The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 12, 2017. The CBS network broadcast the show live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, which runs from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. James Corden hosted the ceremony for the first time
"Hello" is a song by English singer Adele. It was released on 23 October 2015 by XL Recordings as the lead single from her third studio album, 25 (2015). Adele co-wrote the song with her producer, Greg Kurstin.
"Hello" reached number one in almost every country it charted in, including the United Kingdom, where it became her second UK number-one single, following "Someone like You", and has the largest opening week sales in three years. In the United States, "Hello" debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Adele's fourth number-one on the chart and breaking several records, including becoming the first song to sell over a million digital copies in a week. By the end of 2015, it had sold 12.3 million units globally (combined sales and track-equivalent streams) and was the year's 7th best-selling single
"Formation" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her sixth studio album Lemonade (2016). It was written by Khalif Brown, Jordan Frost, Asheton Hogan, Mike Will Made It and Beyoncé and produced by the latter two alongside Pluss. It served as the album's lead single, released on February 6, 2016 through Parkwood Entertainment.
"7 Years" is a song by Danish soul-pop band Lukas Graham from their second studio album, Lukas Graham. The song was released as a digital download on 18 September 2015 by Copenhagen Records.
It topped the charts in Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, and Canada, while reaching the top ten in other European countries, as well as the United States. The song was written by Lukas Forchammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Ristorp, and Morten "Pilo" Pilegaard. It was produced by Stefan Forrest and Morten Ristorp under their stage name Future Animals, and Pilegaard.
"Work" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her eighth studio album, Anti (2016), featuring Canadian rapper Drake, the song was released as the lead single from Anti on January 27, 2016.
The song was written by PartyNextDoor, Drake, Rihanna, Monte Moir, Rupert "Sevn" Thomas, Allen Ritter and Matthew Samuels, and was produced by Boi-1da, Sevn Thomas, Ritter, Kuk Harrell and Noah "40" Shebib.
"Stressed Out" is a song written and recorded by American musical duo Twenty One Pilots, for their fourth studio album, Blurryface (2015). Written by Tyler Joseph and produced by Mike Elizondo, the lyrics discuss the harsh end of adolescence and the transition to adulthood. The song was released as a promotional single on April 28, 2015 on the Google Play Store and Amazon and was issued to top 40 radio stations as the albums fourth official single on November 10.
"Stressed Out" was a sleeper hit that reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number one on Hot Rock Songs and Mainstream Top 40. It is tied with "Heathens" as the duo's highest ranking single to date. As of December 2016, it has sold over 2.4 million copies in the US.
"I Took a Pill in Ibiza" is a song by American singer Mike Posner. The song, originally acoustic guitar-based, was remixed by the Norwegian duo SeeB and released in the United States on July 24, 2015, digitally as a single from Posner's second EP, The Truth as well as the lead single from his second studio album, At Night, Alone..
The SeeB remix reached the top ten of the charts in twenty seven countries, including number one in Belgium, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. In the latter country, the song remained at the top of the charts for four weeks. It has achieved high chart positions in Posner's native United States, where it reached number one on both the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart and the Billboard Pop Songs chart It also peaked at number four on the main chart Billboard Hot 100. The song became Posner's biggest single, outperforming his debut, "Cooler than Me" (2010)
"Love Yourself" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Justin Bieber for his fourth studio album Purpose (2015). The song was released first as a promotional single on November 9, 2015, and later was released as the album's third single. It was written by Ed Sheeran, Benny Blanco and Bieber, and produced by Blanco.
On the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, the song became Bieber's third consecutive number-one, where in the United States it spent 24 non consecutive weeks in the top ten (later named the best-performing single of 2016) and was also Bieber's first number one on the Adult Contemporary chart, while in the United Kingdom it spent six weeks at the top. "Love Yourself" topped the charts in fifteen countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden. It was the 7th best selling song of 2016 in the US.
