With another year behind us, it’s time to briefly reflect before diving head first into another. With many tragedies, both on the international stage and those felt privately, I think we can all agree on the one thing that provided a silver-stringed lining this year…
2016 was a HUGE year for music; there’s no denying that. From the top-of-the-pops to the underground, this past year provided some of the best in production and sound. Hell, even Fifth Harmony had a decent year, all things considered. Speaking of 5H, One Direction broke up, which is fantastic news; it gave us Zayn Malik’s Mind of Mine, which was actually pretty awesome sonically, imo. And, my opinion aside, the self-proclaimed 6 God had an unreal year with successful single releases Back-to-Back (yes, I went there). Canadian beat-master, Kaytranada, released his first studio album, 99.9 %, which was a smash, and produced tracks for some huge names. Kanye finally returned to the Life of Pablo and, Frankly, we would need a full-length essay to even begin discussing Blond.
But, what’s more, it looks like no one is resting on his or her laurels in 2017. Take a look below at some of the things I’m most excited for.
Yeah, yeah, call us basic, but here are the facts: Views sold 852k copies in its first week (in the US alone), and he has become the most streamed artist on Spotify. My point? People are listening, and I am one of those people. Some critics have denounced Views success, noting the collective sound as repetitive. These same critics go on to say other albums from lack a theme of sound, so I take them with a grain of salt. At the end of the day, Drake is doing something right, and we hope 2017 is no different.