2016 Midyear Music Wrap Up Part 1

2016 has been a HUGE year for music thus far and we’re not even halfway through it. Plus, there’s a whole lot more on the way. The music industry was shaken upby the death of pop Icon David Bowie on January 10, two days after his album Blackstar dropped. The news came as shock to us, but to David and his loved ones, they knew it was coming. This also became clear after listening to his album.
Shortly after this, Barbadian Pop Singer dropped “Work” featuring Toronto Rapper Drake which is STILLL impacting that charts and radio in late April. Work spent 9 weeks at Number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making it Rihanna’s 14th number one song. Not too long after ‘work’ came her album ANTI which first dropped on the streaming service Tidal and eventually in stores and on iTunes. To us, ANTI also came as a surprise but it was later revealed that it had been accidentally leaked by an employee at Tidal. The sudden release and leak did have an affect on it’s sales and impact, but singles like “Work” and “Needed Me” have kept it afloat.
After months of delays, name changes and track list scrapping, Kanye Wests’ 7th studio album The Life of Pablo was finally released on Valentines Day. It features 19 tracks with 15 features. TLOB was originally released only on Tidal but has since been released on iTunes, Apple Music and more. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards took place on February 15th which included performances from The Weeknd, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber and more of the biggest names in music. Taylor Swift, Alabma Shakes and rapper Kendrick Lamar were the big winners of the nights. Taylor Swift walked away with 3 awards, one being Album of The Year for 1989. Alabama Shakes also won 3 awards while Kendrick took home 5 awards including Best Rap performance and Best Rap song for his song All Right. On February 26, The 1975 released their high anticipated album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. It was a commercial debuting at number one in The U.S. as well as their home country, the U.K and also received favorable reviews


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