Carly and Compton climb the charts
By Cazzy Lewchuk, Staff Writer
In an era where streaming and MP3 sales of single tracks and EPs account for most music earnings, the album concept—a large compilation of songs with shared sound and/or themes—has been abandoned to an extent. However, albums continue to rise on the charts and sell well both in digital and physical form. This summer saw music of all genres bought by consumers of all ages, leading to what some may argue is a revival of the album medium. Now, let’s break down a few of the biggest-selling albums of 2015.
Compton by Dr. Dre
Successful rapper, producer, and media mogul Dr. Dre follows up his last studio album 2001 with Compton, his first album in 16 years. Subtitled A Soundtrack, the album was inspired by and recorded during the filming of the hit movie Straight Outta Compton, a biographical film focusing on Dre’s former rap group N.W.A. This album is very collaborative in nature, featuring some of the biggest names in rap, including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar. Compton has hit number one on the Billboard Charts for many countries, including Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia, making it arguably the biggest album of the year. Dr. Dre has reclaimed the rap game in what may likely be his final release.
E•MO•TION by Carly Rae Jepsen
British Columbia’s very own Carly Rae Jepsen is back with her third studio album, featuring her hit singles “I Really Like You” and “Run Away With Me.” After a brief stint on Broadway following her ultra-successful pop hit “Call Me Maybe,” Carly’s new release has been critically acclaimed as even better than her last album, Kiss. Practically every single one of the 12 tracks is catchy and euphoric, and the album features an ‘80s influence that many of today’s pop artists could only dream of. Carly’s back and we really, really, really, really like her.
Kill the Lights by Luke Bryan
No matter the changing tastes on the radio, all-country stations and dedicated fan bases—particularly in southern and rural areas—ensure there will always be a market for the country genre. What matters is that country artists stand out, and Luke Bryan has proven himself once again with his August release Kill the Lights. Exciting and upbeat tracks like the lead single “Kick the Dust Up,” combined with Luke’s rugged good looks and charm, have made this bro-country record one of the biggest sellers of 2015. Whether in a bar, NASCAR race, or simply a party in a cornfield, every track on Kill the Lights will have the folks dancing and the beer flowing.
Beneath the Skin by Of Monsters and Men
Emerging from the small country of Iceland almost overnight and landing on alternative radio stations and movie soundtracks everywhere, Of Monsters and Men are back for their second studio album. Beneath the Skin takes the band in an exciting new musical direction, slightly more mellow and complex than their previous release, My Head Is an Animal. Their latest album has led to even more radio singles for the group, and every song on it features its own merit and beauty. Of Monsters and Men have toured consistently worldwide since their 2011 debut album, and this new release only leads to more anticipation for their next tour and album.