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  • Your last week of #1s is straight fire! Like most people, Respect was my intro to old school Aretha, and helped her to become my absolute favorite 60s diva. And then Anaconda in the most recent chart - oh man, it's one of the most iconic things Nicki has done! And delighted that Turntables was #1 when it came out - for me, it's giving me a bit of needed fire as we approach the heat of election season.

    Enjoying the amount of love August has gotten over the last week, and that Rainbow/Biscuits made your chart together - her (non-seasonal) #1s on my own chart.

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    • Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
      Your last week of #1s is straight fire! Like most people, Respect was my intro to old school Aretha, and helped her to become my absolute favorite 60s diva. And then Anaconda in the most recent chart - oh man, it's one of the most iconic things Nicki has done! And delighted that Turntables was #1 when it came out - for me, it's giving me a bit of needed fire as we approach the heat of election season.

      Enjoying the amount of love August has gotten over the last week, and that Rainbow/Biscuits made your chart together - her (non-seasonal) #1s on my own chart.
      Yes, "Respect" is the paramount diva anthem. It encapsulates Aretha's talent and attitude so perfectly.

      It's that mash of "Anaconda" and "Toxic" that got Nicki to #1. That's actually the first time "Anaconda" made it to no. 1; it's original peak was #2.

      "Turntables" is amazing. It'll probably stabilise when work eases for me (hopefully) in a week or so and I have time to actively listen to music and not just engage in therapeutic listening.

      "August" is really putting itself in the forefront for favourite as far as my year-end songs countdown is concerned. It's lyrical excellence.
      Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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      • Monday's Top 20 (September 14th)

        01.(RE) Teyana Taylor - We Got Love (feat. Lauryn Hill) (Best Comeback)
        02.(RE) No Doubt - Don't Speak
        03.(RE) Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
        04.(RE) Ariana Grande - Bad Decisions
        05.(RE) Mariah Carey - Fly Like a Bird
        06.(RE) Kelly Clarkson - Sober
        07.(RE) Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day
        08.(RE) Lady Gaga - Rain on Me (feat. Ariana Grande)
        09.(RE) Teyana Taylor - Lose Each Other
        10.(RE) Lorde - Sober II (Melodrama)
        11.(RE) Carrie Underwood - Cupid's Got a Shotgun
        12.(RE) Mariah Carey - Underneath the Stars
        13.(RE) Kelly Clarkson - How I Feel
        14.(RE) Lorde - Sober
        15.(20) Taylor Swift - August (Greatest Gainer)
        16.(RE) Demi Lovato - Sober
        17.(RE) Janet Jackson - That's the Way Love Goes
        18.(RE) Mariah Carey - My All
        19.(RE) Mike Posner - Be as You Are
        20.(RE) Mariah Carey - Lead the Way
        Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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        • Tuesday's Top 20 (September 15th)

          01.(01) Teyana Taylor - We Got Love (feat. Lauryn Hill)
          02.(RE) Adele - Someone Like You (Best Comeback)
          03.(RE) Kylie Minogue - Say Something
          04.(RE) Dua Lipa - Break My Heart
          05.(RE) Katy Perry - Rise
          06.(RE) Chloe x Halle - The Kids Are Alright
          07.(RE) Lady Gaga - Shallow
          08.(RE) Chloe x Halle - Do It
          09.(15) Taylor Swift - August (Greatest Gainer)
          10.(RE) Ava Max - Salt
          11.(RE) Beyoncé - Drunk in Love (feat. Jay-Z & Kanye West)
          12.(RE) Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
          13.(RE) Ariana Grande - Breathin
          14.(RE) David Guetta - Titanium (feat. Sia)
          15.(RE) Cardi B - Money
          16.(06) Kelly Clarkson - Sober (Biggest Free Faller)
          17.(RE) Taylor Swift - Lover
          18.(NE) Meghan Patrick - Country Music Made Me Do It (Highest Debut)
          19.(RE) Dua Lipa - Boys Will Be Boys
          20.(RE) Taylor Swift - It's Nice to Have a Friend
          Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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          • Wednesday's Top 20 (September 16th)

