Grammy Predictions: 24k Magic looks to shine bright (Updated as winners announced)

Record of the Year

“Redbone”


Childish Gambino

 

“Despacito”

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

 

“The Story Of O.J.”

JAY-Z

 

“HUMBLE.”

Kendrick Lamar

 

“24K Magic”

Bruno Mars

Donald Glover has become a pop culture force since he broke though as an actor on the NBC sitcom Community. “Redbone” is as great of a song as Atlanta is a TV show, and his “Awaken, My Love!” cut should be rewarded as such.

UPDATE Bruno Mars universal charm proved to be too much to resist for Grammy voters, as 24K Magic‘s lead single – released in November 2016 – was able to win the Record of the Year Grammy in January 2018. Continue reading “Grammy Predictions: 24k Magic looks to shine bright (Updated as winners announced)”

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SZA and Kendrick Lamar team up for the glowing ‘Black Panther’ collaboration “All the Stars”

The new Black Panther film, part of the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe, is one of the year’s most hotly anticipated films, and with a Kendrick Lamar-executive produced soundtrack, the Black Panther universe has the potential of becoming one of the best things of what already looks like a no good 2018. Continue reading “SZA and Kendrick Lamar team up for the glowing ‘Black Panther’ collaboration “All the Stars””

Bruno Mars and Cardi B join forces on the “Finesse” remix

“Don’t we look good together,” proposes Bruno Mars on “Finesse,” and now that the remix features the hottest rapper in the game at the moment, Cardi B, the answer is self-evident. Already a standout track on his streamlined pop masterpiece 24k Magic, the “Finesse” remix adds Cardi B – who just joined the Beatles and Ashanti as the only artists to have their first three Hot 100 charting singles all land in the top 10 concurrently – ensuring the song reaches the chart’s upper echelon. Continue reading “Bruno Mars and Cardi B join forces on the “Finesse” remix”

Year In Review: The 10 Best Albums of the Year

After seeing albums from Miguel, the xx, Perfume Genius and Julie Byrne among the spots 50-11 on the year-end chart, here are the top 10 albums of 2017. See who joins Panda Bear (2007), Fleet Foxes (2008), Animal Collective (2009), Arcade Fire (2010), tUnE-yArDs (2011), Chromatics (2012), Beyoncé (2013, 2016), the War On Drugs (2014), and Kendrick Lamar (2015) with the #1 album of the year. Continue reading “Year In Review: The 10 Best Albums of the Year”

Year In Review: The Best Albums of 2017, 50-11

This year saw everything from Calvin Harris curate the coolest dance party on Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 to St. Vincent embracing her elevated status with MASSEDUCTION, Priests’ vital strain of rock on Nothing Feels Natural to Jay-Z’s mea culpa in 4:44. And they all land among the top 50 albums of the year. Continue reading “Year In Review: The Best Albums of 2017, 50-11”

Year In Review: The 20 Best Songs of 2017

Earlier, I gave you songs 100-21 in the countdown of the best songs of 2017. Here are the top 20, featuring everyone from Perfume Genius to Cardi B, Kesha to the War on Drugs. And in the end, see who joins Amy Winehouse, MGMT, Animal Collective, Kanye West, the Weeknd, Tame Impala, Drake, FKA twigs, and Beyoncé with a year-end #1 single.

Continue reading “Year In Review: The 20 Best Songs of 2017”

Year In Review: The Best Songs of 2017, 100-21

The music of 2017 mirrored the general feeling on unrest left as residue from a toxic 2016, from Kendrick Lamar’s fiery, reactive “DNA.” to the bleak nihilism of Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3,” the escapism of Lorde’s “Green Light” to Kesha’s scorned but resilient “Praying.” You’ll find those four songs here, plus music from Tyler, The Creator, Syd, Father John Misty, Björk, and Jessie Ware, too.

These are the best songs of 2017, 100-21. Continue reading “Year In Review: The Best Songs of 2017, 100-21”