So far 2016 has turned out to be a remarkable year for music. According to Nielson music mid-year report, a record-breaking number of streams, both audio and video, reached 208.9 billion at halfway point of 2016– showing an increase of 59% from 2015.
While Drake has broken innumerable records with his latest album Views, Queen Bey and Kanye have changed the traditional way albums are released. Several influential bands from the past have returned to the music world. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Blink-182 and Radiohead released albums, giving all of us the good ol’ times vibes.
Prettyfamous, an entertainment research site by examining all albums from Billboard 200 chart, created a custom Album Score on scale of 1-100. The score is made up of number of weeks spent on the chart, Spotify popularity, Last.fm plays per week and current chart rank on the chart.
Ariana Grande’s album, Dangerous Woman, has received an album score of 100. The young songstress started her career as an actress but now has honed her skills to perfection.
Drake’s album, Views, with an album score of 98.76 has 20 tracks. According to Rolling Stones review, “At 20 tracks, it edges into bloat — and takes longer to ingratiate itself, although time spent in its company (ideally in a car, after dusk) reveals moments of careful craftsmanship and ingenuity”.
Queen Bey has entirely changed the way world looks at music and albums. Her album, Formation, is a piece of art and has been given 96.52 score. Entertainment Weekly has received it as, “Her boldest, most ambitious, best album to date”.
Rihanna’s Anti album has been given a score of 96.45. The album just like her world tour for the album was above par excellence.
Radiohead got 95.55 score for their album, Moon Shaped Pool. According to Rolling Stones, “As always, it’s Yorke’s voice that holds the emotional center, and it’s never been more affecting. Credit both his delivery and the production clarity, a statement in and of itself”.
Kanye West’s album, The Life of Pablo, got a score of 95.51 and has applauded by everyone, commercially and critically. The New York Times thinks, “Pablo’ reflects that rambling, fearsome energy. This is Tumblr-as-album, the piecing together of divergent fragments to make a cohesive whole.”
This is acting, but then against isn’t the whole life an act of acting? Anyway, Sia’s album with her over-the-top vocals scored 94.88 by Prettyfamous.