Hey (hey hey) Paul
That sounds like a perfect, packed holiday agenda
It's awesome that so many of your family members live close enough to all celebrate together (and share/split-up the hosting duties like that!) Does your family have any particular go-to games for these festive occasions?
When we go to my brothers, he's likely to be the one who brings out some fun games whether it be on the Nintendo Wii or something else. Whereas at my sisters it's more chilled, we just sit and either listen to music or watch tv. The best of both worlds.
Ha, yeah, his team really didn't take any chances with "Perfect" missing out on No. 1 glory. I guess it's commendable that they didn't resort to any payola, at least
Well, aside from however much they paid these guest artists...
This tactic does feel especially contrived - playing the chart system as best they could - but, admittedly, there's been times when I wished other artists' teams would've been more willing to put in the extra effort to help nudge songs up to No. 1 (with a well-timed discount/remix/performance/whatever.) I mean, they exist to make their artists as successful (well, profitable) as possible, right? The public still has to buy/stream whatever extra versions are released in order to make an actual difference on the charts, so this success doesn't feel TOTALLY undeserved - but certainly a clear case of them REALLY tipping the odds in his favor as much as possible!
I'm sure they did but obviously all the versions of Perfect
have been overshadowed by all the big festive favourites like Mariah, Wham! etc. LOL well, i'm sure Beyonce's fee was a lot more than Andrea Bocelli, and the sad thing is that i prefer the latter version.
LOL i totally understand where you're coming from. I think the downside it simply due to people working at record companies as pr or marketing execs who really haven't a clue what they're doing, or put things into motion too late to maximise potential. Like Rita Ora's Anywhere
. The single should've been made 59p on iTunes at least a week earlier to encourage more people to buy the single. Plus, she performed on Sounds like Friday night
on the Friday when the Beyonce version of Perfect
was released. On one hand it was a great opportunity to promote the single, but it ultimately backfired as the boost was anti-climatic because it was already a foregone conclusion that Perfect
would be #1.
It does make me wonder if we'll have the flavour of 2018 pull off a similar tactic next year to score the christmas #1 single.
It's especially disappointing since streaming seemed like a way to really put the power directly in the hands of the public (with regard to picking whatever random songs they want to hear) and reach a larger number of people than ever before (since it's more affordable than downloads and available through a variety of different services)...but with the popularity of these curated playlists, it actually seems like major labels have more power/influence over what people are playing (and what's succeeding on the charts) than ever!
I can definitely understand the appeal of having playlists ready to go when people just want to throw on some background music while tackling chores or whatnot, but it's a shame to see that the majority of users aren't really interested in delving into and exploring streaming services' MASSIVE music libraries. Even with easy access to millions of songs, so many users still seem to stick to the same small sampling that's been recommended to them.
Oh definitely. Record companies are always finding new ways to take control of the charts, and the era we're in now is really no different to say 10-15 years ago when singles had a held back release. They would be released in many other countries where going to #1 isn't seen as such a big deal unlike the UK so there has always been an element of artificiality with our charts.
Although that said, you could always tell if a UK #1 was genuinely popular by two measures; if the song climbed to #1 over a number of weeks or the single increased its sales whilst at #1.
It's funny that you mention curated playlists. This week at work i've been working on a project within the hr department and we've been listening to music each day. Yet it was being streamed from Spotify so i had to endure a number of tragic US rap songs like Gucci gang
but then somehow managed to contain my excitement when a song like Slow hands
suddenly came on.
I've thought this for a few years, people these days aren't interesting in new music because they prefer to listen to the songs they know they like. Nothing wrong with this, but how does a new song manage to appeal to those who are reluctant to check out new music? This is possibly why Perfect
has done so well. It will always remind me of R Kelly's single but perhaps that was intentional of Ed's behalf. By making a song that sounds familiar, people may automatically like it because they might think they've heard it before (technically, they have
). It's a curious ploy to having a hit with a new single, make it sound like an older popular song.
**Nod** TBH, instead of taking the time to check out a bunch of different official charts from around the world each week, we should just check here first to immediately discover the best of the best!
On that note, YOU should be the one in charge of compiling those curated streaming playlists! Really, your Top 20 should just be their top-billed playlist each week...
LOL that would be so hilarious but so complimentary too.
I don't think Spotify would trust my judgement, they seem to highlight a lot of songs that sound far too similar for their own good. There's usually an odd gem that sticks out like Feel it still
but the amount of US rap music that makes these curated playlists is staggering.
phoenix98 wrote:Yeah, both that and (your beloved) "Strip That Down" have been the biggest Paulboard hits with Quavo's name attached (but both "only" managed a No. 7 peak and less than a handful of weeks in total, so he's not exactly the Paulboard Breakthrough Artist of 2017...)