"Hold Up" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her sixth studio album, Lemonade (2016). The song was serviced to rhythmic radios in the United States on August 16, 2016 as the third single from the album. It was written by Diplo, Ezra Koenig, Beyoncé, Emile Haynie, Joshua Tillman, MNEK and Sean "Melo-X" Rhoden.
"Piece by Piece" is a song by American singer Kelly Clarkson taken from her seventh studio album of the same name. She co-wrote the track with its producer Greg Kurstin.
The combined versions of "Piece by Piece" allowed the song to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number eight, becoming Clarkson's eleventh top ten hit and tying itself with "Never Again" (2007) as her highest debut on the chart. The track also attained the top position on three Billboard charts—primarily the Billboard Digital Songs chart, earning Clarkson her 100th Billboard number-one hit—a milestone in her musical career. Overseas, "Piece by Piece" became a top 40 hit in the music charts of Australia, Canada, and Scotland.
"Dangerous Woman" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande, serving as the lead single for her third studio album of the same name (2016). It was co-written and produced by Johan Carlsson and Ross Golan, with additional writing from Max Martin.
With "Dangerous Woman" debuting at number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100, Grande became the first artist to reach the top ten of the chart in the opening charting week with every lead single of her three studio albums. Furthermore, the recording became her fifth single to debut within the top ten in the United States, later peaking at number eight in its eleventh week.
Big Day in a Small Town is the second studio album by American country music artist Brandy Clark. It was released on June 10, 2016, through Warner Bros. Records.
"Vice" is a song recorded by American country music artist Miranda Lambert. It was released to radio on July 18, 2016, as the lead single from Lambert's sixth studio album, The Weight of These Wings (2016). The song was written by Lambert, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally. "Vice" debuted at number two on the Hot Country Songs chart in August 2016. It was ranked at number 31 on Rolling Stone’s "50 Best Songs of 2016" list.
"My Church" is a song by American country music singer Maren Morris. It was released in January 2016 as her debut single and serves as the lead single from her album, Hero. Morris co-wrote and co-produced the song with busbee.
"Church Bells" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Carrie Underwood from her fifth studio album, Storyteller. The song was written by Zach Crowell, Brett James, and Hillary Lindsey, with production from Mark Bright, and was released as the third single from the album in the United States, being shipped to radio on April 3, 2016, and had an official impact date of April 11, 2016.
"Church Bells" topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart, becoming Underwood's 15th leader on that chart and thereby extending her record as the female artist with most number-ones in history of that chart. It is her second number one from Storyteller on the Country Airplay chart. Underwood became the first woman in 2016 to have two number-ones on the chart. The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 3, 2016.
"Blue Ain't Your Color" is a song recorded by Australian country music singer Keith Urban and written by Steven Lee Olsen, Hillary Lindsey and Clint Lagerberg. It was released on 8 August 2016 as the fourth single from his ninth studio album, Ripcord, through Hit Red and Capitol Nashville. The song was produced by Dann Huff.
The song became a big commercial and chart success. In the United States, it topped the Hot Country Songs chart for twelve straight weeks and also reached number 24 on the Hot 100. It also reached number one on the Country Airplay chart.
"Different for Girls" is a song recorded by American country music artist Dierks Bentley. It features American singer and songwriter Elle King and was released to country radio on June 6, 2016, as the second single from Bentley's eighth studio album, Black (2016). The song was written by Shane McAnally and J. T. Harding.
"Different for Girls" gave Bentley his fifteenth number-one hit on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and his fifth top 5 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at number 3. It also charted at number 42 on the Hot 100. The song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold 436,000 copies in the United States as of November 2016. It received similar chart success in Canada, giving Bentley his second number-one hit on the Country chart and peaking within the top 50 of the Canadian Hot 100 at number 49.
21 Summer" is a song by American country music duo Brothers Osborne. The song was released in February 2016 as the duo's fourth single overall. Duo members John and T.J. Osborne co-wrote the song with Craig Wiseman.
