Apple Music just revealed the top songs of the year—here’s who made the cut
Apple Music released its end-of-year lists and provided data on their own most listened-to tunes, as the smash hit by The Kid Laroi and Justin Trudeau topped its global song chart.
The Apple Music song stayed at the top of the Hot 100 for seven weeks and was the top song on Apple Music. The song with the most-read lyrics was "We Don't Talk About Bruno" from the movie musical.
Harry Styles' "As It Was", Future's "Wait For U", Kodak Black's "Super Gremlin", and "Easy on Me", and "Heat Wave", were other songs that joined "Stay" at the very top of the global songs list Hip-hop has 32 songs, followed by pop with 23 and R&B/soul with 11.
Apple Music African songs are on the rise on the chart as well as the global daily 100, while Japanese-language songs are on the rise on the most-read lyrics chart.
According to Rachel Newman, global head of editorial, the rise of niche genres is an exciting new development on the platform.
There were more non-English songs in the Top 100 this year than there were in the previous year. The number of Latin songs in the Global Daily Top 100 went up 22% from the previous year. None of the 50 J-pop songs made it to the top 10 last year.
Users were notified Tuesday that Apple Music replay was ready. The feature allows users to see and hear their favorites from the past year as well as their minutes on the service. Superfans can now find out if they are in the top 100 fans of their favorite artist.
The redesign of Replay has been done to make it easier to share it on social media. Listeners can see how their music is performing on the charts all year long. Eligibility is determined by the amount of time spent listening and plays.
Apple Music named Bad Bunny its Artist of the Year because of his latest album, "Un Verano Sin Ti," which became the most streamed album of all time. In October, Apple Music recorded its 100 millionth song, making it the most popular music service in the world.
Bad Bunny had the most songs on the top 100 Apple Music list with five.
Newman said that one hundred million songs is significant because it shows how diverse and enormous the music world is today. It is the largest and most diverse collection of music in the history of music.
Dua Lipa is granted Albanian citizenship
Pop star Dua Lipa has been granted Albanian citizenship for promoting the country through her music and fame.
The star was born in London in 1995 to Kosovan-Albanian parents and briefly returned to the region as a teenager.
Albanian president Bajram Begaj said Lipa had made the country "proud with her global career and engagement in important social causes".
The New Rules singer said it was "an indescribable great joy" to accept citizenship.
Since finding fame with hits like New Rules, Be The One, Don't Start Now and Levitating, the singer has made a point of honoring her heritage.
In 2018, she founded the Sunny Hill Festival with her father, raising money for the Sunny Hill Foundation, which helps those who are vulnerable and in need.
She will wrap up her world tour in the Albanian capital, Tirana, this week, with a show marking the 110th anniversary of the country's independence from the Ottoman Empire.
However, her support for Albania sparked a backlash in 2020 after she posted a map appearing to show Albania, Kosovo and parts of neighboring Balkan countries as one nation, with a caption suggesting Albanians are indigenous to the area.
The controversial image is associated with ultra-nationalists who believe Albania's borders should be expanded.
The pop star quickly moved to quash criticism, saying her post "was never meant to incite any hate".
"It makes me sad and angry that my post has been wilfully misinterpreted by some groups and individuals who promote ethnic separatism, something I completely reject," she wrote in a statement.
"We all deserve to be proud of our ethnicity and where we are from. I simply want my country to be represented on a map and to be able to speak with pride and joy about my Albanian roots and my mother country."
Lipa's parents left Kosovo in about 1992, as the tensions that eventually led to the 1998-9 war began to surface.
The singer's grandfather, Seit Lipa, was head of the Institute for the History of Kosovo when it was targeted for closure by Serbian law in 1992, a move that a special rapporteur for the United Nations later called a sign of burgeoning human rights violations.
Settling in Camden, the family raised Lipa with an awareness of her culture, with Albanian remaining her first language even as she fell in love with Western pop stars like Pink and Nelly Furtado.
But her parents always intended to return home - which they did after Lipa left primary school at the age of 11.
"It took me a really long time to find my feet there," she told NPR earlier this year. "It's interesting going into that at 11 years old, but I think I wouldn't change it for the world because it really helped me become who I am".
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Eventually, the singer decided to return to London to pursue her dreams of a singing career, living with a friend of the family until she was 16.
"I guess it was scary for [my parents]", she told BBC News in 2016. "But I was constantly on the phone to them: 'Ok, I've woken up. OK, I'm at school. OK, I'm back at home.'
"For them it must have been a rollercoaster of emotions. For me, it was the best time of my life."