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  • Originally posted by Mainshow
    "Diamonds" is one of my favourite singles by Rihanna. I am glad it made an appearance on your chart and I love some of the Kylie tracks, especially "Aphrodite" which should have become a single as well as "Timebomb" (underrated masterpiece!). "Believer" is massive, too. Perhaps my favourite track on Imagine Dragons' album
    Yeah, "Aphrodite" is one of Kylie's best songs. I had always liked it, but I've been enjoying it even more as of late.

    Originally posted by phoenix98
    Ah, right on. So we're actually on the same page with that part showing particular promise, but ultimately falling short of supplying sufficient satisfaction. (When I fail to muster up truly insightful analysis, I just fall back on good 'ol alliteration...)
    The thing about it is, if it had reached those heights, I could've seen it as a contender for my song of the year. It has so much soul that it just really needs a big moment to top the whole thing off. "Love So Soft" and "Move You" have definitely made me excited for the album, though.

    Originally posted by phoenix98
    Yeah, that's one of those sobering reminders of how the music business really is a business first and foremost. I'd love to see more focus on pushing their music, but especially now with streaming's terrible profit margins for the artists, albums really are more of an afterthought/means to an end than ever before.

    It also doesn't help that I'm just not terribly interested in most of those other ventures (especially whichever shoes or soda they're currently hawking.) Tours are a rare treat, but following (and rooting for) an act's latest single on the charts was always free fun...
    Yeah, and when you get almost half a million dollars for an Instagram post, I guess you focus more on your endorsement deals than pushing third and fourth singles. It's crazy, though, how big digital downloading was just a few years ago - I remember "Shake It Off" opened with 544,000 to claim its #1 debut - and now you have "Bodak Yellow" at #1 with just over 45,000 actual paid downloads, and this is just three years later.

    Originally posted by phoenix98
    I'm all for "We Found Love" earning a spot in the history books (Naval and otherwise), but it's definitely weird to think of anything other than "Umbrella" as her "signature"/"defining"/"ultimate" hit. I'm honestly not sure exactly how its global chart performance compares, but its impact on her career was certainly incomparable.
    Yeah, "Umbrella" felt bigger to me, too, but if you look at the all-time biggest hits (as of November 2015) in the US and the biggest selling singles of all-time in the UK "We Found Love" is Rihanna's biggest hit on both lists. Also, I don't know how comfortable you are with Mediatraffic as the global chart, but on their all-time list "We Found Love" is Rihanna's biggest hit as well.

    Originally posted by phoenix98
    Your avatar change is certainly a testament to its impact! Speaking of - props for picking an especially smouldering shot of Ms. Cabello (though, given your penchant for taking smouldering selfies, I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise that you've got an eye for smouldering shots of others as well...)
    Aw, you flatter me.

    Interestingly enough, I'm strongly considering a trip to Havana.

    Originally posted by phoenix98
    This is "Feels" first time in the limelight here, yeah? In theory, I respect and admire Calvin's choice to step outside of his previous genre-box and serve up an era of uncharted territory...in practice, unfortunately, I'm just not that interested in listening to most of it "Feels" is easily my favorite of the bunch, though!
    Yep! I don't think I've heard too much from Calvin Harris's recent album. I really only care for him when he features artists I like.

    Originally posted by phoenix98
    • Ah, "Turn It Into Love" <3 I'm holding onto a teensy bit of hope that it'll still appear on Thriller's countdown (but I'm definitely not holding my breath...)
    Even all these years later, it's still between that one and "Your Disco Needs You" for my favourite Kylie song.

    Originally posted by phoenix98
    • As much as I appreciate Tove's choice to craft a chorus around her prickly nips, "Disco Tits" fails to have that same effect on any of my body parts. I'm hoping we're in for another Lady Wood situation, where she followed the underwhelming "Cool Girl" with "True Disaster" (a very strong contender for my absolute favorite song of hers yet.)
    "Disco Tits" has an attitude to it that I like, though. I certainly don't think it's her best single either, but it's something different that works...to some extent anyway.

