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  • #31
    89. Ellie Goulding, Diplo & Swae Lee - Close to me


    Ellie Goulding returned in November with new single Close to me and on first listen, i genuinely thought this was gonna be a big chart hit. However, that didn't turn out to be the case in the UK. It was a different story in my chart where despite peaking at #7 Close to me ended up having a fairly substantial chart run.

    I still think Ellie's little giggle at 0:15 during the first verse is so cute. (even though its a blink and you'll miss it type of giggle )

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    • #32
      88. Carrie Underwood - Love wins


      Carrie Underwood gets her first of two appearances in my year end chart at #88 with the gloriously anthemic Love wins. The song got to #3 in September and admittedly, it pretty much benefitted from a quiet week. However, just when it looked like this song was heading for the exit, the official music video came along a few days later. The standard "music video effect" actually boosted the song and ultimately helped to prevent Carrie from disappearing completely from my top 20.

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      • #33
        87. Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B - Finesse


        One of the first major releases in 2018 came from Bruno Mars who teamed up with Cardi B to release a new remixed version of his track Finesse. It wasn't quite the instant smash for me instead taking several weeks before peaking at #5.

        As for the music video, when i first checked it out i was loving the retro 90s vibes despite the fact its concept was totally wasted on me. Having never heard of In living color i decided to check it out for myself on YouTube and some of the old clips are hilarious.

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        • #34
          Re: JakeP Top 100 of 2018

          Close To Me hasn't done too badly, I like it a lot!
          Check out my Top 100 of 2012 Countdown!

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          • #35
            86. Halsey - Without me


            After a couple of chart appearances over the last 2 years as a featured vocalist, Halsey finally scored herself a hit in her own right with the release of Without me.

            I have to admit prior to Without me, Halsey was never one of those artists on my radar and with previous releases i never had the urge to check them out immediately. One major difference here though was the amount of airplay this particular track was getting in the UK on both radio and music channels. It was a slow burner for sure before eventually entering my chart and progressing each week as my love for the song continued to grow.

            Without me is quite comfortably Halsey's most successful single to date so i'd imagine Halsey is only going to go from strength to strength in 2019.

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            • #36
              Re: JakeP Top 100 of 2018

              This was probably my favourite Halsey moment so far too, it's weird how she doesn't seem big but is streamed to death here.
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              • #37
                Originally posted by JakeP
                Well i don't think i'm the greatest designer in the world (compared to the banner Era designed for Tansike which is stunning <3 ) but i kinda felt awkward requesting someone to design a banner for me. I needed to improvise with that additional space and that was really the only thing i could of.
                Tansike's banner is pretty tough to beat, but I like how you show single covers a lot of love. Especially now that physical singles are basically dead and buried, single cover art doesn't seem to get much/any attention anymore. Some artists doesn't even seem to bother making them (like Ari for "Breathin"). :(

                Originally posted by JakeP
                I totally agree with you about reality tv winners. Like you say, when they're performing every Saturday night for several weeks, its astonishing just how much people can become invested in the show and their own personal favourites. It's as if once they're no longer on tv, all those viewers suffer from reality tv amnesia or something and simply forget about them. Maybe for The x factor 2019 the eventual winner should be given their own prime time tv shoe that starts the day after the final, and then they're still in the public eye so they're not forgotten about overnight. (imagine if they did this but the winner had the personality of a cardboard cut out ).
                Brilliant! You're SO on-point with the "amnesia" remark too!

                Originally posted by JakeP
                I really think its a shame that Louisa struggled so much with YES as, like Thriller says, its such an anthem. Sadly with Spotify so dominant the majority of users (teenage boys i guess) want to listen to urban music which just doesn't appeal to me whatsoever. The irony is that these songs perform so badly on iTunes so clearly people aren't willing to actually buy these songs so songs that are showing a profit should be the ones peaking higher in the chart.
                I'd definitely be curious to see profit-based charts in more countries. Maybe not replacing the main charts (right away), but at least to have as a basis of comparison against the current formulas. As long as they bar any sort of concert-ticket-bundle-shenanigans, of course "Buy these $500 tickets to my show and a download code for my new single will be included!", so each one of those downloads = $500 toward the chart. :x

