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Country Albums / Breakthrough Albums to Listen To

I am vocal before that I am not a country music fan. But I began to appreciate them and heard some great records. Here are the country albums that I listed and recommend them:

5. Thomas Rhett- Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett had some success over “It Goes Like This” LP but achieved bigger success with “Tangled Up”. I love the sounds of thsi record with some disco and country fusion on it.

4. Luke Bryan- Kill the Lights
Luke Bryan can ne said as the most successful male country singer of the recent years for his number one albums and hit country singles. His current album “Kill the Lights” gives you a nice eminiscence on a countryside.

3. Carrie Underwood- Storyteller
Carrie Underwood can be considered as one of the country music queens. She had successful country albums and now came to her fifth hit album “Storyteller”. It is a country album that lets country music fans to pay attention to.

2. Sam Hunt- Montevallo
Sam Hunt is one of the hottest country stars today. However, upon seeing comments online, he was criticized that he’s not really country and sounds more pop and R&B. But I think the country sound still dominated his music which still fits in the category. “Montevallo” sounds like a modernized country with elements of electronic.

1. Chris Stapleton- Traveller
This is an amazing debut country album from Chris Stapleton. You can feel the solemnity, the grief of a loss, and sounds like taking pyu to a journey. This album is highly recommended by country listeners.

Aside from country albums, I also recommend these albums currently making a breakthrough:
3. Twenty One Pilots- Blurryface
This is actually there fourth LP but their breaking through record. The album is too adventurous to listen to.

2. Charlie Puth- Nine Track Mind
This may had received postive reviews, but if you want some simple tunes, this record is good for you.

1. Alessia Cara- Know-It-All
One of the artists today, the young singer came out with good soulful sound in this record.

My Prediction and Choice Winners for Grammy Awards 2016 (Best New Artist and Song of the Year)

Grammy Awards 2016 is approaching and in few hours, the winners will be announced. For artists and musicians, Grammy is the most prestigious award giving body in music industry. It will be held February 19, 2016 in the US, while here in the Philippines, it will be Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, I am making a prediction and my choice of winner in this two major categories such as Best New Artist and Song of the Year. Real winners were determined through the votes of Grammy panel.

Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett– She is an indie rock singer from Australia known for her album “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit”.
James Bay– He is a British rock singer who scored a UK number one album “Chaos and the Calm” and the hit song “Hold Back the River”.
Sam Hunt– He is a country singer who had a platinum album “Montevallo”, and a number of top 30 platinum hits.
Tori Kelly– She is a pop singer who had a Billboard number two album “Unbreakable Smile”.
Meghan Trainor– She had a number album “Title” and scored hot singles worldwide. In fact, she is the most popular among the nominations list and already nominated in Grammys last year.
Choice: Meghan Trainor, for scoring a number of hits and great songs.
Prediction: James Bay, since Grammys has been unpredictable with decision and this singer is undeniably talented.

Song of the Year

“Alright” by Kendrick Lamar
One of Kendrick Lamar’s recordbreaking 11nominations, this song was co-written by Lamar along with others. It had a Billboard number 81 peak.
“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
One of the biggest singles last 2015, it had peaked at number 1 in Billboard Hot 100, and high chart positions globally. Taylor Swift co-wrote this song with Max Martin and Shellback.
“Girl Crush” by Little Big Town
The only country song nominated in this category, the song went to number 18 in Hot 100.
“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
This is among the biggest singles worldwide in 2015 for reaching number one. It was co-written by Puth and Khalifa.
“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
It became one of the biggest hits of 2015, this ballad was also co-written by Sheeran.
Choice: “Thinking Out Loud”, it is one of my favorite songs and being a fan of Ed Sheeran.
Prediction“Alright”, Grammy prefer non-popular songs. Also, Kendrick Lamar has the most number of nominations.

Credits to Wikipedia / Billboard / Grammy

Yearend Special: Top Male Artists of 2015

There are lots of male artists who did very well this year. It seems its “boy power” as based on the charts, guys did much better. Female stars still did well but it seems guys did better this year. Here are the 10 biggest male singers/rappers this year:

The Weeknd
The Weeknd may have underrated prior this year but he had a blast on the charts this 2015. After a top 5 entry via “Earned It” (the sensual song from Fifty Shades of Grey), he scored 2 #1 singles this year, the funky “Can’t Feel My Face” and the explicit ballad “The Hills”. Aside from hit songs, he got a bonus for topping the albums chart worldwide.

Justin Bieber
It was a huge comeback for the Canadian pop star. With a feature for Diplo and Skrillex song, it was followed by an album which just dominated the sales but also 3 top 5 hit songs just recently, with “What Do You Mean?” which ruled the charts globally.

Drake
He’s the biggets rapper this year as he scored 2 number one albums and several hit songs including the current smash “Hotline Bling”, which is doing very well anywhere.

Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt is currently a big star in country music. He scored lots of hits in top 40 this year including a top 10 album. I love his song “Take Your Time”, which became huge in top 20.

Mark Ronson
Music producer Mark Ronson scored is biggest success in career this year through “Uptown Funk” which is the biggest single worldwide this year. Anyway, thanks to Bruno Mars’ contribution.

Charlie Puth
One of the biggest breakthrough artists this year, Charlie Puth made a mark as a co-writer and the pop vocals in the big hit “See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa. He’s also successful as lead singer of the pop hit “Marvin Gaye”.

Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas can easily be said as the most successful Jonas. He had success worldwide with the pop hit “Jealous” followed by the darker R&B tune “Chains”. He reached top 40 recently with EDM/pop hit “Levels”.

Sam Smith
He’s the biggest winner in Grammys this year and his “In the Lonely Hour” is still one of the biggest sellers this year. His ballads “I’m Not the Only One” and “Lay Me Down” were top ten hits.

Fetty Wap
One of the top newcomers this year, Fetty Wap easily made two ten singles this year. He also went to the top of rap albums this year.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is the biggest male singer this year. With the beautiful love song “Thinking Out Loud” and the melancholic “Photograph”, both were successful. While LP “x” sold millions this 2015.

Some facts from Wikipedia