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Spotify's Top Artists Of 2016

By Donwei Dec 29, 2016

 

Spotify has revealed 2016's top artists and we're thrilled to see so many of our favourites make it to the lists.

Here are some of our favourites and more notable picks!

 

Drake

Drake's love life this year may not flourished as well as he probably would've hoped (with Rihanna in particular), but at least his numbers of Spotify are! The rapper was crowned as the world's most streamed artist and his album, Views, that was dropped in April was also the most streamed abum of the year. And how many times was 2016's top hit a.k.a. One Dance streamed? 970 million times. 

 

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande emerged as the most streamed female artist in Singapore and second in the world just behind Rihanna!

 
 

Twenty One Pilots

I can't even begin to describe how proud I feel of Twenty One Pilots for being the 4th most streamed artist in the world. Their 2015 album, Blurryface, also deservingly made it as one of 2016's most streamed albums!

 

Fifth Harmony

How apt is it that Fifth Harmony is 2016's 5th most streamed female artist in both Singapore and across the globe???

 

ZAYN

The stats have proven that Zayn is on the right direction for going solo. The ex-One Direction member was named as the year's top breakout artist!

 

Rihanna

Rihanna is 2016's was not only the top R&B artist, but also the most streamed female artist in the world with over 2.5 billion streams to her name!

 

Panic! At The Disco

I would say that it's been a long time since Panic! At The Disco deviated from their roots in the emo genre, so the fact that they were this year's top emo artist probably shows that many people have been reminiscing of the early 2000s this year!

 
 
Here's my top artists and tracks of 2016! 
 
 
What about yours? 
 
(Photo credit: Rolling Stone, Billboard)

Don't you just love putting on Ed Sheeran or James Bay when you're feeling down and out?

Well, apparently, so do most people in Singapore!

Here are the 5 most streamed sad songs on Spotify in Singapore (It's a great list too, if you're looking for sad song recommendations)!

 

 

1) We The Kings - Sad Song ft. Elena Coats

 

2) Ed Sheeran - Photograph

 

3) James Bay - Let It Go

 

4) Gnash - I Hate U, I Love U ft. Olivia O'Brien

 

5) Kodaline - All I Want

 

Photo credits: Billboard, Hotpress

 

If you're someone like me who makes a playlist for every occasion/emotion (i have a different playlist for when I'm sad, angry, celebrating, etc), chances are is that you'd have at least one of these 3 songs in your playlists!

According to Spotify #Flashback2016, these 3 versatile tracks made it to the top in the following 3 charts: 1) Most streamed workout songs in Singapore, 2) Most streamed party songs in Singpore and 3) Most streamed breakup songs in Singapore!

Find out what they are:

 

1) The Chainsmokers - Closer ft. Halsey

 

2) Calvin Harris - This Is What You Came For ft. Rihanna

 

3) The Chainsmokers - Don't Let Me Down ft. Daya

 

How many out of the three songs are included your playlists? Or rather, how many times do these songs overlap in your playlists?

 

Photo credits: Your EDM

It's that time of the year again when we spend hours going through our photo albums and sobbing at the mere thought that the best concerts that happened this year only exist in our memories and can only be accessed through our screens.

Unless someone actually invents a working time machine, we won’t be able to relive those psychedelic concert moments. But for now, we’ll have to make do with some reminiscing.

Immortalizing these special gigs through words and a bunch of pictures is what we're here for. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the best concerts* in 2016 picked by our very own Spin or Bin Music writers!

*Click the images to read our concert reviews!

 

Donwei: "Floor Jansen's impeccable vocals set a whole new benchmark for live shows for me. Nightwish was also my first metal concert so that was a cool experience since the crowd gave off a different vibe from what I was used to. There was this young mum in front of me who was carrying her sleeping son (probably still in kindergarten and idk how he managed to sleep during the concert). When the band started playing 'Storytime', the mum woke him up (cuz apparently that's his fav song) and put him on the floor where he just started jumping and screaming along to the song lol"

 

Donwei: "I've never listened to their music before but soon became a fan after going for their concert. I think it's so easy to underestimate them for their young ages and for the genre that they are categorised in but wow Brad Simpson really does have great stage presence. It also helped that we got to meet them for the interview and that they are total qts!!!"

