Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Xposition - January, 2018


Music’s biggest night kicked off things in 2018 as the 60th Grammy Awards was held in January hosted by James Corden. While Jay-Z was the top nominee with 8 it was Bruno Mars who was the biggest winner of the night earning 6 wins including all three major awards with 24K Magic as the Record of the Year, the album of the same name as the Album of the Year and Song of the Year going to his That’s What I Like. Kendrick Lamar was also a big winner at the Grammys taking 5 awards including Best Rap Album for DAMN., Best Rap Song and Best Music Video for HUMBLE.

Some of the great performances of the night included DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller with Wild Thoughts, Elton John and Miley Cyrus with Tiny Dancer, Kesha with Praying accompanied by Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Bebe Rexha and Julia Michaels as well as tributes to Tom Petty, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell as well for the Las Vegas Shooting and Manchester Arena Bombing. Other significant wins included:
·         Best New Artist: Alessia Cara
·         Best Pop Vocal Album: Ed Sheeran - ÷
·         Best Rock Song: Foo Fighter – Run
·         Best Country Song: Christ Stapleton – Broken halos
·         Best Latin Pop Album: Shakira – El Dorado
·         Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
·         Best Song Written for Visual Media: Lin-Manuel Miranda – How far I’ll go
·         Producer of the Year, Non-Classical – Greg Kurstin

The 75th Golden Globe Awards were also held in January hosted by Seth Myers. Alexandre Desplat won for Best Original Score for The Shape of Water whilst the Best Original Song went to This Is Me performed by Keala Settle from The Greatest Showman written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Meanwhile, some highly anticipated nominations were announced during the month. First up we have the coveted 90th Academy Awards nominees for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

Best Original Score:
·         Dunkirk – Hans Zimmer
·         Phantom Thread – Jonny Greenwood
·         The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat
·         Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams
·         Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Carter Burwell

Best Original Song
·         Mighty River: Mudbound – Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
·         Mystery of Love: Call Me by Your Name – Sufjan Stevens
·         Remember Me: Coco – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
·         Stand Up for Something: Marshall – Diane Warren and Common
·         This Is Me: The Greatest Showman – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Secondly we have the BRIT Awards 2018 nominations with Dua Lipa leading the fray with 5 nods including British Female, British Breakthrough, British Single and British Artist Video of the Year for New Rules, Album of the Year for her self-titled album. She sets a record as the female artist with the highest nominations at the BRIT Awards in one ceremony. Ed Sheeran is also up for 4 awards including British Male, Album of the Year for ÷ and British Single and Video for Shape of You. Breakthrough act last year, Rag N’ Bone Man has 3 nods including British Male and British Single and Album of the Year for Human.

Finally, we have the 5th iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations. Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, DJ Khaled and Luis Fonsi top the nominations each receiving 5 nods. For song of the year the following go head to head for the coveted title:
·         Despacito – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
·         Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
·         Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
·         That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars
·         Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller

Mary J. Blige adds another accolade under her belt after being nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Mud Bound as well as her contribution to the Best Original Song nominee Mighty River as she received the honor of her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In other accolade news, Sigrid won the BBC Sound of 2018. The 21-year old rose to fame in 2017 through her critically acclaimed debut single Don’t Kill My Vibe. Previous recipients of this coveted title include Adele, Years & Years, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding.

Ray Thomas, flautist and vocalist for British Rock group The Moody Blues died on January 4, at the age of 76. Although no cause of death was given, Thomas was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013. Alternative Rock suffered another massive blow when Dolores O’Riordan lead singer of The Cranberries died at the age of 46, when she was in London for a recording session on January 15. Although the cause of death was not made public, police ruled out any suspicions.

In the US, Ed Sheeran & Beyonce continued their reign with Perfect for the first 3 weeks of the month before Sheeran was billed as a solo artist in the last week at the top after which Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug’s Havana took the crown.  During the month Dua Lipa’s New Rules, Justin Timberlake’s Filthy and Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B’s Finesse all entered the top 10.  

In the UK, Ed Sheeran’s formidable rule with Perfect fueled by duets with Beyonce and Andrea Bocelli continued at the top until Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran’s River replace the former as the UK No.1 During the month Ramz’s Barking, Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B’s Finesse, Jason Derulo’s Tip Toe and Camila Cabello’s Never Be The Same all entered the top 10.

