Thursday, May 10, 2018

My Favorite Hits of 2017


2017 was indeed an interesting year. While the greatest hits of the year failed to find a place on this list with the exception of Despacito, I found the average hits more to my liking. In terms of my taste, EDM, Rap and Pop clearly ruled the global charts and also this compilation. Genre wise it is a smorgasbord of sub-genres with a few entries from Latin Pop and Hip-Hop. Several artists have numerous entries, the highest of which is Nicki Minaj with 4 entries as a featured artist followed by Charlie Puth, Taylor Swift, Julia Michaels, Jason Derulo, Niall Horan, Cardi B, Maroon 5, SZA, The Weeknd, Demi Lovato, David Guetta and Bruno Mars each with 2 entries .   

However, my most favorite from all of last year’s releases was Kygo’s EDM smash hit It Ain’t Me containing Selena Gomez’ haunting vocals followed by G-Eazy’s pump anthem No Limit and Rita Ora’s Anywhere. So here are my top 50 favorite hits of 2017 in descending order:  
  1. Kygo & Selena Gomez – It ain’t me
  2. G-Eazy ft. Cardi B & A$AP Rocky – No limit
  3. Rita Ora – Anywhere
  4. French Montana ft. Swae Lee – Unforgettable
  5. DNCE ft. Nicki Minaj – Kissing strangers
  6. Maroon 5 ft. SZA – What lovers do
  7. Charlie Puth – How long
  8. Julia Michaels – Issues
  9. Taylor Swift – Call it what you want
  10. Portugal. The Man – Feel it still
  11. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
  12. Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd – Lust for life
  13. Martin Jenson – Solo dance
  14. Jason Derulo – Tip toe
  15. Nick Jonas – Find you
  16. Echosmith – Goodbye
  17. Liam Payne ft. Quavo – Strip that down
  18. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – Despacito
  19. Demi Lovato ft. Iggy Azalea – Kingdom come
  20. Harry Styles – Sign of the times
  21. Cardi B – Bodak yellow (money moves)
  22. Drake – Passionfruit
  23. Maroon 5 ft. Future – Cold
  24. Pixie Lott ft. Stylo G – Won’t forget you
  25. Taylor Swift – Look what you made me do
  26. Niall Horan – Too much to ask
  27. Lorde ft. Post Malone, SZA & Khalid – Homemade dynamite
  28. Shawn Mendes – There’s nothing holdin’ me back
  29. David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne – Light my body up
  30. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I feel it coming
  31. Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla
  32. Jax Jones ft. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don – Instruction
  33. Dua Lipa – Be the one
  34. Ariana Grande – Everyday
  35. Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui – Strangers
  36. Stargate ft. Pink & Sia – Waterfall
  37. Alesso – Falling
  38. Bruno Mars – That’s what I like
  39. CNCO ft. Little Mix – Reggaetón lento
  40. Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson – Unpredictable
  41. Julia Michaels – Uh huh
  42. Gabrielle Aplin – Love so slow
  43. Zara Larsson – I would like 
  44. Charlie Puth – Attention
  45. Bruno Mars vs. David Guetta – Versace on the floor
  46. Anne Marie – Ciao adios
  47. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  48. Rag N’ Bone Man – Human
  49. Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – Feels
  50. Niall Horan – Slow hands
Till the next favs...

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Xposition - March, 2018


The curtains closed on the biggest night for music scores and original songs for visual media. At the 2018 Academy Awards Alexandre Desplat received the award for his Original Score on The Shape of Water which went onto win the Best Director and Best Picture as well. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez took home their second prize for Original Song for Remember Me from Coco. Prior to this the Lopez’ received the award for their song Let It Go written for Disney’s box office hit Frozen in 2014.

Ed Sheeran was the top recipient at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards sweeping 4 awards including Male Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for Shape of You. Some great performances of the night were Camila Cabello & Young Thug with their hit Havana, Charlie Puth with How Long and Cardi B who won Best New Artist performed a medley of her hits Bartier Cardi, MotorSport, No Limit (with G-Eazy), Finesse and Bodak Yellow. Bon Jovi who received the Icon Award also played a medley of It’s My Life and Who Gives Love a Bad Name. Taylor Swift who was the recipient of the Female Artist of the Year premiered the music video for her newest single Delicate at the ceremony. Some of the other significant wins were:

  • Best Duo/Group of the Year: Maroon 5
  • Best Collaboration: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something just like this
  • Alternative Rock Song of the Year: Portugal. The Man – Feel it still
  • Country Song of the Year: Sam Hunt – Body like a back road
  • Dance Song of the Year: Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay
  • Hip-Hop Song of the Year: DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild thoughts
  • R&B Song of the Year: Bruno Mars – That’s what I like
  • Latin Song of the Year: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – Despacito
  • Best Music Video: Harry Styles – Sign of the times
  • Best Tour: U2
Luis Fonsi and Residente were honored with the President’s Award and the Champion’s Award respectively at the BMI Latin Awards for their social work and philanthropy as well as their status as songwriters and artists with immense contributions to the Latin community.

