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Which Young Musicians Will Still Be Huge In Their Fifties?

Jill Devine

When I go see legendary bands like Fleetwood Mac and Paul McCartney, I can’t help but think about their “younger years”.  It may sound weird, but I think about what it was like to be a fan of these bands when they were in their “heyday” OR I think about what it must have been like to be them in their “heyday”.  It also says something about these artists when they can sell out a show 20, 30, even 50 years after those “heydays”.

I bring this up because I often think about today’s musicians and who will be selling out shows in 30 years.  Ironically, an article about this very thing was just published:

In an article that explores how quickly tickets to the classic-rock festival Desert Trip (aka Oldchella)–featuring Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and The Who–The Ringer’s Nathan Hubbard lists which of today’s twentysomething acts are still likely to be packing arenas in their fifties. He breaks them into three categories, as outlined below:

*Absolute locks: Taylor Swift, Drake, Rihanna, the guys from One Direction, Justin Bieber, Adele.

*Possibilities: Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, 5 Seconds of Summer, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, some iteration of The Jonas Brothers.

*Complete and total wild card: Miley Cyrus.

What do you think about the above lists?  I don’t agree with One Direction and I definitely don’t agree with Miley Cyrus (even if she is a wild card).  I can see Taylor and Adele still touring and selling out shows in 30 years.


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