                • Nice to see Daddy Yankee's contributions to "Made For Now" getting some credit, since others have regarded his presence as entirely superfluous on this track, though there's still no mistaking that Janet's the star of the show It's a shame that she went completely quiet again after its promotion cycle ended, but hopefully we'll hear from her sometime in 2019...
                • Sweet of you to honor Aretha here :( Undoubtedly one of 2018's biggest celebrity losses.
                • I've still got mixed feelings about "Close To Me": Ellie's first verse is such instantly-infectious ear candy, but then the chorus is a bit of a let-down, and I'm not a huge fan of some of Swae's lines (it's just jarring to hear a guy saying "I had to cut my bitch off, she bein' stubborn" in the middle of an Ellie Goulding song) With all of that in mind, though, a No. 89 placement feels pretty fitting! I've read that there's an Ellie-only version out there, and I still need to track that down...
                • The "Finesse" remix + video were definitely some of the first big/buzzworthy musical moments of 2018! I'm glad it got Bruno back-on-track after "Versace..." (shockingly) under-performed basically everywhere.
                • Speaking of getting back-on-track, "Without Me" has really worked wonders for Halsey after some spotty single success throughout the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom era! It was officially crowned the newest Hot 100 No. 1 yesterday but, more importantly, I'm glad it won you over in a way that none of her previous singles had managed! I'm excited to see where she takes us next, since 2019 could be her biggest year yet!
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                • #38
                  Originally posted by king_oxymoron
                  Close To Me hasn't done too badly, I like it a lot!
                  It has proven to be more popular on Spotify despite the slow start. It's just a shame the UK charts have this acr rule so a number of songs have their chart run cut short purely because the song takes so long to steadily grow in popularity.

                  Originally posted by king_oxymoron
                  This was probably my favourite Halsey moment so far too, it's weird how she doesn't seem big but is streamed to death here.
                  Astonishingly i found out yesterday that Halsey is the new #1 in the US billboard chart which is phenomenal. I would've expected one of Post Malone's latest tracks to be the next US #1...just because its the type of music the americans seem to love the most.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by JakeP
                    86. Halsey - Without me
                    I like it a little bit. Watched her on the TV (Victoria's Secret Fashion Show), it was a brilliant performance!
                    Summer top 10 - 31.07.2020.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                      Tansike's banner is pretty tough to beat, but I like how you show single covers a lot of love. Especially now that physical singles are basically dead and buried, single cover art doesn't seem to get much/any attention anymore. Some artists doesn't even seem to bother making them (like Ari for "Breathin"). :(
                      There are still some lovely pieces of artwork created for singles but it does feel like the average Spotify user doesn't really care about the artwork as if its an after thought (if even that). :x I'll always be old skool (circa 00's era) when it comes to the charts though, i doubt that will ever change. I noticed some others using a cover for breathin which i'm guessing is fan made. The same happened with God is a woman, upon release it was part of the pre-order for the album on iTunes so the only artwork i saw was the album cover hence why the Sweetener cover appears twice in my banner. It would be so cool though if all singles were given official artwork covers rather than just the album cover.

                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                      Brilliant! You're SO on-point with the "amnesia" remark too!
                      It is strange though how quickly people get over tv shows. Maybe these tv shows are just a means for convenience these days, like "there's nothing on the tv so i'll just watch The x factor".

                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                      I'd definitely be curious to see profit-based charts in more countries. Maybe not replacing the main charts (right away), but at least to have as a basis of comparison against the current formulas. As long as they bar any sort of concert-ticket-bundle-shenanigans, of course "Buy these $500 tickets to my show and a download code for my new single will be included!", so each one of those downloads = $500 toward the chart. :x
                      My knowledge on this is rather sketchy but i'm sure i read a couple of years ago that the german charts are based on revenue figures. So if the song that's #1 on iTunes is discounted and the #1 on Spotify is purely there because of a large proportion of free users listening to the track, there's no guarantee it'll be the #1 in Germany that week.

                      Re; the ticket bundle scheme is that how the US album charts work? Didn't both P!nk and Niall Horan do a ticket bundle to help generate more sales and revenue, and that's how they got to #1?