Other songs which became popular during the month were:

1.       Rita Ora & Liam Payne – For You
2.       Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – Meant to be
3.       Dua Lipa – IDGAF
4.       Keala Settle – This is me
5.       Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the stars
6.       Jax Jones ft. Ina Wroldsen – Breathe
7.       Rudimental ft. Macklemore & Jess Glynne – These days

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

2017 Recap: A Year in Music


Ciao Adios 2017! We were all in love with the shape of 2017 as it gave us some of the best music the industry had to offer. The greatest moments in music were overshadowed by the horrific tragedies which was clearly a sign of the times. But the world moves on another day, another drama and more music. We have a million reasons to love the year but that doesn’t mean we don’t have issues with it, cause you’ve got them too. While we said we won’t let go of 2017, we had to bid farewell. I don't have new rules, so similar to 2016 I will strip 2017 down under seven segments: genres, albums, singles, milestones, shockers, talent and obituaries, and it goes something just like this: 

1. Genres
The most conspicuous changes in some of the mainstream genres included:
  • Latin music resurfaced with force in the form of Spanglish remixes and dominated the charts  throughout the year.
  • Mainstream Pop gradually reverted to its original form during the year after facing a tropical take over the year before.
  • Hip Hop and Rap were forces to be reckoned with new artists introducing their own flavours.
  • Dancepop and Electropop were reignited as they seeped through several EDM as well as Pop albums
  • Rock and Country once more took a backseat, with the genres becoming almost irrelevant on the charts.  
2. Albums
Some of the most awaited albums were released in 2017:

Shania Twain – Now (5th studio album – first album in 15 years)
Fergie – Double Dutchess (2nd studio album – first album in 11 years)
Steps – Tears on the Dancefloor (5th studio album – first proper album in 17 years)
Linkin Park – One More Light (7th studio album – Bennington's final album)
Zara Larsson – So Good (2nd studio album – first to be internationally released)
Kesha – Rainbow (3rd studio album – first since her legal battle with Dr. Luke)
Pink – Beautiful Trauma (7th studio album – first album in 5 years)
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. (4th studio album – Year-End No.1 in the US)
Ed Sheeran – ÷ (3rd studio album – Year-End No.1 in the UK)
Taylor Swift – Reputation (6th studio album)
Lorde – Melodrama (2nd studio album)
Jay-Z – 4:44 (13th studio album)
Shakira – El Dorado (11th studio album)
Imagine Dragons – Evolve (3rd studio album)
Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life (5th studio album)
Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All (2nd studio album)
Eminem – Revival (9th studio album)

Most of the anticipated albums in 2018 were debut studio albums:
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
Harry Styles – Harry Styles
SZA – Ctrl
The Chainsmokers – Memories…Do Not Open
Khalid – American Teen
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
Niall Horan – Flicker
Liam Gallagher – As You Were