    Originally posted by phoenix98
    • The recent (terribly-belated) explosion of "Thunder" here in the US has put Imagine Dragons back on my mind, and I've even started to warm up to "Believer." I'm still not a big fan of that chanty/shouty chorus, but the "inhibited, limited..." part is worth coming back for.
    I hope "Whatever It Takes" takes off sooner than "Thunder" did.
    Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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    • Friday's Top 20 (October 13th)

      01.(RE) ABBA - I Have a Dream (Best Comeback)
      02.(RE) Carly Rae Jepsen - Love Again
      03.(09) Mika - Love Today
      04.(RE) Camila Cabello - Havana
      05.(RE) Beyoncé - Drunk in Love (feat Jay-Z & Kanye West)
      06.(RE) Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes
      07.(02) Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
      08.(RE) Katy Perry - Roulette
      09.(RE) Kylie Minogue - Your Disco Needs You
      10.(07) Mika - Rain
      11.(19) Ariana Grande - Let Me Love You (feat Lil Wayne) (Greatest Gainer)
      12.(RE) Beyoncé - Daddy Lessons
      13.(RE) Childish Gambino - Terrified
      14.(RE) Destiny's Child - Survivor
      15.(RE) Azaelia Banks - 212 (feat. Lazy Jay)
      16.(RE) Prince - Purple Rain
      17.(RE) Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
      18.(05) Portugal. The Man - Modern Jesus (Biggest Free Faller)
      19.(RE) Camila Cabello - Crying in the Club
      20.(RE) Taylor Swift - ...Ready for It?
      Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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      • Mika <3

        He is so underrated. He is sooooooooooooooooo handsome and humble.

        Staring at the Sun by Mika, do you like it? It's my fave song by him.
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        • Originally posted by stevyy
          Mika <3

          He is so underrated. He is sooooooooooooooooo handsome and humble.

          Staring at the Sun by Mika, do you like it? It's my fave song by him.
          For me, it's just okay. My favourite from him is "Rain". Do you like that one?
          Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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          • Saturday's Top 20 (October 14th)

            01.(RE) Lady Gaga - Million Reasons (Best Comeback)
            02.(RE) Madonna - Borderline
            03.(09) Kylie Minogue - Your Disco Needs You
            04.(16) Prince - Purple Rain (Greatest Gainer)
            05.(NE) P!nk - But We Lost It (Highest Debut)
            06.(12) Beyoncé - Daddy Lessons
            07.(NE) P!nk - Where We Go
            08.(NE) P!nk - I Am Here
            09.(RE) P!nk - Whatever You Want
            10.(RE) Beyoncé - Formation
            11.(RE) Sia - Day Too Soon
            12.(RE) Madonna - This Used to Be My Playground
            13.(RE) P!nk - What About Us
            14.(RE) Beyoncé - Love Drought
            15.(RE) Rihanna - Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)
            16.(RE) Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
            17.(RE) Beyoncé - Sorry
            18.(RE) Kelly Clarkson - Move You
            19.(RE) Beyoncé - Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
            20.(NE) P!nk - Better Life
            Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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            • Hi Akini

              Love these songs in your chart:

              01.(RE) Lady Gaga - Million Reasons (Best Comeback)
              02.(RE) Madonna - Borderline
              03.(09) Kylie Minogue - Your Disco Needs You
              04.(16) Prince - Purple Rain (Greatest Gainer)
              06.(12) Beyoncé - Daddy Lessons
              09.(RE) P!nk - Whatever You Want
              11.(RE) Sia - Day Too Soon
              12.(RE) Madonna - This Used to Be My Playground
              13.(RE) P!nk - What About Us
              15.(RE) Rihanna - Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)
              17.(RE) Beyoncé - Sorry
              18.(RE) Kelly Clarkson - Move You
              19.(RE) Beyoncé - Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

              Have you bought Beautiful trauma? I've not got round to checking the iTunes previews yet, unless they've uploaded the album to YouTube. Again, not checked yet so i'm intrigued by these songs:

              05.(NE) P!nk - But We Lost It (Highest Debut)
              07.(NE) P!nk - Where We Go
              08.(NE) P!nk - I Am Here
              20.(NE) P!nk - Better Life

              I hope there are some more gems on the album. I've not really taken to Revenge much, and i think Whatever you want would've made for a better second single.

