Big hits and sour notes
THEY will be the tunes that people remember when they look back at 2016.
Morning announcer Tyrone Thwaites, from 92.9, has singled out the artists who hit new heights and others who did not strike a chord with audiences.
He said the artists to have good 2016 included Drake and The Chainsmokers.
“Both artists had a song that lasted at least eight weeks at number one; The Chainsmokers got to nine weeks,” he said.
“Drake dropped his album number one mid year.
“The Chainsmokers are probably the best new act of the year. They had a 2014 single #selfie but it was a bit s***; this was their breakout year.”
Thwaites said Lukas Graham were also contenders for breakout artist for 2016.
“They had the most successful single for an act from Denmark since Aqua released Barbie Girl in 1998,” he said.
“James Arthur might reach the same heights with his current single; that has spent seven weeks number one.”
Thwaites said the year was dominated by producers who did not sing on their tracks and producers who took samples of older tracks to make them their own.
“Examples include Nevada’s The Mack, Betty Who’s I Love you Always Forever and Jonas Blue’s Fast Car,” he said.
Thwaites said artists that did not have a good 2016 included Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding, One Republic, Britney Spears and Rihanna.
“All had highly anticipated singles and none did well. Rihanna and Gaga had exciting build-ups and both their singles were terrible,” he said.
Thwaites said he expected The Weeknd and Bruno Mars to have good starts to the new year.
“His (The Weeknd) new album has just dropped, so that will do well over summer into 2017,” he said.
“Adele and Justin Bieber won’t have new music but will be the big deals of early 2017 because they’re touring Perth.” Views that also hit