The song peaked at No. 25 on the Hot Country Songs chart and No. 24 on Country Airplay. It has sold 138,000 copies in the United States as of November 2016.
"Setting the World on Fire" is a song written by Ross Copperman, Matt Jenkins, and Josh Osborne and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney, featuring American singer Pink. It was released to country radio on July 28, 2016 and to digital retailers the following day as the second single from Chesney's seventeenth studio album, Cosmic Hallelujah. It was also promoted to adult and pop radio on September 12, 2016.
"Setting the World on Fire" debuted at number 26 on the ARIA Charts, becoming Chesney's first ever song to chart in Australia.
In Canada, the song debuted at number 47 on the Canada Country chart and has reached number 3 and debuted at number 67 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and peaked at number 50.
In the United States, the song sold 93,000 copies in its first week, marking Chesney's biggest sales week for a single, surpassing the previous best sales week of his 2012 song "Feel Like a Rock Star". It was the second best-selling song for the week of August 20, 2016. It concurrently debuted at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Kenny's twenty-fifth top 40 hit on the all-genre chart. It also rose from number 43 to number two on Hot Country Songs chart. On the Country Airplay chart, it debuted at number 22 and has reached number 1. "Setting the World on Fire" debuted at number 35 on the Adult Pop Songs chart dated October 8, 2016 and is Chesney's first entry on the chart.
As of January 2017, it has sold 624,000 copies in the United States.
In September 2016, the American cappella group, Pentatonix released a cover of the song with Dolly Parton herself as feature artist.
"Think of You" is a song recorded by American country music singers Chris Young and Cassadee Pope. It was released to radio on January 25, 2016 as the second single from Young's fifth studio album, I'm Comin' Over (2015).
"Think of You" debuted at number 37 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart dated November 14, 2015 following the song's digital release. The song sold 11,000 units in its first week of availability and entered the Country Digital Songs component chart at number 14. It entered the magazine's Country Airplay chart dated January 16, 2016 at number 58 upon its release as a single. The song has sold 513,000 copies in the US as of November 2016.
"Die a Happy Man" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Thomas Rhett. It was released on September 28, 2015 by Valory Music Group as the second single from his second studio album, Tangled Up. Rhett wrote the song with Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur.
On the week of its release, the song debuted at number 17 on the Hot Country Songs chart, number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 41 on the Country Airplay chart, with 40,000 copies sold for the week. The second week, it rose to number 30 on the Country Airplay chart, and sold 33,000 copies. It reached number one on the Country Digital Songs chart in its third week, selling 39,000 copies. It topped the Hot Country Songs chart in its sixth week,and then topped the Country Airplay chart in January 2016, staying at number one on all three country charts simultaneously for multiple weeks. On the Country Airplay chart for the week of January 30, 2016, the song logged its fifth consecutive week at number one, making it the first song to spend more than four weeks at number one since Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" stayed at the top for five weeks in 2009, and the first song by a solo male artist to spend five weeks at the top since Kenny Chesney's "Never Wanted Nothing More" in August 2007.The following week, it topped the Country Airplay chart for a sixth week, becoming the first song to spend six weeks at number one since Taylor Swift's "Our Song" in December 2007 – January 2008. It peaked at number 21 on the Hot 100 for the week of January 2, 2016.
The single was certified 2x Platinum on May 18, 2016. The single reached the one million download sales in February 2016. As of January 2017, "Die a Happy Man" had sold 1,758,000 downloads.
"Humble and Kind" is a song performed by American country music artist Tim McGraw and written by Lori McKenna. It was released on January 20, 2016, as the second single from McGraw's 14th studio album Damn Country Music.
The song has been certified platinum and has reached the number one position on the country music charts in both Canada and the United States.
25 is the third studio album by British singer and songwriter Adele. It was released on 20 November 2015, through XL Recordings.
