GUEST LIST WEEK
GLW 017: MIKE BRAND
GLW 018: Carl Anderson
Choosing the best former Fifth Harmony member who had a great duet and single this year was a challenge. Normani’s hit, "Motivation" is a perfect throwback and her duet with Sam Smith was also v good. On the other hand Camila’s duet with Shawn Mendes, "Senorita," was the most streamed song of the summer, but her solo work has struggled ("Cry For Me" is great tho). Normani takes the crown this year.
Another general winner this year? Spooky music. Across Billie Eilish, Kim Petras, 5 Seconds of Summer, Bishop Briggs, and Hayley Kiyoko we had a surprising variety of halloween appropriate bops.
However, as a whole, there is one clear winner for the year. 2019 was the year of Ariana Grande. "thank u, next" at the end of 2018 set her up, and then with "7 rings" and her album she solidified her place in the pop pantheon. Closing out the year with her live album was her victory lap.
Some other gentler narratives:
- For the second time Katy Perry has released an amazing lead single off a new album, and then fumbled it with the follow ups.
- Dua Lipa still feels like she could really hit but hasn’t quite made it to the top tier of divas yet.
- Self Love is also having a moment with MUNA’s "Number One Fan" and Lizzo’s "Soulmate"