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              • Originally posted by JSparksFan
                01.(RE) Lady Gaga - Million Reasons (Best Comeback)
                04.(16) Prince - Purple Rain (Greatest Gainer)
                05.(NE) P!nk - But We Lost It (Highest Debut)
                06.(12) Beyoncé - Daddy Lessons
                09.(RE) P!nk - Whatever You Want
                10.(RE) Beyoncé - Formation
                11.(RE) Sia - Day Too Soon
                13.(RE) P!nk - What About Us
                15.(RE) Rihanna - Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)
                17.(RE) Beyoncé - Sorry
                19.(RE) Beyoncé - Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
                20.(NE) P!nk - Better Life
                You're givin' me a million reasons to like that chart. But now, ladies let's get in FORMATION
                Personal Chart

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                • Originally posted by JakeP
                  Hi Akini
                  Hey, Jake!

                  Originally posted by JakeP
                  Have you bought Beautiful trauma? I've not got round to checking the iTunes previews yet, unless they've uploaded the album to YouTube. Again, not checked yet so i'm intrigued by these songs:
                  I streamed it on Spotify yesterday.

                  Originally posted by JakeP
                  05.(NE) P!nk - But We Lost It (Highest Debut)
                  07.(NE) P!nk - Where We Go
                  08.(NE) P!nk - I Am Here
                  20.(NE) P!nk - Better Life

                  I hope there are some more gems on the album. I've not really taken to Revenge much, and i think Whatever you want would've made for a better second single.
                  Those four songs are on par with "Whatever You Want" so I think you'll enjoy them. I'm also not into "Revenge". I think it's an awful single choice.

                  Originally posted by Phoenixx
                  You're givin' me a million reasons to like that chart. But now, ladies let's get in FORMATION
                  Ah, glad you like yesterday's chart. Do you like P!nk's new album?
                  Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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                  • Sunday's Top 20 (October 15th)

                    01.(01) Lady Gaga - Million Reasons
                    02.(RE) Ed Sheeran - Perfect (Best Comeback)
                    03.(RE) Girls Aloud - The Promise
                    04.(RE) Adele - Hello
                    05.(NE) Mabel - Finders Keepers (feat. Kojo Funds) (Highest Debut)
                    06.(NE) SoMo - For You
                    07.(RE) Coldplay - Adventure of a Lifetime
                    08.(NE) Sebastián Yatra — Devuélveme El Corazón
                    09.(RE) ABBA - The Name of the Game
                    10.(RE) Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes
                    11.(RE) Britney Spears - Oops!...I Did It Again
                    12.(RE) Maroon 5 - Lucky Strike
                    13.(RE) Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
                    14.(RE) Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
                    15.(12) Madonna - This Used to Be My Playground (Biggest Free Faller)
                    16.(RE) Lindsey Stirling - Crystallize
                    17.(RE) DNCE - Kissing Strangers (feat. Nicki Minaj)
                    18.(RE) Hurts - Beautiful Ones
                    19.(RE) Adam Lambert - Two Fux
                    20.(RE) Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
                    Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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                    • 02.(RE) Ed Sheeran - Perfect (Best Comeback)
                      08.(NE) Sebastián Yatra — Devuélveme El Corazón
                      09.(RE) ABBA - The Name of the Game
                      11.(RE) Britney Spears - Oops!...I Did It Again
                      13.(RE) Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
                      15.(12) Madonna - This Used to Be My Playground (Biggest Free Faller)

                      Great to see ABBA, Britney and Madonna as well as my top 2 favourite current songs!
                      My YouTube Channel - The best songs of the 80s, 90s and 2000s

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                      • Originally posted by JSparksFan
                        Originally posted by JakeP
                        Originally posted by JakeP
                        Have you bought Beautiful trauma? I've not got round to checking the iTunes previews yet, unless they've uploaded the album to YouTube. Again, not checked yet so i'm intrigued by these songs:
                        I streamed it on Spotify yesterday.

