Half Year Music Review

So July has just dawned which means we are scarily already half way through 2016….. That didn’t take long did it?

Has it been a good 6 months for music (pop in particular) or have other genres and artists ruled the roost ? In my opinion, I think pop music has faired really well this past few months with the likes of Adele’s album chart reign and big chart hits for Zayn Malik, Justin Bieber and newcomer Shawn Mendes.

The UK singles chart has been dominated by one man this year and he comes in the form of ultra cool, top of the list collaborator Drake. His single ‘One Dance’ is the longest running UK Number One not only this year but for the past 9 years passing out Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’. It is also the longest reigning single since the inclusion of downloads and music streams making it the most commercially successful single in the digital age. Not bad for a guy who at one stage couldn’t remember his name (ref: Rihanna collab on ‘What’s My Name?’)

In 2016, only 7 acts have held the Singles Chart top spot including Justin Bieber, Zayn, Shawn Mendes, Lukas Graham, Mike Posner and the first No.1 of the year came from a group of nurses and doctors who went by the apt name of NHS Choir with their mash up cover versions of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’.

Over on the album charts Adele returned to the top spot with her album ’25’, making her one of very few artists to have the same album chart at No.1 in two consecutive years. Ariana Grande, Drake and Zayn Malik all had their first stint at the peak of the album charts in the past 6 months.

One of the biggest feats this year in music was for the first time ever the same artist occupied the top 3 singles on the same week. This was done by the boy that can’t go wrong it seems, Justin Bieber. ‘Love Yourself’, ‘Sorry’ and ‘What Do You Mean’ took positions 1,2 and 3 on the exact same week in January this year.

Another big bit of album chart history was made (or matched should I say) in David Bowie having 12 albums in the Top 40 all at once. This has not been accomplished by any other act apart from Elvis, EVER! Two of the worlds greats now share a bit of music history.

So overall, Justin Bieber aced it, Drake is still acing it and Adele is the ace herself. The year has belonged to pop so far and there is no sign of that slowing down in the next 6 months.

Keep it with me for your daily new music, news and playlists, 2016 also brought you this blog!


Feature by @Kenneth_Giles

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