And in the end, it never even got to go out in the slot it has occupied for the last few years; instead, Top of The Pops was tonight quietly taken out behind Television Centre, and shot through the head. You could argue that it went out fighting, with a strong final line-up. But the top draws were Crazy Frog and James Blunt, so we'll discount that, shall we? Excuse me, Pan's People are dancing to the Crazy Frog's new single. I'll be out back with my shotgun. Oh, and Pan's People 2000 don't seem to like clothes. Skirts and tops in particular… I wonder part of the decline in TOTP over the past how many years (10? 15?) is due to the other crisis in Pop that reared its head in yesterday's chart. Yes, I'm talking about how Rachel Steven's So Good only managed to make it to Number 10 this week. Both Popjustice and Sweeping The Nation have covered the issue in greater depth than I will, but to sum up: there are very few pop stars that sell records. And that led me to think - the most recent UK female pop star who can still have guaranteed hits is Kylie Minogue (yeah, yeah, I know, but despite not actually being British, she is a British-made act). Which is a little depressing. For the men, you have Robbie Williams; but having little to no new stars with staying power in the past ten years is very worrying. But what can be done? Some might say that the internet can come to our rescue, by building up new acts and fulfilling a role previously occupied by the music press (c.f. the last post on the NME, and Smash Hits). And to be fair, people are giving that a shot. Unfortunately, the internet is all hype and no trousers itself at the moment (ask the eight people who bought Annie's Anniemal, for example). I might be a music fascist, but there is no place in any just world for Heather Small. Popjustice is heartened by the departure of Radio 1's music head, Alex Jones-Donelly, but I wonder whether how much power Radio 1 has anymore, with the rise of Radio 2 and the increasing power of the music channels on digital satellite. I don't think one station, channel, or paper is as important as it used to be, and perhaps the big fads and followings of the past will never happen again. TOTP is dead. And maybe it's just as well.