Friday, January 01, 2016

Best of 2015

I don't blog much anymore, so here's just a quick rundown of my favourite songs from 2015, for my own record purpose, in no particular order:

1. Only Love Can Hurt Like This - Paloma Faith
2. Lean On - Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ
3. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
4. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
5. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne
6. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
7. Hold Back The River - James Bay
8. Photograph - Ed Sheeran
9. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo
10. Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor

In other news, I really loved Janet Jackson's new album, Unbreakable. It's been 7 years since her last studio album, Discipline, and I am glad she teamed up with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis again and it marks a return to form. It's her best album since 1997's The Velvet Rope. Standout tracks include Dammn Baby, Night, Well Traveled, Broken Hearts Heal and The Great Forever.

Janet recently announced that she would be postponing her Unbreakable tour to undergo an unspecified surgery. I suspect it has something to do with her vocal cords, as she did postpone a couple of dates earlier during the tour under doctor's orders to rest her vocal cords. Hoping she will have a speedy recovery and hit the road soon. I have watched numerous clips of the tour on YouTube and I must say that the choreography is killer. Really hope she will come back to Singapore for another show this year.

The biggest story of 2015 was undoubtedly the return of Adele and how her 25 album smashed all records. To me, the success of the album was no surprise. Adele is the hottest thing in music right now and she appeals to the young and old. Her decision to withhold the album from streaming services like Spotify contributed to its record-breaking sales, but my guess is that even if she were to make the album available for streaming, it would still have sold just as well. It goes to show that people still buy music, but it better be damn good to make them part with their money.

Having said that, I approached the 25 album with caution because I was worried that Adele has become a victim of her own (mega) success, and she can never replicate what she has achieved previously (a little like how MJ released Bad and people were saying it is a flop after the unprecedented success of Thriller). 21 is one of my favourite albums, so I was hoping that 25 would be just as good. Having listened to it a few times, I must say that Adele did not disappoint, and I like the album overall. Highlights so far include Remedy, When We Were Young, Water Under The Bridge, Love In The Dark, Million Years Ago and All I Ask. What a relief.

The other big act that released a new album in December 2015 was Coldplay, whose 7th studio album A Head Full Of Dreams is likely to be their last before they go on an indefinite hiatus. Chris Martin has also hinted that their upcoming tour will also be their last. The first single Adventure Of A Lifetime isn't too bad, but after a quick listen of the new album, I must say that I am not really feeling it. It sounds too poppy and doesn't feel like a real band anymore. Some say that Coldplay has gone Maroon 5, and it is not too far off.

Coldplay have been announced as the headliner of the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show this year, on 7 February 2016. Happy to have them take the stage. It's been a while since the headliner was a band (the past 5 editions featured Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Madonna and Black Eyed Peas). Hope they will make it a memorable one.

Alright, that is all for now. Hopefully, I will have more time this year to keep this blog alive. Happy new year and may 2016 be a better one than 2015!