5 received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended Adele's vocal performance and the album's production. The album was a massive commercial success, debuting at number one in more than 25 markets and broke first-week sales records in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom and United States; in the US, the album sold 3.38 million copies in its first week of release, marking the largest single-week sales for an album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. 25 eventually became the world's best-selling album of 2015 with 17.4 million copies sold within the year and has sold 20 million copies as of June 2016, making it one of the best selling albums worldwide.
Following 21, it was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of ten million copies in the United States, making Adele the only artist of the 2010s to achieve this certification with two albums.
Lemonade is the sixth studio album by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé. It was released on April 23, 2016, by Parkwood Entertainment and distributed through Columbia Records.
Lemonade debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 485,000 copies in its first week (653,000 with additional album-equivalent units), and earning Beyoncé her sixth consecutive number-one album in the country.
As of December 2016, it has sold 1.52 million copies in the US, making it the country's third-best-selling album of the year.
Purpose is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber. It was released on November 13, 2015, by Def Jam Recordings and School Boy Records.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 522,000 copies in its first week of release, giving Bieber the largest first-week sales of his career and his sixth number-one album in the United States. Elsewhere, it reached the top of the charts in other eleven countries.
According to the IFPI, Purpose was the fourth best-selling album of 2015 with worldwide sales of 3.1 million copies.
Views is the fourth studio album by Canadian rapper Drake. It was released on April 29, 2016, by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records.
It spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200. Views became the first album to accumulate one-billion streams on Apple Music. On December 1, 2016, Views was certified four-time platinum. As of January 2017, Views sold 1.61 million recognized copies and a total of 4.14 million album-equivalent units in the United States.
A Sailor's Guide to Earth is the third studio album by American country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson. It was announced on March 3, 2016, with the release of the single "Brace for Impact (Live a Little)". The album was released on April 15, 2016.
The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, selling 52,000 copies (55,000 units when tracks and streams are included) in its first week. The album sold a further 13,400 copies in the second week.The album has sold 145,600 copies in the US as of December 2016.
Kelsea Nicole Ballerini is an American country pop singer-songwriter. She is signed to Black River Entertainment, and released her first album The First Time in 2015.
The Chainsmokers are an American DJ duo consisting of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall.
The duo had a top twenty single in several countries with their 2014 song "#Selfie", reaching number sixteen on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number three in Australia, and number eleven in the United Kingdom. They released their debut EP, Bouquet, in October 2015. Their following single "Roses" reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, while "Don't Let Me Down" became their first top 5 single. "Closer", featuring vocals from Halsey, became their first number-one single on the chart.
Chancelor Johnathan Bennet, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain recognition following the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap. Apart from his solo career, he is also a member of the Chicago collective Save Money (along with frequent collaborator Vic Mensa), and has worked as the lead vocalist for the band The Social Experiment. They released the widely lauded album Surf in May 2015.
Maren Larae Morris is an American country singer, songwriter, and record producer. She has released four studio albums. Her 2015 extended play, Maren Morris, charted on two Billboard charts. Her first major label album, Hero, hit #5 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on Top Country Albums.
Her debut single, "My Church", hit #1 on the Country Digital Songs chart in 2016 and reached Top 5 on the US Hot Country chart. Maren Morris is the reigning 2016 CMA New Artist of the Year.
Brandon Paak Anderson (born February 8, 1986), known professionally as Anderson Paak (stylized as Anderson .Paak), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, drummer, and record producer from Ventura County, California. He released his debut album, O.B.E. Vol. 1 in 2012, under the pseudonym Breezy Lovejoy. He went on to release Venice in 2014, under his current monike. Paak followed with Malibu, in 2016.
Confident is the fifth studio album by American singer Demi Lovato. It was released on October 16, 2015, by Hollywood, Island and Safehouse Records.
Following its release, the album debuted at number one in Canada, while reaching the top 10 in fifteen other countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States.
This Is Acting is the seventh studio album by Australian singer and songwriter Sia. It was released on 29 January 2016 by Inertia, Monkey Puzzle and RCA.
