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Postby stevyy » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:17 pm

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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Postby JSparksFan » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:20 am

stevyy wrote: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?
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Postby JSparksFan » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:26 am

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
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Postby JakeP » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:50 am

Hi Akini :D

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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Postby Phoenixx » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:11 pm

JSparksFan wrote: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 8-) 8-) 8-)
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Postby JSparksFan » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:36 am

JakeP wrote:Hi Akini :D
Hey, Jake! :D

JakeP wrote: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.

JakeP wrote: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.

Phoenixx wrote:You're givin' me a million reasons to like that chart. But now, ladies let's get in FORMATION 8-) 8-) 8-)
Ah, glad you like yesterday's chart. Do you like P!nk's new album?
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Postby JSparksFan » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:43 am

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
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Postby Benny » Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:12 pm

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! :D
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Postby JakeP » Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:33 pm

JSparksFan wrote:
JakeP wrote:
JakeP wrote: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? :lol: 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. :oops:

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. :D

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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Postby bluecherry » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:51 pm

Liking 15/20 songs is quite good!
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Postby Mainshow » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:22 pm

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
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Postby Phoenixx » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:56 am

JSparksFan wrote:
Phoenixx wrote:You're givin' me a million reasons to like that chart. But now, ladies let's get in FORMATION 8-) 8-) 8-)
Ah, glad you like yesterday's chart. Do you like P!nk's new album?
Yes I do :)
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Postby Phoenixx » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:56 am

JSparksFan wrote: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
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Postby JSparksFan » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:48 am

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

JakeP wrote:I'm gonna need to get Spotify aren't i? :lol: 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. :oops:
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.

JakeP wrote: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.

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

bluecherry wrote:Liking 15/20 songs is quite good!
It is! Glad you like so many! :D

Mainshow wrote: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!

Phoenixx wrote:Yes I do :)
Ah, great! As do I. It's definitely among the best albums I've heard this year.

Phoenixx wrote: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.
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Postby JSparksFan » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:56 am

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
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Postby JSparksFan » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:26 am

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
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Postby Mainshow » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:50 pm

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!

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Postby Erotica » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:11 pm

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
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Postby JSparksFan » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:44 am

Mainshow wrote: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.

Erotica wrote:I enjoy these
All the oldies. Gotta appreciate the legends. 8-)
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Postby JSparksFan » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:50 am

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)
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Postby phoenix98 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:00 am

JSparksFan wrote: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?

JSparksFan wrote: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 :lol: 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.

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

JSparksFan wrote: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! :D
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Postby JSparksFan » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:13 am

phoenix98 wrote: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.

phoenix98 wrote: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 :lol: 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.

phoenix98 wrote:• 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. :wink:

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.
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Postby JSparksFan » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:19 am

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
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Postby Mainshow » Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:27 pm

So, we don't agree on Adam's track but we have the same favourite by Elvis <3

"Devil Pray" is absolutely fantastic. It should have been a single... I can't believe they chose that utterly horrendous "Bitch, I'm Madonna" instead.

"Push The Button" is a modern pop classic and damn, Amy was so freaking talented. It's a shame her career was so short. "Tears Dry On Their Own" is excellent.
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Postby JSparksFan » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:02 pm

Mainshow wrote:So, we don't agree on Adam's track but we have the same favourite by Elvis <3

"Devil Pray" is absolutely fantastic. It should have been a single... I can't believe they chose that utterly horrendous "Bitch, I'm Madonna" instead.

"Push The Button" is a modern pop classic and damn, Amy was so freaking talented. It's a shame her career was so short. "Tears Dry On Their Own" is excellent.
Neither can I. "Devil Pray" could've had such an amazing video, too. :(

The first time I heard "Push the Button" I thought it was pretty good, but it's just grown on me so much. I absolutely love it now. It's so sexy.

Amy's Back to Black is phenomenal, possibly among the Top 10 albums ever recorded.
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