 

Teejay: "Though The 1975's SG gig wasn't really for a solo tour, seeing my favorite band the second time around at Laneway was beyond surreal. I got to meet fellow 1975-obsessed fans and saw the band's stunning neon-themed visuals for the first time! Also, I saw Ross Macdonald again, which made it even more memorable."

 

Letazia: "They basically took the roof off The Star Theatre with their AMAZING vocals. I know that they are great singers but after watching them LIVE in concert, I can most definitely say that they don't just sing their songs but they PUT ON A SHOW for their fans, making sure that the ticket was worth every cent to watch them SLAY their performances."

 

Letazia: "This girl's vocal range was absolutely INSANE. And to think that she sounded so incredible even though she was not feeling her best. SAY WHAT. Yes, she's a super talented singer-songwriter that is so underrated in this music industry. I think that once you attend a Jessie J concert, there is no denying of all the talented bones in her body. And her interactions with her fans are the cutest!"

 

Donwei: "And also while I wouldn't say that Panic! At The Disco's concert was the BEST, it felt pretty surreal to see Brendon Urie in the flesh after fangirling and being obsessed over him and the band all through my sec school and poly days. Now it feels like I can finally close that chapter haha."

 

Teejay: "Queen and Adam Lambert's set was mind-blowing in so many ways. Hearing songs from my childhood in real life while drowning in my own sweat was one of the most memorable experiences ever. You know the show was good when you caught yourself picturing that exact moment in slow motion while it's happening. Let's also add the fact that there was golden confetti falling down on the crowd while I was exiting the moshpit. It was so memorable that here I am romanticizing the whole gig all over again."

Holmen: "It's been a dream come true to witness one of the most influential rock bands in the world put on a show worthy to be named one of the best ever performances to take place at the Singapore GP ever. Adam Lambert also gave a better vocal performance than his stint at the New Year's Eve show at the Floating Platform this year."

 

Solihin: "There is something truly purifying about being vulnerable against the onslaught of Mother Nature while attempting (still) to make the best of your gloriously muddy festival experience. An event that trumps the infamous "Rainway" of 2010, the sophomore edition of Neon Lights should be praised not only for its continually diverse attractions but also for managing to foster a sense of communion free of irony. Ok but seriously, the vouchers have gotta go, though."

*****

 

Is your favorite concert of 2016 on our list? Share it with us!

 

Photo Credit: LAMC Productions, Alvin Ho for Laneway Festival & Singapore GP Singapore, Cherlynn Lian / Laneway Festival Singapore, Neon Lights, Live Nation Lushington SG (facebook)

Neon Lights Festival 2016 was a massive success with over 15,000 festival-goers caked in thick mud, just like Glastonbury except in the heart of a bustling city.

Acts like Sigur RósBlood Orange and Foals absolutely stole the show while Crystal Castles, Shura, and José González delivered their very best. Organization was splendid and there was ample time between acts to enjoy the sideshows (we loved Club Minky!) and grab a drink. Of course, food and beverages were decently priced although the coupon system should be absolutely done away at the next instalment. There is nothing more frustrating then having to queue twice just to have your food eh?

Here are some tweets that perfectly summed up our weekend at Singapore’s best music festival to date.

Many trudged around in slippers or simply without shoes and still managed to slip and fall. Yikes.

Also, there is no better place to meet celebrities than at Neon Lights, with most stopping for pictures right after their sets.

While most acts put on their festival set A-game, no act brought their full setup to Neon Lights except for Sigur Rós. By far the best act of the night further amplified by their insane light show. Don’t believe me? Most of the pictures posted of the festival were nothing but pure Icelandic goodness.

If you’re saving up for one major music festival in Singapore, forget about Laneway because Neon Lights is defintely where its at.

Photos: Neon Lights Facebook