            01.(RE) Rihanna - Take a Bow (Best Comeback)
            02.(RE) RAYE - Natalie Don't
            03.(RE) Whitney Houston - Could I Have This Kiss Forever? (feat. Enrique Iglesias)
            04.(09) Taylor Swift - August (Greatest Gainer)
            05.(RE) Whitney Houston - Heartbreak Hotel (feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price)
            06.(RE) Taylor Swift - Mean
            07.(01) Teyana Taylor - We Got Love (feat. Lauryn Hill) (Biggest Free Faller)
            08.(RE) Rihanna - SOS
            09.(RE) Nicki Minaj - The Crying Game (feat. Jessie Ware)
            10.(RE) Lady Gaga - 911
            11.(RE) Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
            12.(RE) Tokio Hotel - Love Who Loves You Back
            13.(RE) Bruno Mars - Natalie
            14.(RE) The Roots - You Got Me (feat. Erykah Badu & Eve)
            15.(RE) Dolly Parton - Jolene
            16.(RE) Wyclef Jean - 911 (feat. Mary J. Blige)
            17.(RE) Lady Gaga - Alice
            18.(RE) Diana Ross - Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
            19.(RE) JoJo - Man
            20.(RE) Britney Spears - Man on the Moon
            Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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            • Thursday's Top 20 (September 17th)

              01.(NE) Ashe - Moral of the Story (feat. Niall Horan) (Hot Shot Debut)
              02.(07) Teyana Taylor - We Got Love (feat. Lauryn Hill)
              03.(RE) Girls Aloud - Girl Overboard (Best Comeback)
              04.(10) Lady Gaga - 911 (Greatest Gainer)
              05.(RE) Trey Songz - Still Scratchin Me Up
              06.(RE) G.R.L. - Ugly Heart
              07.(RE) Beyoncé - Ring Off
              08.(RE) Sia - Chandelier
              09.(RE) Nicki Minaj - Can Anybody Hear Me?
              10.(RE) Glee Cast - Don't You Want Me
              11.(RE) Trey Songz - Scratchin Me Up
              12.(RE) Alicia Keys - Doesn't Mean Anything
              13.(RE) The Human League - Don't You Want Me
              14.(RE) Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
              15.(RE) Jason Aldean - Don't You Wanna Stay (feat. Kelly Clarkson)
              16.(RE) P!nk - Try
              17.(RE) Lauren Jauregui - Expectations
              18.(11) Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry (Biggest Free Faller)
              19.(NE) Sudan Archives - Limitless
              20.(NE) Command Sisters - I Like It
              Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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              • Friday's Top 20 (September 18th)

                01.(RE) Nicki Minaj - Anaconda (Best Comeback)
                02.(01) Ashe - Moral of the Story (feat. Niall Horan )
                03.(RE) Adam Lambert - Roses
                04.(04) Lady Gaga - 911
                05.(RE) Brandy - Baby
                06.(RE) Adele - Rolling in the Deep
                07.(RE) Taylor Swift - August
                08.(RE) Carrie Underwood - End Up with You
                09.(RE) Carrie Underwood - Drinking Alone
                10.(RE) Teyana Taylor - Lose Each Other
                11.(RE) Mariah Carey - Subtle Invitation
                12.(RE) Janelle Monáe - Turntables
                13.(RE) Mariah Carey - Out Here on My Own
                14.(RE) Michael Bublé - Save the Last Dance for Me
                15.(RE) Britney Spears - Toxic
                16.(RE) Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
                17.(RE) Katy Perry - Not the End of the World
                18.(02) Teyana Taylor - We Got Love (feat. Lauryn Hill) (Biggest Free Faller)
                19.(RE) Carrie Underwood - Low
                20.(RE) Mariah Carey - Save the Day (feat. Lauryn Hill)
                Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                • Saturday's Top 20 (September 19th)