The album debuted at number one in Australia, and also reached number four on the US Billboard 200, selling 81,000 album equivalent units in its first week—of which 68,000 were from pure album sales, becoming Sia's highest first week sales in the country. The album has sold over 1.36 million copies worldwide.
Skin is the second studio album by Australian electronic musician Flume.
It debuted at number one on the Australian Albums Chart, also peaking at number eight on the Billboard 200. The album gained international recognition from the album's first single, "Never Be like You", which was nominated for Best Dance Recording.
Electronica 1: The Time Machine is the seventeenth studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, released on 16 October 2015 by Columbia Records.
Epoch is the fourth studio album by electronic artist Tycho. It was released on September 30, 2016 on Ghostly Internationa.The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Charts.
Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future (stylised as Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future) is the ninth studio album by British electronic group Underworld, released on 18 March 2016. It is the band's first studio album since Barking in 2010. Barbara Barbara received widespread critical acclaim upon its release and placed in several international charts.
Louie Vega Starring...XXVIII is an album by Louie Vega, released on February 26, 2016 by Vega Records.
Ology is the debut studio album by American singer Gallant. It was released on April 6, 2016, by Mind of a Genius Records and Warner Bros. Records.
We Are King is the acclaimed debut album by R&B trio King, released on February 5, 2016. Upon its release, We Are KING appeared 6 times in the Billboard charts for 1st week sales: #1 on the Heatseekers Chart, #7 for Independent Albums, #8 for R&B, #20 for Top Hip-Hop/R&B, #78 for Top Album Sales, and #158 in the Top 200.
Anti is the eighth studio album by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released on January 28, 2016, through Westbury Road and Roc Nation.
The album was released to positive reviews from music critics and numerous publications included it on their list of Best Albums of 2016. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200, moving 166,000 equivalent-album units in its first full-tracking week, and after two days of its release was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as a result of Samsung purchasing one million copies of the album in advance that were then given away as a free download. It was promoted with four singles, including the single "Work", featuring Canadian rapper Drake, which peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 becoming Rihanna's fourteenth number one song on the chart.
Big Day in a Small Town is the second studio album by American country music artist Brandy Clark. It was released on June 10, 2016, through Warner Bros. Records.
Full Circle is an album by Loretta Lynn, released in 2016 and produced by Lynn's daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. The recording became Lynn's 40th album to make the top ten of the Billboard Country Albums chart and her album career peak on the pop Billboard 200, debuting at number 19.
Hero is the major label debut studio album by American singer Maren Morris, released on June 3, 2016, through Columbia Nashville. It marks Morris' first release on a major label and her fourth overall. The album debuted and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart
Ripcord is the ninth studio album by New Zealand-born Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was released on 6 May 2016, through Hit Red and Capitol Nashville.
Coming Home is the debut studio album by American gospel and soul singer Leon Bridges, it was released on June 23, 2015, under Columbia Records. The album was written by Leon Bridges, Austin Michael Jenkins, Joshua Block, Chris Vivion and produced by Niles City Sound.
"Up&Up" is a song by British rock band Coldplay from their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams (2015). It was released as the third single of the record on 22 April 2016 by Parlophone. A music video for the track was released on 16 May 2016.
In Colour is the debut studio album by English producer Jamie xx, released on 29 May 2015 by Young Turks.
It debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart, selling 19,255 copies in its first week. In the United States, the album entered the Billboard 200 at number 21 and topped the Dance/Electronic Albums, with first-week sales of 19,000 copies.
On 27 April 2015, a music video for "Gosh" was released.
"Upside Down & Inside Out" is a song by American rock band OK Go. It was released as a single from their fourth studio album, Hungry Ghosts.
The band released a video for the song on February 11, 2016 that featured the members in a zero gravity environment created via flight in a reduced gravity aircraft. They produced the video with support from the Russian S7 Airlines.
The first made-for-cinema concert movie from the stage of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN featuring performances and behind the scenes views of music artists Brad Paisley, Brett Shelton, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry and Brett Eldredge.