3. Singles
Here are some interesting trivia regarding the global hits of 2017:
  • Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You topped the charts in 44 countries and was conspicuously the most successful song of 2017.
  • The music video for Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do broke the record for most-watched video on YouTube within 24 hours by achieving 43.2 million views passing Adele’s Hello.
  • Logic ft. Khalid & Alessia Cara’s 1-800-273-8255 is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the US which witnessed a surge of more than 50% of calls to the hotline following its release and eventual popularity.
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber’s Despacito tied a 20-year old record held by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men’s One Sweet Day for the longest-reigning number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with 16 weeks.
  • Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) is the second solo Hip-Hop No.1 single by a female in US chart’s history after Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing) in 1998 .
  • With the release of Liam Payne ft. Quavo’s Strip That Down all of One Direction’s members had made their solo debuts each one having at least one hit entering the Top 10 in the UK during the year, and Harry Styles even topping the chart with Sign of the Times. 
  • With Nicki Minaj’s debut of three songs in April on the Billboard Hot 100 (No Frauds, Regrets in Your Tears and Changed It) she passed Aretha Franklin for the most total appearances among women on the chart.
  • With Rihanna’s Love on the Brain entering the Hot 100 Top 10, she passed Elvis Presley becoming the artist with the third most top-ten singles in Hot 100 history behind only Madonna and The Beatles.  
  • Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic All I Want for Christmas is You achieved a chart peak in the US after 23 years of its release when it peaked at No.9.
  • Ed Sheeran’s Perfect grabbed the coveted Christmas No.1 in the UK with its sales being propelled due to duet versions with Beyonce and Andrea Bocelli.  
4. Milestones
Some musicians need to be given the due recognition for their achievements during the year.
  • Adele became the first artist in history to win the triple crowns at the ceremony twice with Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Hello and Album of the Year for 25 at the 59th Grammy Awards a feat which she previously achieved in 2012. 
  • The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and Bee Gees lead vocalist Barry Gibb were knighted in the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honours
  • Sir Paul McCartney, Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran receive the prestigious MBE in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours List 
  • Taylor Swift wins sexual assault case against DJ David Mueller for groping her at a 2013 concert 
  • Diana Ross was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 American Music Awards
  • Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year was bestowed on Alejandro Sanz at the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards
  • Pink received the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards 
  • Robbie Williams received the Icon Award at the BRIT Awards 2017 
  • Pitbull was awarded the inaugural Dick Clark Achievement Award for his contribution to Latin Music at the 2017 Latin American Music Awards 
  • Jay-Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and became the first rapper in history to be bestowed with such an honour.
  • Selena Gomez was named 2017’s Billboard Woman of the Year 
  • U2 received the Global Icon Award at the 2017 MTV European Music Awards 
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber’s Despacito became the most watched YouTube video of all time with over 4.7 billion views.
  • Lady Gaga’s performance at the 2017 Super Bowl LI Halftime Show was the second most-watched in history and is also among the most critically acclaimed of all time
  • Sampha’s Process won the coveted 2017 Mercury Prize
  • Afrojack played a record breaking eight sets at Tomorrowland 2017 
  • Vera Lynn made history when her album, 100, charted at Number 3 in the UK, making her the first living centenarian to have a Top 10 album
  • Cher was bestowed with the Icon Award at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards 
  • Britney Spears honoured with the Icon Award at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards
5. Shockers
There were amazing moments in 2017 as well as the tragic ones that made up this memorable year.
  • 58 people were shot dead and around 851 were injured in a shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival during Jason Aldean’s performance, making this the second deadliest concert shootings in history.  
  • Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park hangs himself soon after the release of the band’s 7th studio album 
  • A suicide bomb attack after an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena resulted in 22 deaths and left 250 injured.
  • Glastonbury to take a year’s break after pulling in a record peak audience of 4.1 million viewers for Ed Sheeran’s headline slot and be replaced with BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend
  • Ed Sheeran privately settles a case of copyright infringement for his single Photograph and  the similarity between Matt Cardle’s Amazing 
  • Fergie takes an indefinite break from the Black Eyed Peas 
  • Tony Hadley, lead singer of Spandau Ballet formally announces his departure from the band
  • Russia withdraws from Eurovision as Ukraine bans their representative Yulia Samoylova  from entering the host country by virtue of having traveled directly from Russia to Crimea in 2015
  • Hip-Hop trio Tulisa, Dappy and Fazer indicates a N-Dubz reunion 
  • The first ever Asia-Pacific Eurovision Song Contest was announced as Eurovision Asia was formally launched with 20 countries coming together to compete in an annual grand finale.
6. Talent
Here are the winners of those talent/reality contests which produce some of the best artists:

62nd Eurovision Song Contest – Portugal with Salvador Sobral’s Amar Pelos Dois
The X Factor (14th Season) – Rak-Su mentored by Simon Cowell
The Voice (12th Season) – Chris Blue coached by Alicia Keys
The Voice (13th Season – Chloe Kohanski coached by Blake Shelton
The Voice UK (6th Season) – Mo Adeniran coached by Jennifer Hudson
Britain’s Got Talent (11th Season) – Tokio Myers

