From Bad Bunny to Taylor Swift, this was the historic 2022 in music

With the tour valves at full capacity after the pandemic, 2022 also brought a torrent of record novelties that had waited for the moment to see the light and consecrated the current kings and queens of music, of Taylor Swift a rosaliapassing by Beyonce, Bad Bunny Y Harry Styles.

They all had in common to subvert some of the principles of this world, whether they were its purely musical bases or the promotional laws that govern how to warm up a release or distinguish themselves from the rest of their professional colleagues.

It was the case of midnightsthe big hit on the table Taylor Swiftwhich in all probability will end the year as the best-selling in the world despite being published without advance singles.

With him his return to pop materialized after the unexpected rapprochement prior to the folk alternative in the intimate Folklore (2020) and evermore (2020), which was followed in 2021 by the re-recording of two of their classic albums, fearless Y Gridwhich made the American an omnipresent figure.

of that Grid The extended version of “All Too Well” also emerged, more than 10 minutes of song that received multiple nominations and awards and was accompanied by a short film directed by the artist herself.

That ubiquity only lacked one leg to be absolute: the announcement of her return to the stage in 2023 (at the moment only in North America) after five years away from them. The box office burst the forecasts and the system of the giant Ticketmaster, which as a result is being investigated in the US for its practices.

Year of expected returns

Unlike today’s routines that successively exploit various themes for months (and even years) until the release of the album, swift and other artists chose the semi-surprise in 2022 to publicize their news. Such was the case with Dawn FM from The Weekndreleased a week after the announcement and on January 7, no less, in the midst of a Christmas shopping hangover.

On a similar path, Beyonce he barely gave his followers a month and a half to get used to the idea that he would release a new album titled Renaissancesix years after his last work under his name (with the exception of the soundtrack of the film The Lion Kingof 2019).

His was one of the most long-awaited returns, but not the only one. There was “Lift Me Up” by Rihannathe theme he recorded for the film Wakanda Forever and which constitutes his first unpublished material of his own since “Anti” (2016), a meager consolation in the face of the eternal wait for his ninth album.

Others did sign and note their return with expected new albums, see bruce springsteen with their versions of soul (Only The Strong Survive), but above all Arctic Monekys (The Car) either kendrick lamar (Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers) Y SZA (SOS), in both cases five years after their acclaimed previous albums.

Spanish is established worldwide

In a vintage with a predominance of feminine names, that of Harry Styles he was one of the few males who managed to stand out. He did not do it by appealing to testosterone, but by insisting on an androgynous aesthetic that led him to be praised and also controversial: is he doing it as an exercise in authentic personal expression or in search of media focus?

There was less debate about the quality of his Harry’s Houseconsidered by critics to be one of the best albums of the year thanks to cuts like “As It Was”, as well as “Un verano sin ti” by Bad Bunnyanother artist who has often opted to subvert gender roles.

The Puerto Rican, who these months debuted as an actor with Bullet Train beside Brad Pitt and repeated for the third consecutive year as the most listened to artist in Spotify worldwide, he also rose with his latest album as the most nominated of the Latin Grammys.

In addition, he scratched another three candidacies for the next Grammysincluding the best album, which has been read not only as its worldwide consecration among the public and now also critics, but also as that of music in Spanish.

That theory was endorsed by the Spanish rosalia. your desired motomami received even higher praise than the previous the evil will (2018), with which he had made the leap to the international arena, thanks to his studied fusion of flamenco, jazz, original reggaeton and Latin music classics, but also Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Marley either Lola Flores.

Equally recognized was his mastery of social networks to boost his career, especially from TikTokwith an already emblematic live show that successfully incorporated the codes of generation Z and that he later knew how to translate into a conceptually revolutionary tour.

In addition, his was the award for the best album of the Latin Grammysas well as the unanimity of journalistic criticism: from The New York Times a rolling stonespassing by pitchfork, Guardian either NMEall agreed that motomami It is among the best of the year, either with “D for dynamite”, “H for hondura” or “with Z for zarzamora, zapateado and zorra también”.

Taylor Swift, kendrick lamar, Bad Bunny either rosalia Whose album of the year was your favorite?

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From Bad Bunny to Taylor Swift, this was the historic 2022 in music