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Top 20 Albums of 2015: #5 – #1

As we countdown to 2016, we have been reminiscing about all of the amazing albums that dropped in 2015. This list of the Top 20 Albums of 2015 has been compiled by our Music Supervision team, and includes their favorite albums of the year, spanning all genres. The wait is over, here are numbers 5 – 1!

 

5. Tame Impala – Currents

Over the summer, Aussie indie psyche-rockers Tame Impala released Currents, their third album and follow-up to the critically acclaimed Lonerism. This time around, their approach was minimalistic synth-infused pop, with less focus on rock influences and more on electronic sounds.

Song: “The Moment”

 

4. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit

Killer guitarist, songwriter and humble performer, Courtney has the whole package. The Aussie rocker draws listeners in with her compelling lyrics, Down Under accent and unusual vocal style.

Song: “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party”

 

3. Justin Bieber – […]

Top 20 Albums of 2015: #10 – #6

As we countdown to 2016, we have been reminiscing about all of the amazing albums that dropped in 2015. This list of the Top 20 Albums of 2015 has been compiled by our Music Supervision team, and includes their favorite albums of the year, spanning all genres. Counting down to number one…here are 10 – 6.

 

10. Adele – 25

This year saw the return of Adele with her album 25. Although you don’t need Kleenex for its entirety, there are definite moments when folks of lesser emotional fortitude will require copious amounts of tissues to dry the cascading tears that are wretched from their bleeding hearts when Adele affixes her laser-focus on their heartstrings. To say this album was highly anticipated would be the understatement of the year, as it debuted at number one in more than 25 markets and broke first-week sales records in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom and United States. Outside of the numbers game, the album is a straight-up gem.

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Top 20 Albums of 2015: #15 – #11

As we countdown to 2016, we have been reminiscing about all of the amazing albums that dropped in 2015. This list of the Top 20 Albums of 2015 has been compiled by our Music Supervision team, and includes their favorite albums of the year, spanning all genres. Check out picks 15 – 11!

 

15. HEALTH – Death Magic

HEALTH’s new album was sort of a throwback to some early 90’s industrial music, hard-hitting beats with a hint of pop quirkiness, just enough to satisfy fans of their early work. The band blended elements of noise, punk and industrial to craft an abrasive album that showed signs of accessibility to the uninitiated.

Song: “Stonefist”

 

14. Skylar Spence – Prom King

Skylar Spence released simply one of the most fun albums of 2015. Call it nu-disco pop, vaporwave, gibber boogie or whatever else you want, these are tracks that keep you dancing all night long.

Song: “Can’t You See”

 

13. Janet Jackson – […]

Top 20 Albums of 2015: #20 – #16

As we countdown to 2016, we have been reminiscing about all of the amazing albums that dropped in 2015. This list of the Top 20 Albums of 2015 has been compiled by our Music Supervision team, and includes their favorite albums of the year, spanning all genres. To get things started…here are 20 – 16.

 

20. Vince Staples – Summertime ‘06

Those who dig the dense, laid-back beats of West Coast hip-hop but also want some brash electronic flares (i.e. El-P/Wu-Tang style grit) should stop what they’re doing and peep this debut full-length release from Long Beach’s newest and illest MC. A one-time associate of the Odd Future collective, Vince Staples has one of 2015’s best hip-hop albums with Summertime ’06, featuring guest appearances from the likes of Jhene Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Kilo Kish and more.

Song: “Norf Norf”

 

19. Thundercat – The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam

Thundercat, aka Stephen Bruner, has played bass for the Suicidal Tendencies and Erykah Badu, and he also worked on Kendrick Lamar’s album […]

Featured Artist: Young Gun Silver Fox

Artist: Young Gun Silver Fox

Twitter: @WestEndCoast Track: You Can Feel it

This is a beautiful sun kissed slice of Laurel Canyon California soul. Conjuring up images of David Crosby jamming with the Doobie Brothers and Hall & Oates. Based in London, Young Gun Silver Fox are Andy Platts (Mamas Gun) and Shawn Lee (Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee & AM). Close your eyes and let it wash over you. The single is taken from the amazing new LP, “West End Coast” available now on Legere Records.