7. Obituaries
Finally we remember those who left us in 2017.

Al Jarreau (12 February 1940 – 12 February 2017)
Joni Sledge (13 September 1956 – 10 March 2017)
Chuck Berry (18 October 1926 – 18 March 2017)
J. Geils (20 February 1946 – 11 April 2017)
Chris Cornell (20 July 1964 – 18 May 2017)
Gregg Allman (08 December 1947 – 27 May 2017)
Chester Bennington (20 March 1976 – 20 July 2017)
Tom Petty (20 October 1950 – 02 October 2017)
David Cassidy (12 April 1950 – 21 November 2017)
Wayne Cochran (10 May 1939 – 21 November 2017)
Kim Jong-hyun (08 April 1990 – 18 December 2017)

Till next year...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Best Love Songs of 2017


While 2016 was a disappointment in the outpour of love songs, the same cannot be said about 2017. Since 2017 belonged to Ed Sheeran, it should not come as a major surprise that it his duet version of Perfect with Beyonce is what takes the crown on this compilation. His global mega hit Shape of You also appears on the list, although not among the top ranks. At a close second is Lana Del Rey's mesmerizing hit, Love, followed by Brett Young's country hit In Case You Didn't Know. 

In terms of genre we see mostly Pop songs with the likes of veteran crooners such as John Mayer and Michael Buble also making appearances. Rita Ora's comeback is also featured with both her hits Your Song and Anywhere within the top 10. Lana Del Rey has another entry, her other being Lust For Life, a collaboration with The Weeknd, the latter having his hit I Feel It Coming also on the list. G-Eazy and Halsey appear with their Him & I, a sappiness oozing duet between the lovestruck duo. New artists such as Julia Michaels, Lauv and Starley also have entries on the list alongside former One Direction members Zayn, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson and former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello. So hope you enjoy the top 30 love songs of 2017:

  1. Ed Sheeran & Beyonce – Perfect
  2. Lana Del Rey – Love
  3. Brett Young – In case you didn’t know
  4. Rita Ora – Your song
  5. John Mayer – Love on the weekend
  6. Rita Ora – Anywhere
  7. Michael Bublé – I believe in you
  8. Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson – Symphony
  9. Louis Tomlinson ft. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals – Back to you
  10. Julia Michaels – Issues
  11. Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R. – Best part
  12. Ed Sheeran – Shape of you
  13. Zayn ft. Sia – Dusk till dawn
  14. Starley – Call on me
  15. G-Eazy & Halsey – Him & I
  16. Echosmith – Get into my car
  17. Lauv – I like me better
  18. HAIM – Want you back
  19. Dua Lipa ft. Miguel – Lost in your light
  20. Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd – Lust for life
  21. Harry Styles – Sweet creature
  22. Camila Cabello – Never be the same
  23. Taylor Swift – Call it what you want
  24. Miley Cyrus – Malibu
  25. DJ Snake & Lauv – A different way
  26. Demi Lovato – Tell me you love me
  27. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I feel it coming
  28. Kendrick Lamar ft. Zacari – Love
  29. Lady Gaga – The cure
  30. Selena Gomez & Marshmello – Wolves 
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Xposition - December, 2017


While the awards season officially came to a close we had other accolades to be given. These were the year-end coronations. Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You was a no-shocker there as it crowned almost all the major year-end charts worldwide from US and UK to Canada and Australia. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber’s Despacito was a close second as it was released later in the year as a Spanglish remix. In the US, it was a clearly male dominated chart with Halsey being the lone female within the top 10, even that only as a featured role in The Chainsmokers’ Closer. In the UK too it was not too different as there were only two females featured in the top 10: Zara Larsson featured on Clean Bandit’s Symphony and Raye featured on Jax Jones’ You Don’t Know Me. The top 10 for the major markets are as follows:

United States
United Kingdom
Ed Sheeran – Shape of you
Ed Sheeran – Shape of you
Ed Sheeran – Shape of you
Ed Sheeran – Shape of you
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito
Bruno Mars – That’s what I like
Ed Sheeran – Castle on the hill
Ed Sheeran – Castle on the hill
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer
Kendrick Lamar – Humble.
French Montana ft. Swae Lee – Unforgettable
Ed Sheeran – Perfect
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something just like this
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something just like this
Ed Sheeran – Galway girl
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something just like this
French Montana ft. Swae Lee – Unforgettable
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad and boujee
Ed Sheeran – Perfect
Imagine Dragons – Thunder
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – Starboy
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer
Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson – Symphony
Ed Sheeran – Galway girl
Bruno Mars – That’s what I like
Sam Hunt – Body like a bad road
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human
Kendrick Lamar – Humble.
Kygo & Selena Gomez – It ain’t me
Imagine Dragons – Believer
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something just like this
Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey – Glorious
Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie - Rockabye
Post Malone ft. Quavo – Congratulations
Jax Jones ft. Raye – You don’t know me
Shawn Mendes – There’s nothing holdin’ me back
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – I’m the one

