10 Artists Ruling Global Music in 2017
1. The Chainsmokers
Top Song: Closer, 1.9 Billion+ video views
EDM duo The Chainsmokers and featured alt-pop singer-songwriter Halsey, “Closer” leaps 6- 1 in its third week on the chart. The Chainsmokers are American DJ duo casting Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. They have won an American Music Award and five iHeart Radio Music Awards. Their music packages itself with “blurring the lines between indie, pop music, dance music and hip-hop”.
2. The Weeknd
Top Song: Starboy, 1.2 Billion+ video views
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally as The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. His album, Beauty Behind the Madness, which became his first number one album on the US Billboard 200, included the number-three single “Earned It” and produced the number-one singles “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face”.The Weeknd’s songs feature slow tempos and rumbling bass. His emotional, plain lyrics often express feelings of hurt and deal with subject matter such as sex, drugs and partying
Top Song: One Dance, 333 K+ video views
Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Drake released his first debut studio album “Thank me Later” in 2010, which debuted at number one on the U.S. and was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA). He has the most charted songs (154) among solo artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. Drake is known for his egoistical lyrics, typically considered to be emotional and boastful. His vocal abilities prove to be an audible contrast between typical hip-hop beats and melody, with sometimes abrasive rapping coupled with softer accents.
Top Song: Bad and Boujee 549 Million+
Migos is an American hip hop trio composed of three rappers, with stage names Quavo, Offset and Takeoff. Migos released their commercial debut singles “Versace”(2013) “Fight Night” (2014), “Look at My Dab” (2015) and the chart-topping hit “Bad and Boujee” (2016).
5. Ed Sheeran
Trending Song: Shape of You, 2.7 Billion+ video views
Edward Christopher Sheeran, is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, + (read as “plus”), was released in 2011 and has since been certified seven-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single “The A Team”, which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Ed also won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
6. Bruno Mars
Top Song: That’s What I Like, 1 Billion+ video views
Peter Gene Hernandez known professionally as Bruno Mars is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. His debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010) included the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade”, as well as the number-four single “The Lazy Song”. His second album, Unorthodox Jukebox (2012), peaked at number one in the United States. To date, he has sold over 115 million singles and 9 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time and grabbing the Grammy Awards. Mars’ music has been noted for displaying a wide variety of styles, musical genres, and influences, including pop, rock, reggae, and hip hop.
7. Shawn Mendes
Top Song: There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back, 292 Million+ video views
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer and songwriter. His debut studio album Handwritten, whose single “Stitches” reached the top 10 in the US and Canada, and number one in UK. His album, Illuminate (2016), was preceded by the single “Treat You Better”. Both albums debuted atop the US Billboard 200. Mendes has received several awards and nominations, including two MTV Europe Music Awards, four iHeart Radio Much Music Video Awards, and the Allan Sleight Honour from Canada’s Walk of Fame. Mendes incorporates “catchy acoustic folk-pop tunes” in his catalogue, his soft sometimes soulful pop-rock plays primarily to teenagers, but has also found on adult contemporary radio stations.
8. Kendrick Lamar
Top Song: Humble, 380 Million+ video views
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is an American rapper and songwriter. Lamar won his first Grammy Award for “i”, the lead single from his third album To Pimp a Butterfly (2015). The album drew on free jazz, funk, soul, and spoken word, debuted atop the charts in the US and the UK, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. On the topic of his music genre, Lamar has said: “You really can’t categorize my music, its human music.” Lamar’s projects are usually concept albums. His albums Good Kid, M.A.A.D City are heavily influenced by West Coast hip hop and 90s gangsta rap. His third studio album, To Pimp a Butterfly, incorporates elements of funk, jazz, soul and spoken word poetry.
9. Maroon 5
Top Song: Cold, 115 Million+
Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band which consists of lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, lead guitarist James Valentine, drummer Matt Flynn, and keyboardist PJ Morton. Maroon 5 has sold more than 20 million albums and 70 million singles worldwide. The theme in most of their songs is love, frequently lost love; songs like “This Love”, “Makes Me Wonder” and “Misery” have a very cynical tone, often expressing dissatisfaction with a relationship, while their more heartfelt and emotional songs such as “She Will Be Loved” and “Never Gonna Leave This Bed” express a longing for a romantic relationship. “Makes Me Wonder” has a secondary theme, in which Levine expresses his disillusionment and frustration with the state of American politics and the Iraq War. The band’s style changes from album to album, however, the songs are less personal and are more electric with more use of synthesizers, creating a retro feel.
10. Big Sean
Top Song: Sacrifices. 27 Million+ video views
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson known professionally as Big Sean is an American rapper. After releasing a number of mix tapes, Sean released his debut studio album, Finally Famous, in 2011. He released his second studio album, Hall of Fame, in 2013 and his third studio album, Dark Sky Paradise, was released in 2015 and earned him his first number one album in the US. In 2017, he released his fourth studio album, I Decided, which debuted at number one the US Billboard 200 chart.