                        Those four songs are on par with "Whatever You Want" so I think you'll enjoy them. I'm also not into "Revenge". I think it's an awful single choice.
                        I'm gonna need to get Spotify aren't i? Do you use the free service or pay for a monthly subscription? I know Tansike also uses streaming services. I might just get the free version and see what its like.

                        Anyways, i went through the previews and i have to agree those 4 songs sound very promising. Seems even more strange that they've gone with Revenge as the second single as there are clearly better songs on the album. :x This is coming from someone who loves Pink and Eminem but i'm just finding it a bit corny and lacklustre. :(

                        ...and so todays hottest picks have:

                        03.(RE) Girls Aloud - The Promise
                        05.(NE) Mabel - Finders Keepers (feat. Kojo Funds) (Highest Debut)

                        Look at that JakeP impact, excellent to see Mabel going in at #5.

                        Best of the rest:

                        01.(01) Lady Gaga - Million Reasons
                        04.(RE) Adele - Hello
                        07.(RE) Coldplay - Adventure of a Lifetime
                        09.(RE) ABBA - The Name of the Game
                        10.(RE) Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes
                        11.(RE) Britney Spears - Oops!...I Did It Again
                        13.(RE) Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
                        14.(RE) Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
                        15.(12) Madonna - This Used to Be My Playground (Biggest Free Faller)
                        16.(RE) Lindsey Stirling - Crystallize
                        17.(RE) DNCE - Kissing Strangers (feat. Nicki Minaj)
                        18.(RE) Hurts - Beautiful Ones

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                        • Liking 15/20 songs is quite good!
                          ? i bloom just for you ?

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                          • I dislike "Two Fux" by Adam Lambert :( Has he released anything else after that single? - I really miss him, though, his voice is so magical and strong at the same time.

                            I see, you are facing another Lady GaGa phase right now. Love your avatar and your current #1 is defenitly one of the highlights of her latest album.
                            I am glad to see Adele, Mabel (that song is pretty catchy and I love the vibe), Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Britney's iconic "Oops!), Maroon5, Madonna and Taylor. Great chart
                            Mainshow Goes Diva: Kylie Minogue

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                            • Originally posted by JSparksFan
                              Originally posted by Phoenixx
                              You're givin' me a million reasons to like that chart. But now, ladies let's get in FORMATION
                              Ah, glad you like yesterday's chart. Do you like P!nk's new album?
                              Yes I do
                              Personal Chart

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                              • Originally posted by JSparksFan
                                Sunday's Top 20 (October 15th)
                                01.(01) Lady Gaga - Million Reasons
                                02.(RE) Ed Sheeran - Perfect (Best Comeback)
                                04.(RE) Adele - Hello
                                07.(RE) Coldplay - Adventure of a Lifetime
                                10.(RE) Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes
                                11.(RE) Britney Spears - Oops!...I Did It Again
                                12.(RE) Maroon 5 - Lucky Strike
                                13.(RE) Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
                                14.(RE) Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
                                16.(RE) Lindsey Stirling - Crystallize
                                17.(RE) DNCE - Kissing Strangers (feat. Nicki Minaj)
                                20.(RE) Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
                                ADELE <3 <3 <3
                                Personal Chart

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                                • Originally posted by Benny
                                  Great to see ABBA, Britney and Madonna as well as my top 2 favourite current songs!
                                  Thanks again for introducing me to the Sebastián song. I've added it to my Spotify library.

                                  Originally posted by JakeP
                                  I'm gonna need to get Spotify aren't i? Do you use the free service or pay for a monthly subscription? I know Tansike also uses streaming services. I might just get the free version and see what its like.
                                  I pay the monthly subscription. The free version is a bit bleh because you can't select more than five songs in a row to listen to; you have to depend on the shuffle feature to get to the songs you like. The breadth of access to artists' discographies you get with the monthly subscription - with the freedom to select songs at will - makes the monthly subscription charge worth it for me.

                                  Originally posted by JakeP
                                  Anyways, i went through the previews and i have to agree those 4 songs sound very promising. Seems even more strange that they've gone with Revenge as the second single as there are clearly better songs on the album. :x This is coming from someone who loves Pink and Eminem but i'm just finding it a bit corny and lacklustre. :(
                                  Yeah, I'm also a fan of both artists - P!nk is among my Top 15 artists of all-time, and Eminem is perhaps my second favourite hip/hop act - but sometimes two fantastic legends in music can still come together to create rubbish.