Although the BRIT Awards 2018 are to be held in February, as per the norm the winner of the BRITs Critics Choice was announced. Beating competition from Mabel and Stefflon Don, Jorja Smith was announced as the winner of the coveted award. She follows in the footsteps of Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and most recently Rag ‘n’ Bone Man who proved he indeed has what it takes to be a superstar.

In reality TV news, the X Factor had its grand finale in December where Rak-Su emerged victorious over Grace Davies after an intense last battle. Rak-Su won with their own original song Dimelo which features Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy. Another significance of this victory is that they are only the second group to have won the show after Little Mix and the only boy band to win it. Mentored by Simon Cowell, the foursome managed to win the audience and was a much easier win being the clear favorites unlike the year before.

It was also revealed at the end of the month that The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and Bee Gees founder member Barry Gibb had been awarded knighthoods in the Queen’s New Year Honours. Other honorees include grime star Wiley, real name Richard Cowie, who is awarded an MBE for his services to music.

On the other side of the world, the lead singer of K-Pop band SHINee Kim Jong-hyun was found unconscious at his home and dead upon admission to hospital at the age of 27. His death is considered to be ruled as an apparent suicide.   

In the US, Post Malone ft. 21 Savage’s Rockstar continued its reign till the third week until Ed Sheeran’s Perfect took the crown fueled by a duet version with Beyonce and continued at the top for the rest of the month. During the month Migos, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B entered the top 10 with MotorSport and Mariah Carey entered the top 10 with her Christmas classic All I Want For Christmas Is You, which achieved its chart peak 23 years since it was originally released.   

In the UK, Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug’s Havana began the month at the top but was dethroned again by Ed Sheeran’s Perfect. Perfect remained at the top throughout even grabbing the coveted Christmas No.1. During the month Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels' I Miss You, MK’s 17 and Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran’s River all entered the top 10.

Other songs which became popular during the month were:

1.       NF – Let you down
2.       Dua Lipa – IDGAF
3.       Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran & Future – End game
4.       Inna – Nirvana
5.       Camila Cabello – Never be the same
6.       Halsey & G-Eazy – Him & I
7.       Jason Derulo ft. French Montana – Tip toe 

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Greatest Hits of 2017


2017 was the year of Ed. With monumental sales for his third studio album Divide (÷) as well as its titanic lead single, Shape of You, Sheeran reignited traditional Pop as a mainstream genre worldwide. The magnitude of this influence was far reaching, as his singles and album redefined pop culture during the year making a massive impact on various global charts and paving the way for other Pop artists to achieve chart success. However, Sheeran was not the only influence in 2017. 

The year also witnessed the resurgence of Latin music which seeped into the mainstream in the form of Spanglish remixes. The foundation of the Latin dance mega hit Bailando, which Enrique Iglesias laid in 2014 was exponentially heightened by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee this year with a Spanglish reworking of their song Despacito with Justin Bieber. This proved to be extremely successful, commercially and critically, breaking many records all over including tying with the 22-year old record held by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men’s One Sweet Day for the longest streak at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and also becoming the most-watched music video in the world.

The year was also marred by death and destruction, tragedy and commotion throughout the industry. As a result several charity songs also achieved chart success although none of which managed to enter here. Apart from Ed Sheeran, several artists who have been in the industry managed to release their biggest hits i.e. Kygo, French Montana, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato and some of the newer artists such as Post Malone, Dua Lipa and Camila Cabello achieved immense success. Moreover, another point to note is that all the former One Direction members (excluding Zayn who already proved that he had potential for a solo career in 2016) released hit singles out of which only Louis Tomlinson failed to achieve enough success to be included in this list.