                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                      • Nice to see Daddy Yankee's contributions to "Made For Now" getting some credit, since others have regarded his presence as entirely superfluous on this track, though there's still no mistaking that Janet's the star of the show It's a shame that she went completely quiet again after its promotion cycle ended, but hopefully we'll hear from her sometime in 2019...
                      • Sweet of you to honor Aretha here :( Undoubtedly one of 2018's biggest celebrity losses.
                      • I've still got mixed feelings about "Close To Me": Ellie's first verse is such instantly-infectious ear candy, but then the chorus is a bit of a let-down, and I'm not a huge fan of some of Swae's lines (it's just jarring to hear a guy saying "I had to cut my bitch off, she bein' stubborn" in the middle of an Ellie Goulding song) With all of that in mind, though, a No. 89 placement feels pretty fitting! I've read that there's an Ellie-only version out there, and I still need to track that down...
                      • The "Finesse" remix + video were definitely some of the first big/buzzworthy musical moments of 2018! I'm glad it got Bruno back-on-track after "Versace..." (shockingly) under-performed basically everywhere.
                      • Speaking of getting back-on-track, "Without Me" has really worked wonders for Halsey after some spotty single success throughout the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom era! It was officially crowned the newest Hot 100 No. 1 yesterday but, more importantly, I'm glad it won you over in a way that none of her previous singles had managed! I'm excited to see where she takes us next, since 2019 could be her biggest year yet!
                      I suspect many people were just sick of Despacito so didn't want to hear Daddy Yankee all over other artists songs. I thought his contributions were fitting, at least i can tolerate his voice. Have you heard Bad Bunny when he sings? I've already mentioned it but we've got the rock & roll hall of fame ceremony in March so with Janet Jackson being one of the inductees that, imo, would be the perfect time to get the next single released. Like they say all publicity is good publicity. Gosh, give me a job at a record label already!!!!!

                      Aretha Franklin will forever be one of the greatest female singers. I know 2016 was quite a shocking year for untimely deaths in the music industry with George Michael, Prince and David Bowie all getting special honours in my top 100 of 2016. :(

                      LOL i reckon it's mostly Swae Lee that helped Close to me to become a streaming hit. Oddly enough its the chorus i love the most and personally thought Ellie's lower range didn't really do her much justice. That said, i still enjoyed the song.

                      Aww poor Versace on the floor was truly scuppered. In the UK we got a David Guetta remix of the song was paled so badly compared to the album version which remains so smooth silky and sexy. <3

                      Yes i was kinda gobsmacked but in a good way when i read that Halsey was #1 in America. It's easily her best solo song to date but going back to your second point, a key part of Halsey's success in my chart was from hearing the song on the radio and seeing the video countless times on music channels. It was as if someone really wanted me to listen to this song, and that's how my love for the song grew. It was forced upon me!!! :evil: But i really do think 2019 could be Halsey's year and even forward in the coming years too.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Top10
                        Originally posted by JakeP
                        86. Halsey - Without me
                        I like it a little bit. Watched her on the TV (Victoria's Secret Fashion Show), it was a brilliant performance!
                        I watched it too on YouTube. Really strong stage presence but clearly mimed the majority of it.

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                        • #42
                          85. Years & Years - Palo santo


                          It's the first of four appearances for Years & Years as title track Palo santo finishes the year at #85. Sadly this was never chosen as an official single although it was quite comfortably one of my personal favourite tracks on the album.

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                          • #43
                            84. Paloma Faith - Make your own kind of music


                            The power of tv commercials. Back in March, Paloma Faith released a cover of Make your own kind of music which was used to soundtrack Škoda's 2018 advertising campaign. Paloma's delightful and distinctive powerful vocals really shine through in this rendition of the song which peaked at #7 in my chart.

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                            • #44
                              83. Lady Gaga - Always remember us this way


                              I finally managed to see A star is born back in October and its immediate effect in my chart was very noticeable when six tracks from the soundtrack appeared in my top 20.

                              Always remember us this way is easily amongst the films' highlights and Ally...i mean Lady Gaga totally sells the song with such extraordinary passionate vocals. It marks the first of four appearances for Lady Gaga in my top 100 of 2018.

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                              • #45
                                82. Little Mix featuring Sharaya J - Strip


                                Anyone who follows my weekly charts will already know how much of a little mixer i am. However, i have to admit i was left somewhat underwhelmed with LM5 especially coming off the back of two amazing pop albums.

