I never got hooked on "HUMBLE.", but like you mentioned, I've enjoyed some of his guest appearances. I haven't really delved any deeper into his material, but his high regard among critics makes me think there must be something special/noteworthy there. He's definitely a big step outside my usually poppy (with occasional rock/R&B/country/EDM) bubble, but if I ever succumb to streaming, I might give more of his stuff a listen.JakeP wrote:I'm very slowly coming round to rockstar but it's never gonna be a #1 in my chart. Ohh you didn't like HUMBLE.? Kendrick Lamar is one of the few rappers who i'm totally on board with. It probably helps that he's featured on some of my favourite pop and r'n'b songs over the last two years so carving a special place in my chart. I never got the appeal of Bad and boujee and Bodak yellow stills leaves no impression on me. But these are so similar to a lot of the US r'n'b chart toppers of the 00s, so really things haven't changed at all. Well, who would want to be on their wavelength?
LOL i find it funny because Baby has the vocals on a kid who should be studying at school, whilst Sorry has the vocals of a sexual nature, i do think that's the sexiest Justin has sounded on one of his tracks. I still regard As long as you love me as one of the first times i was impressed with his songs. That said, i had a soft spot for One time i think that was even before Baby but i kinda enjoyed that one.
Bieber's gone from boy II man, for sure Ah, yeah, I think "One Time" was his first single ever, but he didn't catch my ear until "Baby" (and this random promo single "Never Let You Go.")
I definitely love the idea of labels being more willing to gradually nurture new acts again, instead of a "you get one shot, then we're moving onto someone else" approach. Brings to mind acts like The Supremes, or even Madonna, who didn't score their first smash until several singles in.JakeP wrote:Oh yes, i totally agree. That's how the music industry used to be long before i was born. Artists were nurtured within the music industry, so they could develop and gain more of an audience. Then around the mid 90s it all changed and it became more about instant success and suddenly it was important for an artists debut single to be #1 or they were seen as a flop. Quite ridiculous now looking back, but there some tragic acts getting signed in the early 00s who were destined to fail from the start.
Aw, bummer about Niall having to settle for No. 3 in the UK...but at least he's behind P!nk and a departed icon (and he has that US No. 1 for consolation too!) Although I've genuinely liked some of Zayn's solo offerings, I think he definitely benefitted from the hype of being the first one to go solo. As I'm looking at the Official Charts site now, Mind Of Mine only managed 10 weeks inside the UK Top 100!JakeP wrote:I try my best to. It doesn't always pay off though, Niall Horan the poor guy getting to #3 with Flicker yet it apparently sold more copies than Zayn's album did when it went to #1. I'm calling that a moral victory.
I hadn't made the Adam connection until I read your remarks, and now he's all I hear every time I get to the chorus I haven't checked out any of the former-1D-member albums in full yet, but of the three, Niall's has me the most tempted.JakeP wrote:Funnily enough the more i've listened to Bedroom floor, the more i'm hearing different singers. If the song was Jason Derulo feat. Adam Levine & Ryan Tedder i would so get that, because Liam's vocals sound like theirs at different parts of the song. Quite shameful that a british singer sounds like three american singers though. I still think Niall is releasing the best music, and yes i have taken my rose tinted glasses off. I genuinely think Niall's music is gonna stand the test of time much more than the music both Liam and Louis have brought out so far.
Yeah, I've considered downloading "Guilty", but it's definitely a step down from "Crybaby" for me too.JakeP wrote:Paloma is really owning it with this music video trilogy (well, i think it's a trilogy). It's like when Troye Sivan did his music video trilogy in 2015. Its just that i'm not entirely sure what the storyline is supposed to be in Paloma's case, but it sure is interesting to watch. I've heard her new song Guilty and whilst i do like the song, i prefer Crybaby more as a song.
No rush/pressure, but I'd love to hear your thoughts if/when you do! I very briefly tested out Spotify on my phone a few weeks ago (since that's nearly always what I use to play music), but apparently you can't actually select which songs you want on their free mobile service - you can only access a shuffle-like option (where it plays songs similar to the one you want and eventually gets to the song you wanted.) I guess I shouldn't be TOO surprised, since it's their 100%-free option, but I thought that just meant I'd have to sit through ads between songs more often.JakeP wrote:LOL You know times have changed when i'm talking about crediting my iTunes account and calling it old fashioned. What is the world coming to? I will probably eventually sign up for Spotify and try the free service first but only install it on my computer. For now i'm sticking to my trusty iTunes.
Psh, more like "Niall Horan proposes to adorable fan on stage!"phoenix98 wrote:Damn, you're right. Oh well, i'll have to make sure none of the Flicker album tracks go to #1 tomorrow. A bit of irish leverage and Niall will get that second JakeP #1 hit. LOL ohh you can count on that. There will probably be news reports the following day of a crazed fan stalking Niall and trying to get into his dressing room.
• SUPER-stoked to see another shared No. 1 for us I'd read some comparisons to "It Ain't Me", and while I can hear the connection, "Anywhere" does MUCH more for me. That desire to escape from it all sometimes (with a special someone) is just so relatable, and Rita's voice really brings that sentiment right to the surface. Even the (mostly)-instrumental breakdown bit is pretty catchy and fun.JakeP wrote:01 (NE) Rita Ora - Anywhere [1 wk] [#1] (1 wk @ #1)
02 (NE) Niall Horan & Maren Morris - Seeing blind [1 wk] [#2]
03 (01) Mabel featuring Kojo Funds - Finders keepers [3 wks] [#1] (2 wks @ #1)
04 (07) Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug - Havana [7 wks] [#4]
05 (02) P!nk - Where we go [2 wks] [#2]
09 (NE) Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves [1 wk] [#9]
11 (05) Charlie Puth - How long [4 wks] [#4]
13 (12) Marshmello featuring Khalid - Silence [6 wks] [#4]
16 (NE) Taylor Swift - Gorgeous [1 wk] [#16]
17 (15) P!nk - What about us [12 wks] [#1] (3 wks @ #1)
18 (03) Paloma Faith - Crybaby [6 wks] [#2]
19 (NE) Mariah Carey - The star [1 wk] [#19]
20 (NE) Liam Payne - Bedroom floor [1 wk] [#20]
• "Seeing Blind" sounds like a solid standout selection from Flicker!
• I was pretty hyped for "Wolves" after loving "Silence" (and many of Selena's offerings over the years), but the chorus really doesn't do it for me. It's actually an incredibly-rare case where I prefer the instrumental parts to the parts with vocals.
• I realize that it probably seems a tad ridiculous to complain about a Christmas song being too heavy with Christian themes/imagery...but Mariah's served up such irresistible, iconic Christmas bops before, and she just went ALL-in with the "God is always with you, The Lord is your guide" angle on "The Star" (which totally works for the movie, but not so much for me) I could probably overlook the lyrics if the melody/hook did more for me, but that piece just isn't there either this time. Despite its name, this track doesn't have a bright future on my chart.
• YES @ "Bedroom Floor" managing to sneak in there! Granted, even if his voice lacks any distinctiveness, it's hard not to enjoy Liam talking about clothes winding up on the floor...
Yet another chart that's the perfect place for me, Jake!