In terms of genres, Rap and R&B took over the mainstream initially as Reggae Fusion and Dancehall which was popular in 2016 disappeared from the mainstream. Later on Pop and Latin music took over the charts globally and their stronghold could not be swayed as Rock, EDM and Country took the backseat this year. However, mainstream music in general seemed to be influenced with a very tropical flavor, possibly a remnant from the Dancehall of yesteryear as genres ranging from Pop, House and Rap seemed to inculcate the new sultry beats.  

Ed Sheeran, Taylors Swift and Alessia Cara have the highest number of entries with 3 followed by Zayn, The Chainsmokers, DJ Khaled, Quavo, Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Beyonce, Lil Uzi Vert, Katy Perry, Clean Bandit, Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd and Daft Punk with 2 each. The list this year was compiled based on worldwide charts alone mainly considering the US and UK charts but also giving weight to the success achieved in the European markets as well as Canada and Oceania. So here are the best 50 songs of 2017:
  1. Ed Sheeran – Shape of you 
  2. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito 
  3. Bruno Mars – That’s what I like
  4. DJ Khaled ft. Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper & Quavo – I’m the one 
  5. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – Havana 
  6. French Montana ft. Swae Lee – Unforgettable 
  7. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something just like this 
  8. Taylor Swift – Look what you made me do 
  9. Kendrick Lamar – Humble. 
  10. Dua Lipa – New rules
  11. Kygo & Selena Gomez – It ain’t me 
  12. Shawn Mendes – There’s nothing holdin’ me back
  13. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad and boujee 
  14. Calvin Harris ft. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Big Sean – Feels 
  15. Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – Rockstar 
  16. Clean Bandit ft. Anne Marie & Sean Paul – Rockabye 
  17. J Balvin & Willy William ft. Beyoncé – Mi gente 
  18. DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild thoughts 
  19. Sam Smith – Too good at goodbyes
  20. Pink – What about us 
  21. Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé – Perfect 
  22. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I feel it coming 
  23. Zayn & Taylor Swift – I don’t wanna live forever 
  24. The Chainsmokers – Paris
  25. Charlie Puth – Attention 
  26. Liam Payne ft. Quavo – Strip  that down
  27. Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – 1-800-273-8255 
  28. Imagine Dragons – Believer 
  29. Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson – Symphony
  30. Ed Sheeran – Castle on the hill  
  31. Zayn ft. Sia – Dusk till dawn 
  32. Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay 
  33. Future – Mask off 
  34. Harry Styles – Sign of the times 
  35. Julia Michaels – Issues 
  36. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – Starboy 
  37. Imagine Dragons – Thunder 
  38. James Arthur – Say you won’t let go
  39. Niall Horan – Slow hands 
  40. Cardi B – Bodak yellow (money moves)
  41. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer 
  42. Lil Uzi Vert – XO Tour Llif3 
  43. Drake – Passionfruit 
  44. Demi Lovato – Sorry not sorry 
  45. Rag n’ Bone Man – Human 
  46. Portugal. The Man – Feel it still 
  47. Alessia Cara – Scars to your beautiful 
  48. Taylor Swift - …Ready for it? 
  49. Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – Chained to the rhythm
  50. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – Black Beatles 
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Friday, December 29, 2017

Xposition - November, 2017


The awards season was in full swing this November. First up was the 2017 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Chris Stapleton was the big winner of the night winning Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for From a Room: Volume 1. The other winners were:
·         Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
·         New Artist of the Year: Jon Pardi
·         Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks
·         Single of the Year: Keith Urban – Blue ain’t your color
·         Song of the Year: Little Big Town – Better man
·         Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
·         Music Video of the Year: Brothers Osborne – It ain’t my fault
·         Musical Event of the Year: Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson – Funny how time slips away

Next up we have the MTV European Music Awards which was hosted by Rita Ora at the Wembley Arena, London. She gave a brilliant performance of her songs Your Song and new hit Anywhere and was also bestowed with the Power of Music Award. Other good performances of the night were Camila Cabello’s Havana, Eminem and Skylar Grey’s Walk on Water, Shawn Mendes’ There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back and Clean Bandit’s medley of Symphony, Rockabye and I Miss You with Zara Larsson, Anne-Marie and Julia Michaels. Shawn Mendes was the big winner of the night taking home four awards including Best Artist and Best Song for There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back. Other significant wins include:
·         Best Video: Kendrick Lamar – Humble
·         Best New Artist: Dua Lipa
·         Best Pop: Camila Cabello
·         Best Electronic: David Guetta
·         Best Rock: Coldplay
·         Best Hip-Hop: Eminem
·         Global Icon: U2