                                Nonetheless, Little Mix still received enough love from me to earn the girls two entries in my year end chart. The first of those is Strip which on first listen it was clear the girls were inspired by their 2013 single Move only this time the whole track sounded even more daring, quirky and experimental than its predecessor.

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                                • #46
                                  81. Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen - These days


                                  Barely a month into 2018, Rudimental released These days and naturally i was intrigued as the track featured Jess Glynne and Macklemore who had both enjoyed success in my chart including a few #1 singles between them.

                                  The song wasn't an instant smash for me but was certainly an earworm, one of those songs that just niggled into my brain and refused to move. So much so that despite only peaking at #8 it had plenty of endurance spending two months inside the top 20.

                                  It's not the last time we'll be hearing from Jess Glynne though as there's still one more entry to come.

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                                  • #47
                                    "I Say a Little Prayer" is one of my favourite songs ever! Aretha was such a trailblazer in music, the undisputed mother diva, the blueprint for the female power balladeer. She will undoubtedly be remembered for many, many decades to come!

                                    "Love Wins" is the best song from Carrie this era. "Finesse" is terrific, both the original and the remix. It was nice to see Halsey so touched by "Without Me" going to #1 in the US. Not sure if she'll ever top "Colours" for me, but "Without Me" is a grower.

                                    "Palo Santo" is terrific, an absolute stunner of a track! Paloma's interpretation isn't my favourite, but she did a decent job with "Make Your Own Kind of Music". "Always Remember Us This Way" is golden from the first line!
                                    Akini's Top 100 Albums of the Decade: [85-81]

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                                    • #48
                                      Re: JakeP Top 100 of 2018

                                      Halsey grew on me a lot lately.

                                      Paloma Faith had a minor big hit with that, but there was better on the album.

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                                      • #49
                                        Originally posted by JSparksFan
                                        "I Say a Little Prayer" is one of my favourite songs ever! Aretha was such a trailblazer in music, the undisputed mother diva, the blueprint for the female power balladeer. She will undoubtedly be remembered for many, many decades to come!

                                        "Love Wins" is the best song from Carrie this era. "Finesse" is terrific, both the original and the remix. It was nice to see Halsey so touched by "Without Me" going to #1 in the US. Not sure if she'll ever top "Colours" for me, but "Without Me" is a grower.

                                        "Palo Santo" is terrific, an absolute stunner of a track! Paloma's interpretation isn't my favourite, but she did a decent job with "Make Your Own Kind of Music". "Always Remember Us This Way" is golden from the first line!
                                        The extraordinary thing about Aretha is that it could've easily been one of her other classic songs like Respect, (You make me feel like) a natural woman or Think that i decided to chart as a tribute but in the end I say a little prayer felt like the most suitable choice and it still sounds incredible today. <3

                                        Carrie actually has one more entry still to come which benefitted from peaking higher and spending more weeks on the chart. Finesse is a bop and helped me warm more towards Cardi B coming off the back of Bodak yellow, a song that mystified me with its huge success but it seems i really was in the minority group with that track.

                                        Halsey climbing to #1 in the US charts is such an amazing achievement. Tbh i don't even know if i've even heard Colours as the title alone isn't clicking where i know exactly what song it is just from the song title.

                                        Yes Palo santo is fabulous, but then all 4 Years & Years track in my top 100 are fabulous in their own wonderful way. Aww i thought Paloma's cover was really great, i love her vocal tone on the track. Also agree about Lady Gaga although this track did get overshadowed by the two other defining moments in the film.

                                        Originally posted by Thriller
                                        Halsey grew on me a lot lately.

                                        Paloma Faith had a minor big hit with that, but there was better on the album.
                                        I never checked the album in its entirety so only knew the singles. Loyal got to #9 but would've needed to spend a couple of months in the chart with a #9 peak to stand a chance of making my year end chart. However, dancefloor Paloma is still to come.

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                                        • #50
                                          80. Au/Ra & CamelPhat - Panic room


                                          I do love a good slice of euphoric dance music and #80 is no exception. Au/Ra got her breakthrough hit of 2018 thanks to the remixing wizardry of CamelPhat, taking the original version of Panic room and transforming it into a dancefloor smash. In fact i heard the remix version first so initially i thought this was an original song. It was only thanks to YouTube that i found the original version.

