Music of 2017

Joe Kottke, Editor-in-Chief

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  The 2017 music industry thrived with new faces, and some well known artists dominating the charts yet again. Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated “Reputation” became the best selling album of the year according to Rolling Stone, with over 1.2 million copies sold its first week.
  Behind Swift, Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” became Spotify’s most streamed album, with over one billion streams, according to Forbes. Sheeran also claimed the most streamed song internationally with “Shape of You,” while Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” was the most streamed song in the United States.
  Kendrick Lamar also topped the Top Billboard 200 Albums, which is based off of radio plays, sales data, and streaming data according to Billboard, with “DAMN.”
  Among others, new artists Khalid and SZA entered the chart for the first time, with Khalid’s platinum “American Teen” ranking 14, and SZA’s certified gold “CTRL” ranking 42.
  Both artists are nominated for best new artist at the 2018 Grammys along with Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, and Alessia Cara, according to the Recording Academy.
  Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars bring in the most Grammy Nominations, with Jay-Z capping off with eight, according to Billboard. Within the list, the top eight nominated are all people of color.
  Along with this, for the first time in nearly two decades the Grammy category of album of the year does not include white males, according to Huffington Post. Instead, Childish Gambino, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Lorde will be battling it out for the Grammy.
  With streaming availability decreasing profits from album sales, 2017 became a highly contested year of touring. Among the most grossing, U2’s 360 Degree tour ranked number one, grossing approximately $736 million according to Forbes. Following U2, The Rolling Stones grossed $558 million, and Coldplay grossed $523.