Top 5 Albums of 2013
It has been a long and eventful year for music in 2013. Pretty much the who’s who of popular music has dropped some sort of effort whether it be a Mixtape, EP or full length Album. From the triumphant return of Eminem once again to Beyoncé blindsiding the industry with her unexpected opus Beyoncé and her husband demonstrating new rules with his opus the Magna Carta Holy Grail. The joyous week in June where Kanye & J. Cole went head to head, Wale followed suit with his effort The Gifted. We waited seven long years for Justin Timberlake’s follow up to the epic FutureSex/LoveSounds and we got Part I & II to The 20/20 Experience. Somewhere along the way Miley twerked all the way to the top of the charts with two smash hits and a #1 Album and surprisingly Rihanna didn’t release a new album of brand new material breaking her run of four successive albums in four successive years!
It was an even better year for music in the UK with Rudimental, Disclosure & AlunaGeorge breaking through with critically and commercially successful debut LPs, the latter two combining for quite possibly the hottest track of the year in my honest opinion. Drop white noise even now and still bangs like the first time I heard it. Emelie Sande continued her amazing run into 2013 with up until yesterday Our Version of Events was the biggest selling LP of this year as well as 2012. An estimated 2.07 million copies sold (blame 1D) UK Producer Naughty Boy stepped from behind the mixing desk and gave us Hotel Cabana with the smash La La La featuring Sam Smith (2014 watch out for him)
Pharrell probably had the biggest year of his professional life since 2002/3 when he was literally on everything. The two biggest tracks this year, Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines & Daft Punk’s Get Lucky featured him on the hook and on production, he also scored his first UK #1 with Happy.
Now down to business, here is Ted’s top 5 Albums of the year in NO particular order:
1. Disclosure – Settle
2. AlunaGeorge – AlunaGeorge
3. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
4. Drake – Nothing Was The Same
5. J. Cole – Born Sinner