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                                          • #51
                                            79. Avicii - Wake me up


                                            From one dance anthem to another, but this time under very different and saddening circumstances. :(

                                            On 20th April 2018, i read the devastating news that Avicii aka Tim Bergling had committed suicide whilst on holiday in Oman. I was truly shocked as it was so incredibly unexpected, plus the fact Avicii was only two years younger than me also hit hard. One of the most celebrated and passionate producers yet one of the most humbled too.

                                            It just so happened that when i joined UK Mix in August 2013, Wake me up was my very first #1. The track re-entered my chart at #2 in memory of Avicii's incredible career as the ultimate edm hitmaker.

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                                            • #52
                                              78. Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti - Music’s too sad without you


                                              What a spectacular year it was for Kylie Minogue. <3 In the year that saw the original princess of pop celebrated her 50th birthday and 30 years in the music industry, Kylie and her team went all out to make Golden such an amazing era.

                                              Music's too sad without you is the charming duet with Jack Savoretti that first entered my chart in April following the release of Golden setting a brand new record for most entries in a weekly chart for an artist. Kylie impressed me so much with Golden that she occupied 16 places inside that particular weeks top 20 - a feat that is definitely gonna be difficult for any other artist to match yet alone beat. This track got a second wind of chart success in October when it was released as a single alongside its beautiful glossy music video.

                                              This marks the first of six appearances for Kylie in my top 100 of 2018.

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                                              • #53
                                                77. Dido - Friends


                                                Bringing us right up to end of 2018, it's Dido at #77 with the deliciously pop feast that is Friends which was #2 in my final weekly chart of the year.

                                                After Hurricanes became a moderate hit in my chart reaching #17 i was intrigued to see what else Dido had to offer for her upcoming album Still on my mind. I definitely wasn't expecting a track quite like Friends though and it was pretty much instant love for me.

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                                                • #54
                                                  76. Elina Nechayeva - La forza


                                                  At #76, it's the second entry from the Eurovision song contest 2018. When i first checked out La forza i could only describe my feelings in two words...MIND. BLOWN. Everything about the estonian entry was truly spectacular from Elina's almighty operatic voice to the stunning stage setting and the clever use of incorporating the outfit as part of the staging.

                                                  The song itself is such a beautiful composition and whilst i didn't understand the lyrics, it was irrelevant to me. Elina 100% sells this song with dignity and grace and this was my early favourite to win the competition...until Cyprus came along.

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                                                  • #55
                                                    Originally posted by JakeP
                                                    There are still some lovely pieces of artwork created for singles but it does feel like the average Spotify user doesn't really care about the artwork as if its an after thought (if even that). :x I'll always be old skool (circa 00's era) when it comes to the charts though, i doubt that will ever change. I noticed some others using a cover for breathin which i'm guessing is fan made. The same happened with God is a woman, upon release it was part of the pre-order for the album on iTunes so the only artwork i saw was the album cover hence why the Sweetener cover appears twice in my banner. It would be so cool though if all singles were given official artwork covers rather than just the album cover.
                                                    Amen! Some fan covers can be pretty impressive, but something about my music-library-OCD encouraged me to always stick to official covers (the ones used on the iTunes Store or any physical releases).

                                                    Originally posted by JakeP
                                                    My knowledge on this is rather sketchy but i'm sure i read a couple of years ago that the german charts are based on revenue figures. So if the song that's #1 on iTunes is discounted and the #1 on Spotify is purely there because of a large proportion of free users listening to the track, there's no guarantee it'll be the #1 in Germany that week.

                                                    Re; the ticket bundle scheme is that how the US album charts work? Didn't both P!nk and Niall Horan do a ticket bundle to help generate more sales and revenue, and that's how they got to #1?
                                                    Ah, I'm glad they take discounts into account! It sounds obvious, but it wouldn't be the first time that chart rules don't abide by what seems "obvious."

                                                    Yup: P!nk, Niall, Shania, The Killers, and many more. The way Billboard explains it: the cost of the album is bundled into the price of each ticket sold online for the tour. After purchasing a ticket, customers receive (via email) a redemption offer for the album, where they can choose to redeem the album and have it mailed to them. The only sales that count toward the charts are those albums redeemed by customers.

