Best of Pop Music 2016

Best of Pop Music 2016



Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the Western world as a softer alternative to rock and roll. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many styles. "Pop" and "rock" were synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they were increasingly used in opposition from each other.

Although pop music is seen as just the singles charts, it is not the sum of all chart music. Pop music is eclectic, and often borrows elements from other styles such as urban, dance, rock, Latin, and country; nonetheless, there are core elements that define pop music. Identifying factors include generally short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), as well as the common use of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks.

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4Ever is a greatest hits album by American recording artist Prince, released on November 22, 2016, by NPG Records and Warner Bros.
Lemonade is the sixth studio album by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé.
"Hello" is a song by English singer Adele.
This Is What You Came For
"This Is What You Came For" is a song by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris, featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna.

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Industry Influencer

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (/bˈjɒns/; born September 4, 1981)[3][4][5][6] is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Their hiatus saw the release of Beyoncé's debut album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which established her as a solo artist worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".

Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, B'Day (2006), which contained hits "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable", and "Beautiful Liar". Beyoncé also ventured into acting, with starring roles in The Pink Panther (2006), Dreamgirls (2006), and Obsessed (2009). Her marriage to rapper Jay Z and portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008) influenced her third album, I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), which saw the birth of her alter-ego Sasha Fierce and earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". Beyoncé took a hiatus from music in 2010 and took over management of her career; her fourth album 4 (2011) was subsequently mellower in tone, exploring 1970s funk, 1980s pop, and 1990s soul.[7] Her critically acclaimed fifth album, Beyoncé (2013), was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes. With the release of Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé became the first artist to have their first six studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.[8]

Throughout her career, she has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist,[9] and a further 60 million with Destiny's Child,[10][11] making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[12][13] She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award's history. She is the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins.[14][15] The Recording Industry Association of America recognized her as the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s (decade).[16][17] In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s (decade) and handed their Millennium Award in 2011.[21] In 2014, she became the highest-paid black musician in history and was listed among Time's 100 most influential people in the world for a second year in a row.[22] Forbes listed her as the most powerful female in entertainment of 2015,[23] and in 2016 she occupied the sixth place for Person of the Year.[24]

Chart-Topper & Big Award Winner

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE (/əˈdɛl/; born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It is certified seven times platinum in the UK, and three times platinum in the US. An appearance she made on Saturday Night Live in late 2008 boosted her career in the US. At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Adele released her second studio album, 21, in early 2011. The album was well received critically and surpassed the success of her debut,[4] earning the singer numerous awards in 2012, among them a record-tying six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year; two Brit Awards, including British Album of the Year, and three American Music Awards. The album has been certified 16 times platinum in the UK, and is the fourth best-selling album in the UK of all time.[5] In the United States, it has held the top position longer than any album since 1985, and is certified diamond.[6][7] The album has sold 35 million copies worldwide.[8]

The success of 21 earned Adele numerous mentions in the Guinness Book of World Records.[9] She is the first woman in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have three simultaneous top 10 singles as a lead artist, and the first female artist to simultaneously have two albums in the top five of the Billboard 200 and two singles in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100.[10] 21 is the longest-running number one album by a female solo artist in the history of the UK and US Album Charts.[11][12] In 2012, she released "Skyfall", which she wrote and recorded for the James Bond film of the same name. The song won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song,[13] as well as the Brit Award for British Single of the Year. After taking a three-year break, Adele released her third studio album, 25, in 2015. It became the year's best-selling album and broke first week sales records in the UK and US.[14] 25 was her second album to be certified diamond in the US.[15] The lead single, "Hello", became the first song in the US to sell over one million digital copies within a week of its release. Her third concert tour, Adele Live 2016, is her largest to date, taking in Europe, North America and Oceania, and will end with four concerts at Wembley Stadium, London in mid 2017.[16]

In 2011, 2012 and 2016, Billboard named Adele Artist of the Year. In 2012, she was listed at number five on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music.[17] Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2012[18] and 2016.[19] With sales of more than 100 million records, Adele is one of the best-selling recording artists in the world.[20]

Top 10 Albums of 201610

Albums Released this Year123

Artists with New Releases130

Chart-Topping Artists81

Chart-Topping Albums86

Chart-Topping Songs116

#1 Radio Songs9

Top iTunes Songs10

Top SoundCloud Songs11

Top NPR Songs12

Best Reviewed Albums27

Best Reviewed Artists30

Award Winners48

Up & Coming Artists of 20168

Top Albums by Up & Coming Artists of 20165

Top Songs by Up & Coming Artists of 201610

Artists on Tour129

Popular Music Festivals28

Popular Record Labels12


Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles270


Spotify - Featured Tracks132


News Articles8

Taylor Swift’s 2016 Album Of The Year Award Speech Becomes Inspiring Commercial
  –  February 6, 2017
In 2016, Taylor Swift won GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Music Video and Album of the Year. This was her speech: “I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who try to undercut your success ...
With an album of the year nod for Sturgill Simpson, Grammys put the spotlight on surging Americana genre
  –  February 5, 2017
The nod to the latest work from the Kentucky-born singer and songwriter is just the most recent manifestation of the rising tide for the broadly defined category of Americana music, a corner of pop inhabited ... is probably the best way to put it.”
Pair the Best Hip-Hop, R&B, and Pop Songs of 2016 with These Strains
  –  December 30, 2016
From politics to pop culture and everything else in between, it’s been one rollercoaster of a year. As we look back, it’s safe to say music may be the one thing that kept us functioning in 2016. Here’s a recap of the best songs from 2016, along with ...
The 35 Best Pop Music Videos of 2016
  –  December 13, 2016
From Ariana Grande to Beyoncé to Zayn, we’re taking a look back at the best pop music had to offer in 2016. The “Formation” video’s surprise debut dropped a lot of jaws, for a host of different reasons: fans of Bey (and of New Orleans bounce star ...
Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016: Critics' Picks
  –  December 12, 2016
Pop music's best wasted no time getting into formation this year, with major releases from a galaxy of our brightest stars cluttering the calendar's opening months. But even with so many established huge names taking up space on the marquee, what really ...
Best Pop Music of 2016: From Bowie to Beyonce
  –  December 9, 2016
That was true of the two big B's who were the biggest stories of the year - Beyoncé and David Bowie. In Bowie's case, the news was the singer's own death in January, when the Thin White Duke succumbed to cancer two days after the release of his mysterious ...
The best music of 2016: YG, Beyoncé, Maren Morris and more
  –  December 8, 2016
Iggy Pop, “Post Pop Depression” It’s a real shame ... but the vibe is fraught with tension because it’s 2016 and even the year’s best party music makes us feel profoundly anxious. Read more of our critics’ 2016 picks: The best TV shows of ...
The Best Pop Albums of 2016
  –  December 6, 2016
So with so much heaviness and so much sorrow encompassing our lives, celebrating the Best Pop Music of 2016 feels essential. None of the below albums articulated the national mood or offered up profound moments of societal protest (save maybe our Number ...


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