2016: The Year in Charts
The Year in Charts 2016: Adele Rules as Top Artist (Again!), Justin Bieber Leads Hot 100
The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop Charts: Beyonce & Drake Reign
The Year in Rock Charts: Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers & the 'Sound' of Disturbed
The Year in Country Charts: Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, FGL, Maren Morris & More
How Music Mattered In a Turbulent Year: Alt In Our Stars Podcast
With 2015 drawing to a close, we invited a trio of inspirational musical minds to come through the Billboard office and talk about the year. Host Chris Payne sat down with Perfect Pussy singer/freelance writer Meredith Graves, Vulture senior editor Jillian Mapes, and Flavorwire music editor Matthew Ismael Ruiz to discuss favorite albums, life-affirming shows, 2016 hopes, and what all this means in the light of the tumultuous world we live in.
Get ready to be inspired.
What made Grimes’ Art Angels so singular, and did her live show stack up? What are Dev Hynes and Caroline Polachek doing with classical music that's got us really excited? What are “beanbag rock bands” and why is Graves sick of them? Downtown Boys certainly aren't one, and the panel had some glowing things to say about the sax-punk party band, which will guest on an Alt In Our Stars episode in January. For all this and much more, check out the podcast above.
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