The biggest shock of the month or not something super shocking was when Fifth Harmony (or Fourth after Cabello left in 2016) announced their hiatus to pursue solo endeavours. However, their upcoming shows through to the end of 2018 will go ahead as planned. Fifth Harmony seems to be another casualty of the curse where a group could not survive the departure of a member. Prior to this One Direction went on a hiatus, one year after Zayn Malik left to pursue a solo career.  

On the legal front in the music industry, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s verdict in the District Court wherein damages were awarded against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for infringing the copyrights of Marvin Gaye’s hit Got To Give It Up in their global hit Blurred Lines. The decision was a huge victory for Gaye’s family who was awarded US $ 5.3 million by the jury. Whilst the industry had mixed opinions with some believing this may hinder musical creativity, some believe that artists should be more responsible in their creations so as not to sample existing music without proper authorizations and royalties.

Meanwhile in chart news, in the US, Drake’s God Plan continued its formidable reign in the US with no proper competition except for Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign’s Psycho which debuted at No.2 during the month. During the month Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s The Middle, XXXTentacion’s Sad! and Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown’s Freaky Friday all entered the top 10.  

In the UK too, Drake’s God’s Plan remained at the top during the entirety of the month with Rudimental featuring Macklemore, Jess Glynne Dan Caplen’s These Days struggling at No.2 throughout. During the month Marshmello & Anne Marie’s Friends, Kendrick Lamar & SZA’s All the Stars, Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton’s Say Something and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s The Middle all entered the top 10.

Other songs which became popular during the month were:
1.       George Ezra – Paradise
2.       Sigala & Paloma Faith – Lullaby
3.       Troye Sivan – My my my!
4.       Calum Scott & Leona Lewis – You are the reason
5.       Iggy Azalea ft. Quavo – Savior
6.       Niall Horan – On the loose
7.       Pink – Whatever you want

Till the next beat...

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Best Songs About Dreams


Dreams are wishes that we hope will come true in our future. Be it an ambition that one has, for which he will work toward in his future, or the hope that all his worries will be over, wherein all the obstacles in his life he managed to overcome. A dream can be for your one true love to be with you at the end, the happily ever after that we all wish would come true. A dream can be your sleepy conscience going wild at night or the nightmares that make your sleep as restless as possible. Yes, dreams at the end of the day keep our imagination alive and breathe life to hope, which kindles the flame of our soul. This list is for all you dreamers out there to keep dreaming.

The compilation consists of a mishmash of genres ranging from Pop, Rock and Rap to Electropop, Eurodance and Opera. There are several soundtracks also featured here. Fleetwood Mac takes the crown with their classic hit Dreams followed by the haunting rendition of Patti LuPone’s I Dreamed a Dream from the Les Misérable Soundtrack and Billy Joel’s hit The River of Dreams. The only person with 3 entries is Roy Orbison, who seemed to have had an obsession with dreams.  So here are the top 50 songs about dreams:
  1. Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
  2. Patti LuPone – I dreamed a dream (Les Misérables OST)
  3. Billy Joel – The river of dreams
  4. Crowded House – Don’t dream it’s over
  5. ABBA – I have a dream
  6. Eurythmics – Sweet dreams (are made of this)
  7. Roy Orbison – Dream baby
  8. Nelly – Just a dream
  9. Roy Orbison – In dreams
  10. Stephen Foster – Beautiful dreamer
  11. Green Day – Boulevard of broken dreams
  12. Evanescence – Imaginary
  13. Aerosmith – Dream on
  14. Ozzie Nelson – Dream a little dream of me
  15. Mary Costa & Bill Shirley – Once upon a dream (Sleeping Beauty OST)
  16. The Corrs – Only when I sleep
  17. The Everly Brothers – All I have to do is dream
  18. Roy Orbison – In the real world
  19. Cliff Edwards – When you wish upon a star (Pinocchio OST)
  20. Heart – These dreams
  21. The Cranberries – Dreams
  22. Selena – Dreaming of you
  23. Owl City – Fireflies
  24. Jason Donovan – Any dream will do (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coat OST)
  25. Bobby Darin – Dream lover
  26. Ziv Zaifman, Hugh Jackman & Michelle Williams – A million dreams (The Greatest Showman OST)
  27. Gabrielle – Dreams
  28. Keane – A bad dream
  29. Beyonce – Sweet dreams
  30. Cheap Trick – Dream police
  31. Adriana Caselotti – Someday my prince will come (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves OST)
  32. Jackie Evancho – Made to dream
  33. Celine Dion – Dreamin’ of you
  34. Margery McKay – Climb ev’ry mountain (The Sound of Music OST)
  35. Metallica – Enter sandman
  36. Coldplay – A head full of dreams
  37. Dua Lipa – Dreams
  38. Marc Anthony – When I dream at night
  39. Taylor Swift – Wildest dreams
  40. Imagine Dragons – Dream
  41. O-Town – Liquid dreams
  42. Blondie – Dreaming
  43. Celine Dion – The power of the dream
  44. La Bouche – Sweet dreams (ola ola e)
  45. 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor – Dreams (will come alive)
  46. NF – Dreams
  47. Daryl Hall & John Oates - You Make My Dreams
  48. Hilary Duff – What dreams are made of
  49. REO Speedwagon – In my dreams
  50. Aurora – Dreaming
Till the next chord...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Xposition - February, 2018