                                  Originally posted by JakeP
                                  Look at that JakeP impact, excellent to see Mabel going in at #5.
                                  That's the best thing about this folder - being influenced by other members' charts.

                                  Originally posted by bluecherry
                                  Liking 15/20 songs is quite good!
                                  It is! Glad you like so many!

                                  Originally posted by Mainshow
                                  I dislike "Two Fux" by Adam Lambert :( Has he released anything else after that single? - I really miss him, though, his voice is so magical and strong at the same time.

                                  I see, you are facing another Lady GaGa phase right now. Love your avatar and your current #1 is defenitly one of the highlights of her latest album.
                                  I am glad to see Adele, Mabel (that song is pretty catchy and I love the vibe), Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Britney's iconic "Oops!), Maroon5, Madonna and Taylor. Great chart
                                  I don't think he released anything subsequent to "Two Fux". What is it that you don't like? I thought you would have really enjoyed the clever wordplay.

                                  "Million Reasons" is a very special song to me, and yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of a very special moment with which "Million Reasons" is associated.

                                  Glad you like the Mabel song!

                                  Originally posted by Phoenixx
                                  Yes I do
                                  Ah, great! As do I. It's definitely among the best albums I've heard this year.

                                  Originally posted by Phoenixx
                                  ADELE <3 <3 <3
                                  I heard the instrumental for "Hello" whilst grocery shopping, which prompted me to listen to the song in its magical entirety when I got home.
                                  Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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                                  • Monday's Top 20 (October 16th)

                                    01.(RE) Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever (Best Comeback)
                                    02.(NE) Shirley Bassey - I (Who Have Nothing) (Highest Debut)
                                    03.(03) Girls Aloud - The Promise
                                    04.(RE) Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You
                                    05.(RE) Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
                                    06.(01) Lady Gaga - Million Reasons
                                    07.(02) Ed Sheeran - Perfect
                                    08.(RE) Mariah Carey - Shake It Off
                                    09.(RE) Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall - Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)
                                    10.(RE) Christina Aguilera - You Lost Me
                                    11.(RE) Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
                                    12.(RE) Beyoncé - All I Could Do Was Cry
                                    13.(09) ABBA - The Name of the Game
                                    14.(08) Sebastian Yatra — Devuélveme El Corazón (Biggest Free Faller)
                                    15.(RE) Etta James - At Last
                                    16.(19) Adam Lambert - Two Fux (Greatest Gainer)
                                    17.(RE) Camila Cabello - Havana
                                    18.(RE) Ariana Grande - Into You
                                    19.(RE) Lily Allen - F**k You
                                    20.(RE) Childish Gambino - Terrified
                                    Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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                                    • Tuesday's Top 20 (October 17th)

                                      01.(07) Ed Sheeran - Perfect (Greatest Gainer)
                                      02.(01) Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever
                                      03.(RE) Mariah Carey - Hero (Best Comeback)
                                      04.(RE) George Michael - Careless Whisper
                                      05.(RE) Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You
                                      06.(RE) George Michael - You Have Been Loved
                                      07.(RE) Childish Gambino - Redbone
                                      08.(NE) Gerry & the Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone (Highest Debut)
                                      09.(RE) Delta Goodrem - Born to Try
                                      10.(RE) Coldplay - Viva la Vida
                                      11.(RE) George Michael - Jesus to a Child
                                      12.(RE) Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
                                      13.(RE) Alessia Cara - Scars to Your Beautiful
                                      14.(02) Shirley Bassey - I (Who Have Nothing) (Biggest Free Faller)
                                      15.(17) Camila Cabello - Havana
                                      16.(20) Childish Gambino - Terrified
                                      17.(RE) Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
                                      18.(RE) All Saints - One Strike
                                      19.(RE) George Michael - One More Try
                                      20.(RE) George Michael & Elton John - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
                                      Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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                                      • When it comes to "Two Fux", I don't like its arrangement and I think the melody is not catchy enough. I think I just listened to that song twice and I have never had the urge to go back listening to it (unlike his first two albums after American Idol).

