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Battle of the Headliners

T in the Park - Kasabian or Jay-Z?

I love Kasabian – I was there from the start, at Leeds Festival on the NME stage, when Clubfoot had just been released and knew I was witnessing something special. I have since seen them at Glastonbury, gigs and now at T in the Park and yet again they proved they are special, not just your average guitar band.

Yet I have to admit I am a follower when it comes to Jay Z – once he received all the hype after his headline appearance at Glastonbury I sat up and took notice.

But, I have to be honest and say I don’t agree with Jay Z being the warm up act Kasabian at T in the Park. I can understand the organisers logic in not wanting two hip hop headliners and with Eminem’s exclusive performance on the Saturday night, this seems to be the reason for the  Jigga Man’s position in the line up.

Both Jay Z and Kasabian shone at the festival in Kinross below is a just a few reasons why Jay should have been the headliner, and sometimes you can’t ignore the cold hard facts:

Jay-Z Kasabian
1988 - present 1998 - present
40,000,000 albums sold worldwide Less than 2,000,000 albums worldwide
11 number 1 studio albums out of 11 2 number 1 studio albums out of 3
Part owner of Roc Nation Records Signed to Columbia Records
Billboard - 5th most successful solo artist of past decade Billboard - N/A
138 award nominations 22 award nominations
41 awards won – including 10 Grammy Awards counting Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Album and 4 Mobo Awards such as Best International Male and Best Song 6 awards won – including NME Best Album and Brit Award for Best British Group

The figures speak for themselves when it comes to the worldwide success of both performers. Both put on an exceptional show, using their magic to get the crowd going, singing and dancing along to their hits, yet it seems that Jay Z has more hits than Kasabian and surely that is what makes a headliner.

Even as a fair-weather follower I had my diamonds in the sky exclaiming that I had 99 problems but a bitch isn’t one!
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Caroline Gibson
19th July 2010
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