Although the Grammys are over, we are not done with the awards season, as we have UK’s biggest music night to celebrate with Dua Lipa and Stormzy emerging as the top winners at the 2018 BRIT Awards. Lipa took home British Breakthrough and British Female while Stormzy took home the British Male and the coveted Album of the Year for Gang Signs and Prayer. The night’s memorable performances included Dua Lipa with her summer smash New Rules, Ed Sheeran with Supermarker Flowers, Rita Ora with a medley of Your Song, Anywhere and For You accompanied by Liam Payne and a surprise performance by Liam Gallagher with Oasis hit Live Forever. Other recipients include:
·         British Group: Gorillaz
·         British Producer of the Year: Steve Mac
·         British Single: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human
·         British Artist Video of the Year: Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
·         International Male Solo Artist: Kendrick Lamar
·         International Female Solo Artist: Lorde
·         International Group: Foo Fighters
·         BRITs Global Success Award: Ed Sheeran

In other music news, Justin Timberlake performed at the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show. With mixed to negative reviews, Timberlake had big shoes to fill as Lady Gaga put on quite a legendary performance the year before. Introduced by none other than Jimmy Fallon, Timberlake performed a medley of songs including his newest single at the time Filthy and his former hits Rock Your Body, Senorita, SexyBack, My Love, Cry Me A River and Until The End of Time. He then gave tribute to Prince in his Minneapolis-native Prince with the latter’s hit I Would Die 4 U and proceeded to close the set with Mirrors and Can’t Stop The Feeling!

Meanwhile, IFPI has released the world’s top 10 bestselling music acts of 2017 and none other than Ed Sheeran the sole Brit on the list takes the crown.  It’s a no-brainer that he would top the list after whopping album sales for his latest studio album ÷ and the global smash hit Shape of You which topped almost all the charts worldwide. The acts compose of 7 Americans and 2 Canadians. The 10 acts are:
1.       Ed Sheeran
2.       Drake
3.       Taylor Swift
4.       Kendrick Lamar
5.       Eminem
6.       Bruno Mars
7.       The Weeknd
8.       Imagine Dragons
9.       Linkin Park
10.   The Chainsmokers

In the US, Drake’s God Plan debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 from the first week ending Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug’s Havana short stint at the top during the last week of January. God’s Plan remained at the pole position throughout the month. During the month Bebe Rexha featuring Flo Rida Georgia Line’s Meant To Be, Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton’s Say Something as well as the theme songs from the Black Panther: Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd’s Pray For Me and Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s All The Stars all entered the top 10.  

In the UK too, Drake debuted atop the charts with God’s Plan ending Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran’s River one week No.1. During the month Dua Lipa’s IDGAF, Jax Jones ft. Ina Wroldsen’s Breathe, Sigrid’s Strangers and the theme song from The Greatest Showman, Keala Settle’s This is Me all entered the top 10.

Other songs which became popular during the month were:

1.       Rudimental ft. Macklemore, Jess Glynne and Dan Caplen – These days
2.       Marshmello & Anne Marie – Friends
3.       Drake – Diplomatic immunity
4.       G-Eazy ft. Charlie Puth – Sober
5.       Migos – Stir fry
6.       BlocBoy JB ft. Drake – Look alive
7.       Paloma Faith – Till I’m done

Till the next beat...

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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

Till the next beat...

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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)

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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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