                  01.(NE) Brandy - Borderline (Hot Shot Debut)
                  02.(NE) Brandy - No Tomorrow
                  03.(RE) Nicki Minaj - Ganja Burn (Best Comeback)
                  04.(RE) Taylor Swift - The Lakes
                  05.(RE) RuPaul - U Wear It Well (feat. Priyanka, Scarlett BoBo, & Rita Baga)
                  06.(NE) Lakeside - Fantastic Voyage
                  07.(RE) SayGrace - Boys Ain't Shit
                  08.(RE) Brandy - Baby Mama (feat. Chance the Rapper)
                  09.(RE) TLC - Waterfalls
                  10.(RE) Gabby Barrett - I Hope
                  11.(RE) Brandy - I Am More
                  12.(07) Taylor Swift - August
                  13.(RE) Jennifer Hudson - Where You At
                  14.(RE) Mariah Carey - Breakdown
                  15.(RE) Doja Cat - Say So
                  16.(04) Lady Gaga - 911 (Biggest Free Faller)
                  17.(RE) Brandy - Rather Be
                  18.(RE) Usher - Trading Places
                  19.(RE) Chris Brown - Take You Down
                  20.(RE) Beyoncé - Rocket
                  Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                  • Sunday's Top 20 (September 20th)

                    01.(01) Brandy - Borderline
                    02.(NE) Immature - Is It Love This Time? (Highest Debut)
                    03.(02) Brandy - No Tomorrow
                    04.(RE) Chloe x Halle - Ungodly Hour (Best Comeback)
                    05.(RE) Britney Spears - Lucky
                    06.(RE) Mariah Carey - Caution
                    07.(RE) Madonna - Causing a Commotion
                    08.(RE) Mariah Carey - Out Here on My Own
                    09.(08) Brandy - Baby Mama (feat. Chance the Rapper)
                    10.(16) Lady Gaga - 911 (Greatest Gainer)
                    11.(RE) Megan Thee Stallion - Big Ole Freak
                    12.(RE) Céline Dion - Perfect Goodbye
                    13.(RE) P!nk - 90 Days (feat. Wrabel)
                    14.(RE) Janelle Monáe - Turntables
                    15.(RE) Brandy - Bye Bipolar
                    16.(RE) Coldplay - Adventure of a Lifetime
                    17.(10) Gabby Barrett - I Hope (Biggest Free Faller)
                    18.(RE) Lady Gaga - Judas
                    19.(RE) Carly Rae Jepsen - Too Much
                    20.(RE) Ariana Grande - Bad Decisions
                    Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                    • Monday's Top 20 (September 21st)

                      01.(NE) Alicia Keys - Good Job (Hot Shot Debut)
                      02.(RE) Sia - The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Best Comeback)
                      03.(NE) Brandy - I Am More
                      04.(NE) Alicia Keys - Authors of Forever
                      05.(01) Brandy - Borderline
                      06.(RE) Alicia Keys - Time Machine
                      07.(02) Immature - Is It Love This Time? (Biggest Free Faller)
                      08.(RE) Girls Aloud - Girl Overboard
                      09.(RE) Britney Spears - Mood Ring
                      10.(RE) Alicia Keys - Show Me Love (feat. Miguel)
                      11.(NE) Alicia Keys - Truth Without Love
                      12.(RE) Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire
                      13.(NE) Alicia Keys - You Save Me (feat. Snoh Aalegra)
                      14.(RE) Alicia Keys - Underdog
                      15.(NE) Alicia Keys - Jill Scott (feat. Jill Scott)
                      16.(NE) Alicia Keys - Perfect Way to Die
                      17.(NE) Alicia Keys - 3 Hour Drive (feat. Sampha)
                      18.(NE) Alicia Keys - Gramercy Park
                      19.(NE) Alicia Keys - Love Looks Better
                      20.(NE) Alicia Keys - So Done (feat. Khalid)
                      Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                      • Tuesday's Top 20 (September 22nd)

