2017: A Year In Music
Written by Dan Williams on 29th December 2017
2017 featured a comeback from Ed Sheeran and success from Stormzy, Rag n Bone Man and more. As the year draws to a close, here’s a roundup of the year in music.
Ed Sheeran is currently one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. His third album Divide, released in March, became the fastest selling album by a male solo artist in the UK *ever* and the third fastest in UK chart history, selling 600,000 copies in the first week alone. He also broke Spotify records, headlined Glastonbury, and after the release of his album most of the UK Top 10 consisted entirely of Ed Sheeran songs!
At the end of last year it was announced that Camila Cabello had left Fifth Harmony. Her solo career, however, has started off extremely well. Her single Havana, released in September, reached Number 1 in the UK and stayed there for over a month, making her the longest running female number 1 since Adele’s Someone Like You in 2011. Her debut album will be released on January the 12th.
One of 2017’s biggest rising stars (or at least, in the UK) is Dua Lipa. Her song New Rules, from her self-titled debut album released in June, became one of the most popular songs of the year, and also became her first number 1. In December she was named Spotify’s most streamed woman of 2017 in the UK.
The Summer of Spanish
In terms of music, Summer 2017 could be described as the ‘Summer of Spanish’, with Spanish speaking songs dominating the charts such as Reggaeton Lento, Mi Gente, Subeme La Radio and of course, Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. Before Despacito reached number 1 in the UK, managing to stay there for 11 weeks, the last Spanish song to reach Number 1 in the charts was the Macarena. It was already a big Latin hit, and Justin Bieber’s involvement brought more popularity to English speaking audiences. Similarly, Little Mix hopped on board of Latin American boy band CNCO’s Reggaeton Lento, helping to gain more popularity from the UK.
Grime artist Stormzy has had a very successful 2017. His first album debuted at number 1 in the UK albums chart in March, and in November he was awarded Artist of the Year from the BBC Music Awards.
Rag n Bone Man
After winning the 2017 Critic’s Choice Awards at the Brit Awards earlier this year, Rory Charles Graham, aka Rag n Bone Man received great success with his first album Human. As well as landing at number 1 on the Albums Chart, it also earned him the fastest selling debut album by a male act of the decade.
One Love Manchester
Following the devastating terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on the 22nd of May, music artists came together for a special benefit concert at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground just two weeks later. Led by Ariana, there were performances from Take That, Robbie Williams, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Liam Gallagher. Ariana also dueted with the Black Eyed Peas on the (rather fitting) song Where is the Love. The concert was attended by 50,000 people and was broadcast live on BBC One peaking at 14.5 million viewers, making it the UK’s most watched television event of 2017. It was also watched worldwide in at least 50 countries. It helped raise more than 17 million pounds in funds for the victims’ families and the Red Cross.