The 2017 Latin Grammys were also held in November with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee both leading with 4 awards for their mega hit Despacito winning Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Urban/Fusion Performance and Best Short Form Music Video. Some of the best performances of the night included CNCO with Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos), Luis Fonsi, Bomba Estéreo, Victor Manuelle and Diplo with Despacito and Maluma with Felices Los 4. Some of the other significant winners were:
·        Album of the Year: Rubén Blades with Roberto Delgado & Orquesta – Salsa Big Band
·         Best New Artist: Vincente Garcia
·         Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album: Shakira – El Dorado
·         Producer of the Year: Eduardo Cabra
·         Best Urban Song: Residente – Somos Anormales

The 2017 American Music Awards is the final major award ceremony for the year. Bruno Mars had an almost clean sweep grabbing 7 out of his 8 nominations of the night including Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock, Favorite Male Artist R&B/Soul and Video of the Year for That’s What I Like. There were amazing performances by Marshmello and Selena Gomez with Wolves, Imagine Dragons and Khalid with a mashup of Thunder and Young, Dumb and Broke, BTS with DNA and Diana Ross who was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award sang a medley of her hits I’m Coming Out, Take Me Higher, Ease on Down the Road, The Best Years of My Life and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. The other major wins include:
·         New Artist of the Year: Niall Horan
·    Collaboration of the Year: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito
·         Tour of the Year: Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
·         Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock: Lady Gaga
·    Favorite Song - Pop/Rock: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito
·         Favorite Artist - Rap/Hip-Hop: Drake
·         Favorite Artist - Latin: Shakira
·         Favorite Artist - Electronic Dance Music: The Chainsmokers
·         Favorite Soundtrack: Moana

Lastly in awards news, we have the most anticipated nominations in music - Grammys. The 2018 Grammy Nominations were announced at the end of the month with Jay-Z leading with 8 nominations followed by Kendrick Lamar with 7 and Bruno Mars with 6. The following are the nominees under the 4 main categories:
1.       Record of the Year
·         Childish Gambino – Redbone
·         Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito
·         Jay-Z – The story of O.J.
·         Kendrick Lamar – Humble.
·         Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
2.       Album of the Year
·         Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love
·         Jay-Z – 4:44
·         Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
·         Lorde – Melodrama
·         Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
3.       Song of the Year
·         Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito
·         Jay-Z – 4:44
·         Julia Michaels – Issues
·         Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – 1-800-273-8255
·         Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
4.       Best New Artist
·         Alessia Cara
·         Khalid
·         Lil Uzi Vert
·         Julia Michaels
·         SZA

In other news, Selena Gomez was named the Billboard’s 2017 Woman of the Year. The singer was honored at the annual Women in Music gala at the end of the month. This year the Rising Star was awarded to 2016 America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal.  The other honorees were:
·         Rulebreaker Award – Kehlani
·         Icon of the Year – Mary J. Blige
·         Breakthrough – Camila Cabello
·         Powerhouse – Kelly Clarkson

Meanwhile in chart news, in the US, Post Malone ft. 21 Savage’s Rockstar reigned supreme throughout the month although Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug’s Havana peaked at No.2 and came extremely close to dethroning Rockstar. During the month Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé’s Perfect, Lil Pump’s Gucci Gang and Maroon 5 ft. SZA’s What Lovers Do all entered the top 10.  

In the UK, Rockstar opened the month at the top although here Camila Cabello managed to overthrow Post Malone and stayed at the top for the remainder of the month. During the month Rita Ora’s Anywhere, Charlie Puth’s How Long and Eminem ft. Beyoncé’s Walk on Water all entered the top 10.

Other songs which became popular during the month were: 
1.       Selena Gomez & Marshmello – Wolves
2.       Big Shaq – Man’s not hot
3.       Taylor Swift – Call it what you want
4.       Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels – I miss you
5.       NF – Let you down
6.       Sam Smith – One last song
7.       Post Malone – I fall apart 

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