                        01.(RE) Lady Gaga - 911 (Best Comeback)
                        02.(RE) Leona Lewis - Happy
                        03.(07) Immature - Is It Love This Time? (Greatest Gainer)
                        04.(RE) Mariah Carey - I Am Free
                        05.(NE) Bon Jovi - Do What You Can (feat. Jennifer Nettles) (Highest Debut)
                        06.(01) Alicia Keys - Good Job
                        07.(RE) Nicki Minaj - Pills n Potions
                        08.(RE) Mariah Carey - With You
                        09.(RE) Lizzo - Good as Hell (feat. Ariana Grande)
                        10.(RE) Lady Gaga - Million Reasons
                        11.(RE) Taylor Swift - August
                        12.(RE) Nicki Minaj - Right by My Side (feat. Chris Brown)
                        13.(RE) Mariah Carey - Without You
                        14.(RE) Dua Lipa - Break My Heart
                        15.(RE) Carly Rae Jepsen - Run Away with Me
                        16.(RE) Ariana Grande - Let Me Love You (feat. Lil Wayne)
                        17.(05) Brandy - Borderline (Biggest Free Faller)
                        18.(RE) Kanye West - Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross, & Nicki Minaj)
                        19.(RE) Megan Thee Stallion - Big Ole Freak
                        20.(RE) Lizzo - Juice
                        Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                        • Wednesday's Top 20 (September 23rd)

                          01.(17) Brandy - Borderline (Greatest Gainer)
                          02.(11) Taylor Swift - August
                          03.(RE) Florence + the Machine - No Light, No Light (Best Comeback)
                          04.(RE) Dua Lipa - Levitating
                          05.(06) Alicia Keys - Good Job
                          06.(RE) Chris Brown - Take You Down
                          07.(RE) Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
                          08.(RE) Beyoncé - I Care
                          09.(RE) Rihanna - Unfaithful
                          10.(RE) Lady Gaga - Do What U Want (feat. Christina Aguilera)
                          11.(03) Immature - Is It Love This Time? (Biggest Free Faller)
                          12.(RE) Carrie Underwood - I Know You Won't
                          13.(RE) Chris Brown - 2012
                          14.(RE) Brandy - No Tomorrow
                          15.(RE) Lady Gaga - Rain on Me (feat. Ariana Grande)
                          16.(RE) Akon - Don't Matter
                          17.(RE) Florence + the Machine - Only If for a Night
                          18.(RE) Dua Lipa - Love Again
                          19.(RE) Kellie Picker - I Wonder
                          20.(RE) Carly Rae Jepsen - Love Again
                          Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                          • Thursday's Top 20 (September 24th)

                            01.(NE) Rina Sawayama - Akasaka Sad (Hot Shot Debut)
                            02.(RE) Delta Goodrem - Paralyzed (Best Comeback)
                            03.(RE) Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss
                            04.(RE) Girls Aloud - Girl Overboard
                            05.(RE) Wale - Bad (feat. Rihanna)
                            06.(RE) Nicki Minaj - Ganja Burn
                            07.(RE) Nicki Minaj - No Frauds (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
                            08.(RE) Idina Menzel - No Good Deed
                            09.(NE) Alicia Keys - Gramercy Park
                            10.(RE) Mariah Carey - The Roof
                            11.(11) Immature - Is It Love This Time?
                            12.(RE) Brandy - I Am More
                            13.(RE) Dua Lipa - Cool
                            14.(NE) Maggie Rogers - Alaska
                            15.(RE) Toni Braxton - Gotta Move On (feat. H.E.R.)
                            16.(RE) Carrie Underwood - Some Hearts
                            17.(NE) Katy Perry - Teary Eyes
                            18.(RE) Adele - Remedy
                            19.(RE) Lady Gaga - Free Woman
                            20.(RE) Alicia Keys - Perfect Way to Die
                            Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                            • Friday's Top 20 (September 25th)

                              01.(RE) Mariah Carey - Faded (Best Comeback)
                              02.(RE) Adele - River Lea
                              03.(RE) Mika - Rain
                              04.(01) Rina Sawayama - Akasaka Sad (Biggest Free Faller)
                              05.(RE) Lady Gaga - 911
                              06.(RE) Adele - Rolling in the Deep
                              07.(RE) Leona Lewis - Happy
                              08.(RE) Mariah Carey - Fly Like a Bird
                              09.(RE) Kacey Musgraves - Happy & Sad
                              10.(11) Immature - Is It Love This Time? (Greatest Gainer)
                              11.(RE) Nicki Minaj - Can Anybody Hear Me?
                              12.(RE) Lydmor - Someone We Used to Love
                              13.(RE) Jennifer Hudson - Where You At
                              14.(RE) Mariah Carey - Alone in Love
                              15.(RE) Sia - The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
                              16.(NE) Akon - Right Now (Na Na Na) (Highest Debut)
                              17.(RE) Andy Grammer - Keep Your Head Up
                              18.(19) Lady Gaga - Free Woman
                              19.(NE) Anna Bergendahl - Thelma and Louise
                              20.(RE) Taylor Swift - New Romantics
                              Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                              • Saturday's Top 20 (September 26th)