                                        Yeeeeeeeees! I just listened to "Suspicious Minds" a few minutes ago! - I love some oldies and this is one of my ultimate favourites!

                                        Coldplay <3
                                        Mainshow Goes Diva: Kylie Minogue

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                                        • I enjoy these
                                          02.(01) Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever
                                          03.(RE) Mariah Carey - Hero (Best Comeback)
                                          04.(RE) George Michael - Careless Whisper
                                          05.(RE) Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You
                                          07.(RE) Childish Gambino - Redbone
                                          11.(RE) George Michael - Jesus to a Child
                                          17.(RE) Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
                                          18.(RE) All Saints - One Strike
                                          20.(RE) George Michael & Elton John - Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
                                          I am not trying to seduce you... Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?

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                                          • Originally posted by Mainshow
                                            When it comes to "Two Fux", I don't like its arrangement and I think the melody is not catchy enough. I think I just listened to that song twice and I have never had the urge to go back listening to it (unlike his first two albums after American Idol).

                                            Yeeeeeeeees! I just listened to "Suspicious Minds" a few minutes ago! - I love some oldies and this is one of my ultimate favourites!

                                            Coldplay <3
                                            Ah, I think the more 'stripped' - by Adam's standards anyway - arrangement works for me, as it's in keeping with the I-don't-give-a-phuck message of the song.

                                            "Suspicious Minds" is Elvis's best track for me.

                                            Originally posted by Erotica
                                            I enjoy these
                                            All the oldies. Gotta appreciate the legends.
                                            Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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                                            • Wednesday's Top 20 (October 18th)

                                              01.(RE) ABBA - I Have a Dream (Best Comeback)
                                              02.(14) Shirley Bassey - I (Who Have Nothing) (Greatest Gainer)
                                              03.(RE) Mariah Carey - Don't Forget About Us
                                              04.(02) Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever
                                              05.(RE) Janelle Monáe - Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu)
                                              06.(RE) Madonna - This Used to Be My Playground
                                              07.(01) Ed Sheeran - Perfect (Biggest Free Faller)
                                              08.(RE) Madonna - Deeper and Deeper
                                              09.(RE) Mariah Carey - I Don't (feat. YG)
                                              10.(RE) Madonna - I Love New York
                                              11.(RE) ABBA - Dancing Queen
                                              12.(RE) Madonna - Sorry
                                              13.(RE) Madonna - Devil Wouldn't Recognize You
                                              14.(RE) Beyoncé - All I Could Do Was Cry
                                              15.(RE) Lana Del Rey - Love
                                              16.(RE) John Legend - Love Me Now
                                              17.(RE) Girls Aloud - The Promise
                                              18.(RE) Conchita Wurst - Heroes
                                              19.(RE) Madonna - Love Tried to Welcome Me
                                              20.(RE) Madonna - 4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
                                              Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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                                              • Originally posted by JSparksFan
                                                Yeah, and when you get almost half a million dollars for an Instagram post, I guess you focus more on your endorsement deals than pushing third and fourth singles. It's crazy, though, how big digital downloading was just a few years ago - I remember "Shake It Off" opened with 544,000 to claim its #1 debut - and now you have "Bodak Yellow" at #1 with just over 45,000 actual paid downloads, and this is just three years later.
                                                Damn. Those figures really highlight just how fast streaming has cannibalized downloads (particularly when it comes to individual song sales.) This fast-paced digital era...

                                                Of course, the appeal isn't too hard to see: why pay $1.29 (or even $0.69) per song when you can pay $10-15 per month (essentially the cost of one full album) for access to MILLIONS of songs? That said...I still haven't made the transition myself (I really like the customization options that iTunes offers when it comes to organizing albums, artwork, adding bonus tracks/leaked demos, etc.), but I hear Apple Music integrates pretty seamlessly with iTunes, and as streaming-service-exclusives become increasingly popular, it's only a matter of time before we won't really have much of a choice anyway. You seem pretty satisfied with Spotify?

