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Music is Therapeutic


The music industry has been crucial to Americans this past year. Ranging from record-breaking numbers to involvement in social justice movements illustrates just how interesting 2020 got.

During the summer of 2020, thousands of people gathered, protesting against police brutality and racial equality. Freshman Ethan Howard said hip-hop was the most influential music genre this year because of the Black Lives Matter movement during the summer and rappers voicing their opinions.

Ranging from popular singer and songwriter Halsey to rapper and entertainer Snoop Dogg, the music industry has been very clear on where they stand on social justice matters.  Halsey, Harry Styles, and Ariana Grande, all of which protested in Los Angeles, California, are examples of music artists who used their platforms to spread awareness.

Rapper J Cole released the song “Snow on Tha Bluff,” on June 16, 2020, detailing his views on the BLM movement and the figures involved in it.  Popular young rapper Lil Baby also released a song called “The Bigger Picture,” which detailed his views as well. “It’s bigger than black and white, it’s a problem with the whole way of life,” is a quote from the song that gained 4 billion streams and was elected for two Grammy Awards in 2020.Lil Baby - The Bigger Picture (Official Music Video) - YouTube

The music industry also experienced record-breaking numbers this year. The most talked-about one is The Weekend’s “Blinding Lights” spending the most weeks at #1 on Radio Songs Chart. The song was #1  for four weeks while spending 28 weeks in the top 5, according to billboard.com. I think people have been longing for simpler times and a nostalgic escape,” Will Calder, director of branding and programming for Cox Media Group Pop Songs reporters WPOI Tampa and WPYO Orlando, recently mused to Billboard. “‘Blinding Lights’ is 2020’s answer to a-ha’s 1985 Hot 100 No. 1’Take on Me.’ It stands out because it’s different, but also familiar. And, most importantly, it just makes you feel good.”

 Rapper Juice WRLD’s first posthumous album “Legends Never Die” was and is alive and well on the music charts. The 21-track album set several records when it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. With 497,000 equivalent albums sold, based on digital sales and streams, “Legends Never Die” marks the biggest posthumous debut in 23 years since Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. posthumously released albums in 1997, according to USA Today’s article titled “Juice WRLD’s posthumous album ‘Legends Never Die’ sets Billboard chart records.”

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With the re-release of Goats Head Soup,  The Rolling Stones now have had 13 albums at the number one position in the U.K., with only the Beetles having more. Not surprisingly, people have been listening to more music during 2020 because of the COVID pandemic. In the first quarter of 2020, online music subscription revenues increased by 70.0% year-over-year. The number of online music-paying users reached 42.7 million, a year-over-year increase of 50.4%, according to Tsai Chun Pan, Group Vice President, TME Content Cooperation Department.

Greenway Teacher and coach Scott Giddings said, ” I probably listen to music a little more this year to relieve the frustrations of all the sadness, negativity and changes going on in the world.” With the absence and cancellation of concerts, virtual concerts have become more relevant.

“I usually don’t go to concerts.  In my life, I have only gone to two of them and it happened within a year.  So, I bought tickets to see Maroon 5 in May and it got canceled.  To this day, I have not seen a refund, nor have they scheduled another concert,” Greenway Teacher Claudia Vera said.

Post Malone, Maroon 5, Bad  Bunny, and many other music artists, bands, etc. have had virtual concerts with great success.  Most music award shows were hosted virtually as well this year.

Watch CBS This Morning: Saturday: Music company revolutionizes virtual concerts - Full show on CBS All Access

With this year being so crazy,  a lot of people just want to sit down and listen to their favorite music genre. “I like pop for the most part just because that’s what my family likes so we all listen to it. I don’t think it’s better than another genre. All genres are pretty alright. However, country sometimes gets on my nerves,” Freshman Lily Oiegar said.

“I think my favorite music genre would be pop music or more instrumental pieces. I feel like when a good tempo or chorus comes on, it helps make the piece memorable to me and more enjoyable. I think all genres are nice to listen to, although I don’t listen to Country as much,” Senior Conner Valerio said.

Based on these two quotes, it is clear that country music isn’t very popular among younger people.“I feel like country is the worst music genre because I feel like there is no meaning to it or no message in the music,” Freshman Ethan Howard said.

There’s no doubt that music has played a huge part in making this year. “Music influences people’s moods so I think it is very important to help people cope with all the changes this year. It’s an escape and a tie to happier memories. That outlet can keep you sane, so I hope people are finding comfort in listening and rocking out!” Greenway Teacher Candice Nelson said.