                                01.(RE) Taylor Swift - The 1 (Best Comeback)
                                02.(RE) Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?
                                03.(RE) Rihanna - Diamonds
                                04.(RE) Janelle Monáe - Turntables
                                05.(RE) Trey Songz - Y.A.S.
                                06.(RE) Command Sisters - I Like It
                                07.(NE) Trey Songz - Serial (Highest Debut)
                                08.(NE) Mary J. Blige - You Remind Me
                                09.(RE) Taylor Swift - August
                                10.(NE) Marina - About Love
                                11.(NE) Taylor Swift - Betty
                                12.(RE) Mary J. Blige - Reminisce
                                13.(RE) Trey Songz - Hard to Walk Away
                                14.(RE) Mary J. Blige - Real Love
                                15.(NE) Mary J. Blige - Love No Limit
                                16.(RE) Taylor Swift - Cardigan
                                17.(NE) Trey Songz - Sneaky
                                18.(NE) Mary J. Blige - Sweet Thing
                                19.(NE) Bryce Vine - Baby Girl
                                20.(NE) Erasure - Nerves of Steel
                                Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                                • Nice to see Command Sisters. I haven't noticed it before
                                  Waffles are checked cookies

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                                  • Originally posted by heppolo View Post
                                    Nice to see Command Sisters. I haven't noticed it before
                                    It was a good submission! I've ended up voting against it twice, but I do like it.
                                    Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                                    • Monday's Top 20 (September 28th)

                                      01.(RE) Marina & the Diamonds - Primadonna (Best Comeback)
                                      02.(RE) Carrie Underwood - End Up with You
                                      03.(RE) Clean Bandit - Solo (feat. Demi Lovato)
                                      04.(RE) Mariah Carey - Languishing
                                      05.(RE) Lady Gaga - 911
                                      06.(RE) Rihanna - Roc Me Out
                                      07.(RE) Teyana Taylor - We Got Love (feat. Lauryn Hill)
                                      08.(NE) Mary J. Blige - Changes I've Been Going Through (Highest Debut)
                                      09.(RE) Rihanna - Talk That Talk (feat. Jay-Z)
                                      10.(RE) Chloe x Halle - Ungodly Hour
                                      11.(RE) Lady Gaga - Alejandro
                                      12.(RE) Madonna - Love Tried to Welcome Me
                                      13.(RE) Britney Spears - Just Luv Me
                                      14.(RE) Nicki Minaj - LLC
                                      15.(RE) Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li
                                      16.(RE) Nicki Minaj - Can Anybody Hear Me?
                                      17.(RE) Lady Gaga - So Happy I Could Die
                                      18.(NE) Mary J. Blige - My Love
                                      19.(RE) Nicki Minaj - Coco Chanel (feat. Foxy Brown)
                                      20.(RE) Nicki Minaj - No Frauds (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
                                      Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                                      • 01.(RE) Marina & the Diamonds - Primadonna - legendary song
                                        Waffles are checked cookies

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                                        • Originally posted by heppolo View Post
                                          01.(RE) Marina & the Diamonds - Primadonna - legendary song
                                          Agreed! It's exquisite.
                                          Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                                          • Monday's Top 20 (September 28th)

