December Avenue tops list of most streamed artists

December Avenue tops list of most streamed artists

SOUNDS FAMILIAR - Baby A. Gil (The Philippine Star) - January 3, 2020 - 12:00am

Filipino pop music received its biggest boost in the area of music streaming last year. A Filipino band, December Avenue, topped Spotify’s most streamed tracks hit list for 2019. I believe that this also means that despite some rough spots that affected the local music industry these past few years, we Pinoys are now so used to streaming we can make original Filipino music a big seller.

The streaming platform announced that officially December Avenue was last year’s Most Streamed Artist, Most Streamed Local Artist, Most Streamed Group and that its song Kung Di Rin Lang Ikaw, a collaboration with Moira dela Torre, was the Most Streamed Track of the year. And that means defeating foreign big names like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran in some instances.

The mellow lovelorn sound of the local band truly went big with Pinoys last year. This reminds me of the jukebox love songs trend from many years ago when lovelorn singers sang their guts out with ballads about unrequited love. The sentiments remain the same but we now do it in softer tones.

I guess it can also be said that it was December Avenue who set the trend for soft hugot tunes and propelled similar sounding acts to the top like This Band and I Belong to the Zoo. Also big in Spotify’s yearender hit list is the folksy emo band, Ben&Ben.

Here is the Spotify Philippines hit list:

Most Streamed Artists: December Avenue, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Ben&Ben, Ariana Grande.

Ben and Ben

Most Streamed Male Artists: Ed Sheeran, Khalid, Post Malone, Lauv, Shawn Mendes.

Most Streamed Female Artists: Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Moira dela Torre, Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish.

Most Streamed Local Artists: December Avenue, Ben&Ben, Moira Dela Torre, This Band, I Belong to the Zoo.

This Band

Most Streamed Groups: December Avenue, Ben&Ben, LANY, BTS, BLACKPINK.

Most Streamed Tracks: Kung Di Rin Lang Ikaw by December Avenue and Moira Dela Torre, Sana by I Belong to the Zoo, Kahit Ayaw Mo Na by This Band, Maybe the Night by Ben&Ben, Sunflower from Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse by Post Malone and Swae Lee.

Moira dela Torre

Most Streamed Albums: Lover by Taylor Swift, Malibu Nights by LANY, Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone, thank u, next by Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes.

Here now is Spotify’s global hit list. That means these are the most streamed artists and sounds all over the world where Spotify is in operation.

Most Streamed Artists: Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Bad Bunny.

Most Streamed Albums: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish, Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone, thank u, next by Ariana Grande; No.6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes.

I belong to the Zoo

Most Streamed Tracks: Señorita by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, Bad Guy by Billie Eilish, Sunflower by Post Malone and Swae Lee, 7 Rings by Ariana Grande, Old Town Road by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Most Streamed Female Artists:  Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, Halsey.

Most Streamed Male Artists: Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, Bad Bunny, Khalid, J Balvin.

And now to close, here is song that is sad, full of hugot and which truly captures the Pinoy’s way of looking back at a past year with bittersweet memories.

Isang Taong Lumipas written by National Artist Ryan Cayabyab and Jose Javier Reyes from The Christmas Album by The Company.

“Heto na naman tayo muling nagkasama/ Taun-taon na lamang tayo’y nagkikita/ at kahit ‘di nagkakausap ng anong tagal pa/ ‘pag nagkaharap-harap ang saya-saya.

“May ilan sa atin na hindi makakarating/ at may ilan pa sa kanilang ‘di na makapipiling/ ngunit kahit wala sila ay parang nandiyan pa rin/ dahil sila ay nandid’yan sa puso natin.

“Isang taong lumipas/ isang taong dumaan/ may tumaba, may pumayat, may nagtampuhan/ may nagkabati, may nagsama’t hiwalayan/ kaya ang dami-dami nating kuwentuhan.

“Isang taong lumipas/ isang taong dumaan/ may nadagdag sa atin mayroon ding nabawasan/ ngunit sa dinami ng mga taong pinagsamahan/ tuwing Pasko tayo at tayo pa rin lamang.”

Happy New Year.

DECEMBER AVENUE ED SHEERAN MOIRA DELA TORRE
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