Big hits and sour notes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Mayors’ Messages - By AARON COR­LETT

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

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