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Top Albums of 2017: The Final List

Every year the music supervision team at PlayNetwork review thousands upon thousands of songs trying to find the perfect tracks that resonate with the many brands we partner with. While many of us don’t adhere to the genre phenomenon, our motto is always “If the sound fits, hit PLAY.” In 2017 over 8,000+ albums/EPs/compilations made it into our extensive library and as is tradition, we are tasked to name our top albums of the year. Just from the music team alone, there were over 150 distinguished albums that made the list, an astonishing number that speaks volumes on how diverse our team truly is.

Without further ado, we give you our top 20 albums of 2017

1. Kendrick Lamar – Damn (Interscope) 2. SZA – Ctrl (RCA) 3. Mura Masa – Mura Masa (Polydor Ltd.) 4. Kelela – Take Me Apart (Warp) 5. The xx – I See You (Young Turks) 6. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy (Columbia) 7. Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound […]

Top Albums of 2017: Witness

The music supervision team at PlayNetwork saw over 6700+ albums, EPs and compilations added to our extensive music library in 2017. With so much amazing music to pick from, our Music Supervision team finally narrowed down their top 10 albums of the year.

Continuing our theme of top album write ups, we’ve enlisted our Procurement and Label Relations guru, Grady Tyree. Without Grady, the Music Supervision team would be lost-as he is the gatekeeper for all the music that comes through the PlayNetwork doors. Grady writes on why the new Benjamin Booker release WITNESS is one of his favorites of 2017.

Artist: Benjamin Booker

Album: WITNESS

Track: Believe

Twitter: @bennybookmarks

Thousands of songs passed through my ear canals this year, but out of all, one album bore its way into my subconscious and became a worm in my apple… WITNESS by Benjamin Booker, released in May on ATO Records. The sophomore release from the singer/songwriter finds a slow-burn of a record, leaving its mark in your psyche as […]

Top Albums of 2017: Mura Masa

The music supervision team at PlayNetwork saw over 6700+ albums, EPs and compilations added to our extensive music library in 2017. With so much amazing music to pick from, our Music Supervision team finally narrowed down their top 10 albums of the year.

Continuing our theme of top album write ups, we’ve enlisted seasoned Music Supervisor and Manager, Dean Carlson, who has over 25 years’ experience in the music industry. He got bit by the music bug early, first DJ’ing at his high school radio station, and then having a successful 15 year radio career afterwards. Dean even launched his own syndicated radio show heard in over 25 countries. Dean writes on why the new Mura Masa self titled album is one of his favorites of 2017.

Artist: Mura Masa

Album: Mura Masa

Track: What If I Go?

Twitter: @mura_masa_

I can remember exactly where I was the first time I heard Mura Masa and his single “What If I Go?” It was in my car listening to […]

Top Albums of 2017: Take Me Apart

The music supervision team at PlayNetwork saw over 6700+ albums, EPs and compilations added to our extensive music library in 2017. With so much amazing music to pick from, our Music Supervision team finally narrowed down their top 10 albums of the year.

Continuing our theme of top album write ups, we’ve enlisted Music Supervisor Alex Ruder who has over 15 years’ experience in the music industry. Besides his work here at PlayNetwork curating music for brands, you can find Alex hosting variety and electronic on-air shows at KEXP or mixing it up behind the decks in nightclubs around Seattle. If that’s not enough, he also runs his electronic label Hush Hush records. Alex writes on why the new Kelela release was one of his favorites of 2017.

Artist: Kelela

Album: Take Me Apart

Twitter: @kelelam

Track: LMK

It was five years ago when I first heard the stunning voice of Kelela Mizanekristos. She appeared on arguably Teengirl Fantasy’s best song ever, “EFX,” from their 2012 album Tracer. […]

Reimagining Physical Retail Locations by Using Emotional Content

Online shopping has become a revolutionary force, reshaping the world of retail as we once knew it. With more and more consumers choosing to have products delivered to their front door, traditional brick and mortar retailers are looking for new and innovative ways to lure shoppers back into their stores and retain their relevancy in the marketplace – especially during the holiday season.

One solution retailers have discovered is a new emphasis on experiential marketing. With an increasing investment on immersive environments, stores and restaurants are reimagining their locations. Rod Sides, Vice Chairman of Deloitte LLP, points out, “Retailers should modify their assumptions about what drives traffic, engagement and holiday sales growth, and realign around customer experience, creating relevant, emotional and inspirational connections that go beyond just product, price and assortment.” And a key component of establishing a meaningful relationship with consumers is leveraging a custom-curated in-store music soundtrack that aligns with the brand and helps to establish the desired environment.

Music, in a multitude of profound and diverse ways, […]