                                            01.(NE) Taylor Swift - My Tears Ricochet (Hot Shot Debut)
                                            02.(RE) Adele - Tired (Best Comeback)
                                            03.(RE) Carrie Underwood - Some Hearts
                                            04.(RE) Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble
                                            05.(10) Chloe x Halle - Ungodly Hour
                                            06.(RE) Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time
                                            07.(16) Nicki Minaj - Can Anybody Hear Me? (Greatest Gainer)
                                            08.(RE) ABBA - Money, Money, Money
                                            09.(RE) Rihanna - Nobody's Business (feat. Chris Brown)
                                            10.(RE) Kylie Minogue - Say Something
                                            11.(RE) Mary J. Blige - You Remind Me
                                            12.(01) Marina & the Diamonds - Primadonna (Biggest Free Faller)
                                            13.(RE) Rihanna - Pour It Up
                                            14.(RE) Adele - Rolling in the Deep
                                            15.(RE) Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
                                            16.(RE) Mariah Carey - Languishing
                                            17.(RE) Taylor Swift - The Last Time (feat. Gary Lightbody)
                                            18.(RE) Alicia Keys - 3 Hour Drive (feat. Sampha)
                                            19.(RE) Fall Out Boy - The Last of the Real Ones
                                            20.(RE) Aiden Zhane, Dahlia Sin, Jaida Essence Hall, Jan, Rock M. Sakura, & Sherry Pie - You Don't Know Me
                                            Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                                              • On my first listen through folklore, "My Tears Ricochet" probably stood out the most. Like most of that album, it's so strikingly beautiful, haunting, ethereal, and I especially loved the way it evolves during the bridge and final chorus/outro with new lyrics: "you turned into your worst fears, and you're tossing out blame, drunk on this pain, crossing out the good years..." The imagery/metaphors are so strong throughout, and it's a true tear-jerker too. In the subsequent months, I've latched onto other tracks even more strongly, but it'd still rank in my Top 5: "August," "The Lakes," "Mirrorball," "Exile," and MTR. It looks like this marks folklore's fourth No. 1 here: TLGAD, "August," "The 1," and MTR. What's the record for a Taylor LP?
                                              • The acoustic version of "Say Something" re-kindled my interest in it a bit, but Disco is still shaping up to be a shockingly "meh" era for me (which is unheard of for a Kylie studio album, at least since I started actively following her career during Fever).
                                              • A part of me feels like "Languishing" ought to be a full/"proper" song, but it's basically the length of plenty of songs these days, and it's pretty perfect just the way it is. Have you cozied up with her memoir yet? Admittedly, I'm more excited for The Rarities than the book, but I'll still check it out if/when I can get my hands on a copy.
                                              Yet another chart that's no crying shame, Akini!
                                              last.fm

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                                              • I am not familiar with your bottom five, but most of the rest is straight fire - that Nicki track I think is the one you added to the Summertime Madness and I'm so bitter it got eliminated by one vote

                                                I love that Ungodly Hour has been hanging around the last couple of days. It got renewed interest from me when they performed it on the VMAs.

                                                I might put it on my Halloween playlist.

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                                                • Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                                  On my first listen through folklore, "My Tears Ricochet" probably stood out the most. Like most of that album, it's so strikingly beautiful, haunting, ethereal, and I especially loved the way it evolves during the bridge and final chorus/outro with new lyrics: "you turned into your worst fears, and you're tossing out blame, drunk on this pain, crossing out the good years..." The imagery/metaphors are so strong throughout, and it's a true tear-jerker too. In the subsequent months, I've latched onto other tracks even more strongly, but it'd still rank in my Top 5: "August," "The Lakes," "Mirrorball," "Exile," and MTR.
                                                  I do love that outro you highlighted, but it's actually the I didn't have it in myself to go with grace lyric that finally connected with me. It just gave me this image of a typically poised person being broken to the point where he or she is unable to maintain the façade and gives into the raw emotion of the separation.

                                                  Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                                  It looks like this marks folklore's fourth No. 1 here: TLGAD, "August," "The 1," and MTR. What's the record for a Taylor LP?
                                                  Ah, thanks for asking this question. Let's go through album-by-album.

