....About the state of our musical and especially pop landscape in 2012? Here, I'm not talking quality or sound, but sales, general public appeal and an overall decline. Are the foundations as we know it crumbling? 95% of the projects our beloved pop roster have embarked on in 2012 have ran arse over tit into the ground with often appalling first-week sales and absoluely no longevity or proper impact. Let's take some stock of the situation: Nicki- started well, ran herself into the ground, over and out by the Re-Up Madonna- we all know... Mariah- she just wasn't Triumphant No Doubt- the comeback that just wasn't Nelly- Oh, Nelly... Ke$ha- the most tawdry first-week album sales we've ever seen for a girl in the supposed "ascent" of her career Christina- Lotus was a BIT of a disaster Tulisa- #35? Alexandra- Heartbreak on Hold, dead on arrival Carly Rae- the hottest new prospect of the year couldn't even shift 50,000 in the US first-week and This Kiss has flew straight into the bargain bin Leona- poor Leona... Cheryl- good first single, much decreased album sales, a tour that struggled to sell and ensuing singles following the first that ground to a halt Marina- a #1 album on a truly terrible week of sales, singles have had no impact The Ting Tings, Little Boots, Diana Vickers- who even knows at this point? And, I mean, even... Rihanna- she's already slipped considerably in the US album charts for someone of major pop Queen status Girls Aloud- TEN and Something New both couldn't hit the top spot despite the high-profile promotion and hype It seems like the only successes we've had this year come from the likes of Emeli and Rita who have been totally shoved in our face and fed down our throats, Taylor who's truly had the era of her life, and I suppose you could say Katy and Rihanna thanks to the continued hype from 2011. And Cher Lloyd, but that of course goes without saying. And maybe the male artists like Flo Rida, Bieber, Guetta and 1D. ...So Houston, do we have a problem? We're used to a few flops a year, but 2012 has been failure after failure after damned failure. Is it time we stopped looking at each individual flop, and started looking at an overall trend? Does pop need a saviour? How can we reverse what is a potentially dangerous trend? Or, simply....is it time pop as the genre on the throne starts to be thrown out into the wilderness again? ....Or is it a wider problem of the infrastructure of the music industry itself? Album sales are darting down across the board, acts across genres seem to be struggling for longevity and real superstardom...do we need a change? And if so, what is it?