Best Albums Of The Year 2016 – Music Miami

by mery7777 on December 31, 2016

Despite the fact that 2016 has been a tumultuous year for musicians with the passing of some of music’s greatest icons – including Prince, David Bowie, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen and George Michael, this year major artists really went the length to satisfy their audiences, producing some of the best music in the past decade!   In all genres, 2016 gives us many excellence in music records worth listening to for generations to come.  There were so many outstanding compilations, that the list could have well exceeded the 100 mark.  If some of your favorites aren’t included, just know that listed are Music Miami favorites.  There are so many more valuable productions to listen to!  Feel free to comment and add your choices for the Best of 2016.   Que Viva La Musica & Happy New Year!

MAJOR KEY – Dj Khaled

Major Key (stylized as Major 🔑) is the ninth studio album by DJ Khaled. It was released on July 29, 2016, by Epic Records and We the Best Music Group. The album features guest appearances from Future, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Jay Z, Drake, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Betty Wright, J. Cole, Bryson Tiller, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Kodak Black, Jeezy, French Montana, YG, Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Jadakiss, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Kent Jones, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Meghan Trainor, Wiz Khalifa, Wale and Mavado.

The album produced four singles, “For Free”, “I Got the Keys”, “Holy Key” and “Do You Mind”. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November 2016 and, most recently, received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album.

LEMONADE – Beyonce

Lemonade is the sixth studio album by Beyoncé.  It features guest vocals from James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and Jack White. Lemonade debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 485,000 copies in its first week, earning Beyoncé her sixth consecutive number-one album in the country. The album was supported by six singles: “Formation”, “Sorry”, “Hold Up”, “Freedom” (featuring Kendrick Lamar), “Daddy Lessons” and “All Night”.

For the 59th Grammy Awards, Lemonade received 9 nominations, including Album of the Year, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Film. Its leading single “Formation” received nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Music Video.

The “Formation” Music Video features cameo appearances by Beyoncé’s lovely daughter, Blue Ivy.

ANTI – Rihanna

Anti is the eighth studio album by Rihanna. It was released on January 28, 2016, through Westbury Road and Roc Nation. As executive producer, Rihanna contributed to most of the album’s lyrics and collaborated with producers including Jeff Bhasker, Boi-1da, DJ Mustard, Hit-Boy, Brian Kennedy, Timbaland and No I.D. to achieve her desired sound of primarily Pop and R&B, with elements of dancehall and soul.

After two days of its release, ANTI was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  It was promoted with four singles, including the single “Work”, “Needed Me” and “Love On The Brain”.

STARBOY – The Weeknd

Starboy is the third studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter The Weeknd. It was released on November 25, 2016, by XO and Republic Records. The album features guest appearances from Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey, Future, and Kendrick Lamar. The album was supported by three singles: “Starboy” featuring Daft Punk, “I Feel It Coming” and “Party Monster”.

Starboy debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 209,000 copies in the first week. It also debuted at number one on Billboard’s Canadian Albums Chart.

VIEWS – Drake

Views is the fourth studio album by Drake. It was released on April 29, 2016, by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records.  The album contained elements of R&B, pop, hip hop and dancehall and was supported by five singles: “Hotline Bling” (bonus track), “One Dance” featuring Wizkid and Kyla, “Pop Style” featuring The Throne (Jay Z and Kanye West), “Controlla” and “Too Good” featuring Rihanna.

The album spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200.   As of December 2016, the album has sold 1.579 million copies.  In 2016 Views was certified 4× platinum and is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album at the 59th Grammy Awards. Additionally, “Hotline Bling” is nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song.

MC4 – French Montana

Released as a Mixtape, MC4 is French Montana’s latest album compilation.  It was scheduled to be released in October, 2016, by Coke Boys Records, Bad Boy Records and Epic Records. However, the album’s release was canceled after Target unofficially released the album on CD.  It is the fourth installment in the Mac & Cheese series, and was intended to be the first of the series to be released as an album. On November 5, 2016, Montana unexpectedly released the album as a mixtape instead and premiered it on Canadian singer Drake’s Beats 1 radio show, OVO Sound, later that night.

