rock-esque group on the albums chart, with its sophomore effort Babel, and the downloads chart included rock only if you count Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" and fun.'s "We Are Young" and "Some Nights," though that's grading on an exceedingly generous curve.
----http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/882 ... d-zeppelin
The article, by the way, is about Led Zeppelin, an actual rock band.
I miss Led Zeppelin, and other actual rock bands.