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, directed by Justin Krook, is a heart-pumping yet heart-wrenching documentary about one of the most eminent DJs working today: Steve Aoki. In the lead-up to Aoki's biggest show of his career, this introspective doc examines the driving force behind his passion.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years is a 2016 documentary film directed by Ron Howard about The Beatles' career during their touring years from 1962 to 1966, from their performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final concert in San Francisco in 1966.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and other international artists of The Silk Road Project discuss their philosophies on music and culture.
Celtic Woman: Destiny is the tenth studio album by the group Celtic Woman. This is Celtic Woman's first album to feature their newest members Mairead Carlin and Éabha McMahon.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a South African male choral group that sings in the vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube. They rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his 1986 album Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including four Grammy Awards. They were formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960 and later became one of South Africa's most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honors. The group has now become a mobile academy, teaching people about South Africa and its culture.
Anoushka Shankar is an Indian sitar player and composer.
Land of Gold is her eighth studio album.
David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley is a Jamaican musician and leader of the band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, and the son of reggae icon Bob Marley.
"Freedom" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé featuring American rapper Kendrick Lamar for her sixth studio album, Lemonade (2016).
Upon its release, "Freedom" managed to appear on various music charts. It peaked at number 35 in the US, on the Billboard Hot 100 and 40 in the UK.
"Hotline Bling" is a song by Canadian Toronto-based rapper Drake, which serves as the lead single from his fourth studio album Views.
"Hotline Bling" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Drake's highest-charting single in the United States (tying with "Best I Ever Had" in 2009), until "One Dance" reached number-one in 2016. "Hotline Bling" also reached number three in Canada and the United Kingdom. The song won the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song at the 2016 American Music Awards.
"Broccoli" is a single by American hip hop recording artist D.R.A.M. The song features American rapper Lil Yachty. It was released on April 6, 2016 by Atlantic Records and Empire Distribution. It is the lead single from D.R.A.M.'s debut studio album Big Baby D.R.A.M.. It was produced by J Gramm, Rogét Chahayed and Karl Rubin. The song was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on September 23, 2016, for combined sales and streaming-equivalent points of 2 million units in the United States.
The Life of Pablo is the seventh studio album by American rapper Kanye West. It was released on February 14, 2016, by GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings.
"Famous" is a song by American rapper Kanye West. It serves as the lead single from his seventh studio album The Life of Pablo (2016). The song features vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna and ad-libs from American hip hop artist Swizz Beatz, and enlists samples of Jamaican singer Sister Nancy and American singer Nina Simone. The single was serviced to US urban and rhythmic radio stations on April 1, 2016.
"All the Way Up" is a song by American rappers Fat Joe and Remy Ma, featuring American rappers French Montana and Infared. It was released on March 2, 2016 by RNG (Rap's New Generation) and EMPIRE, as the first single from their upcoming collaborative album Plata O Plomo. The song was produced by Edsclusive and Cool & Dre and recorded at Diamond District Studios in New York City, New York.
"No Problem" is a single by American hip hop recording artist Chance the Rapper featuring American rappers Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. It was released on May 26, 2016 as the second single from his third mixtape Coloring Book. The track was produced by Brasstracks.
Billboard ranked "No Problem" at number 13 on their "100 Best Pop Songs of 2016" list. Pitchfork listed "No Problem" on their ranking of the 100 best songs of 2016 at number 12. In the annual Village Voice's Pazz & Jop mass critics poll of the year's best in music in 2016, "No Problem" was ranked at number 11.
Smoove Jones is the seventh studio album by American recording artist Mýa Harrison. It was released exclusively through Apple Music and iTunes on February 14, 2016 by Planet 9, Harrison's label, while physical copies were made available for purchase through the singer's official website.
Healing Season is the ninth studio album, and the first Christmas album, by American R&B band Mint Condition.
Velvet Portraits is an album by producer and musician Terrace Martin, released on April 1, 2016.
