Clubs are closed. So are bars and arenas and coffee shops and theaters. But while live music has come to a terrifying halt , artists have been anything but silent during the coronavirus crisis. Musicians are currently bringing their art directly to their fans through live streams, surprise releases, and digital concerts. And we need it now, perhaps more than we have in a long time, for comfort and escape, and to make sense of the world around us. Acts like Waxahatchee and Fiona Apple have released albums that are—in hindsight—prescient snapshots of our current time, whether they offer beacons of hope or solitary musings on individuality and the human spirit. Others, like Jamie xx, have gifted surprise releases as a welcome distraction from the world around us; tracks that are primed for quarantine dance parties and nightly releases of pent up energy. Follow along as we update this list and our own Spotify playlist throughout the rest of the year. Apply liberally to the affected area. But buried beneath the subject matter, the song has an easygoing complexion and an innate sense of hope.
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The global smash finished its week stint at Number 1 in December but has hung around the Top 40 for the entirety of so far. The track was first released in but unexpectedly took off this year after becoming a viral hit on TikTok, thanks to a remix by Kazakh producer Imanbek. It narrowly missed out on Number 1, logging three weeks at Number 2, but hung around the Top 10 for a total of 25 weeks — the most ever for a British female solo artist. Its chart sales tally for is ,, 1. Dua makes a second entry in the year-to-date Top 40; follow-up single Physical places at The touching ballad earned Lewis his second UK Number 1 single in February and has racked up , chart sales this year. Joel Corry Press.
From pop comebacks to international acts finding crossover success to gorgeous ballads and irresistible dancefloor bait, was quite the year. Here are the songs we couldn't stop playing this year. Think the vulnerable voice of Nina Simone waxing poetic about the ills of millennial dating. Following in the footsteps of international kings like Burna Boy and WizKid, Rema's crisp, charming vocals float over a bouncy rhythm that blends Afropop and hip-hop to create three minutes and 15 seconds of sheer joy. Sex sells, but Rapsody has never been one to conform to hip-hop's misogynistic views of women.
We're halfway through a year that feels like eternity, but at least we've had an abundance of tunes to keep us occupied. From a bittersweet posthumous release to petty breakup bops, here are the best songs has to offer so far. Rihanna, we're waiting! Listen Now. BRB, crying. Peppy synths, a funky guitar line, and a breakup helped craft this unofficial quarantine anthem. Try not to dance, I dare you. For the first time ever, Dua Lipa lends her soulful rasp to a breezy, upbeat melody that has become synonymous with her co-stars' signature sounds. An intoxicating love is hard to come by, and harder to shake off. When di quarantine ting done and everybody touch road?