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HITS LIST: SIGNS OF A
WHOLE NEW DEAL
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RAINMAKERS:
STEVE COOPER
Turnaround specialist becomes a music man. (1/15a)
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Recalibrating for changing tastes. (1/15a)
DANGEROUS TIMES: A CONVERSATION WITH MORGAN WALLEN
As his song says, "Livin' the Dream." (1/14a)
ACADEMY AND DUGAN
DUE TO SETTLE?
A messy divorce nears its resolution. (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
HOW TO FIND 11,780 VOTES
It's the way all the biggest mob bosses did it.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
Critics' Choice
YES! A PROG CHART, AT LONG LAST
9/3/15

The Official Charts Company and Prog magazine launched the U.K.’s first prog-rock album chart today. It’ll appear on the sites of both outfits each month.

So what constitutes prog in the 21st century? Tame Impala for starters. Currents (Interscope) is #1 on the inaugural chart. Kevin Parker’s entirely self-made work is a headphone masterpiece and one of the year’s best albums, but it doesn’t strike us as particularly prog.   

 “You look at some of the bestselling and acclaimed artists of the modern era like Muse, Radiohead, Mogwai, Tame Impala—what they do is incredible,” said Prog editor Jerry Ewing told The Guardian. “They are challenging themselves, their audience and inspiring a new generation, and the official progressive albums chart is the platform in which this will be recognized.”

Here’s the initial Top 10:

  1. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  2. MuseDrones
  3. Roger WatersAmused to Death
  4. Joe SatrianiShockwave Supernova
  5. Public Service BroadcastingThe Race for Space
  6. Faith No MoreSol Invictus
  7. Symphony XUnderworld
  8. Pink FloydThe Endless River
  9. Tim BownessStupid Things That Mean the World
  10. NightwishEndless Forms Most Beautiful