The project notably includes guest appearances from Kanye West, Miguel, Drake, Jeezy, ASAP Rocky, Kodak Black, Nas and Chinx. The album’s production was handled by The Mekanics, Harry Fraud, Murda Beatz, Detail, DJ Khaled, and The Alchemist, among others.

The “No Shopping” music video has a Latino vibe.  Super innovative 2016 compilation!

‘SREMMLIFE2’ – Rae Sremmurd

SremmLife 2 is the second studio album by American hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd. It was released on August 12, 2016, by EarDrummers Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album serves as a sequel to SremmLife (2015).

The album was supported by three singles: “By Chance”, “Look Alive”, and “Black Beatles” featuring Gucci Mane.

24K MAGIC – Bruno Mars

24K Magic (pronounced “twenty-four k magic”) is the third studio album by Bruno Mars. It was released on November 18, 2016, by Atlantic Records. It’s title track was released as the album’s lead single on October 7, 2016.  It’s Magical #Jesus !

25 – Adele

25 is the third studio album by English singer and songwriter Adele.  Although, it was released November 2015, through XL Recordings, the release falls within the Grammy Recording Academy 2016 year, as well as mine.

25 broke first-week sales records in multiple countries selling 3.38 million copies in its first week of release.  As of June 2016, it has sold 20 million copies, making it one of the best selling albums worldwide.  25 was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, with “Hello” receiving nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance.

PURPOSE – Justin Bieber

Purpose is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber.  Although, it was released November 2015, by Def Jam Recordings and School Boy, the release falls within the Grammy Recording Academy 2016 year, as well as mine.  The album features guest vocals from Travis Scott, Big Sean & Halsey, while being help produced by Skrillex & Diplo.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 522,000 copies in its first week of release.  Four singles have been released from the album so far: “What Do You Mean?”, “Sorry”, “Love Yourself” and “Company”.    Purpose was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 59th Grammy Awards, while “Love Yourself” was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. As of June 2016, it had sold 4.5 million copies.

KNOW IT ALL – Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara, is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She is signed to EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings and is best known for “Here”, her debut single from the debut studio album, Know-It-All, released November 13, 2015 (within Grammy 59 Year, and mine). A very underrated hit, the song reached the top 5 in the United States and the top 20 in Canada.  The album is supported by three amazing singles “Here” RIAA: 2× Platinum, “Wild Things Are” RIAA: Platinum, and “Scars To Your Beautiful” .

BLUE NEIGHBORHOOD – Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan, is a South African-born Australian singer, songwriter.

Sivan released his second major-label EP, Wild, on 4 September 2015. The EP was supported by a music video trilogy entitled Blue Neighbourhood (certified RIAA Gold), comprising the three songs “Wild”, “Fools” and “Talk Me Down” released from September 2015 to December 2015.  The album Blue Neighbourhood (Suburbia Edition), officially released in November 2016.

DEATH OF A BACHELOR – Panic! At The Disco

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.

Death of a Bachelor 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.  It is currently nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

ENERGIA – J Balvin

Energía is the fourth studio album by Colombian singer J Balvin. It was released on June 24, 2016, by Capitol Latin and Universal Music Group.

Energía debuted at number 38 on the Billboard 200, selling 7,000 copies in its first week.  The album was the first Balvin album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums.

VISUALIZATE – Gente de Zona

Gente de Zona released their third album entitled “Visualízate” in April 2016  under the label Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC and Magnus Media, LLC in collaboration with Marc Anthony.

At Premios Juventud  “Visualizate” won one Latin AMAS award for “Best Tropical Album” and one Latin Grammy for “Best Tropical Fusion Album”.  Y ya tu sabes SE FORMO LA GOZADERA GENTE DE ZOOOOONNNNAAAAAAA!!!

MAJID JORDAN – Majid Jordan

Majid Jordan is the debut studio album by Canadian R&B duo Majid Jordan, it was released on February 5, 2016, by OVO Sound and Warner Bros. Records.

The album’s sole guest appearance comes from Drake, who they have previously worked with on his single “Hold On, We’re Going Home” in 2013.

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