                                                    Originally posted by JakeP
                                                    I suspect many people were just sick of Despacito so didn't want to hear Daddy Yankee all over other artists songs. I thought his contributions were fitting, at least i can tolerate his voice. Have you heard Bad Bunny when he sings? I've already mentioned it but we've got the rock & roll hall of fame ceremony in March so with Janet Jackson being one of the inductees that, imo, would be the perfect time to get the next single released. Like they say all publicity is good publicity. Gosh, give me a job at a record label already!!!!!
                                                    Ha, you've MORE than earned it at this point! That sounds like an absolutely perfect plan. **Fingers crossed**

                                                    Originally posted by JakeP
                                                    Aww poor Versace on the floor was truly scuppered. In the UK we got a David Guetta remix of the song was paled so badly compared to the album version which remains so smooth silky and sexy. <3
                                                    I didn't hate Guetta's take on it, and it did help the song feel "fresh" again, since the original version had already been out for so long (even as a pre-release track) before they finally pushed it as a proper single...but it clearly didn't help the song's chart fortunes at all.

                                                    • I still need to check out that Škoda advert (for curiosity's sake), but I really enjoy Paloma's take on MYOKOM, and I'm glad it helped get her back inside the UK Top 40 after people kept snubbing the other singles from The Architect. I think she conveys the energy and the message of this feel-good song fabulously!
                                                    • I'd only given "These Days" a quick listen or two before diving into Always In Between, where it's included as one of the deluxe edition tracks, and I finally started to get why it connected with people in such a big way. It's so sweet, and REALLY tugs at the heartstrings - which makes it kind of tough to hear too many times in a row Granted, the fact that it's too emotional to binge fits with how it didn't peak super high on your chart, but managed to linger for quite a while.
                                                    • Damn, we've only just cracked the Top 80 and there's already been two obituaries :( RIP.
                                                    • I adore Kylie, and Golden was such a treat overall, but I'm a flop fan when it comes to appreciating "Music's Too Sad..." It's still my second-least-played track on the album (just slightly above "Low Blow"), but I love that her team actually went FIVE singles deep! Amazing era indeed. <3
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                                                    • #56
                                                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                                                      Amen! Some fan covers can be pretty impressive, but something about my music-library-OCD encouraged me to always stick to official covers (the ones used on the iTunes Store or any physical releases).
                                                      I was thinking about this quite randomly earlier today whilst at work (when my mind starts to wander ) and i think artwork for singles could make a massive comeback thanks to Instagram. A can already think of Ariana and Kerli who both teased their album artwork on Instagram. I love when they break it down into squares so when you browse their accounts, it looks like a larger album cover consisting of small pics. So there's hope yet for all those budding designers out there.

                                                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                                                      Ah, I'm glad they take discounts into account! It sounds obvious, but it wouldn't be the first time that chart rules don't abide by what seems "obvious."

                                                      Yup: P!nk, Niall, Shania, The Killers, and many more. The way Billboard explains it: the cost of the album is bundled into the price of each ticket sold online for the tour. After purchasing a ticket, customers receive (via email) a redemption offer for the album, where they can choose to redeem the album and have it mailed to them. The only sales that count toward the charts are those albums redeemed by customers.
                                                      *puts on stan glasses* In that case i'm more than delighted that Niall Horan succeeded as it was a big achievement in itself when Flicker topped the US album chart. I'm hoping we get new music from Niall in 2019. I still think his album is incredibly underrated as he quite comfortably released the best material of all the One Direction boys.

                                                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                                                      Ha, you've MORE than earned it at this point! That sounds like an absolutely perfect plan. **Fingers crossed**
                                                      LOL no artist would ever flop ever again if i was in control. Beating Spotify would be my toughest challenge though.

                                                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                                                      I didn't hate Guetta's take on it, and it did help the song feel "fresh" again, since the original version had already been out for so long (even as a pre-release track) before they finally pushed it as a proper single...but it clearly didn't help the song's chart fortunes at all.
                                                      I was already so used to listening to the album version by that point that i felt like i didn't need a remix version. I just thought David Guetta's remix removed most of the charm and sultriness from the original and make it sound a bit soulless. Then again, the music video could've equally been a bit more exciing to entice people to keep watching on repeat.

