Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Taylor Swift had the biggest album of the period with a surprise indie-folk LP, radio records were broken by The Weeknd sure and 24kGoldn and iann dior more surprising , and Nicki Minaj finally scored the first Hot chart-topper of her decade-plus of superstardom -- only to score a second barely a month later. Imagine trying to explain to folks in that a half-decade later, we'd get Jason Derulo's first No.
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T he best songs of were created in studios from Seoul to Johannesburg, Puerto Rico to Nashville. They strut, commiserate, titillate and disarm. Some of them are collaborations that showcase premier talents pushing each other to new heights; others are deeply personal projects of introspection and catharsis. Here are the songs we had on repeat in our homes all year long. He finds moments of approachability here, thanks in part to vocals contributed by Caroline Polachek and mixed to anonymity.
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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. The first half of has posed many questions most of us never thought we'd have to answer in our lifetime, including: "What does pop mean in a world of self-isolation?
Clubs remain closed. Same with bars and arenas and coffee shops and theaters and DIY venues and basement parties. But while live music has come to a terrifying halt in , artists have been anything but silent during a global pandemic. This is a once in a generation human crisis. But even though we can't experience it together, music has provided hope, escape, and cathartic dance parties streamed directly into our bubbles. Artists like Run the Jewels have provided anthems for a civil rights movement. Taylor Swift has found her voice as a great American storyteller.