                                                  Taylor Swift - 2 = A Place in This World (x1); Stay Beautiful (x1)
                                                  Fearless - 4 = You Belong with Me (x7); Love Story (x1); Forever & Always (x1); Fifteen (x1)
                                                  Speak Now - 7 = Mine (x40); Sparks Fly (x4); Better Than Revenge (x4); Speak Now (x3); Back to December (x3); Enchanted (x1); The Story of Us (x1)
                                                  Red - 6 = The Moment I Knew (x4); We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (x4); Red (x3); Starlight (x3); I Knew You Were Trouble (x2); Everything Has Changed (x1)
                                                  1989 - 8 = Out of the Woods (x7); All You Had to Do Was Stay (x4); Style (x3); Shake It Off (x3); New Romantics (x2); Blank Space (x2); Clean (x1); Wonderland (x1)
                                                  Reputation - 5 = Getaway Car (x2); Call It What You Want (x2); I Did Something Bad (x1); Look What You Made Me Do (x1); Delicate (x1)
                                                  Lover - 3 = The Man (x6); Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince (x1); Lover (x1)
                                                  Folklore - 4 = August (x8); My Tears Ricochet (x1); The Last Great American Dynasty (x1); The 1 (x1)

                                                  So the answer's 1989​​​​​​​!

                                                  Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                                  The acoustic version of "Say Something" re-kindled my interest in it a bit, but Disco is still shaping up to be a shockingly "meh" era for me (which is unheard of for a Kylie studio album, at least since I started actively following her career during Fever).
                                                  Maybe the album will pleasantly surprise you!

                                                  Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                                  A part of me feels like "Languishing" ought to be a full/"proper" song, but it's basically the length of plenty of songs these days, and it's pretty perfect just the way it is. Have you cozied up with her memoir yet? Admittedly, I'm more excited for The Rarities than the book, but I'll still check it out if/when I can get my hands on a copy.
                                                  I'm actually pretty fine with "Languishing"'s length.

                                                  I haven't been able to do so yet, but I'm hoping that weekend after next I'll be free enough to do so. I did see her sit-down with Oprah, though, so that's definitely been a solid teaser.

                                                  Originally posted by crystalphoenix View Post
                                                  Yet another chart that's no crying shame, Akini!
                                                  Thanks for visiting, Paul!

                                                  Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                                  I am not familiar with your bottom five, but most of the rest is straight fire - that Nicki track I think is the one you added to the Summertime Madness and I'm so bitter it got eliminated by one vote
                                                  Yeah, it's actually one of my favourite Nicki songs. I didn't expect that it'd be my last song standing there, though. That was a pleasant surprise.

                                                  Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                                  I love that Ungodly Hour has been hanging around the last couple of days. It got renewed interest from me when they performed it on the VMAs.
                                                  I actually haven't seen that performance yet.

                                                  Originally posted by cheapthrills View Post
                                                  I might put it on my Halloween playlist.
                                                  The scream I unleashed.
                                                  Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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                                                  • Tuesday's Top 20 (September 29th)

                                                    01.(14) Adele - Rolling in the Deep (Greatest Gainer)
                                                    02.(NE) Chloe x Halle - Baby Girl (Highest Debut)
                                                    03.(RE) Mariah Carey - Fly Like a Bird (Best Comeback)
                                                    04.(01) Taylor Swift - My Tears Ricochet (Biggest Free Faller)
                                                    05.(RE) Donna Summer - On the Radio
                                                    06.(RE) RuPaul - Super Queen (feat. Monét X Change, Monique Heart, Naomi Smalls, & Trinity the Tuck)
                                                    07.(RE) Kacey Musgraves - It Is What It Is
                                                    08.(08) ABBA - Money, Money, Money
                                                    09.(RE) RuPaul - Kitty Girl (feat. Kennedy Davenport, Shangela, Bebe Zahara Benet, & Trixie Mattel)
                                                    10.(RE) Mariah Carey - Save the Day (feat. Lauryn Hill)
                                                    11.(RE) Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
                                                    12.(RE) Britney Spears - And Then We Kiss
                                                    13.(RE) Brandy - I Am More
                                                    14.(RE) Rina Sawayama - Akasaka Sad
                                                    15.(NE) JoJo - Pedialyte
                                                    16.(RE) Kelly Clarkson - Let Me Down
                                                    17.(RE) Madonna - Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.)
                                                    18.(RE) Brandy - Unconditional Oceans
                                                    19.(RE) Jhene Aiko - Born Tired
                                                    20.(RE) Kelly Clarkson - Never Again
                                                    Akini's Top 100 Artists of the Decade: [#5]

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