                                                Originally posted by JSparksFan
                                                Yeah, "Umbrella" felt bigger to me, too, but if you look at the all-time biggest hits (as of November 2015) in the US and the biggest selling singles of all-time in the UK "We Found Love" is Rihanna's biggest hit on both lists. Also, I don't know how comfortable you are with Mediatraffic as the global chart, but on their all-time list "We Found Love" is Rihanna's biggest hit as well.
                                                I very much appreciate and respect that you've done that much research on the topic, even when the findings continue to tell the story you didn't want to hear. :x

                                                It's funny - typically, I'd advocate for sticking to the numbers in order to get the most objective perspective possible...but a part of me really doesn't want to let go of the idea of "Umbrella" as her "biggest" hit, so I'm reaching for these nebulous arguments to make it so It really does seem like one of those cases where anyone who was alive/into mainstream music at the time would get why "Umbrella" was SO significant, even if its stats aren't quite as impressive as WFL. My mind just keeps racing with hard-to-quantify claims like "it launched her into SUPERstardom", "it cemented her as one of the top pop/R&b forces of that era", etc.

                                                Originally posted by JSparksFan
                                                Interestingly enough, I'm strongly considering a trip to Havana.
                                                Woah! And I thought the avatar change was a major impact...

                                                Originally posted by JSparksFan
                                                01.(RE) ABBA - I Have a Dream (Best Comeback)
                                                03.(RE) Mariah Carey - Don't Forget About Us
                                                04.(02) Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever
                                                06.(RE) Madonna - This Used to Be My Playground
                                                07.(01) Ed Sheeran - Perfect (Biggest Free Faller)
                                                08.(RE) Madonna - Deeper and Deeper
                                                10.(RE) Madonna - I Love New York
                                                11.(RE) ABBA - Dancing Queen
                                                12.(RE) Madonna - Sorry
                                                13.(RE) Madonna - Devil Wouldn't Recognize You
                                                16.(RE) John Legend - Love Me Now
                                                17.(RE) Girls Aloud - The Promise
                                                19.(RE) Madonna - Love Tried to Welcome Me
                                                20.(RE) Madonna - 4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
                                                • Damn. Well...I'm a day late now, but I was really struck by (and wanted to comment on) "Perfect" reaching No. 1. With your ever-present cynicism toward (and disdain for) many of today's official-chart-contenders, it's really sincerely endearing that this Ed Sheeran ballad (that many might label "schmaltzy") has resonated with you so strongly. Maybe I'm projecting here, but I like to think that it serves as a welcome reminder that in addition to the caustic critic, there's still a really tender, starry-eyed romantic side to you too. Ed's become SUCH an easy target lately (almost on par with Maroon 5 and The Chainsmokers), so I appreciate you stanning for anything of his (especially something that could easily be dismissed as saccharine.)

                                                Yet another dreamy chart, Akini!
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                                                • Originally posted by phoenix98
                                                  Damn. Those figures really highlight just how fast streaming has cannibalized downloads (particularly when it comes to individual song sales.) This fast-paced digital era...

                                                  Of course, the appeal isn't too hard to see: why pay $1.29 (or even $0.69) per song when you can pay $10-15 per month (essentially the cost of one full album) for access to MILLIONS of songs? That said...I still haven't made the transition myself (I really like the customization options that iTunes offers when it comes to organizing albums, artwork, adding bonus tracks/leaked demos, etc.), but I hear Apple Music integrates pretty seamlessly with iTunes, and as streaming-service-exclusives become increasingly popular, it's only a matter of time before we won't really have much of a choice anyway. You seem pretty satisfied with Spotify?
                                                  I love it! It makes the exploration of artists' discographies in their entirety so much easier! It also makes it relatively easy to keep up with the current hits thanks to their 'Today's Hits' section. I was sceptical at first - as I am with most changes in my routine - but I'm definitely embracing streaming as the future of music consumption. The only negative is how it's stagnated the charts to such a ridiculous extent, but that's a small price to pay.

