vijayjohn wrote:You've never heard of Adele or One Direction? I'm sorry, but I'm having difficulty imagining how that's even possible in the US today. There's no way you can live under a rock deeper than the one I live under, but even I've heard of them.
Same here. And Ed Sheeran.
The thing about both One Direction and Ed Sheeran is that they are generic enough that people have heard of their names and heard their songs, but they can't put them together. I couldn't before I went on my little research trip on Youtube yesterday and I probably still couldn't attribute the One Direction songs to the right band in a blind test. Not even sure about Ed Sheeran, but he doesn't use autotune from what I can hear, so that narrows it down.
vijayjohn wrote:I haven't (knowingly or willingly) listened to the radio pretty much ever. I've almost exclusively listened to foreign stuff my whole life.
I'm similar to that too, not that I don't ever listen to the radio by my own choice, but it pretty much only happens when I'm driving and then I try to keep to stations that play classic rock and pop. So when it comes to modern stuff, we are probably on about the same level, just in different countries.
The thing is, modern pop music is everywhere. Enter a store? There it is. Youtube videos that are pretty much a slideshow? Yep.