                                                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                                                      I still need to check out that Škoda advert (for curiosity's sake), but I really enjoy Paloma's take on MYOKOM, and I'm glad it helped get her back inside the UK Top 40 after people kept snubbing the other singles from The Architect. I think she conveys the energy and the message of this feel-good song fabulously!
                                                      Never fear, Jakey is here!

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                                                      The intro is exactly the same as the music video but in the advert Paloma sings acapella. It's just a shame to think had Paloma not done this tv commercial, its likely that this wouldn't have gone anywhere near the top 40. So it was a good thing even though its chart success was limited.

                                                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                                                      I'd only given "These Days" a quick listen or two before diving into Always In Between, where it's included as one of the deluxe edition tracks, and I finally started to get why it connected with people in such a big way. It's so sweet, and REALLY tugs at the heartstrings - which makes it kind of tough to hear too many times in a row Granted, the fact that it's too emotional to binge fits with how it didn't peak super high on your chart, but managed to linger for quite a while.
                                                      That's another album from 2018 i never got round to checking out. Overall i much preferred Jess Glynne's music from 2014-2015 more. These days is indeed one of those heartwarming songs. As for my chart it was always up against other songs that i loved more so sometimes a song can peak lower because of the competition - and indeed higher because of a lack of it.

                                                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                                                      • Damn, we've only just cracked the Top 80 and there's already been two obituaries :( RIP.
                                                      ...but i can confirm that there are no more obituaries from now onwards.

                                                      Originally posted by phoenix98
                                                      I adore Kylie, and Golden was such a treat overall, but I'm a flop fan when it comes to appreciating "Music's Too Sad..." It's still my second-least-played track on the album (just slightly above "Low Blow"), but I love that her team actually went FIVE singles deep! Amazing era indeed. <3
                                                      Ahh yes i do remember you mentioning how you weren't so keen on this track. It wasn't one of my absolute faves to begin with but as far as ballads go, i did adore this more than Radio on even though i thought that was a tender loving song too.

                                                      So i'm just gonna grab a bite to eat and i'll be back later to continue this countdown. I might have it finished by May.

                                                      :(

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                                                        Re: JakeP Top 100 of 2018

                                                        76. Elina Nechayeva - La forza
                                                        She wasn't my favourite in the Estonian national selection, but nevertheless she did great at the contest. I am surprised by the juries score, I expected her to do slightly better with the professionals.
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                                                        • #58
                                                          Originally posted by heppolo
                                                          76. Elina Nechayeva - La forza
                                                          She wasn't my favourite in the Estonian national selection, but nevertheless she did great at the contest. I am surprised by the juries score, I expected her to do slightly better with the professionals.
                                                          I vaguely remember being surprised at how the juries voted as iirc Austria ranked 1st with their votes. Who knew Cesár Sampson would be such a hit at eurovision - the one entry the BBC rejected from the UK's selection. Then again it makes me question would the UK have done as successfully had Cesár represented the UK. I suspect the answer would've been a resounding no. :-? :x

                                                          As for Elina, it was such a powerful performance but opera tends to be quite niche when it comes to eurovision.

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                                                          • #59
                                                            75. Years & Years - Sanctify


                                                            The second entry from Years & Years finishes at #75 in my top 100 of 2018. Sanctify was the lead single released in March and its accompanying music video introduced us to the weird and wonderful world of Palo santo. Watching Olly letting himself loose with some astonishing choreography in a modern contemporary style never fails to fascinates me. <3 As for the song itself, Sanctify was a more mature sound compared to their pure pop smashes from Communion, this track in particular being much more r'n'b influenced whilst still retaining the essence of pop.

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                                                              74. Taylor Swift - Delicate


                                                              Taylor Swift gets her sole entry in my year end chart with Delicate at #74. The track had already proved to be a fan favourite since the release of reputation and in March we were treated to the official music video. It was certainly one of those videos that kept my attention purely because i genuinely didn't know what was going on throughout. Sometimes a lack of storyline can be a good thing! Delicate was comfortably one of my favourite tracks off the album with its lush production and peaked at #4.

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