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Music Discovery: Music Supervisors Top Picks of 2015

Every year, our Music Supervisors, who range from DJs to label owners, dive through hundreds of albums and thousands of songs to find perfect and unique songs that will fit seamlessly into the audio strategies for our brands. After many years of curating playlists myself, I’ve come to realize that our clients just want one thing: to stand out from the droves of other brands by sharing songs that pique the interest of their customers. Now that the end of the year is upon us, we’ve put our artistic audiophile brains together to come up with some standouts in music discovery, some of which you’ve heard already playing at your local coffeehouse or fashion boutique and some you’ve never heard before.

Artist: Wild Ones

Twitter: @wildonestheband

Track: Dim The Lights

Portland based band ‘Wild Ones’ starts us off with a track that made topped many of our Music Supervisor’s lists of their favorite songs of the year. Daniel Sullivan’s gritty voice sounds like she’s walking the streets under the dim lights of […]

Featured Artist: Cosmo’s Midnight

Artist: Cosmo’s Midnight

Twitter: @cosmosmidnight

Track: Walk With Me

Cosmo and Patrick Liney are twins from Sydney that make up the production duo, Cosmo’s Midnight. Their name comes from Cosmo making a remix of a Lykke Li track “Little Bit” at midnight one evening. Their music is defined as instrumental, chill out and electronic, yet it fits into a lot of genre categories. Their new EP “Moments” is out now, so check it out!

Other tracks from Cosmo’s Midnight

The Top 20 Holiday Songs in Retail for 2015

Last week, we shared our list of the top holiday songs in retail for the first time. Culled from song playback data during this holiday season across our 400+ brands, this list of the Top 20 Holiday Songs Played in Retail is indicative of songs you’re most likely to hear while you’re out perusing the big sales, flipping through racks of sweaters, or sorting through piles of The Force Awakens merchandise.

For each of our clients, we develop a music strategy that’s based on a number of factors, including brand and marketing initiatives, target audiences, touch points, products and services, seasonality, and more. We then build playlists that align with these strategies, resulting in highly-tailored music programs that translate each brand’s identity into sound.

Classics, Covers and Co-Penned Originals

When it comes to holiday music, classics and covers always tend to reign supreme, so first off I have to say “congrats” to Kelly Clarkson for another American Idol first: co-penning one of the only original, contemporary songs on the list of […]

Featured Artist: Jane Weaver

Artist: Jane Weaver

Twitter: @JaneLWeaver

Track: I Need A Connection

Jane Weaver is a transformed woman. After years as a folky, slightly leftfield singer songwriter, her new LP, Silver Globe, sees her taking a full-scale leap into the cosmic void of contemporary space rock, and it’s fantastic. Working as an omnipresent pop figure in her genuinely independent micro-industry Jane Weaver is an example of a passionate and resilient Northern female artist who re-creates, re-invents and refreshes where many others come and go.

Other tracks from Jane Weaver

Featured Artist: Natalia LaFourcade

Artist: Natalia LaFourcade

Twitter: @lafourcade

Track: Hasta La Raiz

 

Mexican born Natalia LaFourcade has been making music since the late 90’s when she was part of the trio girl band called ‘Twist’. She then decided to go solo at the tender age of 17 releasing her first album in 2003 simply titled Natalia LaFourcade. She has since released 4 other albums, but her biggest breakthrough came with her much acclaimed and personal album to date ‘Hasta La Raiz’ that garnered 6 Latin Grammy nominations and 5 wins including Record of the Year, and Song of the Year for her song ‘Hasta La Raiz’ off the same album. Look for more to come from this amazing singer song-writer from Veracruz.

Other tracks from Natalia LaFourcade