Lalah Hathaway Live is the sixth overall album from singer Lalah Hathaway. It debuted at number 33 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 15,000 copies in its first week.
In My Mind is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter BJ the Chicago Kid. The album, which serves as his major label debut, was released by Motown, on February 19, 2016.
Ro James is an American singer-songwriter. He is best known for his single "Permission", which reached number 37 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
"Needed Me" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer and songwriter Rihanna from her eighth studio album, Anti (2016). It was written by Rihanna, Brittany Hazard, Charles Hinshaw and Derrus Rachel together with its producer DJ Mustard and its co-producers Twice as Nice and Frank Dukes. The song was serviced to the urban radio stations on March 30, 2016, as a follow up single from Anti together with "Kiss It Better".
In the United States, the song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Rihanna's 29th top 10 single on the chart, spending sixteen weeks in the top ten and later becoming the singer's longest-charting hit.
"Cranes in the Sky" is a song by American singer and songwriter Solange. Released on October 5, 2016 by Saint Records and Columbia Records, it is the first single from Solange's third album, A Seat at the Table. The song was written by Raphael Saadiq and Solange, and produced by Sir Dylan along with Saadiq and Solange.
Following its release, "Cranes in the Sky" debuted at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100.
California is the seventh studio album by American rock band Blink-182, released on July 1, 2016 through BMG. The album debuted at number one in the US and several other countries, and was the group's first domestic chart-topper in 15 years, and their first ever in the UK. In addition, its lead single, "Bored to Death", became the group's first number one single on any chart in a decade.
Tell Me I'm Pretty is the fourth studio album by American rock band Cage the Elephant. It was released on December 18, 2015, and was announced online on October 5, 2015.
Magma is the sixth studio album from French metal band Gojira. The album was released on 17 June 2016 through Roadrunner Records.
The album sold almost 17,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States, charting at number 24 on the Billboard 200, making Magma the band's highest sales and chart debut to date.
Death of a Bachelor is the fifth studio album by American rock band Panic! at the Disco, released January 15, 2016 on Fueled by Ramen and DCD2. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, with 190,000 album units, earning the band its best sales week and first number one album.
Weezer, also known as The White Album, is the tenth studio album by American rock band Weezer, released on April 1, 2016. The album marks their fourth self-titled release and their first produced by Jake Sinclair. It is the first release through Crush Music and was distributed by Atlantic Records.
Alabama Shakes is an American blues rock band formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009.
"Don't Hurt Yourself" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her sixth studio album, Lemonade. The song was produced by Jack White, Beyoncé and Derek Dixie, and written by White, Beyoncé, and Diana Gordon.
Billboard ranked "Don't Hurt Yourself" at number 61 on their "Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016" list.
Blackstar is a song by English rock musician David Bowie. It was released as the lead single from his twenty-fifth and final studio album of the same name on 19 November 2015. "Blackstar" peaked at number 61 on the UK Singles Chart, number 70 on the French Singles Chart and number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Heathens" is a song written and recorded by American musical duo Twenty One Pilots, released as the lead single for the motion picture soundtrack for the film Suicide Squad (2016) on June 16, 2016, through Atlantic Records and Warner Bros. Records. The song was written by Tyler Joseph and produced by him along with Mike Elizondo. "Heathens" peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, tying with "Stressed Out" for the duo's highest ranking single to date.
"Rotting in Vain" is a song by American nu metal band Korn. Written by the band and produced by Nick Raskulinecz, it was featured on the band's 2016 twelfth studio album The Serenity of Suffering. The song was also released as the lead single from the album on July 22, 2016, reaching number 4 on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart and number 26 on the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart.
Dystopia is the fifteenth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. It was released on frontman and guitarist Dave Mustaine's Tradecraft label via Universal on January 22, 2016. The album was produced by Mustaine and Chris Rakestraw and features cover artwork by Brent Elliot White.
The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, making Dystopia the band's second highest charting album in the U.S. after Countdown to Extinction, which peaked at number two in 1992.