‘Joanne’ is the title of Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album, which was released on October 21, 2016. After has been circulating around dance and electronic genre, the controversial pop star now turned to a more country-tasted album that features her as a sombrero-hatted lady in pink.After collaborating with Tony Bennett for their latest jazz-flavored album ‘Cheek to Cheek’ in 2014, Lady Gaga is back with ‘Joanne’ that feels a little bit more laid-back and bends the country and soft rock genres. She uses the name ‘Joanne’ for this album after her late aunt, Joanne Stefani Germanotta, whose death was said to have a profound effect on Lady Gaga and her family.As an ever-changing pop artist, in ‘Joanne’ Lady Gaga shows a rather natural persona, which is so much different from her earlier stage performance that was strongly accompanied with controversies.
Not only that she always wears the pink sombrero hat that was featured on the cover album, she also encouraged herself with more powerful and technical vocal performances. For example, for the song ‘Million Reasons’—which is one of the lead singles off the album—she always seems to perform using a grand piano to show off her ability in playing music instruments.Several track listings from ‘Joanne’ include the lead single ‘Million Reasons’ as well as ‘Perfect Illusion’, ‘A-Yo!’, and ‘John Wayne’, which is recently made as music video premiering in Apple Music. ‘Joanne’ has topped many musical charts, especially Billboard Top 200. It follows her earlier albums which are also debuted at number one on the list. ‘Joanne’ also receives critical and commercial success in United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. It too has been named as the 20 Best Albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as Billboard and Digital Spy.
After the 2017 Grammy Awards wrapped in February 2017, I think it is the best time to start over our musical experience for the upcoming year of 2017. While 2016 already marked an incredible year of music (although seasoned with shocking deaths of legendary musicians), Rolling Stone magazine noted almost 63 most anticipated music albums in 2017 that we should have been waiting so hard. Some of the most anticipated albums in 2017 are as follows.After the release of the well-acclaimed album ‘The Life of Pablo’, Kanye went to Twitter and tweeted that his upcoming album will be called ‘Turbo Grafx 16’. This tweet was then followed by an Instagram post by music producer Pete Rock that shows a track list of a seemingly new project he had been collaborating with Kanye. Nothing more can be told about the release date, but Rolling Stone cited that this will likely be released in 2017.
The 20-year-old Grammy-winning Lorde’s debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ was released in 2013 when she was about 16 years old. After collaborating with Disclosure for the song ‘Magnet’ in late 2015, Lorde has been in long hiatus in writing music. But the wait is over after she recently went to Instagram and posted that she has already been preparing for her upcoming music albums, which will be likely released in 2017.After the legendary band’s latest album, ‘Songs of Innocence’, in 2014, U2 has told Rolling Stone magazine about the release of ‘Songs of Experience’, their upcoming music album. Originally planned to be released in 2016, ‘Songs of Experience’ may suffer from delays as some news sites reported that U2 is still in the middle of finishing it. However, sources told that ‘Songs of Experience’ is gonna contain some of the unused songs from their latest albums.
The year 2016 has been known as the most depressing year, as there are so many celebrity deaths in that year. Legendary musicians like Prince, David Bowie, and George Michael passed away in 2016, leaving the world music industry in deep misery. However, in contrary 2016 also noted some of the best music albums of the decade, if not in the century. As an annual tradition, Rolling Stone magazine picked 50 music albums considered as the best albums of 2016. Here is a recap of the top 3 of the list.Chance the Rapper has recently been named the best new artist in 2017 Grammy Awards. Although he already started singing and writing songs in 2012, his early album work began in 2016 when he collaborated in co-writing songs for Kanye West’s ‘Life of Pablo’. ‘Coloring Book’ is a hip-hop album released in May 2016, and until now it has been received very positively by the critics.
‘Blackstar’ was released in January 2016, marked the twenty-fifth album of the late rock musician. No one has ever expected that ‘Blackstar’ is also the last album of David Bowie after he passed away of liver cancer just two days after the album release. ‘Blackstar’ won the Best Alternative Music Album at the 2017 Grammys. Also released as a visual album in the form of a feature film for HBO, ‘Lemonade’ was cited as the ultra-personal musical album of Beyonce. It contains a pack of genre-devouring songs, from ‘Daddy Lessons’ which sounded so country-like to ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’, a rock single she recorded with Jack White. Recently it nabbed the ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ in 2017 Grammy Awards, although it loses to Adele’s ‘25’ in the ‘Album of the Year’ category.
Adele’s latest album, ‘25’, was named the Album of the Year in 2017 Grammy Awards, which was held February 12, 2017. The third album by the British singer and songwriter also nabbed the Best Pop Vocal Album, while its lead song ‘Hello’ won the Grammys for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance—giving Adele a total 5 Grammys this year.The album ‘25’ was released on November 20, 2015, or almost four years after Adele’s second album, ‘21’, which was released in 2011. After taking a long break from the music industry to raise her child, Adele started writing songs for ‘25’ in 2013. So it took almost three years before ‘25’ was launched.
Its lead single, ‘Hello’, was first introduced around October 2015 (or a month before the release of the album). The music video, which was directed by well-appraised French director Xavier Dolan, was also released the same day and gaining more than 100 million views in its first 5 days. ‘25’ listed 11 songs in its standard edition, and all these 11 songs were written by Adele herself with the help of some other collaborators. Some of the most popular songs from the ‘25’ album, besides ‘Hello’, are ‘When We Were Young’, ‘All I Ask’, and ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’.After its release, ‘25’ has been received very positively by both the critics and average listeners. It has been the fastest-selling and best-selling album in the United Kingdom, North America, and Australia for both physical and digital albums. Before the Grammys, ‘25’ has also been named the 50 Best Albums of 2015 by Rolling Stone Magazine and won the British Album of 2015 at the 2016 BRIT Music Awards. It is currently on the second leg of the tour by Adele, titled ‘Adele Live 2017’, that will conclude on July 2, 2017.