Seeing as you mention Liam Payne, he's teamed up with Rita Ora to record the theme song for the new Fifty shades freed
and i'm intrigued. I love the sound of the intro with the big synths, but it could be a red herring and the song itself could be a complete a utter waste of an amazing intro.
Ohh who would you say is your breakthrough artist of 2017?
I wonder if that's why they don't seem to be pushing any of the new tracks as proper singles. I thought "Is Your Love Enough?" was set to be their next single, but have there been any performances or rumors of a video being filmed? Instead, they've just dropped a (tour footage) video for "Nothing Else Matters."
On the one hand it'd seem like a waste of time to release three new tracks but then do nothing with them to help them flourish. On the other hand, i still don't think any of them are pop anthems in the making, and thats what has disappointed me the most. I saw the Nothing else matters
video but i find tour footage music videos a bit uneventful and quite boring to watch.
I suppose its a nice little gesture to concluding what has been an amazing album era for Little Mix over these last 14 or so months.
I actually like all three
Especially Charlene's take on "Wherever You Will Go." I might even prefer hers to the original! It strikes me as kind of a sweet tradition that these Christmas commercial background tunes have such a strong chart impact. I mean, I get that they're just ads, after all...but it's cool that they're well-made enough to resonate with people so strongly (enough for them to buy/stream the songs used, not just whatever products the ads are actually pushing.) It also reminds me of when the songs used in iPod commercials would often see a nice chart boost here in the US.
Aww, maybe i was a bit harsh. I liked Gabrielle Aplin's take on The power of love
but its become such a stale idea. Nowadays if i hear an obscure female singer doing a ballad version of an uptempo song, i roll my eyes and sigh.
It's the reason why i didn't fully get on board Lily Allen's ballad version of Somewhere only we know
, and i adored that advert for John Lewis, but the idea was already starting to tire on me even then.
Again, it's all about familiarity and that's why people will buy these songs. They already know the song so its not like they're discovering anything new.
Ah, yeah, looks like it's already her biggest hit ever there (as a lead)
It's definitely the most hooked I've gotten on anything of hers so far!
I also find the song endearing thanks mostly to its cuddly country pop roots. I don't know much about Florida Georgia Line, i've never really delved into their music so i only know this song and their involvement on Let me go
I was NOT expecting "Homesick" to move right on up to No. 1! (Well, until I saw your avatar change. Speaking of, I don't think I've ever actually mentioned, but I really love that tradition of yours!)
• Glad to see "Meant To Be" inching its way toward your Top 5!
• I was just saying over in Tansike's chart the other day how I definitely like "Out Of My Head" (especially the "got me doin' all this stupid sh*t, you f*cked me up like this, secretly I'm kind of into it, though..."
part), but I wouldn't call it one of my top-favorites on Pop 2
; however, I've gone back to it several times since then, so it could end up as one of the mixtape's highest-debuting entries after all! "Backseat" will be hard to beat, but it could turn out to be a tight race for the second-highest Pop 2
debut on my next chart...
• Well, even though it secured him a UK, US, and Australian No. 1 (among even more, I'm sure). those new versions of "Perfect" apparently didn't do jack for Ed on Jakeboard!
Yet another chart that feels like home, Jake!
LOL i'm the king of surprises.
Truth be told, when Homesick
entered at #4 it was added into the mix middle of the week and gain the momentum to go top 5. That momentum kept going last week so that's what helped Dua leapfrog Sigrid to topping my chart. Homesick
was comfortably #1 last week with Sigrid and Marina battling for second place. Aww, i'm glad you think that. I always wanted to have an avatar that sums me up so having my personal chart #1 as my avatar always seemed like a cute idea. I'm sure i'm the only poster on UK Mix that does this.
The whole top 10 barely changed and had it not been for Lily Allen dropping her new single, there could've been a fairly static looking top 10. Without giving much away, that's all going to change in my new chart.
I like Out of my head
quite a lot but i wouldn't say i love it. As it stands, the song didn't get played much this week and is guaranteed to drop out of my chart today. I've still not checked out Charli XCX's album, but i hope there will be a couple of pop gems on there on par with songs like Boom clap
and Doing it
LOL well i'm not guaranteeing anything but Perfect
may re-enter today thanks mainly because of Andrea Bocelli. I never thought it'd think this, but an Andrea solo version would most likely outpeak the #12 peak set by the original.