Music of the Month – April 2016

It’s officially May, the best month of the year for me as it is officially the season of Eurovision. Yes, that’s right, I will be jetting off to Stockholm in only 8 days from now for a whole week of Eurovision madness. I can hardly wait!

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The official 2016 Eurovision compilation album has been on heavy rotation last month.

For now though, let’s take a look back at the music that I have been listening to in the last 30 days. April has been an eventful month for music really, unfortunately we saw the passing of Prince, a huge superstar who brought us many classic hits in the 80’s all the way up to the present day. We also saw Beyoncé release a brand new album, and even had a film put together to showcase that. The month was jam packed full of Eurovision though as the official compilation CD was released in the middle of April and has been getting a lot of airplay. Officially, I don’t count compilation CD’s in the album countdown as I like to focus on studio albums by different bands and artists, but this month the compilation CD gathered a total of 338 plays.

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All Saints were #1 for a 2nd month with a total of 223 plays.

So let’s kick off the blog with my most played artist of last month. The #1 artist in April was the band All Saints, who remain at #1 for a second month consecutively. They were #1 in March too with a total of 114 plays, but this month they have gone and nearly doubled that with a total of 223 plays. I imagine this was because of the release of their comeback album, called “Red Flag” which was released on the 8th April 2016. The album is fantastic, and I am saying that without trying to be biased, I mean I am a huge All Saints fan, but they were always notorious of being a “singles” band, and the albums consisting of mainly filler material. This isn’t the case with their latest LP though, with every track on there having the potential of being a hit in itself. If you like at least one All Saints track throughout the years, I really recommend listening to the latest album, as you will find something on there that will tickle your fancy. The album was so popular in my iTunes this last month, that it has also racked up the title of being my most played album of the month too, with a total of 179 plays. Click the cover art below to hear the album in full on Apple Music, you will not regret it!

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So with All Saints dominating everything this last month, let’s take a look at the full Top 10’s for both my most played artists and albums…

Top Artists

  1. (➡︎=) All Saints – 223 plays
  2. (NE) Muse – 148 plays
  3. (NE) ZAYN – 92 plays
  4. (NE) Prince – 89 plays
  5. (NE) Angèle Dubeau – 88 plays
  6. (⬇︎1) Beyoncé – 84 plays
  7. (NE) Fedde Le Grand – 66 plays
  8. (NE) Ola Gjeilo – 64 plays
  9. (NE) Birdy – 63 plays
  10. (NE) Greta Salóme – 53 plays

Top Albums

  1. (➡︎=) All Saints – Red Flag – 179 plays
  2. (NE) ZAYN – Mind Of Mine – 89 plays
  3. (NE) Angèle Dubeau – Blanc – 88 plays
  4. (NE) Fedde Le Grand – Something Real – 65 plays
  5. (NE) Ola Gjeilo – Ola Gjeilo – 64 plays
  6. (NE) Birdy – Beautiful Lies – 62 plays
  7. (NE) Gwen Stefani – This Is What The Truth Feels Like – 44 plays
  8. (⬇︎3) The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It – 41 plays
  9. (⬇︎7) Låpsley – Long Way Home – 41 plays
  10. (NE) Muse – The 2nd Law – 36 plays

I just wanted to give a quick shoutout about Prince, he was #4 in my most played artists last month but unfortunately he did pass away in April. I was a fan of a lot of his music, namely the big songs that everybody knew such as “Purple Rain”, “Kiss”, “1999” and “Little Red Corvette” but much like with David Bowie, I wanted to explore a lot more of his back catalogue after he died, get to know a lot more about him as a musician. The guy had so many fantastic songs that have been overlooked and he has also produced and composed a lot of songs for other artists who I also admire. His music will continue to live on and I am so glad that I got to be around when the guy was alive and producing some great tunes.

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Prince. 1958-2016 RIP.

So, on to a lighter note now, with the most exciting part of my charts blog. My most played songs. Last month, as you can probably imagine, I listened to a lot of Eurovision related music, so it will come as no surprise that my Top 10 is littered with a load of Euro pop hits. Sitting pretty at my #1 is the song that will be representing Iceland at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. The song is called “Hear Them Calling” by Greta Salóme who also represented Iceland at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. This new song though is sure to do well, with a better universal appeal and a sound that is both haunting and uplifting, and sounds like the kind of song that the band (who is also from Iceland) called Of Monsters and Men would come out with. It is a great song and I hope it does well for Greta, I would love to see it go Top 5 in the contest. The song was recently ranked #2 in my Eurovision ranking. Let’s take a look at the video shall we?

So let’s take a look at the full Top 10 for April 2016…

Top Songs

  1. (NE) Greta Salóme – Hear Them Calling – 46 plays
  2. (➡︎=) All Saints – One Strike – 43 plays
  3. (➡︎=) Amir – J’ai Cherché – 38 plays
  4. (NE) Jason Derülo – If It Ain’t Love – 37 plays
  5. (NE) Poli Genova – If Love Was A Crime – 33 plays
  6. (NE) Ariana Grande – Be Alright – 32 plays
  7. (⬆︎1) Samra – Miracle – 32 plays
  8. (⬇︎3) Margaret – Cool Me Down – 31 plays
  9. (⬇︎8) Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One – 31 plays
  10. (NE) Drake – One Dance – 31 plays

That’s it then for another month, join me again next month for another look back at a month in music. Happy listening!