Music of the Month: June 2017

Another MOTM (Music of the Month) post for you all, again looking at the music that I have loved over the last month. So let’s get cracking, shall we?

ARTISTS

Right then, so Katy Perry has held her ground at the top of the Artists chart for the second month in a row. With the release of her new album “Witness” at the beginning of the month, it is no surprise to see that she is still raking in the plays with a total of 261 plays in June.

Straight in at #2 is Dua Lipa, the British/Kosovan artist who is going from strength to strength recently and as well as Katy Perry she also performed at Glastonbury 2017. Dua also released her debut album last month and it has been gaining a lot of plays in my library, I love the album so much! It will be interesting to see which album will be #1 later though, hers or Katy Perry’s?

We also see Ariana Grande in the Top 3, after her successful One Love Manchester benefit concert earlier in the month, I have fallen in love with her all over again, what a gem! We also see Steps and The Chainsmokers hanging around as well as Little Mix and The Weeknd re-entering the Top 10. There are many new artists to the monthly chart this month including Roosevelt, a great dance music artist and Halsey, who has released her (fantastic) sophomore album this month too.

ALBUMS

Katy Perry has done it, she has climbed up from last month’s #9 to this month’s #1. You may remember that last month she had only entered the Top 10 on the few songs released from the album prior to its release, now the album has been released and the quality hasn’t dwindled and I have been loving many tracks from the new album.

Dua Lipa, again, has to settle for the #2 spot with her debut album, the self-titled “Dua Lipa”. She has had a healthy number of plays though and I think on another month she could have quite easily have been my most played album, she had a total of 130 plays last month to Katy Perry’s 190.

We also see new albums in the chart this month from Roosevelt, Halsey, London Grammar, Loïc Nottet, Stevie Parker and Betty Who. There has been a complete wash out of albums this month with only 2 remaining in the Top 10 from last month, The Chainsmokers’s “Memories…Do Not Open” and Katy Perry’s “Witness”. This is also the first time this year that Ed Sheeran’s “÷” album has not been in my Top 10.

TRACKS

It’s time to count down the Top 10 tracks, most played, in June 2017…

#10 Blanche – City Lights (37 plays)

#9 Fifth Harmony – Down (38 plays)

#8 Artsvik – Fly With Me (40 plays)

#7 Roosevelt – Moving On (41 plays)

#6 Sunstroke Project – Hey Mamma (43 plays)

#5 Little Mix – Power (45 plays)

#4 Jonas Blue – Mama (46 plays)

#3 Miley Cyrus – Malibu (47 plays)

#2 Halsey – Strangers (56 plays)

#1 Ariana Grande – One Last Time (58 plays)

As a fitting tribute to May’s terrible bombing in Manchester, Ariana Grande returned to Manchester to put on a benefit concert in the city. I have fallen in love with this song all over again, this was the song that was performed right at the very end of her tour as an encore and would have been the last song the victims would have heard before tragedy struck, I think now there is so much more meaning behind this song which was originally released back in 2014. This also marks the first time Ariana Grande has been #1 in my monthly chart too and well deserved, I really hope I can see her on tour sometime in the future as the concert I was supposed to see her at got cancelled.

There are only 3 Eurovision related tracks in this month’s chart, a big drop from last month’s 9. I expect this will drop even lower next month and there may not even be a single Eurovision track in my monthly chart, now that the contest is well and truly behind us. I am very much looking forward to 2018 though and cannot wait to hear next year’s entries when they eventually get released.

There are also a lot of summer related tracks in there this month, probably influenced by the lovely heat and the sunshine we have had during the month, it has been the hottest June on record since the 1970’s here in the UK. Will July be even hotter?

I hope you enjoyed this blog and see you all in August for another look back. Don’t forget to look out for the next blog in the Curated series coming later today, what era or subject in music will we be delving into next?

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