                                                  Originally posted by phoenix98
                                                  I very much appreciate and respect that you've done that much research on the topic, even when the findings continue to tell the story you didn't want to hear. :x

                                                  It's funny - typically, I'd advocate for sticking to the numbers in order to get the most objective perspective possible...but a part of me really doesn't want to let go of the idea of "Umbrella" as her "biggest" hit, so I'm reaching for these nebulous arguments to make it so It really does seem like one of those cases where anyone who was alive/into mainstream music at the time would get why "Umbrella" was SO significant, even if its stats aren't quite as impressive as WFL. My mind just keeps racing with hard-to-quantify claims like "it launched her into SUPERstardom", "it cemented her as one of the top pop/R&b forces of that era", etc.
                                                  I completely agree. One thing a recent training session reminded me about is the need to consider both quantitative and qualitative factors in assessing significance, and I don't think "We Found Love" stacks up to "Umbrella" in the qualitative department. When you consider the 10-week rainy weather during the song's reign in the UK prompting journalists to label that incident the 'Rihanna Curse,' the iconic video that won RiRi her first VMA and for Video of the Year no less, the parodies, the airplay, the pop culture references, and even the tussle behind the scenes for Rihanna to claim the song as hers when big names like Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears were offered the track, or in the running to get it, it's hard for those factors to not more-than-comfortably offset the marginal quantitative advantage "We Found Love" has. I always felt like "We Found Love" benefitted from Rihanna coming off what was quite possibly her most impressive hit-making era, whereas "Umbrella" completely shattered everything she had done before. It was a new level for her, and still her signature song after all these years and the multitude of other global hits she's had.

                                                  Originally posted by phoenix98
                                                  • Damn. Well...I'm a day late now, but I was really struck by (and wanted to comment on) "Perfect" reaching No. 1. With your ever-present cynicism toward (and disdain for) many of today's official-chart-contenders, it's really sincerely endearing that this Ed Sheeran ballad (that many might label "schmaltzy") has resonated with you so strongly. Maybe I'm projecting here, but I like to think that it serves as a welcome reminder that in addition to the caustic critic, there's still a really tender, starry-eyed romantic side to you too. Ed's become SUCH an easy target lately (almost on par with Maroon 5 and The Chainsmokers), so I appreciate you stanning for anything of his (especially something that could easily be dismissed as saccharine.)
                                                  Projection or not, it's accurate.

                                                  I think "Perfect" just might be the best song Ed's ever done. People are quick to dismiss songs that express such unfiltered affection as trite and juvenile, but there's something that's so welcoming and reassuring about "Perfect". I guess we harden as we get older, and can't be bothered with hopeless (and blindly optimistic, overly sympathetic) depictions of romance. On the first listen, it was my favourite song on ÷, and I guess it's a reminder that that side of me you described - the one I like to call my 16-year-old self - is still very much alive.
                                                  Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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                                                  • Thursday's Top 20 (October 19th)

                                                    01.(RE) Madonna - Devil Pray (Best Comeback)
                                                    02.(RE) Madonna - Borderline
                                                    03.(RE) Sugababes - Push the Button
                                                    04.(RE) Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry on Their Own
                                                    05.(RE) Oasis - Wonderwall
                                                    06.(RE) Adam Lambert - Two Fux
                                                    07.(RE) Sia - Day Too Soon
                                                    08.(RE) Frank Ocean - Bad Religion
                                                    09.(RE) Air Supply - Making Love Out of Nothing at All
                                                    10.(RE) SZA - The Weekend
                                                    11.(RE) Dua Lipa - New Rules
                                                    12.(RE) DJ Khaled - I'm the One (feat. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne & Quavo)
                                                    13.(RE) Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love
                                                    14.(RE) Selena Gomez - Kill Em with Kindness
                                                    15.(RE) Madonna - Veni Vidi Vici
                                                    16.(RE) Childish Gambino - Redbone
                                                    17.(RE) Lady Gaga - The Cure
                                                    18.(RE) John Legend - One Woman Man
                                                    19.(NE) Kelly Clarkson - Meaning of Life (Highest Debut)
                                                    20.(RE) Marina & the Diamonds - Primadonna
                                                    Your heart is coloured with the love wrapped in the brilliant blue sky above, the breadth of the jewelled oceans, and the pure heat of the golden sun. And your heart is home to the cosmic creation that is you.

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