The highs and lows of 2018…

As 2018 draws to a close iSingmag looks back on 2018. And what a year it was with plenty of highs and lows in the singing world.

The highs included:

The resurgence of musical films

For a while there this genre was a tad out of fashion, but the tide turned in 2018. It all kicked off with The Greatest Showman, Hugh Jackman’s circus spectacular. Okay, the film was technically released in the UK in 2017 (albeit on December 26), but it proved eternally popular in cinemas and on DVD throughout 2018. The soundtrack from the film is expected to be the best-selling album of the year. Other popular musical films included A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga, and the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. It seems music in films still rocks.

Rising stars

2018 was a great year for rising British talent. Female artists Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie, Jorja Smith and Ella Mai enjoyed plenty of exposure. Meanwhile, George Ezra cemented his place in the industry with his hit album Staying at Tamara’s. Another winner was Rag’n’Bone Man whose debut album Human was among the top 20 best-selling albums of the year.

Another good year for Ed Sheeran

How does the Suffolk singer-songwriter do it? Even though he released Divide in March 2017, the album is on track to be one of the top sellers of this year. Few artists in the world can shift albums like the enduringly popular Sheeran.

And now for the lows, we said goodbye to…

One of the most significant events of the year was the passing of Aretha Franklin at the age of 76. Stevie Wonder and Barack Obama led the tributes to the Queen of Soul, who inspired everyone from Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson to Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Adele. Not only was Franklin a masterful vocal technician, but she also had the ability to imbue every performance with emotion and passion. She’s sorely missed, as is Dolores O’Riordan, the former lead singer of the Cranberries, who died after a long battle with mental health, Yvonne Staples from the Staples Sisters, Fast Eddie Clarke from Motorhead and Dennis Edwards of the Temptations.

We’re off for the Christmas break back in January. In the meantime…

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